A + O Restaurant | Bar
Waterfront dining featuring CASUAL CALIFORNIA CUISINE
Sunday - Thursday | 8:00am - 10:00pm | Kitchen and Bar close at 9:45pm
Friday-Saturday | 8:00am - 11:00pm | Kitchen closes at 9:45pm | Bar closes at 11:00pm
A+O Restaurant | Bar offers a cool, breezy waterfront dining experience for guests, members and locals, the perfect spot to watch the extraordinary array of boats meandering up and down the Newport Harbor. The color palette features vivid shades of ocean blues, crisp whites and a pop of bright yellow on the umbrellas. Inspired by the waterfront restaurants and cafés on the Italian Riviera, the décor is enhanced with white-washed wood paneling and custom glass front doors that offer a warm welcome to A+O Restaurant | Bar. Step outside and you’ll find an expansive wrap-around patio with striped umbrellas, white resin stone tables, wicker chairs and multiple fire pit tables, to enjoy during the day as well as into the evening with live entertainment offered most nights.
The Instagram-worthy marina and yacht views are captivating, and the menu is designed for easy waterfront dining by Executive Chef Prabeen Prathapan. A+O diners will find an assortment of scratch-made dishes like Salmon Chimichurri’s, Burrata Caprese and Salt + Pepper Shrimp. The craft cocktail menu will surprise and delight with such offerings as “The Vaccine,” which is smoked with dry ice and served in a beaker glass, or the “Mariposa,” served in a martini glass and has an edible butterfly on it. “They all have a bit of showmanship to them,” says Chef Prathapan.
CHEF PRABEEN PRATHAPAN
Bringing more than 17 years of hospitality experience, Prathapan oversees the development and menu planning of the resort’s signature restaurant, A+O Restaurant | Bar, as well as the culinary offerings at the Lighthouse Room, an indoor-outdoor gathering space for social events and host of the resort’s Sunday Brunch series. Additionally, Prathapan is responsible for spearheading the award-winning resort’s overall culinary programming, including in-room dining services and private events.
Prior to joining Balboa Bay Resort, Prathapan served as executive chef of Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, where he enhanced the entire food and beverage operation, which resulted in the resort regaining its prestigious AAA Four-Diamond recognition. Previously he held an executive sous chef position at Montage Laguna Beach where he was responsible for overseeing daily culinary operations. He also served as chef de cuisine at Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, overseeing MOzen Bistro and in-room dining. In 2004, Chef Prabeen earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Hospitality Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology in Trivandrum, India. This led him to gaining experience across the Taj Hotels portfolio.
Dining venues at Balboa Bay Resort include A+O Restaurant | Bar, and Lighthouse, home of a weekly Sunday Seafood Brunch, pairing stunning bayside views with an incredible buffet station serving items from artisan cheeses and premium charcuterie to fresh seafood and patisseries, alongside entrées of perfectly seared sea bass and grilled flat iron steak. For those on the go we offer Blend, a café offering freshly brewed coffee drinks with grab-and-go items, in addition to convenient in-room dining. To make reservations call 949.645.5000 or book online.