Babette's

4.6
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361 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Babette's is a locally sourced, globally inspired farm to table restaurant and bar located in beautiful Crystal Cove. We specializes in local, sustainable and organic produce. We offer a variety of delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well as fresh and locally caught seafood, with organic poultry and organic grass-fed beef dishes. Our artisan cocktail menu featuring a list of carefully selected spirits and fresh ingredients. Our wine selection offers a taste of California grapes from up and down the coast, as well as from around the world. Each dish and cocktail has a story poured into it and we created Babette's with only the best ingredients in mind.
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RL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This restaurant needs a refresh

JW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. We took our son and his girlfriend who are vegan and they were able to find several choices for dinner and dessert. They loved it. Great for vegers and normies.

SR
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great, service was slow. We sat inside and it was pleasant, though I do prefer the patio. It is a dog friendly place so if you do bring a pet, the outside patio is great.

C
Sacramento
84 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Portions were on the smaller side for the price. It was a nice place to chat with friends.

PA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about Babette's but last Friday, when we sat at our favorite table on the patio, the hostess seated a dad with his two young children next to us. They were loud and unruly. It made for a challenging evening at best. -- We love everything about Babette's so this was our first bad experience that really had nothing to do with the restaurant. -- Simply a misfortunate situation.

RE
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food this time a bit underwhelming.

p
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely restaurant - great food - pretty environment - service was a bit slow but overall a very nice experience!

F
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were a little disappointed this time . Brick chicken was dry. Vegetables that came with it lacked flavor, had a spinach salad that wasn't particularly crisp. On the whole it this visit was a disappointment,

SG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was quiet and the food was delicious.

S
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Seriously my new favorite restaurant! I wish I could dine there breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks!

OT
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner on the patio everything we had was delicious !
Service a little slow for drinks but ok after that.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best salmon salad ever! Very nice service and beautiful ambiance!

c
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Great food& service. Dog friendly

PV
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Thank you. The setting is great, food excellent, and the staff was superb.

JN
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We especially enjoy dining outside on a beautiful Newport Coast evening, so we chose Babette's as a midway point between our Laguna Beach friends and our Corona del Mar home. Ambience was just
lovely. Service started out attentive and friendly but once the restaurant filled up (with a couple of
large-ish family groups) the service dropped off noticeably. It took 20 minutes for our guest to have
a cocktail delivered (for example). It was nearly impossible to get a refill of tap water for our other
guest's glass, even after a couple of requests. Our orders were not complicated, nor were we demanding, but it seemed as though the service staff was a bit overwhelmed with the "crowd."

R
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babettes is my go to for a good meal and ambience.

p
Orange County
201 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met my vegetarian niece from La here. Lots of choices for her. Salads. Vegs . Sat on patio. Allows dogs. Scallops were perfectly done. Chocolate cake was good but ordinary. Delightful evening outside they didn’t rush us.

m
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and food!

OT
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

This was our second time there. The first time we loved it. I went back for salmon dish as my friend had it first time and looked delicious.
I ordered it and had to send it back which I rarely do. So dry and overlooked. Second salmon better but still not cooked properly. My friends ahi was very underwhelming.
We love the atmosphere and service is very good.

J
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our annual gathering of family visiting Newport Beach. We love the ambiance, the servers and the food. Recommend highly.

KM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent restaurant and cuisine! Will definitely be back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and atmosphere.

p
Orange County
201 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Went for brunch. I ordered coffee. the cream was very cold & I added only a drop but I think the coffee was not too hot to start. So I told the waiter my coffee was not very hot & asked for a fresh coffee ( hot). I believe The waiter reheated my coffee in the microwave as it came back with cream & hot. Not great.
Ranch’s eggs were very good.Perfectly poached egg etc.

I often eat here & recommend it disputes the coffee snafu.

OT
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babette’s was incredible! The food was superb, the ambience was lovely and the staff was sweet.
A neighborhood gem! Run don’t walk to your next meal...

JT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place! Friendly, good service, REALLY good drinks and food all with an ocean view and not too crowded. Love it! I will be back!

BJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Without a doubt the worst experience I have had in years. Extremely poor service, inattentive and order was wrong. It took one hour for our meal to arrive and then the food was both cold and awful. Waitress was nowhere to be seen and never checked to see if order was correct or food ok. We asked to see the manager who came over and kind of apologized but the manager was young and clearly inexperienced. In fact all of the staff were very young and completely inattentive throughout the meal.

We both ordered roasted Cod and it was totally dry and overcooked. Vegetables were cold and this was after waiting for an hour for the food to arrive. For a restaurant that claims to be an upscale restaurant the food was awful and the staff all young and clueless. Not what a good restaurant should be. Brian J

V
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lone this spot and always exceptional service! The outdoor patio is always a favorite.

R
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food and the wine list are very good. The restaurant has something for everyone. The service was fair, but not great. It was a nice spot for a business dinner.

WC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful vegan entree's while still offering really great options for meat and fish as well. Presentation and flavor was great. Sit on the patio near the fire pit is very nice.

OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the ambiance of Babette’s patio. I brought two guests - one lives their meal; the other order scallops and risotto and found the risotto cloying rich. My salmon and mussels were cooked perfectly.

BD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely patio and atmosphere. Menu is a little limited.

l
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

did not acknowledge birthdays which was the reason for dining there. service very nice but food is very overpriced for hat is served.

DS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried for first time. Was great, definitely recommend. Will be coming back, and strongly recommend to others! All dishes ordered were great, appetizers, salads, and entrees.

BM
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio. They have heaters and blankets (which we did not need but they were available) and it was very comfortable. Service was wonderful, and food was perfect.

l
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

1st time to Babette’s.
Was a chilly day for Newport 62* brrrrr.......
So we sat inside at a very nice table by the window.
I enjoyed the warm lentil and beet salad and the vegan carrot cake was delish!
Mint green iced tea was okay a little weak and bit pricey for $5 for just a glass with a lot of ice.
I will return to try more of the menu.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was terrible we had BBQ tofu and the next day felt intoxicated

MH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food1service4ambience5

For Breakfast only. We come all the time for breakfast -really beautiful place, fresh healthy choices. This was the first time for dinner and was not good at all. Still a beautiful place, great service. Salmon was cold and really under seasoned, garlic broccoli side was cold and the oil was strangely pungent like it was old and taste took over. It was inedible. Not spoiled, just the metallic smell/taste of old oil. Root vegetable puree was bland and not seasoned. We came the next week again for breakfast. It was fantastic as usual! Smoked salmon benedict, huevos rancheros. All YUMMY and the staff/service is always great.

P
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for grass fed protein, vegetarian and vegan dishes and really fresh food overall.

I
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, loved the spinach salad. It was a bit overcast but they have blankets at each table to keep you warm. Great service!

NB
Orange County
59 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was perfect and our food very good. All 4 of us were very happy