Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens

4.5
508 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Dine in a “hidden oasis” amongst a serene paradise garden setting featuring a lite French and Mediterranean luncheon fare at Sherman Gardens. Enjoy soft breezes and spectacular foliage for outdoor dining, or dine inside the Great Room surrounded by glass door walls, a mosaic fireplace, exposed beams, and Spanish tiled floors. The dining area is available for private parties, banquets for up to 230 people, and Pascal is the exclusive caterer for Sherman Gardens, home of many
spectacular weddings. We also offer Sunday Brunch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm, Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 673-0033
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pascal Olhats
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Private party facilities
Semi-Private area seats up to 120 Guests.
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Private party contact
Tony Aguilar: (949) 673-0033
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
PCH and MacArthur
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Parking details
There is a parking lot at the rear of Sherman Gardens. Please note that a $5 per person entrance fee is required to Sherman Gardens.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 508 People Are Saying
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Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I would have expected better food and service for the price. Salad was plain, iceberg lettuce and a few vegetables and chicken, and bland. Portion sizes were small. Service too was so-so. There was really nothing special about this place except for the beautiful gardens and eating outdoors. But likely I would not return

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LX
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After our day-adventure, a friend and I decided to dine here during the latter half of our visit. While the layout of the green space managed to lure us into a mindfulness, the ambience beautifully introduced me to the dining space with its various greenery/blooms/decorations. The food was nutritious, delicious, aesthetic, the experience was intimate yet open; the service was positive & professional. Smooth vibrations.

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RU
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed lunch and conversation. A walk in the garden is a must. Loved it. Thank you.

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RT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a wonderful setting for an afternoon brunch. Might be a little cool for some as there was no indoor seating. Thought the food, though nicely presented, was a little on the bland side. Spicy lamb was not that spicy, the trout though deboned properly did not have much flavor. Thought the wine selections though limited were very good. I would recommend this place even though my review of the food is less than great just for the setting. You can also wander through the outstanding gardens and library for an afternoon constitutional.

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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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w
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

over-priced, no indoor sitting (even if the weather is cold),cant 'split the bill, menu very limited and everyone in your party must order at least $17.00

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H
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was very delicious but the menu only had a few select items and mostly seafood. The gardens are beautiful and sitting outside was relaxing and made lunch ver special. The service was wonderful.

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K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting..surrounded by garden. Lunch was beautifully presented and delicious. The Apple tart was amazing!

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JG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Sherman Gardens is a beautiful spot to escape the chaos of Orange County, it’s just a shame that El Jardin doesn’t deliver an equally rewarding experience.
My friend & I had the chicken salad. I had to send mine back because the chicken was not cooked (it was obvious that parts were still raw). When the salad returned, they had added some ingredients (cut up salami, yes really & extra tomatoes.) The chicken, however was still very suspect. I removed over half of the chicken & are the salad. The lunch for 2 people, 2 small chicken salads, 2 ice teas & one piece of flourless chocolate was $60. Ridiculous for the quality of food that was served. I’d recommend seeing Sherman Gardens but go elsewhere to eat.

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious and the desserts amazing! Background music enjoyable and not too loud. View of the grounds adds to the dining experience.

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a
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

This was my 4th or 5th time here for Lunch since moving to the OC about 3 years ago. In the past, the setting has been lovely, the food good and the service quite pleasant. This time I brought 2 friends from out of town for lunch. The setting was still lovely, although there was a table behind us with people who were laughing so loudly and boisterously, it was hard to hear each other. The service was unbelievably poor. We barely sat down when we were asked to order because according to the waitperson, they "needed our menus". We ordered and returned the menus. We had to ask 3 times for someone to take our drink orders. After the food arrived, I realized there was salami in the Chicken salad I ordered...probably because I didn't have time to really read the menu...I politely said, I don't eat salami , may I see the menu to order something else. I was told quite curtly, that the menu said salami and couldn't I just take the salami out. I declined. The wait-person then asked rather than seeing a menu, did I want a new salad without salami. That sounded fine. The salads were tasteless , very small for a Lunch salad entree, and very dry( hardly any dressing).We were never checked on while eating, my iced tea was never refilled and never asked if we wanted dessert (we went elsewhere for dessert). This was a very disappointing experience and most likely, I will not return nor do I recommend this restaurant.

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J
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Even though I have lived nearby all my life, I had never been to Sherman Gardens before! I took a dear friend here for her retirement celebration and we both felt as if we had a mini-vacation! The gardens are beautiful and serene and the lunch was outside on a covered patio which was delightful. The library is quite interesting and the gift shop well stocked with attractive items. I will defiantly return!

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S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is truly a hidden gem. The most beautiful outdoor spot! The food was simply a work of art and was VERY delicious!!! My hats off to the chef! I am now your loyal customer.

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JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was spectacular! Went for Sunday brunch, the menu offered lots of lovely options and the food was delicious. Started with a beet salad followed by the most delicious cheese omelet. The main course was a tender steak over risotto with mushrooms. It was flavorful and beautifully presented. Finished off with a lemon tart. If you haven't treated yourself to brunch and a stroll through the gardens do it soon!

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OT
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great service. Outstanding setting

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J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Overall the lunch was ok my quiche was made fresh the crust was nice and crisp, the bag of salad was not ok......I expected a handmade salad to accompany my quiche. My daughter and granddaughter ordered only salad which was put together by hand,they said it tasted good. The small loaf of white bread served was apparently baked in the kitchen and totally burned on the bottom and not edible. I was really not impressed by our lunch as I have visited many times in the past and have had much better. Sorry.

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CJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Drove all the way from San Fernando Valley to Corona del Mar for tour of Sherman Library and Gardens; gorgeous day and we had a lovely lunch and tour; worth the drive.

