Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

A Restaurant

3334 W. Coast Hwy. (Newport Blvd.) Send to Phone
949-650-6505 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Formerly known as The Arches, A Restaurant is now a sophisticated space with refined comfort food and a bar scene.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner nightly
Open late

* Click here for rating key

A Restaurant, Newport Beach, CA

A Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Film producer McG ("Charlie’s Angels," "The O.C.") and Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath resuscitated The Arches and turned it into an ultra-hip restaurant and bar. Inside what was once OC’s oldest restaurant, the vibe is still intimate and continental cool with high wood-beam ceilings, chestnut-wood wall paneling, half-moon burgundy banquettes and classic black-and-white prints. The darkened ambience sets the mood for executive chef Jon Blackford's refined comfort food. We enjoy the dry-aged steak tartare and the spicy yellowfin tuna with crispy eggplant and sweet soy. As for entrées, there’s a solid listing of seafood, chops and cuts of beef to consider. Each weeknight, the kitchen prepares a standalone special --- chicken piccata with lemon-caper butter on Tuesdays or smoked Wagyu short rib with parsnip purée and Carolina barbecue sauce on Thursdays. Side dishes such as roasted mushrooms and mac ‘n’ cheese are satisfying. Pastry chef Shelly Register, who also oversees the wine, cheese and deli counter at A Market next door, is innovative with modern interpretations of classic desserts, like banana cream pie and butterscotch pudding.

User Ratings & Reviews for A Restaurant
Average rating    1
Reviews 1 - 1 of 11
A BAD experience at A Restaurant
by edunbar3 on Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:02 pm
The food was HORRIFIC and the wine was WARM. I asked the Wine Server who clearly knew very little about wine and he told me that they keep the wine at room temperature since it never gets very hot there. I really dont want to drink a good red wine that is 70 degrees.

The entrees were all very bland, the sides were disgusting like the mac and cheese that i have had better out of a box and the colorado lamb chop was fatty and the osso bucco was chewy. The steaks that the others had were uneventful at best.

If you are going to service "Dennys" food you should at least have "Dennys" pricing. On a bright note our server was FANTASTIC....
Reviews 1 - 1 of 11


Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.