A&O Kitchen + Bar

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47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
A&O Kitchen+Bar, Balboa Bay Resort’s waterfront seafood-inspired restaurant, is the place to enjoy daily happy hour or a relaxed weekend afternoon. Featuring expertly crafted cocktails, local brews, and shareable plates, the restaurant’s nautical inspiration reflects the Bayfront setting. Guests can enjoy casual indoor and outdoor seating, including fire pits and live weekend entertainment.

Reservations available for parties of 6 or more guests.
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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

It took nearly an hour to get main course during lunch when not busy.

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place dockside on the bay. We had a party of 9 and sat on the patio. It was a gorgeous day. The staff were very attentive. The food was good, although a couple of the items were overly salty (fries, chicken, dipping sauce for the fried calamari). Overall, though, we enjoyed the visit.

DC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great waterfront restaurant with excellent food, service, ambiance, and music! Trevan was playing while we were dining and we really enjoyed them!

OT
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a nice place to sit outside and enjoy the great food and cocktails

B
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and location, right on the Bay/Boardwalk is perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Beautiful view of the harbor. Friendly environment. I’ll definitely be back.

DS
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The patio looked nice but it was too cold. Typical hotel restaurant inside but the cocktails were fantastic 👌 good band playing too!

TM
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were really good. Don’t miss the brussel sprouts!

MW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, awesome view, good food and great selections of wine, beer and spirits. Came here for a business get together and we had a great time!

CC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible considering the location and prices. Food was not what you would expect with those prices and location either. I never leave bad reviews but this was an overall bad experience. The waitress didn't add tip to the check but then added it to our cards so two members of our party were over charged by $50 and then the manager couldn't even figure out how to fix the problem.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends wanting an impromptu get together for lunch. First time diners for my friends who frequent the area. They raved about the location, the view, service and food. As usual, A&O did not disappoint. One of my favorite “go to” places.

MC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Nice location in the Balboa Bay Club on the water. Food and service were pretty good, however, almost every table was full of large groups of unruly kids. Go somewhere else if you want a relaxing dinner with a nice view.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view. Great food.

NB
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner outside with friends. Ordered a bunch of sharable items. Brussel sprouts are delicious. We also tried the Smores for desert and it was amazing.

OT
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Friday night band.

a
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and theatre for one low price!

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great but service was not good that day. Other times I have been there, service was good.

SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

You ask about noise level but there was no prompt for TOO LOUD for conversation! It was a scene for Locale magazine so maybe louder than normal but difficult to talk within our group of five.
We all enjoyed our food.

LR
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was negligent, and the noise level was so high! They need to redesign the restaurant with soft surfaces for the amount of noise in this place. I had to remind a staff member twice that we needed our order taken. And the food was only okay after waiting so long.

BB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with lots of choices and the service was wonderful. We had a party of 13 and every single person loved their food choices and thought the service was perfect.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Great service, but the food was pricey and not good.

J
Los Angeles
140 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and entertainment was awesome!

LL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was awful. Food mixed up. Dishes not as had been presented previously. Slow.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was friendly and attentive. He was helpful with special dietary needs. The live entertainment was fantastic!! Lucas and Alex were amazing and sang requests, pleasing everyone with many types of genres. Truly added something special to the evening.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Great food!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a great time with my friends for my bday. Just sad that I couldn't get the table reservation that I made outside due to some people that sat in my table 5 hours before and didn't leave till later. They made it up setting a table half outside half inside. I guess I wasn't lucky but I loved the atmosphere there :)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place! Had my birthday dinner there last night (on a Saturday) with a party of 10 people and it couldn't have been a better experience. The vibe is perfect with incredible views from every table. The 2 guys playing live music were amazing. The gastropub style food was delicious. So impressed!! Kobe burger, bacon dates, clam chowder with big pieces of fresh clam, ahi poke salad, bbq ribs, chicken salad, wedge salad - so good! Did I mention bacon wrapped dates? Wow.... Everything was so wonderful that our entire table was sharing because we were so blown away. Presentation was super cool as well and our server (Deanna) was awesome and attentive. Great place to go on a date, or with larger groups. Casual epic ambiance on the water with fire pits outside on the gorgeous deck. I can't wait to go back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, AMAZING waitress, and good drinks! Only disappointment is that there weren't a ton of food options. They change their menu with the season (I think) so the food advertised on a website wasn't the food they had in restaurant. The food they did have though was amazing! Definitely tried everyone's meals at the table

K
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The patio is one of the best settings in town overlooking the water with fabulous fireplaces and sofas. Great happy hour.

KB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great place to hang out on a date night or with a group of friends. Great food and atmosphere.

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Would definitely go again.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a surprise birthday party and they were very accommodating! Everything went so smoothly, I would highly recommend! It was very noisy, but, we didn't mind.

LJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I chose A &

NB
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out with a group of friends. The food is always good here.

e
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor view of harbor is beautiful. Service was friendly and efficient without being rushed. Food was excellent, something for everyone. Must return.

DD
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, unusual menu, yummy food! The live music on Friday & Saturday nights is great.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The venue is pretty overlooking the water. The food is pretty good, but not fabulous.
The service was so random as to be funny. There were 6 of us for lunch outside. Inside had maybe 3 tables, outside 4. It was not crowed. My hot dish came first, wait, next hot dish came about 10 minutes later, then each of the cold salads came about every 5 minutes. It was too bizarre sitting around as waiter after waiter dragged this service out. Wait staff needs better training to get meals out of the kitchen and to table so everyone can begin their meal in reasonable amount of time.

I
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved this place would definitely go back again. Make sure to request outdoor seating

T
Las Vegas
50 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2016
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Came to celebrate a birthday. It was a flipping disaster. The employees need TRAINING! From start to finish it was a joke. Party of 5 and everyone's dinner came out separately, 6-7 minutes apart. They dropped appetizers and no one had a set-up. That took 15 (not exaggerating) minutes before they could drop off napkins and silverware. Hence, the roasted brussels were no longer warm. Server never offered to refresh beverages.....we sat and watched a guest stand in front of the kitchen to pay his check and not one person stopped to help him. This went on while the manager was hanging out at a table chatting, she was clueless. Sigh, I waited 3 weeks to write this review because I didn't want to come across as bitter and angry. So much for that. Stay away!!!!!!!

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