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Arches Restaurant Newport Beach (Review)

BombayUpWithaTwist | Sep 26, 200510:10 PM

I went to the Arches a couple of weeks ago with my parents and husband. I love the ambience of the place although it is over priced. The owner is a die-hard Marine fan and parts of the décor show it! He even calls the onion soup on the menu…”International Onion Soup” and serves Jar Head Red Wine (a wine bottled by Firestone to raise money for the Marine Scholarship Fund). Our waiter also informed us that he has sent care packages to the troops in Iraq and gives complimentary meals to soldiers sometimes.

We went on a Sun night and they have a bargain menu for both Sun & Mon. Both my parents had the Lobster Thermador which was on the bargain menu for $27 and includes soup or salad & potatoes or rice and vegetables. I had a 10 – 11 oz lobster tail which was something like $45…this is the overpriced part. It was very tasty, but looked lonely on the plate since it was out of the shell. My husband had the Steak Diane which was also good, but not spectacular.

It was disappointing to find out that they can’t cook food tableside anymore because of the liability. It’s not the same when Steak Diane or Banana’s Foster comes out pre-made from the waiter’s cubby hole. He did mix the Steak Tartare tableside which was incredible. It only comes as an entrée, but we all split it is an appetizer. We also split the escargot. The garlic butter was great as a dip for our bread, but the snails themselves needed a little salt.

The reason I love places like this is that they have so many touches that most restaurants don’t have any longer. It makes it such an “Old School” place with the red booths, tuxedoed waiters and a relish plate to start the meal off! They even serve abalone for $115.


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