A & O at the Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach

In Dining by LA Travel Magazine

Abbreviated from “Anchors & Oceans,” A& O Kitchen & Bar is Newport Beach’s latest gastropub opened on the waterfront. With caramel tones and rope-clad light fixtures, this restaurant evokes the natural ocean elements outside its doors.

Designed with groups in mind, A & O serves shared plates intended for everyone at the table to grab a bite. Dishes are readily served soon after the order is put in, allowing you to pop a delicious eat while it’s fresh. With free WiFi, TV, and a full bar, the venue is wholly prepped for afternoon sports. During NFL football season, partake in “Beat the Clock” Happy Hour. Need something more than an ice cold beer to ease your nerves while your team is on the line? We recommend the “Tight End,” concocted with blood orange vodka, orange, mint, and a hint of cranberry.

For all bacon-lovers, a plate of Bacon Wrapped Dates is high priority! These savory appetizers include balsamic glazed, bleu cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates that will have your mouth overwhelmed by the perfection of the exterior’s crispy flavor and the interior’s sweet softness.

The dinner menu features specialties like the “Birthday Suit,” a beef tartar ensemble with raw beef, egg 62, and thick cut French Fries. Pair your meal with one of the three hangover beer floats.

A & O strives to accommodate any and every dietary need. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan items are available, as well as bacon free menus upon request. With such a variety for families and friends, experience a great night out or a peaceful morning brunch!