ARC Restaurant & Libations
Member Reviews (2)
- ARC Restaurant & LibationsMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2First to ReviewOct 28, 2013
Simple rustic food cooked in cast iron skillets. You have a choice of entrees labeled: STEAK, FISH, VEG, DUCK, PORK, etc. The food is cooked with seasonal vegetables and are presented in cast iron cookware on trivets. They serve craft cocktails in addition to wine. I met up with friends Ryan M., John L., and Grace C. to check out ARC Restaurant & Libations. Although we didn't try the libations, we basically ordered the entire menu.
My favorites were the duck, steak and the tart. The duck was delicious, not gamey at all and tender. It was served with roasted Brussels sprouts which were perfect. The steak you will need to order RARE because it comes out in a hot skillet, you have the option of cooking it longer per your discretion. This is better than it coming out medium and it end up being overcooked. The tart we had neglected to order until Grace saw them making it. We immediately asked what it was and ordered it. The bacon lardon is super crispy on this flatbread of a tart. The onions provide a nice contrast to the fatty bacon. For the 4 of us, it ended up being about $30 each not including tax and tip. There is a secret menu that includes a burger but varies from day to day. If you ask your waiter, he'll pretend it doesn't exist unless you happen to say something that's on said menu.
It's a shame they don't serve dessert here though. Peach cobbler or apple crisp works well in little skillets. For what it is, it's a bit pricey. But the plates are made to share and I wouldn't come here with just one other person. You'll want a group of 4 at least. They have one table that will seat 6 which they keep empty everyday for large parties, so if you snooze you lose. They do not accept reservations. Restaurant capacity is 57, so it's pretty small.
- ARC Restaurant & LibationsApr 10, 2013
I got a chance to check out Arc with some friends. The pictures just don't do it justice.
Don't be scared off by the menu. It literally has single words. Everything is seasonal, so things do change. It's best to talk to your server and ask questions. Once the server starts describing things, you will know what you want.
We basically ended up ordering the whole menu and sharing stuff with everyone, which worked great for the 4 of us. We ended up paying around $30 bucks each without tip. I can see how this can get rather expensive if there is just two of you trying to try multiple things can get kind of expensive.
I loved the steak and potatoes, the roasted brussels sprouts (which came out with the duck) and the tart. The meatballs was pretty delicious as well. The steak, on the recommendation of our server, we ordered rare, which is not the way I would order steak but we are sharing with everyone and he mentioned that since it's coming in a screaming hot skillet, we can grill up the slices more on the skillet if we want it more done. Worked our for me. The only reason we ended up ordering the tart was because i saw the guy making a flat bread with some stuff on it and I was intrigued. After flagging our server down - I asked - what is that? I ordered one for us to share to we can try it out. I don't even eat pork, but I didn't even care that there was bacon lardon on it. The chicken option was okay. I guess I was just expecting more seeing that people rave about it. I enjoyed a piece of the fish option - even though I generally don't eat fish, it was Mahi Mahi so I took a taste.
The only thing that is a bummer is that are no desserts at this restaurant. WHY? is all i can say.
Parking is plenty, since this is where the OC Mart Mix and all the furniture stores are. However, the restaurant is very small. It's almost a guarantee that you will wait for a seat.