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CW
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my sister's 75th birthday. Beautiful garden and delicious food and great service.

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V
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My friend and I decided to revisit Cafe Jardin as we had such good experience before. We were there yesterday and to our surprise, we have to pay $5 for entrance fee??? We didn't pay the last time because the lady told us as long as we had reservation, there will be no entrance fee. Why change?? In order to attract more diners to restaurant, the park should waive off $5 or maybe charge lesser for diners.

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SI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gardens are an especially serene setting for a Sunday brunch. My husband and I were married here 2 years ago so we decided to have brunch as part of our anniversary celebration! We had a fantastic time! The brunch was super tasty and service was prompt and so nice and accommodating. They were also able to make me a vegetarian option for my main course!

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had the crab cakes for lunch. They were just o.k. not wonderful. Love the ambiance of the outside area and would come again

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b
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and the food was fantastic! Two of us had the crab cake with risotto and it was delicious. The other had the smoked salmon salad and it was amazing. Delightful all the way around. We were having a business lunch and the waitress was attentive to our needs but never rushed us or indicated we should leave, even when they were closing. They were very accommodating.

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A beautiful way to spend quality time with a friend or loved one. The garden view (full bloom) this time of year with foundation is a glorious setting. Food was great, service wonderful! It's a great place to relax and count your blessings. Though it is a drive of nearly 50 miles, it is worth the trip at least once a year. Be sure to stop by the garden gift shop, too.

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B
Central Coast
42 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

I was so excited to take my friend to this place for her birthday. The garden is beautiful but that is it! The server was on hyper mode and we had to stop her after my friend ordered her tea and asked her to please bring me one too. We arrived so relaxed and ready to enjoy this lunch and ended up feeling stressed out after we where finished. Being it was our first time there we definitely had some questions about the menu but it was impossible to spit those out fast enough before our sever took off. Granted I know things can be busy but this was not a busy afternoon and there where plenty of empty tables. Our food came out and clearly it looked like we would have to stop on our way home and grab a burger. Such a shame. We had high hopes of bringing other friends here but we will not be doing that.

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h
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints!! Beautiful afternoon with good friends and good food!!

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J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was perfect except that the music was generally too loud. The type and generation of people who attended wanted to talk, not to be overwhelmed by sound. This was a special dinner, NOT a club scene.

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The grounds are beautiful. Lunch service was great. Ordered the Spanish octopus, and it was Devine. Flavor profile was new and delicious. Would like to see more choices on the menu next time

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SH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

So fun they won’t let you exchange an ice tea for hot tea on their combo lunch ( teabags too expensive??)

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CK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated an 89th Birthday. Had reservations but asked for earlier dining. The hostess was very accommodating and even took our photo. Great wine, main course and dessert. Made a very special experience for Mom 's birthday. The garden s were magnificent.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A girlfriend was coming from out of town so a reunion of 8 friends was the occasion. Great food,service ! Felt very well taken care of byTony who called that morning to make sure we wanted to be seated on the patio because the weather wasn’t good. Then gave me the option when we arrived to be inside or outside.
All in all I along with my other friends would highly recommend Cafe Jardin!!!

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JH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside as it was a bit noisy inside but it was a lovely lunch.
The food was delicious and the server was informative and very nice.
We got to look out at the beautiful gardens as we ate.
My husband had the bistro special of lobster bisque and quiche Florentine. I had a bite of each and both were fantastic. I had the crab cake on a bed if risotto with a garden salad. All delicious.

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SJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The location and accoutrements were very nice. The service staff was professional, personable and eager to please. I wish I could give the food as good a review. One in our party of four didn't like her entree and the others thought theirs was mediocre, as well as scance for the price. Obviously, we were paying for ambience.

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OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food in a georgeous setting. Perfect lunch for a special occasion or any occasion!

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JA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

An excellent outdoor spot for Mother's Day. The services was at a leisurely pace, at times we wondered about our waiter, but after the first course we settled in to conversation and found the time for that a welcome diversion.

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E
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Was really looking forward to this place being amazing, especially since I was surprising my mom for Mother's Day here, but unfortunately it fell short. Not sure if they were understaffed or what, but service was so slow. I didn't even get my cappuccino until after our second course was served and after I had to ask 3 different servers for it. The food was good, but maybe it would have tasted better if the service was decent. For the price we paid, we deserved better, especially since we were a party of 6 and 18% gratuity was required. Would go back for the gardens, but not for the cafe. Very disappointed. Hopefully this was just a Mother's Day busy issue, and not what the average customer deals with.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I will most likely never go again. Be aware that even if you’re only going to the restaurant, you still have to pay admission to the Sherman Gardens. Both the lady asking for admission and the manager of the restaurant were far from courteous.

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DB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I have eaten many times at Cafe Jardin. I ordered the crab cake entree which I have ordered before. this time the dish was unappealing and not good. Our waiter wait time for the food was too long as the restaurant was not full

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M
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If this is not a five star experience there isn't one. I have eaten here a dozen times and each guest has raved about the EXPERIENCE. It is way more than a lunch. Beauty, nature, serenity and delicious French food. Treat yourself and go.

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P
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cutest best kept secret in CDM

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S
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our overall experience at Cafe Jardin was very pleasant. The wait staff is incredibly nice and at your service. We enjoyed ourselves particularly because of the ambience. It is a beautiful garden and a very pleasant way to spend a few hours just talking with friends and family over nice coffee and mimosas. The food was very good; my 4 stars instead of 5 is simply because it did not blow us away, particularly given the price, but it was very solid and the $15 extra for bottomless mimosas is worth it. I would highly recommend!

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