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“Rocky Start, but a Good Recovery”
Review of R+D Kitchen

R+D Kitchen
Ranked #29 of 512 Restaurants in Newport Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stopped in for lunch while visiting So. Cal. recently. The menu at the bar (and maybe in the whole restaurant) was quite limited, and with no gluten free options, we had to make some small changes.

Tuna tartare and the chicken and spinach salad were quite good. But, like most tartare dishes, it is customarily served with some sort of bread. My wife asked if they could substitute a bit of lettuce for the bread, thinking that instead of slathering the tuna over bread, she could simply wrap it in a lettuce leaf. So far, so good - but then we saw that there was a $4 upcharge for replacing 50 cents of bread with 15 cents of lettuce. Give me a break.

Yes, the food was very good, and yes, they did take the $4 surcharge off the bill. But to have the server tell you "We're trying to discourage substitutions" when the menu is very limited and has not accommodation for dietary restrictions, is a bit off-putting.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

If looking for a place that may prepare an entree low-fat (or vegetarian or whatever need may be), R&D Kitchen is the place !

I asked for an omelet low on cheese, and little/no fat in preparation - and it arrived exactly as requested.

Plus R&D offers good value in an otherwise pricey area.

This place is a good choice !

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Food was delicious, we went there for lunch, and salads were great! I had the tuna tartare .... Delicious!

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Reviewed May 24, 2014

Visiting from UK we wanted to get away from the bars of Huntington Beach. This was a great find, service and setting are great. The menu is small but had a good range. Portion size us just right. Definitely don't be put off by the mall location. We'll be back.

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Thank Flyturner
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

This restaurant is good and always crowded. It is noisy, but good people watching. I had the ahi tuna dish, it was very good. My husband had the special (pulled pork sandwich) which was excellent. Good wines by the glass, but be ready to pay $15 -22 per glass. The menu at lunch was not very extensive. I have dined at this restaurant before and it has always been consistent Very Orange County.! Everyone, staff and customers looks beautiful.

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Thank darlenelynn
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