With its seasonally-inspired, contemporary new american menu, Chef Jonathan Blackford and his team showcase the restaurant’s relationships with many local farms and purveyors. His regularly changing menu consists of sophisticated dishes of land and sea that pair perfectly with A’s cozy, romantic and lively atmosphere. Visit our accolades page for a running tally of our accomplishments.
Originally built as a restaurant and service station, construction began on The Arches in 1925, the same year Coast Highway opened up from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach. Founded by John Vilelle and James Sturgeon, it was named by 10 year old Victor Chatten in a contest advertised by them in the Balboa Times. The distinct Mediterranean style of the original buildings, with arches and red tile roofs, quickly made it a recognizable staple of Newport Beach as it helped to shape and inspire the town in its early stages.
Beginning as a basic roadside diner, the restaurant and its menu flourished together, featuring steak, seafood and celebrities in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, and was touted for its French food by the early 1970’s. And while its appearance and function has changed over time, its commitment to customer and community has not.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate wine dinner in our Hideaway, or a full restaurant buyout for your organization, we can help design a group dining experience that works for you. Our events team provides personalized, custom menus and impeccable customer service that ensure your guests leave with an unforgettable experience.
Private Dining Room
A’s Large Private Dining Room is an elegant space that can seat up to 50 people. It features privacy curtains and a variety of seating possibilities. Over the years we have hosted cocktail parties, sit down dinners, business luncheons, bridal showers and countless spectacular events in this room.
Hide A Way
Our Hide A Way makes for a perfect intimate gathering place for friends, family and business events. This exquisitely rustic space is completely separate from the restaurant and has a unique cabin-style interior, affording guests a warm, cozy and versatile setting. The Hide A Way hosts seating for up to 30 guests for cocktails and 20 guests for a sit down dinner. It also boasts a 60-inch flat screen TV with a 5.1 surround sound stereo, and is fully equipped to run corporate presentations or personal slideshows.
The Hide A Way has been the ideal space for intimate cocktail parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings requiring privacy, retirement celebrations, holiday events and more. Our events team can work with you to design a special menu created just for your celebration by Chef Jonathan Blackford.
Little Private Dining Room
Our intimate Little Private Dining Room features curtains for privacy along with a 42-inch flat screen TV and complete audio visual capabilities. This room seats up to 14 for small dining occasions with specialized service from our regularly rotating seasonal menu, and can be reserved for the entire evening.
Our party of seven showed up at 5pm last night with no reservation. I was taking a gamble and boy did it pay off. The hostess was a nice as could be and... More
Big celebration night and we wanted to try someplace different then our usual Fleming's and Ruth Chris steak house. What attracted me to A-Restaurant were... More
A burger: perfect execution Happy hour: Mon to Fri 4-6pm at the bar. The bar seats are not the most comfortable place for eating. I had to lean forward... More