Babette's

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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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SG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was quiet and the food was delicious.

S
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

c
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Great food& service. Dog friendly

PV
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

p
Orange County
201 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and food!

OT
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent restaurant and cuisine! Will definitely be back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and atmosphere.

p
Orange County
201 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely patio and atmosphere. Menu is a little limited.

l
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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

MH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

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
33 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

I
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
57 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

CS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance very relaxing. Chicken jidori bit bland, steak was wonderful. I think they could have better dessert choices, but chocolate mousse, we had, was rich and delicious. Service was excellent. Seems a
a bit pricey, but will go back again.

JW
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food and service aren't worth the price. The place was empty and the service was still very slow. Food was good, but not very flavorful. Ambiance would have been really nice, except the noisy starbucks patrons next door. Would be worth going back if the menu prices were cut in half.

LC
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My
Go to for a civilized experience

BM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Extremely well prepared food. The appetizers & shouldn't be missed. The seared cod had a golden brown crust while still b RT ingredients firm & moist. The PEI mussels were delightfully spicy with lots of garlic. My wife adored the vegetable tagine along with the wonderful add on side of sliced NY steak. All of the cocktails were excellent, but a little pricey. Be aware, the waitress may not advise you that asking for Hendricks Gin will cost an extra $3.00. Patio is beautiful & very relaxing. Nicest dog friendly patio that we have ever experienced.

s
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This seems to be a neighborhood favorite place. It is always busy. The place is light and airy, which I love. The food was wonderful too. I had one of the best chicken club sandwiches there. The vegetarian pad thai was good too. Our server was attentive and had good recommendations . We will definitely be back. I

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No such thing as a bad night at this restaurant local,staff and food THE BEST

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our evening was perfect! The food, the service and the ambiance was everything we could have asked for on our first night of vacation! Thank you!!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing. My meal was the scallops and it was cold. How hard is it to serve 3 meals hot and together?
Our server picked up our deserts which was very cool.

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