508 29th St, Newport Beach, CA | Directions 9266333.613957 -117.928288
Unfortunately.... Fantastic food! Great service! Great ambiance! All gone!!! The place has a big chain link fence around it. Apparently the owners lease expired and decided not to renew. Too bad. A bit high brow for the average West Coaster but never judgemental about appearances (which can be deceiving). Now my wife will have to get her Tiramisu from somewhere else (and I am out a good Veal Oscar). So long my friends. Best wishes to future endeavors.
Don't Throw Good Money After Bad Food.
Great atmosphere, but lousy food. Way over priced. $35 for Beef Strganoff. I've had better from the frozen food isle. Also tried Tournados of Beef with Madeira and Hollandaise. Their definition of Madeira sauce looks and tastes like the gravy I make for my dog. Someone needs to look up the recipe on FoodTV. They used to cook tableside, but no more. I don't know if it's a fire code ordinance (probably), but they need those waiters that used to prepare Steak Diane tableside go back into the kitchen and show the staff how it's done. Banana's Foster nothing special. Save your money and make it at home.
We used to love this place, but doubt we will ever go back. I wish them the best of luck if and when they move. If the food was good, people would follow, but the atmosphere is all they have going for them right now. New building, new location and mediocre food will certainly spell failure.
Just ask those guys from the Brown Derby and several other restaurants that moved and were never heard from again.
The food melts in your mouth!. INternational onion soup, the best I have ever had. The veal, mouth watering. Bananas foster, to die for. Everything just keeps getting better and better. The Arches is like fine wine(and they have the best selection), it just gets better with time.
Go to "The Arches" and make a good day GREAT. If you want to eat,drink and be treated like royalty, this is the place to go. It's been around a long time and if it were anything less than great(especially in Newport Beach) it would have been gone a long time ago. We go there any chance we get and it's always worth the money and the wait.
Perfect example of one of the world's finest establishments!. Having travelled throughout the US and Europe, I find the Arches just a fantastic place to visit. From the wonderful food, the best wine selection I have ever had, excellent service and decor that says "Newport" as well as just being the definition of "simply charming". How anyone could even attempt to say anything negative about this restuarant certainly amazes me. Comparing it to Denny's, thats just a laugh. I have had many friends visit the Arches on my reccomendation and everyone has returned for at least a 2nd visit and loved it. Maybe some are more comfortable at Denny's, but remember, you get what you paid for, and the money you spend at the Arches is money well spent and my opinio the dining experience there is priceless.
Worst food ever..maybe all that wine they serve fills people up and they don't notice the dog food they serve. This was seriously the worst dining experience ever. First, they served us salad with brown lettuce, and the french onion soup was so salty we could not even eat it. Then my boyfriend ordered ravioli which no exaggeration, looked like dog food. There was more meat than sauce or pasta and it looked days old. It had the aroma and appearance of dog food out of a can. Next, I ordered the rigatoni, and I could not even eat it, it was so bad. I think I had a total of two bites. The sauce was horrible, the cheapest canned sauce from the mexi market was better than this sauce. How can anyone mess up Pasta and it was WAY over priced. I payed $25.00 for a sloppy plate of pasta that looked like something out of the soup kitchen that the homeless people eat. Then my roommate asked for his steak medium but it came out completely raw and bloody, and when we asked them to just cook it a litle, it was completely overdone. Lastly, his mother ordered some chicken plate which she took one bite of and could not even eat anymore. It was bad enough that the food was AWFUL, but the server would not even apologize. Our check came out to around $130.00 and we did not even order any alchol. I could have gotten a better meal from Denny's. When we asked if there was somehting we could do about our bill since none of us hadd eaten any of our food, the waiter threaten calling the cops on us. Apparently the chef has been there 23 years, I think it is time he retires and let some one who can see take the kitchen.
We had last gone to The Arches in 2004, and it was one of the finest dining experiences ever . Since we heard The Arches was closing, we wanted to come one more time. After thirty years of coming to this restaurant, we will NEVER be coming again. Among the problems:
1) The booth had bread crumbs on it.
2) Our waiter was so rude and unhelpful. He rushed us in and out in about an hour - odd since his area was 1/2 full. He also spoke broken English and we had to repeat our orders at least twice.
3) The wine choices were simply merlot, cab, or chardonnary. No winery names mentioned. No choices. No wine list offered either. Cocktails not offered either, despite the full bar.
3) Menus were placed on the table, and not handed to us.
4) After taking our orders, the waiter returned to tell us that they had run out of baked potatoes - at 6:30 PM on a Saturday night! Rice pilaf (actually spanish rice) or mashed potatoes were the new choices.
5) Salads were no longer chopped tableside, and the Caesar was not made to order as usual.
6) Main course was served about five minutes after salad plates were cleared, yet the food was lukewarm at best.
7) We were never offered more wine, drink refills, or even asked how everything was.
8) We had bananas foster for dessert. It was great, although it is no longer flambeed tableside.
9) Amazingly, dessert was served to us when a dirty dinner plate was still on the table. Coffee was never offered.
10) We had extra dinner to take home, which of course meant we had to box it ourselves (a $75 a head restaurant, mind you).
11) We complained to the manager about the fact we had to eat dessert with a dirty dinner plate still on the table. His lacadasical, sarcastic response, "We'll I'll take it."
12) The bill was plopped in front of me. No thank you for coming. No asking if dinner was good or Merry Christmas.
This used to be an amazing restaurant. Now it's clear why they're closing. I had far better service last week at IHOP.
Mediocre food and servic. Haughty Hispanic waiter, very overpriced menu, king crab legs $90.00, Abalone $112.00, food was better and much much cheaper at the Crab Cooker. I had Bouillabaisse it was very salty and not very tasty, it contained 2 overcooked shrim, 2 scllops and about 5 clams, a lot of fish in a watery tomato flavore broth. Our friend had Lobster Thermodor, 2 half shells of tough, tasteless lobster with some kind of sauce and mushrooms my wife had artichoke stuufed with crab. this was okay, my friend liked her salad. The best thing was the cream of chicken soup, also very salty. I had one drink and the bill was $115.00. Rip off. We live in Orange County and we were there many years ago when the food was good and the prices were more reasonable, but never again.
Simply the BEST. After learning the history of this restaurant, I decided to give it a try, since then I have travelled several times across the country(I live in Washington DC) just to have dinner. Never a dissappointment what so ever. From the owner Dan, and the entire staff you are treated like a King or Queen. The variety on the menu always offers me something different, so I never have toget the same thing twice. Although, I tend to favor the lobster tail, the steak oscar is great also. The Arches is by far my favorite restaurant in the US.
Love it!!!. I ate here on a Saturday night and it was amazing...Semper Fi, meaning always faithful and let me tell you the Arches will not disappoint. So anyone who enjoys to see some spirit in favor the Military and eat the best steak in town, needs to come out and support the Arches.
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