Marché Moderne
Marché Moderne

Marché Moderne

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.marchemoderne.net/
  • Phone: (714) 434-7900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch-Everyday 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner-Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Sunday 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Florent Marneau
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The restauarant happily hosts a large variety of events from business dinners to pharmaceutical programs to those important personal celebrations such as bridal and baby showers, birthdays, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Most private parties are held in the restaurant's enclosed patio area, which has an outside entrance, retractable awnings and can accommodate up to 60 guests seated and 75 guests standing. The restaurant also has access to a marbled terrace. This public space can be transformed into a lively reception space for cocktails and hand-passed hors d'oeuvres before your guests step into the patio or the main dining room. The terrace, patio and main dining room are also available on a "restaurant buyout" basis for a maximum of 130 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Special events 7144347900x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bristol and Town Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet is available on first level Parking structure.
A word from Marché Moderne
Driven by a passion for market-inspired ingredients and classic French cooking techniques, Florent and Amelia Marneau have created a truly modern French bistro in the heart of Orange County. For decades, the couple worked separately in some of the best kitchens in France and Orange County. With Marché Moderne, they have followed this natural evolution by combining their culinary careers as independent restaurateurs. The contemporary French Bistro which has been critically acclaimed since its opening in spring of 2007, is located at The Penthouse at South Coast Plaza, level three, adjacent to Nordstrom.
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Marché Moderne reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (137)special occasion (118)great for lunch (82)notable wine list (63)romantic (56)neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (21)great for outdoor dining (18)great for brunch (18)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Just perfect
    Hates2CookVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The food here is fantastic. Hardest part is choosing what to have from the extenive menu. The service is always attentive without being intrusive. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    PointhoarderVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The chef had coq au vin on the price fixed lunch menu. What a bargin. It was fantastic and that is why we keep coming back here. The desert was cheesecake and one of the better deserts they have had. There is a reason why this is one of the best, if not the best, restaurants in Orange County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marche Moderne review
    DisappointedHugh123
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I heard of this restaurant from my boss, who is a foodie. I decided to take my wife for her birthday. We were both very disappointed. For the price that we paid for the food, we expected more. I ordered the petite filet for $39. The meat wasn't soft, tender and juicy as I expected it to be. I ordered a medium filet, but it tasted like an almost well filet. My wife ordered the chicken au vin. It was served in a small copper pot for $35. For that price for a chicken plate, she expected a lot. Again, the chicken was hard. She expected the chicken to be soft, juicy and just melts in her mouth. Overall, we left very disappointed.
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  • A slice of France
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food is always outstanding with excellent flavors in every dish. Amazing bread and creamery butter and desserts straight from France. I crave the Octopus salad which is so substantial as to have as a main course. It's my fave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "A Cut Above the Rest"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    For those with an appreciation for a superior dining experience look no further. Despite its location in a shopping mall, the food quality and preparation are first rate and what one expects particularly given the price points. The "fixed price lunch" at $25 per is a deal offering cost conscious diners the opportunity to taste true culinary treats at a relatively meager price. Lovely salad or soup to start (plus bread equal to that found in Europe) with delicious entrée of scallops and shrimp and a dual puree, or the rich coq au vin. Finish with lightest/airiest, most delectable slice of cheesecake you've ever experienced. One of the better restaurants in OC; a must stop on the culinary tour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    DiningduoVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Another incredible meal and evening here! Tried their fall tasting menu.. So good! Every bite a masterpiece! Delicious. Always a treat and a pleasure to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marché Moderne excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Delicious food, charming atmosphere, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ultimatefoodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We return to this restaurant year after year and always find it to be the best restaurant in Orange County. Superb in every way.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always a wonderful experience
    jemt
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I've dined here several times, normally at lunch, and never had even a whisper of complaint. Wonderful experience from the professionalism of the staff to the excellence of the food. This is a truly fine establishment in every respect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Patty
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Food was well prepared. As am a chef, I enjoyed eating many dishes there. The pork belly was well balance and delicious. The service was ok but I expected more since it's a fine dining. The servers need to be trained and don't peak out to check wether we were done eating.. At least don't ask us all the time like are you done yet...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • connieg
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    No question, this remains the top restaurant in Orange County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite reunion restaurant
    marchefanVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Our most recent Marche visit was a reunion of mostly retired professional colleagues that we do twice a year. The service and the food never disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BigSurFriendVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is always my favorite restaurant. Food impeccable, service professional and the total experience devine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service.
    LindaLuVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    True French food. Excellent set menu. Great service. Best octopus
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    marchefanVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Ursurpassed quality and thoughtful seasonal offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spontané menu a bargain
    HazH
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Gourmet lunch and dinner located on third floor in the Nordstrom's wing of South Coast Plaza Mall. Although conveniently located in a Mall, it is not a restaurant you can drop in for a quick bite while shopping. Reservations is recommended. Food is excellent but expensive. Three course Spontané menu ($25-30) for lunch and 5 course tasting menu ($95) for dinner makes it a little more affordable. Service is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Food Of The Gods
    PacManFever
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Jidori Chicken was the best ever, followed by an excellent dessert wine. Waiter was incredibly classy and helpful. Very excellent experience :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Amazing Food!
    Jules3029
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    If you are looking for great tasting French cuisine, this is the place to go! A bit pricey, but worth having a chef prepared meal!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As I remember before, great food!!
