Babette's

4.5
325 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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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l
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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NB
Orange County
52 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

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CS
San Francisco
6 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.

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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.

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

My
Go to for a civilized experience

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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.

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s
Orange County
32 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

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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

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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!!

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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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BB
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We set on the patio which was lovely. I don’t know about the noise level inside but there was no problem on the patio with noise. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was delicious I highly recommend the hummus appetizer it’s different than any other I’ve had.

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Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Newport Beach We have been vacationing here for many years each time we must eat at Babettes several times Food staff and atmosphere are awesome

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OS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our recent visit to Babette's was very pleasant, and especially nice to dine outdoors on the patio. You forget you are in a shopping strip; the trees and fireplace make it very cozy. Our food was great, the mushroom mousse is a favorite as a starter, and the mains from scallops to the beet and lentil salad were super tasty.

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J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Something has changed at Babbette's since I have been there last. The food used to be excellent but now im afraid the food it not good. Tough chicken, things not cooked appropriately, etc. It seems to me that the chef or ownership has changed. Its not worth the prices they charge anymore in my view.

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MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place in a small center across from the ocean on pch. Service was excellent. The food was delicious. I’m vegan but my wife is not. We were both able to have incredible food.

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PK
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Well prepared farm to table food with excellent service in a beautifully designed space.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great service. We went here based on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Don’t hesitate to go here if you are thinking about going totally worth it!

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S
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and service. The patio was quiet and seems like you are not in a restaurant. We had a good business meal there and will return.

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LA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great servers! Will be back soon!

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One our favorite spots to eat. Thank you as always Babette’s staff 👍🏻

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KB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is always interesting, the menu is unique and the service is warm, friendly and so good. I eat here at least once a week and never have had a bad meal or less than perfect and thoughtful service. I highly recommend it for every occasion!

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TJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was very slow. We had to ask our waiter many times to come over to the table. Our cocktails were services AFTER the starters had arrived. The quality of the food was above reasonable. We are probably going back again in hopes that the service has improved.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. Great wine. Had one of the best hamburgers ever, and they did not spoil it with a white bread bun, but a multigrain fantastic tasting healthy bun. And the waygu beef was phenomenal!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific foot. Cook very accommodating to our needs. Would go back definitely.

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JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We have frequented Babette's for years but unfortunately the quality of service has diminished. Our waitress was infrequent and inattentive. More interested in conversation with other wait staff by the bar than attending to ours or other tables around us. We made new friends with some guests at another table nears us and they indicated they were disappointed as well. In addition the restaurant is growing tired in appearance. It needs a good cleaning and a refresh. And the restrooms.....well let's just say they were poorly attended for what looked like some time. In the end, it very disappointing for us. We have thoroughly enjoyed our visits in the past. It has been a go to for us, and of course the hummus is a favored starter. But the main course quality has diminished, the food comes out cool in lieu of good temperature and the menu has changed little in a very long time. Coupled with a tired appearance it's no longer on our favorites list.

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K
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the wine was good. Our table was not in a good location but they more than made up for it. Highly recommend Babette's!

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p
Orange County
190 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the cauliflower soup. It was very tasty but so thick! A cup is fine; a bowl is overwhelming and not in a good way. Also had eggs Benedict with salmon/lox. Eggs were poached perfectly. Carrot cake was divine.Service was attentive but uneven. Our waiter was very nice and came over several times when we were not ready. However after we started eating there were no offers of refills play drinks.
I recommend this restaurant for breakfast ( large orders) & lunch.

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TG
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful, delicious, healthy food, relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful view.

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LF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creativity & quality of food was amazing, and service is always perfection.

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and salads, service was great,
Very nice and trained help.

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food at breakfast. The smoked salmon Benedict was a real treat, and I would recommend that for all the Benedict lovers.
We ate at the outdoor patio and really enjoyed, even with the cold snap, they had heaters, fireplace and blankets.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The manager, katherine, was wonderful! The service was phenomenal and the food was delicious!

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BB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Babette‘s! Every time we eat there it’s an enchanting experience plus we come out feeling so healthy and good about the food we enjoyed. We have dined at Babette several times. This time, we were there to celebrate a birthday. Our waitress Bridget was amazing! Our birthday girl has significant dietary restrictions and Bridget helped her negotiate the menu with grace and kindness! We were really impressed! We have been to other restaurants that definitely gave the impression of being inconvenienced by questions about ingredients, gluten-free etc. all of which are critically important to our family member not ending up in the hospital before the evening is over. Bridget was not like that at all; she was so sweet as well as knowledgeable about the menu, food sensitivities etc. She guided our family to wonderful choices and a lovely evening!

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L
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch place!

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JK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Horrible service and vegetarian food. The menu didn’t explain the meals well.

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TB
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I love food, in fact, I'm always thinking about my next meal. But I definitely won't becoming back here. Ordered the truffle mouse (this was nice - not too greasy, good overall flavor), herbed french fries (these were like in and out fries with some tastless herb seasoning, nothing memorable), lamb meatballs (these lacked flavor, you get 3 meatballs and 2 big chilis in a roasted pepper sauce) and the crispy goat cheese dumplings (there was no love with this salad - it was a bunch of spinach leaves with the smallest amount of dressing, random pieces of beats cut up, cold goat cheese dumplings, and some almonds. I have to say, this was the most tastless salad I've ever eaten). The service was mediocore for it us being one of 5 tables inside the restaurant. This restaurant has great ambiance, but the food was very unmemorable. I won't be back.

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r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was amazing.

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