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Marché Moderne
Marché Moderne

Marché Moderne Details

  • 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 (714) 434-7900

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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "This is one of the most creative restaurant kitchens in Southern California. The chef's exacting culinary efforts are much appreciated. He literally imports a cornucopia of fresh seafood from France once a year to craft one of the finest bouillibaisses' in the world. That kind of evocative cooking deserves more consistent service. After being served the accompaniements for that dish we waited nearly 20 minutes for the bouillibaisse itself to arrive sans spoons. We dined on the patio and the restaurant seems well staffed but attention to detail, attentiveness and good service was sorely lacking. It was not for lack of training, our waiter was charming and experienced just AWOL. I love the food but will be hard pressed to return."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "When we visit our kids we always stop in for an excellent lunch. The prix fixe special selections are stellar. The food is delicious and fresh and the ambience elegant and inviting. The reception is friendly and service excellent. We are never disappointed. We will return on our next visit."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This restaurant is comparable to top L.A. destinations. No other restaurant in O.C. is close."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I have to give special props to Marche for their Bouillabaisse. It is by far the best I have had! Le Cirque is close but Marche's beats everyone hands down! They literally put a mountain of fresh sea food in the bowl then fill ot with broth so you can see what exactly you are getting. Everything is flown is fresh daily and you can tell easily in the taste of freshness each bite has. I highly reccomend going b ut hurry as it only lasts a week each year. After you try it you will be one of the regulars, I am sure of it."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Our service was excellent; the rest so-so. We were not impressed by the menu or the quality of the food. Perhaps my expectations were too high as the resturant is rated as one of the best in the OC - not so. There is nothing wrong with the restaurant. It just doesn't shine."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I have been going to marche Moderne for years. The normally have a 3 course lunch for $20.00 which is still listed on their website now it is $25.00. I had clams that were not washed they were full of sand. I feel as of this restaurant has gone down hill. It was my birthday they brought out a empty plate and put the candle on a empty plate why would they do that how horrible to blow out a birthday candle on a white empty plate. Strange. I will never come back again. After years and years."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "In my view, this is simply the best restaurant in Orange County. Truly outstanding French food that's as close to being in Paris as you can get. Wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and the wine list is also exceptional, without being too long."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Had the 3 course Prix fixe lunch on Sunday which started with a melon prosciutto salad. The melons were perfectly sweet and ripe, paired nicely with the saltiness of the prosciutto and pepperiness of the arugula. Next was the short rib which was tasty and tender. My only complaint was that there wasn't much meat on the few ribs on the plate. There was definitely more bone than meat. The meal ended perfectly with Strawberry cake that had a slight crisp top, fried perhaps?, but made light by the chantilly. Service was also good and attentive. I was seated expediently, waiter was timely in taking both drink and meal orders. My water glass was promptly refilled throughout the meal. Overall, a solid dining experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "You continue to be the BEST restaurant in Orange County"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The spontanee lunch is consistently a great value and and opportunity to enjoy the owners' latest (what seems to be endless) creativity of salad, main course, and dessert. The shrimp and pasta was light and flavorful; the tomatoes added a special touch. We have never had melt-in-your-mouth strawberry short cake like the Spontanee dessert. The salad with melon, proscuitto, riccota, and almonds was exquisite."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "What marred our experience was an impatient waiter who took away our appetizers before we were finished with them, discouraged us from ordering foods despite our interest, and put our check on the table before we were finished with our desserts. He tried to rush us through the whole meal. This is absolutely unacceptable for a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Marche' Moderne never disappoints you. This is truly one of a great restaurants in Southern California. The menu is well thought out offering tastes for all individual preferences in the dining party. The Chef has prepared the food expertly and it is presented on the plate with style. The service is more than expected even for an exceptional restaurant. Our server was Larisa - ask for her."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I consider this to be one of the OC's top restaurants. The menu, which always reflects and evolves with the seasons, includes old favorites and intriguing new dishes based on fresh and interesting ingredients. I'm especially fond of the various salads. French fare can be a little bit heavy for my tastes, but I can always find something light and always enjoy the seafood I usually order. The appetizers are particularly inventive and I would recommend making a meal out of several them. There's often a great fixed price meal available."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Beef tartar, schnitzel. Heirlooms tomatoes. Service was excellent as always. Just a great restaurant."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Marche has always done this better than any other restaurant we know. This is Marche Lobster Salad 2.0, improved (if that is possible) from the outstanding version last offered, with flavorful heirloom tomatoes. Flavors are exquisite in this light and nuanced main dish salad. The spontanee lunch is always an excellent value. On Friday, July 11, it featured a delicious salad including beets haricot."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Tried the chef's summer tasting menu on this visit. Awesome. We loved every bite from start to finish. Great service. Delicious food. Doesn't get any better."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A classic French bistro with fair-good food. Charming patio seating right there on the top of the mall. The whipped goat cheese on the beet salad was delightful, and the morel mushroom sauce on the Jidori chicken was tasty. But the 2 scallops (for $40!) arrived with a strong whiff of fishiness, and there's nothing the chef could do to cook the "old" out of that fish. The tomato risotto was so bland as to be tasteless, and the cheese course to start was good but not exceptional. After eating at Republique in LA last week, this place did not compare. Hardly one of the top 100 in LA."