Bacchus Bar and Bistro

4.2
79 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Tapas
Hidden away in the Quail Hill Shopping Center is a hip neighborhood bar and bistro with an incredible wine shop, a warm and knowledgeable staff and live music. A place you want to bring family and friends to just hang out and celebrate life, nothing pretentious just affordable wine and great food. Bacchus offers over 400 different wines and 30 beers including draft brews. Their certified Sommelier, has a hunger to find the most amazing wines at affordable prices to complement Chef Charity's eclectic cuisine. With a small but ambitious kitchen,Chef creates food that is familiar yet current,and with her experience cooking for some of Orange Counties top restaurants, such as Aubergine, Sapphire Laguna, and Patina's Tangata, she has been influenced by the best. Fresh ingredients, along with her love of wine, she selects dishes that are a perfect complement to their incredible cellar selections. Her menu also includes a large Cheese and Charcuterie menu
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Monday: 11:30am - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Sunday: Temporarily Closed
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Phone number
(949) 502-4600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Charity Smith
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Cross street
Sand Canyon at 405
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Quail Hill Shopping Center
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405 Freeway and Sand Canyon
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Entertainment
We have live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. We offer Contemporary, Classic Rock, Blues and R&B artists.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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LB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our evening there. Food was exquisitely prepared. Great wines, wonderful live Spanish guitarist and cozy romantic atmosphere.

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MB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed, besides marketing themselves as "A place you want to bring family and friends" they neglect to tell you that it is a 21 and older location. So after making dinner reservations for my wife's birthday, our part (in 3 cars) drove out 20 minutes only to get turned away at the door. It would be great if either in the description or reservation process it warned people of the requirements to get into the restaurant. I understand 21 and over requirements for sitting at the bar, but not in the dining area.

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KN
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed relaxed vibe. Service lacking — more staff needed. Would be great if you have time; otherwise, inefficiencies can be frustrating.

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RL
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was a very pleasant surprise. Looks can be deceiving. We did not expect the type of great food, presentation and service from such a small shppping center place. Highly recommended.

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LC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Really disappointing: much more a drinking venue than a place for food. Limited not very interesting "bar" menu.

Live jazz but the room is very hard which makes the music very loud. Could not hear myself think.

The regulars obviously like what it has to offer and looked planted in place. It is not for me!

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OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

3 piece band was loud for a small place. Food was good with huge wine selection and top grade service.

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JY
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great wine selection. Way too loud for conversation.

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LS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Invited my friends and We went here for wine, food and jazz music. We got all that plus a lovely service. Will come back here again and recommend to other friends.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is always outstanding! Wine selection is fantastic. Such a fun place to go with my husband or bunch of friends.

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GP
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had been wanted to try it and we were not disappointed. The wine options are outstanding. No huge marketed names but good boutique wines with plenty of flavor. They also have a wine market so you can taste, buy and take home. The bartender asked what I was looking for in a wine, I said bold and chewy red with oak and she asked if there was a price range i was confortable. I told her and she came with an excellent choice that was $10 under by amount, my experience is that they usually find something that is $10 over your ""comfortable amount". The plates are small so good for sharing and ordering a variety. We had spicy prawns (excellent!!) and they were not afraid of spicy, so if you can't stand much spicy, not for you. The main entrée was the Short Ribs over a cauliflower puree, wow, this nice and tender meat was a perfect compliment to the nice chewy, oaky cab. oh, and we finished off with a wonderful carrot cake.... We don't do dessert but we did this time and ate the whole thing.... we'll be back!!!

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LS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good altough limited in choices. I love the wine collection and the live music.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met there for Valentines day and it was perfect for light menu and great wine.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live band and fantastic service.

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The music was great. The wine list is great. The offer interesting wine flights. The food was ok. We had the lobster fondue, the olive bread flatbread and the Brussels sprouts. The staff is very friendly, but very very slow. We sat for quite a while before our drinks were delivered. We waited quite awhile for food and even longer for the check. I guess it's nice not to have someone pushing you to eat or drink more but if we had wanted more we would have had pursued getting it. If I was going back I would only go for music and wine.

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RJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

New owners and there are a few changes
- food menu more limited
- Open Table reservation no longer available
- reservations for parties of 6 or more only
( smaller parties can call 30 minutes ahead to hold a table, making it hard to plan ahead IMO)

The wine selection is good, we love the live music, the food offerings are ok ( not a restaurant though so come prepared ). This had been our goto place for an entertaining night out, and we will continue to return on occasion, but we may explore some of the other wine bars out there ( and there are plenty of them ).

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SC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food but horrible service. Took forever just for them to bring us our waters. Took about an hour for food. The servers were not friendly. Cozy spot with good food and music and wine, if the service changed this place could be great.

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RW
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I made a reservation online for 8 for a group that was in town on business. They didn't seem to realize that we had a reservation and had to figure out where to put our large group. Our table of 8 was given only one menu. We asked for more menus but no other menus were provided. After 15 minutes I got up and took some menus from the counter. The food and beverages were pretty good. I ordered a cheese plate, which included options for gluten free bread and gluten free crackers. There was a magician there that night, which was highly entertaining for our group. Some hiccups on service, but overall a good experience.

