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A&O Kitchen + Bar

1221 W. Coast Hwy. Send to Phone
Casual Balboa Bay Resort restaurant brings a lively spin on the gastropub concept in a waterfront setting.

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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
Open late
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A&O Kitchen + Bar, Newport Beach, CA

A&O Kitchen + Bar Restaurant Review

: This gastropub concept fits in quite nicely with the rest of Balboa Bay Resort’s redesigned, refined-yet-approachable milieu. The open, uncluttered interior of Anchors & Oceans, the place’s full name, uses light woods and splashy artwork to lend vibrancy. Floor-to-ceiling glass draws the majesty of the Newport Harbor inside, so you won’t feel too disappointed if you can’t enjoy a glass of wine, craft beer or cocktail on the lounge-like outdoor patio. Executive chef Rachel Haggstrom injects a dose of whimsy into a menu that deftly straddles the line between bar food and upscale bites. Simple items like the beer-battered fries with bacon lardons, cheese sauce and sour cream are surprisingly tough to resist, and her take on the humble cheeseburger is elevated to must-try status. Her baked lamb meatballs with tzatziki drizzle and stuffed chicken potpie with Parmesan crust provide more complex expressions of easygoing contemporary cuisine. Desserts are also a highlight, especially the "Twisted Sisters" concoction of salted caramel, sweet chocolate and pretzel crumble.



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