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I always look forward to the fixed price lunch at Marche Moderne. Quite a treat for a lunch - delicious food and amazing quality. If you go up to the top of the parking garage near Nordstrom's there is a walkway connecting you to the secret floor where Marche Morderne is."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Two of us met our french teacher for dinner so we could practice ordering our meals in french. We are both getting ready to travel to France and thought this would be a great idea. We had so much fun talking to the two managers Nadine and Melissa. They were so accommodating and very patient with us. Our teacher had fun correcting us. We laughed all night. The food was outstanding. Having three people that like to share we tried many of the appetizers and meals. The champagne was wonderful too. Thanks for the experience!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It does get any better than this. I have enjoyed March'e Moderne several times & have always experienced consistent high quality food $ service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 35th anniversary and I had never been to this restaurant before. The food was excellent as was the service and ambiance. Loved it!! We will for sure go back!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have eaten here on a number of occasions and have enjoyed the food each and every time. The restaurant is very professional in every respect and the food preparation is outstanding. We would definitely recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "forget about the location in south coast plaza food, service, wine list is fabulous, and a must do in Orange County"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Marche Moderne is the perfect ending for some retail therapy. Lovely, special location."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This place is excellent. Food, service, the whole thing. Odd location in a mall but who cares?"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food and service is always consistent. We went for a special birthday and they went above and beyond accommodating my special wishes for dessert and champagne and service. The food is always incredible. I know Marche Moderne is always a fabulous time no matter the occasion."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The only place where no matter how many times i've gone back, the food is always great."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have been coming here for years and it is consistently the best! My favorite restaurant! The service is always impeccable as is the food! Also, this is one of the few restaurants where the noise level is minimal and it is actually possible to talk easily during ones meal!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I treated my girlfriend to lunch here for her birthday and all I can say is it was wonderful. The service was timely and attentive. We had the $25 fixed price lunch which was amazing, esp for the price. All and all I have nothing negative to say about the experience. They even brought out her dessert with a candle."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times in the past , and the experience has been good to very good. Tonight was a total bummer. Knowing some of the staff over the last 15 years we were waiting for our first glass of Champagne forever before it was severed. Our friends were allergic to scallops yet served a dish that had a Scallop dumpling. Slow inattentive service for most of the night . Food was very rustic in style, not memorable at all. We won't be going back anytime soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you enjoy truly fine dining Marche Modern is your kind of place. Not only is everything prepared using the finest, freshest ingredients, there is an incredible attention to every detail. All dishes have incredible flavor profiles and the plate presentations are a delight to the eye. This is the place to find a wide variety of foods not on the usual menus - abalone, octopus, sweetbreads, fresh fishes like sea bream, prime scallops, etc. all prepared in ways to celebrate ingredients. While it is possible to get an outstanding steak and frites, the wide variety on the menu entices one to expand their choices by sharing numerous small plates or to try the chef's prefix menu. In a word - delicious."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was very inventive and tasty. Server knew menu and wines very well and he was very supportive"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We went to Marche Moderne for Fathers' Day. We had an excellent meal. The chef keeps up with food trends and keeps creating inventive dishes, making it a pleasure to return. They offer 3oz pours of wine which makes it easy to ask Danny, the very knowledgeable sommelier to create a customized wine and food pairing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food is amazing. Service is impeccable. This is the restaurant to celebrate any and all occasions at. And the restaurant for other restaurants to try to beat. They haven't yet."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best french food in OC. The French fries are to die for. Had the Jidori chicken served at the table in a copper pot. Flavor was great, chicken very tender and juicy. Opt for bring own champagne which was $14 corkage fee."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Just back from a lovely evening at Marche Moderne. It is such a joy to dine in an establishment that still understands the art of dining. The menu is diverse and fit for foodies, services is attentive and educated and the noise level is moderate so that you can enjoy the company of those you are with. Dinner is delicious but the prix fix lunch is hard to beat. Cheers to you Marche Moderne!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We came here with friends to celebrate my husband's birthday. Despite writing a note for the server, they didn't mention it at all. Also, the coursing was off - it took about 30 minutes from when they brought out the apps to the main course. The restaurant wasn't even busy, so not sure why there was such a delay. For their soup, I commented that the flavors were really bitter. There was no apology from the server - instead he was curt and spoke to me like I should have know that the pickled mushrooms would be very strong. I did not feel like i was a valued customer, found this very surprising given the reputation of the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Unbelievable food. Had the pri fix menu with wine pairing. Fantastic. Server extremely knowledgeable."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I had shrimp and scallop with a superb sauce on top. Lychee cocktail was also excellent!!! We'll done,"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Marche' never disappoints. Seated promptly, knowledgeable wait staff, and GREAT food. I had the 3 course luncheon with better than usual salad, tender, delicious short rib and super chocolate éclair. Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014