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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.

Lunch & Dinner daily
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 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. The kitchen injects a dose of whimsy into a menu that deftly straddles the line between bar food and upscale bites. Simple starters like the beer-battered fries with carnitas and chicken wings with Indian raita dipping sauce set a nice tone, and entrées range from easygoing classics like chicken potpie with cheddar crust to more upscale fare such as Kobe steak frites. (Note: Vic Casanova is now Balboa Bay Resort’s executive chef.) Desserts are also a highlight, especially the "Turtle Jar" concoction of salted caramel, chocolate cake and pretzel crumble.


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