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L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

first time to this cute wine bar. it was lively on Sat night with live entertainment. The wine selection was good and we enjoyed our cheese board. They were busy, so service was a little slow, but they were really nice.

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GF
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent wine list! Food is fairly good. For gluten free eaters, ask for adjustments and be creative!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster chorizo fondue was amazing, a must have if you go there. Beef tacos and lamb burger were also a hit with us. live music was a plus!

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J
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love Baccus. We usually hit live classic rock night and the music is always good. Food is fantastic and service attentive. Great selection of beers and wines, sampler is a great way to go.

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MJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came without expectations and this place was great! I highly recommend. Wine and food selection are superb.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like this place because I'm a beer drinker but my friends are wine drinkers. Not a ton of beers on tap but they had a huge selection of bottled beers. My friends liked their wines. Food was great, better than I was expecting and it was hard to choose, everything sounded good. Best bread pudding I've ever had. Also although the place was nearly full it wasn't noisy and we could easily carry on our conversation. We'll be back!

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g
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Very comfortable little place in the corner of the shopping center. Good selection of wine. Some craft beers, but not many to choose from. Staff is helpful, but more used to providing a bottle of wine and not bothering you for a while, as opposed to serving a meal, checking to make sure you got everything, and then providing you with a check at the end of the meal. We had to get up and track them down a couple of times. Food was good. Will definitely be back, but not if I'm short on time.

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B
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the Lamb burger is amazing

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The server was on point. It would have been preferred if our bills could have been divided, even with adding gratuity for each bill.

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Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

We've been coming to Bacchus many times as it is close to our neighborhood. Our main reason to come to Bacchus is to relax at the end of work week, have a good glass of wine or beer, light dinner, and to enjoy live music. This place is nice and cozy with good live music.

We enjoy the live music most of the time but we have to sacrifice for it with their limited food selection on their menu. The cheese board was good, most small veggies plates were good. Lobster grill cheese sandwich was terrible this time. The beef tacos were tiny and overpriced. It took a long time (20minutes) to get our food, but it was okay as we were enjoying the music and our drinks.

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RP
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are always looking to find those rare eating and wine specialty places in Southern California. Well, this place is, as one grandchild likes to say, "The Bomb dot com"! LOL The place is tucked away in a hidden strip mall. Once inside, we were immediately approached by one of the servers who asked if we could be helped and if we had Reservations, which we had. We had checked out the website before going so we had an idea of what the menu was like. However, the waiter/bartender took the time to explain how to order the cheese boards from a list you check-off on. So we went crazy and ordered the max of selections. We also ordered the lobster, chorizo fondue. Wow! and the wine list is diversified with wine flight offerings. Recommend this place highly. The staff is very attentive and friendly and we will go back to sample other items on the menu. For non-wine drinkers, they have craft beers and beer flights also available.

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OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for a romantic evening of wine and small bites. Wine flights and bottles were a little on the pricy side. Live entertainment was very good, food took a long time to come out. Kitchen seems to get overwhelmed very easily with orders.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine, beer, and food. Live guitarist/singer was very good as well.

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Y
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We decided to eat here because they would have entertainment. The band was good and we loved the cheese plate and the wine flights. It was great to try three different kinds of wine. The menu is limited, but good.

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FT
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The elegance and lighting

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OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine bar but disappointed they did not have my open table reservation. Showed them my open table reservation on app via phone to prove it. Ambiance and service is always great here. It's a hidden gem. Food is mediocre but wine selection is not bad.

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SF
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommends: cheese & charcuterie board, savory bread pudding, oven roasted medjool dates, and pumpkin cheesecake. I would pass on the flatbread. The actual bread part is not very good.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Not huge portions, which is nice and an amazing wine selection!

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B
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although having only dined here once, I decided to book a table for a work dinner (my boss and several colleagues were visiting). I'd enjoyed the ambiance, the wine list and ecclectic menu so felt it would be a good choice but having not yet frequented I was a little dubious.

There were 7 of us in total and I'm pleased to report all enjoyed the experience, food and service. Vanessa was our primary server and she was fantastic - she was attentive and has a very pleasant demeanor. All the team that I've encountered here thus far have been great.

Thanks for a great evening! I'm a new fan and hopefully soon to be classified as a 'regular' :)

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B
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorites are the Barely Buzzed coffee crusted cheese, Brussels sprouts and the Offering red blend gsm. Chef and Mom are awesome.

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S
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Staff is extreme friendly and wine selection is good.
Bill takes good care of his regulars. Be sure to get on his list.
Tom delivers hot wine and cold beers, never a dull moment on Tuesdays and Wednesday.

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S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good selection of wine and nibbbles. The service is wonderful!

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LD
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very casual local spot that delights all senses. Come early for the selection of Happy Hour plates to the incredible list of wines that are unique to the area. Then stay a little longer to hear live music! The staff is very professional and attentive and provide exceptional service to the diners. Small kitchen but a very talented chef. Located in the Quail Hill Shopping Center, south of the 405, it is well worth going there.

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