Hobbit is greatThis is the third year I've taken my wife for her birthday, and again it did not disappoint. Relax with a cocktail, taste yummy nibblies in the wine cellar (we've learned to not overdo it here, it's very easy) and enjoy the courses in a relaxed non-hurried pace. And we had wines with each of them too, I get the wine flight and it's good enough for two, if you just want a little to go with your meal. If you had a larger group, a bottle or two of wine might be better.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the most unique dining experGreat dining experience. Great service. Great for special occasions.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had not been to The HobbitWe had not been to The Hobbit for a very long time - it was a great place to celebrate my husband's birthday. Everything was delicious and the service was very attentive. We have already recommended it to friends and family.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA dining gem in Orange CountyThe Hobbit is an outstanding restaurant that offers not only fine dining, but wine dinners. You must reserve early as it is a single seating. This was our second time to visit. I wished we lived closer so we could go more often (but my budget probably appreciates that we aren't closer.)5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular!I've been twice so I'd have to say The Hobbit has provided the TWO most enjoyable and memorable dining experiences in my life!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAn unforgettable experiance!A wonderful evening! Debra and Michael are excellent hosts and I can't think of a better couple owning and operating this classic gem. Chef Michael's food and Debra's hospitality made this night spectacular! The whole experience is so well played and everything from the champagne in the wine cellar along with the hor d oeuvres, to the rest of spectacular food. It was a evening we will never forget! Many thanks and job well done!!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been going for overWe have been going for over 30 years.
My favorite eatery in the whole world4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThanksThis is the best place in Southern California to eat. The food is amazing and the wine list is huge. This is a must dine experence.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was just a delightful evening...It was just a delightful evening....from a welcome by the owners at the front door, cocktails upstairs in the gorgeously updated bar and lounge, to the trip down to the cellar for scrumptious appetizers and house Sparkling wine. We were treated so well! Then back up for dinner in the bittersweet chocolate painted dining room. Subtle service, fabulous food and wines to match each course. Chef Mike Philippi knows what he's doing, and proves it every time we've gone in. It's an experience to share. And repeat.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Evening OutA great choice for a special night out! The food was very good, the service was excellent and the ambience was great. Great fun to start out in the wine cellar with fantastic starters. We brought our own wine and paid the $25.00 corkage and they were very helpful with decanting, serving and even bottling our leftovers back in the bottle and bagging it up! I would highly recommend. The price seemed very reasonable when you figure the two glasses of champagne that we had were part of the deal (we could have had more champagne if we had wanted it!). Be prepared for a late night -- we finished close to 11 pm.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous!Second time and it did not disappoint. Creative menu,excellent preparation and presentation, attentive service. Need I say more?4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA MUST EXPERIENCEThis is definitely a place that must be experienced one time at the very least!
Great great great place. Great great great experience.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMwe simply enjoyed the dinnerwe simply enjoyed the dinner - every thing: meals, atmosphere, timing, service, etc - so much that
we can't ask more!! Definitely "The Hobbit" will be our one of the most favorite restaurants.
Thank you for such a wonderful dinner!
Mike3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant is set inThis restaurant is set in a stately home, not Tara mind you, but one of the even better built in an era when all were better built. This lends itself to the feeling of being a dinner guest at an extraordinary occasion. You start the evening before service with cocktails from the bar upstairs. Service begins with champagne and hors d’oeuvres in the wine cellar while wine pairings are selected for the upcoming courses. Knowledgeable guests may pick their own, discuss with the sommeliers, or I went with the house recommendations which were spot on. Then it’s upstairs for the remainder of the service. There is an intermission to talk with other guests, smoke in the patio, or observe and talk with the chefs in the kitchen. I found all the3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMSome enchanted eveningWhat a wonderful evening! Enjoyed every minute from the wine celler to the Boca Negra. This is an experience everyone should have. You'll remember it always.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Hobbit is a MUSTWhat a truly amazing and unique dining experience. I will be going back every chance I get!3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the better dining experienceOne of the better dining experiences I've had in SoCal since moving here 17 years ago. Food was memorable, one level below the best in the country. Service was impeccable and the setting very serene. A fine night out and a remarkable oasis in the cultural wsateland of Orange County.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMShould be prepared to eatShould be prepared to eat and drink for over 4 hours.
Got there at 6:30 left at 10:45
Choices of wine and food were outstanding.
Need to pace yourself.
Could have just had wine and Hors d'oeuvres
Wine cellar is one of the best we've seen3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent experience startingExcellent experience starting with hors d'oeuvres in the basement wine cellar. Wine selection is excellent. We had the fortune to dine on a very light night and took the opportunity to meet with the chef. The food and service were outstanding. A special place.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMMany great things about theMany great things about the restaurant, not the least of which are the rooms upstairs which were something else! We went gaga over the wines in the cellar and our somelier who came, when asked, to our table was very enthusiastic in his recommendations. The aperitifs before the dinner and the dinner were both absolutely delicious.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMa lovely experience.What a delightful experience! We came for my birthday celebration, and though my son was hoping for something more "hobbit-ty" (round doors?) I thought it was a delightful experience. Loved going down to the wine cellar for hors d'oeuvres and to select the wine, a nice touch. We shall return!1/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had wonderful New Year'sWe had wonderful New Year's Eve dinner at The Hobbit. The experience here is absolutely amazing from start to finish, and truly unique. We can't wait to go back!12/31/2012 12:00:00 AM