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Best French in Orange County

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Hobbit

This restaurant provides a unique dining experience in a 1930's Spanish home. It opened in 1972 and has continued to receive many awards including the "Best of Excellence" from Wine Spectator.The prix-fixe menu starts first with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the wine cellar. Then guests are seated in the dining room for appetizers followed by either fish or fowl and a salad. Next there is an intermission during which guests meet the owner and chef Michael Phillipi. You get to take a tour of his kitchen and a stroll on the patio and art gallery before returning to your table. The main course might comprise of Beef Wellington, Cote de Boeuf, prawns with champagne beurre blanc, sirloin of lamb or duckling with sundried cherry sauce, depending on the day of the week. Plan in advance, as dinner is by reservation only. Your dinner experience will last around three and a half hours. Reservations for weekend dinners must be made approximately four weeks in advance, while a weekday reservation can be made about a week in advance.

Orange, CA, United States
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Pescadou Bistro

This restaurant serves French food that everyone can sink their teeth into. The hospitality here is amazing and the decor is warm and inviting, with rich colors and soft materials used. The clientele ranges from the Newport Beach elite to Southern California trendsters. Lobster bisque, Bouillabaisse, sardines in mustard sauce, frog legs, foie gras, rack of lamb and sauteed vegetables are just some of the bistro classics you will find on this menu. Beer and wine are mostly served by the glass.

Newport Beach, CA, United States
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Lulu's Creperie Cafe

Lulu's Creperie Cafe has all the idyllic French countryside charm. Be it indoors or on the beautiful patio, you will be serenaded by the French experience. Delicious food, whether it is gourmet French, lovely crepes or classic American dishes, you will surely relish. And the warm hospitality and affordable prices sets the tone right for a delightful time here. At Lulu's you will feel as if you are meeting your long lost friend. Enjoy the live music nightly and on Sunday brunch, and just unwind with a great smile playing on your lips. Lulu's is known for their hearty breakfasts and brunches, so step in to have a wonderful dining experience.

Laguna Hills, CA, United States
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Studio

Studio is located within the Montage Resort & Spa. It offers you a delectable French menu blended with Californian influences. Chef Craig Strong ensures that all the seasonal ingredients put to use, are of the finest quality, with splendid wines for company. The A la Carte menu changes daily, but the attention to every aspect of the dish, exquisite pairings of flavors and beautiful presentation remains constant. If you're in the mood to splurge, the Tasting Menu offers a variety of signature dishes, and allows you the opportunity to sample the best on offer. Attention is given to details and services are personalized. So, sit back and enjoy your meal while taking in the panoramic Pacific coastline. A perfect place for a romantic dinner with breathtaking views of the sunset over the ocean.

Laguna Beach, CA, United States
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L'Hirondelle

With a name that means "the swallows," this romantic restaurant serves the finest of French and Belgian cuisine. Diners eat inside and enjoy the French countryside decor, or take in the fresh air on the patio. The house specialty is Poulet Marie Antoinette, a chicken breast with French cream sauce. Other delicious dishes include herb chicken, half roast duckling, veal medallions or peppercorn duck. One of the fine Belgian wines will complement your meal.

San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
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Gemmell's

This lovely French restaurant by the sea exudes romance, comfort, coziness and has an edge with its personal touch. Gemmell's is one of Dana Point Harbor's hot restaurants, giving a culinary experience that is unforgettable. Using only natural and organic produces, the contemporary French menu offers game, poultry, seafood and desserts such as duck with caramelized banana rum, roasted rack of lamb, house smoked salmon, casserole of escargots, shrimp Provencale and more. Gemmell's serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and diners can choose to dine by the fireplace inside or on the patio.

Dana Point, CA, United States
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