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Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens

4.7
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688 Reviews
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$30 and under
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French
Dine in a “hidden oasis” among 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 175 people, and Pascal is the exclusive caterer for Sherman Gardens, home of many spectacular weddings. We also offer Sunday Brunch. There is a $5 admission fee to enter Sherman Library & Gardens. Members are free.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 688 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Jenny
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful garden. The wait is a little long. The garden is worth visiting.

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BarbaraK
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! It's outdoor dining in a beautiful garden. The service was very good.

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VirginiaF
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very welcomed at the Cafe. It was extremely clean and everyone wore masks. The menu had many delicious sounding dishes. We weren’t disappointed. Each dish was prepared to perfection and so flavorful. The Chef even came out to wish my daughter a Happy Birthday. We had a fabulous luncheon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I went there for our 2 year anniversary and it was a beautiful experience. The food was great and being able to sit on the patio with a beautiful view of the garden was amazing. Great experience that I would recommend to anyone.

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LisaW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem, for both ambiance and culinary expertise! As we dined on the truly exceptional meal; short ribs and pork belly, quiche Lorraine, and salmon, we were seated on a small outdoor patio viewing the beautiful floral gardens. Service was immaculate even with the Covid plastics! The chef spoke to us and also provided an off menu chicken and mushroom crepe which we took home and ate for dinner. It was the best I have had.

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none
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful French cuisine. My daughter is planning on studying abroad in France and it was a nice treat for her to have French food.

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vipRobDiner1
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

An outstanding location- in a garden- with excellent food
and service during the Covid slowdown. Well done!

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AngelaG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting ...Great food too , just wish the portions were a a bit more , for the price ...a perfect setting ..will definitely be back

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vipWebby405
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spent a beautiful relaxing afternoon at the Cafe and then walked through the gardens. Tables were set up outside with umbrellas and a lovely breeze. We had the turkey burger special which was delicious. We felt very comfortable and socially distanced. The setting was perfect and we will be back!

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vipMARIAC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is an amazing place! I love the beautiful vegetation and flowers all around.
I order the trout and was espectacular.
The only think I need to say is about the waiter, when I asked her if she recommended the Trout? She said: yes the fish is very good the fish is Tilapia!! And I asked again if the fish was Trout or Tilapia? and she said it is the same thing.
So she have to know that it is wrong, she will confuse the clients.
I have to say that the service was excellent.

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vipHatLady
Orange County
60 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my goodness it was wonderful to sit in this lovely garden and enjoy Quiche, Salad and a glass of bubbly. Everything was so delicious and authentic!

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KarenH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, We had the salmon, trout, shrimp scampi, and greek salad with lamb. The apple tart was perfect. The gardens were so beautiful and walking through listening to the water fountains, birds and seeing all the flowers and humming birds was delightful!

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vipoclady
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pretty venue. The maitre d was very nice when arrived , on time, for our 11 am reservation but, he had to tell us that their kitchen didn’t open until 11:30. Apparently Open Table wasn’t informed that the hours were not the same now. we were a little unhappy about the time change But, he allowed us to be seated and was able to serve us coffee and mimosas. The food was pretty good but my chicken breast was a little salty for my taste. Our servers were great. We would come back sometime.

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Dianne
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gardens were beautiful, food was divine, service excellent. Great little get away for our 28th anniversary!

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stetson
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The three of us were very much looking forward to our annual lunch at Cafe Jardin. However one of us has to use a walker to get around. I called the day before to find out about the Handicapped entrance. It was explained to me and we did use it. However, we are very much surprised that you really don't have a handicapped ramp for some one to use. It is is just an unmarked entrance off Dahlia. This should be rectified; I don't believe the state standards are being met.
On a more positive note, the Covid 19 situation seemed to be followed. It still was a great day, but my friend had to work especially hard to get into the restaurant.
Thank you.

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vipiwanttobeafoodie
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful garden setting and fantastic food! Great place for lunch.

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CharlieB
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Wonderful food and beautiful setting in the Sherman Gardens. I loved the Trout Armandine and the lemon tart plus the Mimosa! Perfect for a celebration!

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vipMary
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just divine. Gorgeous setting, savory food, excellent service. Nothing like it.

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JuanitaG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place to have lunch in a beautiful garden.

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vipGary
Orange County
82 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friend from Los Angeles and I had a fantastic lunch in a beautiful garden setting. He had the "Grec" salad with lots of lamb and vegetables. He said it was outstanding. (I had it when I returned the following week, and agree!)

I enjoyed the octupus which was deliciously prepared and presented.

We both had the apple strudel and added ice cream.

Pascal is top of the line as he always has been.

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suek
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, staff and food. Thoroughly enjoyed the octopus and salmon roll dishes. Excellent wine list. We went for the French rose. Cannot wait to dine in the beautiful gardens again soon

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jillp
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate lunch on the patio Overlooking the lush gardens and beautiful water fountain. The quiche was recommended by the server and that’s what we ordered. Probably the best quiche we’ve ever tasted. Creamy blend of delicious cheese & ham on a delicate crust. A side salad with a homemade Dijon mustard dressing came with it. We split a flourless chocolate cake for dessert which was absolutely decadent! The chef came out to greet us, which was a nice touch. Overall, a great dining experience!

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WendyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant and dining experience. Love the French music playing in background and even the necessity of compostable dinnerware did not dull the anniversary. However, when making the reservation we were asked if it was a special occasion. Yes anniversary. We were a little disappointed that that information was not acknowledged.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent food and service. Perfect setting. We will be back with more guests to introduce them to this fine dining experience.

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MerryEater
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is just a wonderful experience. Perfect lunch in a garden. Always a rejuvenating experience.

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vipLindsley
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place so much!!! There are not many places where you can have a fabulous brunch in a beautiful garden setting. And with French music playing, you feel like you’re in Provence! Ooh la la

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John
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stroll around the grounds before brunch was very relaxing. The food was delicious and presentation was very nice too.

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RemyD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pascal has been and is still one of the very best chef in Orange County. His art resides in the ability to turn simple dishes into a feast.

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PaulG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The presentation of the dishes and the taste of the food was excellent.

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HelgaB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Nice garden, unfortunately food not up to our standard served unattractive and way too expensive would not recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely and amazing food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch. Service was excellent-we appreciated the staff. Food was excellent, our quiche was very good. We look forward to going back soon. Beautiful atmosphere in the garden.

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JaneP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place for lunch. Peaceful, no rush service. Kind wait staff. I have eaten here frequently and truly enjoy it. The menu may be somewhat adventurous for some.

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GayleP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Sit outside, enjoy great food and experience the beautiful surroundings! So peaceful and the gift store is an added plus! We will definitely go back! Think of a beautiful Monet painting and that is Sherman Gardens!

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MothersDayBrunch
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable

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TeriS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was not better than a cheap diner. In fact, not as good. Quiche was greasy and overcooked. Salad was mediocre, soup was just OK. Service by Araceli was very good, as was the iced tea. Not expecting to ever eat there again.
It used to be much better.

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vipKarA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food! Pascal restaurants have always been great...this one is no different.

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PamelaC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love going to the restaurant sitting outside looking at the beautiful flowers and of course eating the delicious food. I frequently come here for friends birthdays in often being out of town guests!

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CeciliaG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Trout Almadine is my favorite dish over all. Served beautifully. Every time I come I order it.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a beautiful garden setting!

FAQs

Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 673-0033.

Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens is rated 4.7 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

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