    Pearlwhite
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's been a little while I haven't been to this restaurant. However, like I remember, food was really great! Service was also great!! We had a Prix Fixe dish. I'll come back for that again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    SJLaw
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice hostess seated us upon arrival, even though we were 10 minutes early. Quiet, round table for two. Make reservations + ask for LYLE: gracious pro; friendly and knowledgeable. Dinner was well paced. All waitstaff was AWESOME. Danny recommended an excellent wine. The menu is super. Nice variety, interesting preparations, all tempting; seasonal. Small and larger plates. Recommend: The steak tartare was the best, ever (you prepare it, your way). Chowder with bone marrow. Caramelized pork belly appetizer. Crispy duck confit+duck breast. Plating was beautiful and appetizing. Thankfully, portions are enough to satisfy without feeling uncomfortably full. Coconut eclair + vanilla ice cream and espresso: PERFECT. Service: The best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    SouthernCali
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Disappointing service. Solo lunch diner. Received bread after first course, even then i requested it several times. Ex. Everyone around me were receiving seconds and third bread servings. Should have left but i admit i sat there in shock. Shrimp and pasta dish arrived cold, don't remember tasting it . By then I didn't want to it. Just paid and left. The iced tea was great
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  • Excellent dining experience
    SDR27
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Definitely one of the top places to eat at South Coast.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it's a keeper
    MSMSI
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    enjoyed food, drinks, ambiance and service. will be coming back
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food for a great evening!
    Caroline
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We came to Marché Moderne for a birthday celebration. We got great food and amazing service making it a wonderful night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best tasting food
    BestinocVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    You cannot pick anything wrong on the menu. Even the dishes you most likely would never order are delicious . One of the best meals I have had!!!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in the mall
    AwkwardVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Located on the top floor of South Coast Plaza, tucked away from all expensive stores. We sat in a section that was meant to mimic an outside patio within the mall. Husband ordered a chardonnay and I had ice tea, which was continuously being filled. As I wasn't too hungry, I had the salmon gravalax from the appetizer section as my lunch, and my husband had the anti-ceasar, which were both excellent. For dessert, I've requested the dessert that was part of the 3 course meal a la carte, a coconut eclair, which I am glad they were willing to do so as it was delicious. My husband had the warn apple tart, which was also excellent.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Superb food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in SoCal. I live in Redlands but whenever I will be in the area, I come here for lunch. I had the prixe fixe menu which is a good deal. The chicken fell off the bone and was scrumptious. The service was attentive as usual, although I was never asked if I wanted coffee with my dessert-- which I did
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • up themselves
    ozfoodcritic
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    banished to the furthest table because we had 2 children with us - we might as well have had ebola virus!. the restaurant was only 30% full and we had to sit away from everyone. when will restaurants realise it's not just the quality of the food ( it was very good here) but the ambience.
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  • Good but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Interesting menu- very good presentation of food-the question is : Is the total experience worth the cost?? Not sure it is!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Best in Orange County
    TunesVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Marche is easily the best restaurant in Orange County and could compete with any of New York's fines. ( and will the French Laundry which we have also dined at) . The menu is incredibly inventive and centered around the freshest ingredients available. Chef Florentine and wife Amelia are proprietors that are interested in providing the best dining experience for their guests.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Love This Place
    Alicia
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I am never disappointed when dining at Marche Moderne. Not only is the food fantastic but the chef is so customer focused and very approachable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent
    XKXKX
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Never disappointed at Marché. Their menu evolves every few months so there's always something new to try. Great wine list and a terrific bartender for the mixed drink lovers among us.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • A perfect date!
    LoboDeWallSt
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food: I got what I paid for. I'm happy. Service: pretty attentive; not perfect, but still, I got what I paid for. Ambiance: EPIC WIN. Table for two. Quiet. Not with usual restaurant chairs, but with comfy armchairs! Stylish, and I haven't enjoyed armrests in a restaurant in a long time! It was a classy and intimate moment for me and my girl!
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    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • great food
    greatfood
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    great, great, great. the food hit your taste pallet. the service was wonderful strongly recommend
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Very surprised
    Foodieforlife
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My wife picked the restaurant based on a conversation she overheard. I was a bit skeptical but decided to go along even though the location was in a mall (albeit South Coast). I was very impressed with every course (we did the set menu). Food was excellent and the service was very good. We will definitely come back here and suggest it to our friends.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • marche has the best food in town
    Freshandtasty
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Tonight we had the albacore appetizer and the grilled trout dressed with dried blueberries and kale salad (which had little crunchy flavorful cubes that almost tasted like crispy bacon, but were spicy mini croutons) the whole dish was beautiful and flavorful ! The different textures and flavors were wonderful together and the fish was tender and delicate with absolutely no bones! (how do they do it?) For desert we had the fresh made-to-order beignets and coffee, which was heavenly. The wines we had were all wonderful, too. I can't praise this place enough!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous food
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I have lived in New York City for many years and traveled to Europe and Asia. This was hands down the best lunch of my life. I truly wish the chefs would write a cookbook - or send me the recipe for the kale/quinoa salad.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • The Best of Orange County
    Ses123VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Outstanding food and service. The chef constantly changes the menu making it fresh. It is always interesting to see what he will come up with next! The sea bream was cooked simply but perfectly. Danny, the sommelier, created perfect wine pairings with the 3 oz pours. The small "tastes" makes it possible to pair the food with the right wine, instead of only being able to have one wine. The napoleon is spectacular. The layers are perfectly crisp, and the sweet filling contrasts well with the tart sorbet.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Terrible Service
    DAGGS
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I was actually going to write a letter to the manager. I have been to Marche several times and it is always my go to restaurant for special occasions and client lunches. However, our waitress was really awful, we waited at least 15 minutes before she came to take our order. I asked 2 other servers to get her. I never saw a manager once come by to ask about our meal. The food was very good but I was highly embarrassed to have my client there and it be so miserable. It also took another 15 minutes just to pay. It was very disappointing. She never apologized for being so tardy and just wasn't very friendly.
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We went here for my birthday--food was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant. One of the best in Orange County.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.