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  • Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 am – Midnight Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
  • $$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
A&O Kitchen+Bar is one of three restaurants at the Balboa Bay Resort and Club, which once hosted Bogey and Bacall and had none other than John Wayne on its Board of Governors. There's a members-only place you’ve only heard stories about; Waterline is a formal restaurant at which most entrées hover in the $30 range. Then there's A&O, which is really just the hotel’s bar with a room that would’ve been open to views of the harbor if it weren’t blocked by a row of luxury yachts as big as houses. The best time to go is for a sunset-lit supper. Try the steamed fish, a halibut steak cooked with a tomato-based Bloody Mary broth, shellfish, potatoes and one gigantic shrimp served dramatically with its butcher paper cocoon torn open. Also good: the Pepperoni Pizza Fries even if the dish tastes more like just plain steak fries with microbits of rendered pepperoni sprinkled on them than the “French fries that taste like pepperoni pizza” description the menu promises.

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