With its seasonally-inspired, contemporary new american menu, Chef Roberto Gomez 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.
With A Restaurant's seasonally inspired, contemporary new-American menu, Corporate Executive Chef Jonathan Blackford and his team showcase the restaurant’s relationship with many local farms and purveyors. The ever-evolving menu offers sophisticated dishes of land and sea that pair perfectly with A’s cozy, romantic and lively atmosphere.
LARGE DINING ROOM (50 seated)
For those looking for a sophisticated setting for their next big event, this room can accommodate up to 50 guests. 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.
SMALL DINING ROOM (14 seated)
Perfect for cozy and intimate gatherings, our Small 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 and can be reserved for the entire evening.
HIDE A WAY (24 seated)
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 24 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.
So once again 5 stars! This place is spot on every visit. The service, food, cocktails, wine excellent. Such a well oiled machine. It's pricey but worth... More
The food was alright but nowhere near special or worth the price in my opinion. I ordered the salmon and it was a solid 4/5. Juicy and overall very... More
Valet parking only! We came on a Monday night for my partner's bday. The restaurant was surprisingly packed on a weekday night, so I would definitely make... More