Excellent French fare! PerfectExcellent French fare! Perfect for pre-theatre dining. Service, food, ambiance....all extraordinary!5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food....This is our first time and all I have to say is... Amazing.... The only concern I have is the table placement, it seemed cramped and too close for comfort, or the tables size or configuring is not conducive to a amostophere of a Parisian setting. However it still was one of the best meals I've had in a long time.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. I love comingGreat food. I love coming here and brought my dad for the first time. He has always wanted to come here and he loved it. Only 2 bad things are that they play horrible music and its too loud. And the tables are way too close together. Feels like we're dining in New York.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMa special placei have eaten here several times now and always have a great experience;service good,food good,atmosphere good,wines good5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been going here sinceWe've been going here since it opened (8 years ago?) and it has never even been just very good. The chef and his team are outstanding; last week I had a halibut for lunch that was as good as Lucas Carton in Paris.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA French Gem!We love dining at Marche Moderne! Love the Bone Marrow appetizer and the rich short ribs, sweetbreads...everything I have ever ordered has been prepared to perfection.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA Fine RestaurantThe food was excellent and the service outstanding. Our dinner was certainly worthy of 5 stars.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant in OCWe had great service and food at the Marche Moderne. I choose it to celebrate my wife's birthday and it was a perfect find .5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good. TheyThe food was very good. They have several unusual menu selections (venison, sweetbreads, etc.). I'm not adventuresome when it comes to food so I selected the steak which was very good. Also, enjoyed the cheese plate and port after dinner. Most restaurants don't offer a cheese plate for dessert.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best French restaurantThe best French restaurant in all of Southern California, Marche Moderne continues to deliver innovative and changing menus. This time around we had the "aquatique" tasting menu which was awesome -- 5 courses consisting of salmon, dungeness crab, albacore sashimi, sea urchin, lobster, and halibut. All were excellent and extremely fresh. Corkage is always reasonable at $15.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a treatWe arrived on time for a 1:30 lunch. Waited about 10 minutes for our table to clear, but after that everthing was terrific. Wine food, dessert. Try the 3 course Prix Fixe menu ...it was perfect if you want to skip dinner. The Short-Rib entre was outstanding.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMFlawless Food.Very good service, friendly, efficient, informed.
Loved the whole grain bread. Loved the basil and absinthe martini-like cocktail.
Wonderful food! We shared a Dungeness crab appetizer and the Amelia's chopped salad. I had the sweetbreads and my companion had a steak that she declared as the best of her life. The food was Perfection.
The only drawback of this lovely place is that it is in a shopping mall (South Coast Plaza).
Next time, I would request a table in a location where we could forget this fact.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent, theThe food was excellent, the service was lackluster. Server was not knowledgeable about cheese.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother wonderful meal. ThisAnother wonderful meal. This restaurant is getting better with age, and runs seamlessly, even when Florent is not in the kitchen. Very lucky to have such fine dining close by in Orange County.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMQuality Food & Service!We've been going here for lunch on a Sunday afternoon at the South Coast Plaza for years ... and they have always been consistent w/ their french gourmet food quality & awesome friendly service. Their Spontanee (special 3-course meal) on weekends change every time, and it's the best way to sample their entrees at a very low price of $25! And each time, their entrees deliver the most delectible, top-chef quality in fine dining. I would recommed this place to everyone, especially in Orange County.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food. Had the lunchGreat food. Had the lunch special that featured bouillabaisse. For the low price, it was great. The other option was pork and it was well seasoned and delicious. Also liked the potato leak soup.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMFantatic as usuual, regularFantatic as usuual, regular patrons, enjoy it immemnsely. thank you. Dr. John Pasko4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat can I say that hasn'tWhat can I say that hasn't already been said? They pay attention to every detail, and the food is world-class. I can't think of a better place to celebrate my birthday.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best in Orange CountyThe best in Orange County - always a win! Delicious food and a caring staff.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best menu choicesOne of the best menu choices in town. Great for client entertainment as well as a special occasion.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMBy far the best restaurantBy far the best restaurant in Orange County. Chef Florent Marneau's menu is innovative and fresh. He changes dishes depending on the season. The kale salad was delicious. Even my husband loved it & he doesn't like kale! The sautéed morel mushrooms with asparagus & egg custard was so decadent & luscious. My husband had the pork shank. It was falling off the bone tender. I had the venison - the best I've had. The presentation of each dish was spectacular. Service was efficient & friendly. Wonderful restaurant!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMA MUST GO DINING EXPERIENCEOur server, Mariano, has been great the times we have dined at Marche Moderne. He is professional, knowledgeable and down to earth...a delightful combination. The restaurant is great in every way: comfortable, quiet, lively, nice decor, but what stands out most is the DELICIOUS FOOD!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMarche Moderne never letsMarche Moderne never lets us down. There are always at least several entrees that I would be very happy with. Everyone at our table ordered something different and we were all happy with our lamb, duck confit, chicken and fish. Mushrooms are a specialty and our appetizer showed their expertise. This is my number one choice for dining in OC.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding French in OC (in OC!)This is the best French restaurant we've been to! We reserve 5 stars for the upper 10% in each category, this one being $$$$.
