There’s nothing quite like sipping a cocktail like their "Cigarettes and Coffee" by the glow of their wood oven. Chatting with the chefs as they prepare uncommonly sexy food is a great time on its own.
Most everything here is cooked on a wood-fire grill and comes away with a distinctive smoky flavor, from the Meatballs and Quail to the Charred Bacon (served with quite possibly the OC’s best Wedge Salad). A well-executed menu of artisanal cocktails, like the Atomic Blonde made with vodka and chardonnay syrup, or the Hyland Old-Fashioned that’s crafted with black walnut bitters, balance out all the earthy, woodsy flavors. If you find yourself near Newport Harbor, stop into their sister location, ARC Butcher & Baker, and pick up an assortment of snacks (including the Shrimp Skewers).
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.