Our table server struck a good balance between being friendly and available but not obtrusive, overly familiar or chatty. She was highly knowledgeable of the cuisine and its preparation, and was a foodie as well as a disciple of the chef. Note: we could tell the server for the table behind us was not nearly skilled or enthusiastic.
This choice location in the 3rd floor of South Coast Plaza has seen several restaurants; this latest incarnation is perhaps the best of the bunch. The patio is by far the best place to sit when the weather permits, which is most of the year; this is SoCal after all.4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMstill hungryThe portion of the food is too small.
I need to eat many bread to satisfy my stomach4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, excellent whetherAs always, excellent whether it concerns the choice or the ambiance.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great to dine at thisAlways great to dine at this place. The service and attention is a cut above the rest.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMPrice fixed lunch is alwaysPrice fixed lunch is always a great option. Asparagus soup was outstanding.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGrade a-Ambiance and service are excellent. Food is well presented and very flavorful. The tasting menu was excellent variety and well balanced. The lamb shank was very rich and frankly had too much sauce which drowned the flavor of the meat. Otherwise no complaints.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my girlfriend here forTook my girlfriend here for her birthday and was amazed by the food.
Oysters were some of the freshest we've ever tasted, excellent quality, and the ginger sauce they were served with paired perfectly. 5/5
The bone marrow appetizer was surprisingly generously portioned, with two pieces while most other places serve one. The sauce lathered on top did a good job of cutting though the fattiness of the marrow, well done. 4.5/5
The sort ribs were delicious, and classic, simply well done. 4/5
The highlight of the night was the pork belly burrata pizza. Amazing, our new favorite pizza, a title originally taken by the burrata pizza at boutegga louie. 5/5
Service was attentive and very helpful.
This place is definitely a gem we didn't exp4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ordered 5 appetizers andWe ordered 5 appetizers and 2 entrees. All of them seem to be HIGH on the acid. Lots of vinegar. One of the items we ordered was the Bone Marrow and it was so gelatonous it was hardly edible. The fried octopus was very good flavor, but again, very acidic sauce.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMDinner Tuesday , The best!!!Dinner Tuesday , The best!!! Everything is
relaxed and perfect from the minute you arrive
We shared several dishes each one was
great. I have never had a bad dish here
Fun to sit on the patio ,especially at lunch
With lots if friends.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious Food, Waiter below parWe(from the Netherlands)made a reservation as a thank you to our family in LA we were staying with. We wanted the tasting menu and a wine arrangement, but to our disappointmnet is was not available. So we ate "a la carte". The four of us had different courses and all thought the food was absolutely delicious. We had asked the waiter to help us with finding the right glasses of wine for each course. Unfortunately he was not very professional and invariably ended up recommending the most expensive wines. This is rather stupid because by making the wrong combinations you can ruin that specific course. Also he told all parts of the starter called " Charcuterie" had french origin, while 3 of them were types from Italy or Spain.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMProbably the most imaginativeProbably the most imaginative menu in the OC. Fantastic all the way through.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMBest French restaurant inBest French restaurant in Orange County, perhaps in all of So. Cal!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways love being at thisAlways love being at this restaurant when visiting Costa Mesa to attend the South Coast Rep.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best tasting food, serviceThe best tasting food, service and pricing. I try to eat here as much as i can!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBest in OCThere is simply no better restaurant in Orange County. The $20 prix fixe lunch is a steal with this quality.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWe frequent Marche ModerneWe frequent Marche Moderne either for a sit down dinner or to enjoy appetizers and a glass of wine. Truly one of the best restaurants we've ever been to and we've been to many. The food is unmatched and the service is always pleasant. Such a treat to enjoy such an incredible restaurant in a mall!3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a pleasure for lunchFood was outstanding and flavorful. Great lunch prix fixe menu that changes slightly each day. Staff is always very attentive, personable, and prompt. Very consistent.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing meal and service.Amazing meal and service. Definitely must return to dine or enjoy a quick bite and bev at the bar.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways excellent, Marche ModerneAlways excellent, Marche Moderne continues to be the best French restaurant in the OC. Menus are constantly changing with new innovative items, unlike many other restaurants who keep the same menu forever. This time around we had the seppia appetizer, the black sea bass and the mussels; all were excellent. The restaurant was packed by 6:30 so if you want to dine here, suggest you make reservations at least a week in advance.3/2/2013 12:00:00 AMMarche Moderne Magnifique!I always love Marche. They have a great lunch deal and you almost can't go wrong with anything you order. The only thing I wasn't particularly impressed with were The Register fries. Maybe because they were hyped up to be so great, I was disappointed. Aside from that, most everything on the menu is delicious. Service is spotty and it can get noisy but you can't beat the food.2/22/2013 12:00:00 AMIt just does not get any betterIt just does not get any better than this in the OC. Menu selections are amazing and bursting with flavor. Always something new to enjoy.2/13/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat vegetable plate forGreat vegetable plate for a vegan option. Soup of the day is always worth trying.2/11/2013 12:00:00 AMBland pasta lunchExcellent squash soup. The shrimp and pasta lunch special was on the bland side but still better than what most other places can do. The steak lunch special and the salad served with both meals was great.1/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food--among theOutstanding food--among the best in Orange County.12/22/2012 12:00:00 AMBest spot in the OC for TopBest spot in the OC for Top notch food and service to match.12/20/2012 12:00:00 AM