Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens

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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.
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RD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and garden tour were wonderful. The greenhouse was very comfortable due to the cool weather. The collection of plants is extraordinary. I recommended you on Facebook.

JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. It was lovely to see you Pascal. We enjoyed our lunch, my quiche was so tasty. Thank you for seating us at 2 pm. Take care and God bless. Jeane and Walter

S
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a lovely garden setting, this is your place. Food and service are very good.

AH
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pascal is back! After his bout with cancer and successful recovery, he is again cooking. But only on Sunday’s at the Sherman Gardens.

OT
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a lovely setting, perfect for any Sunday afternoon, however, it is especially befitting of bridal showers, baby showers, mother-daughter, anniversaries, birthdays, and any other day to enjoy.

JW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We both had the crowd which was delicate and beautifully cook. I am Beyoncé at the Sherman foundation is always fantastic and the father plant flowers play perfect

M
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, ambiance, and the chef came out to greet us. Don’t miss this unique experience.,

DE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in the gardens. I can't think of a more serene setting for Pascal's delicious cuisine. I shared a bowl of the onion soup which was superb, with my husband. I had the sole dinner which also had shrimp, scallops and mussels. Normally I'm not a big fan of mussels, but these were great- not chewy at all. Then we shared the Macanese egg dessert, which is not like anything I've ever had before. Wonderful!!!! All while sitting in the lovely garden, listening to great background music, and not having to shout at my husband in some crazy noisy environment. I'd go back in a heartbeat!!!1

OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Ambiance and setting was excellent. Food was good, excellent crab cake, trout almandine was ok, salad not very good. Service was ok could have been nicer. Overall a good lunch but with the setting in the garden and Pascal’s name-we where expecting better.

O
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just wonderful

SL
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So good to taste Pascal’s food again and good to see him back! Yesterday’s special was delicious: Spanish octopus, salmon and mussels in a delicious light but creamy sauce!
Lovely lemon tart and chocolate dessert too!
The setting of Sherman’s Garden is absolutely beautiful! Such a gem!

RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

quiet. Very nice. Delicious food. aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with my daughters

KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was okay and service was a bit slow but they were very busy. Still worth the visit!

r
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice of Chef Pascal to stop by the table!

PR
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pascal is a rockstar chef! Hi food is always amazing and I love how creative he is with his venues and ideas (eg. This Sunday night rose dinner, his "cooking" classes at Manassero Farms.) I am a fan for life! Cheers!!

L
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch was fantastic! Starter, salad, entree and dessert were delicious and presented beautifully. Delighted all the senses!

KJ
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a charming location with delightful food!!! We highly recommend Cafe Jardin for any meal but especially their Sunday dinner!!!

D
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

A beautiful setting for a Sunday Rosé dinner for a date night with my wife. As always, the gardens are beautiful and inspiring.
As for dinner,
The first course: a Crudits Basket of Seasonal Vegetables & Mediterranean Dips inspired by San Tropez. It was literally a basket full of wilted vegetables served whole. I was reduced to cutting them up with the provided steak knife on the table cloth, which was a relatively dangerous to hands and fingers.
The second course: Lyonnaise Salad, Green Leaves, Frisee, Lardons, Croutons & Poached Egg was my favorite course of the evening. It was perfect in every way.
The third course: Free Range Chicken Breast Provencal, Black Olive, Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Fresh Herb Sauce, Potato Gratin and Sunday Special: Pascal’s Specialty Thyme Crusted Chilean Sea Bass
($10 additional) were both quite good.
The desserts on the other hand overly rich for the ending of a summer dinner and no cheese!
Service was very slow, and our server was not skilled at her trade.
The Gardens are still a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic date.

JH
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, dining outside in the patio. I just wish they had a indoor option when it's hot and humid.

PE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect spot for my 70th birthday. Food, the most delicious crab cakes, Trout Almondine perfection. Can't wait to visit again.

NS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So enjoyable. Wonderful lunch in beautiful setting

OT
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As wonderful as always! The crab cake is light and fresh, the presentation lovely with little edible flowers. The lemon tart is just right...not too tart, not too sweet. My favorite lunch spot! Beautiful, peaceful, great service.

LE
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the loveliest place to take relatives from out of town. Reservations at 1:30 give you to time to stroll the gardens before and after lunch. Will definitely return.

O
Orange County
84 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sherman Gardens is without a doubt the most beautiful setting for dining in all of Orange County. Added to that, Pascal's delicious, inventive cuisine makes for an unforgettable experience.

OT
Black Forest
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We love Pascal and his food!

S
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with friends on a beautiful summer day.

D
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Excellent Outdoor Garden setting. Great food, average service.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I would have given more stars but we had to wait an entire hour for our meal to be served. It was just too long a wait for a lot of us.

PR
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the whole rose summer concept. Super smart to include a stroll through the garden with a fun glass of rose. It really made the evening start well and feel special. Dinner was lovely looking out on the garden. I loved the shared basket of crudités. They were so yummy and fresh and I loved the two dipping sauces (anchovy and Dijon mustard). Dinner was fabulous. After a second course of oysters and salad, I had the Chilean sea bass and my husband had the other fish entre. They were both excellent. Dessert and coffee rounded the meal off for a very content couple. Pascal is a master chef and I love how creative he is. This summer Sunday series is brilliant. We are going to go again soon and take another couple. I anticipate my next visit with excitement . Bon Appetit!

L
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Jardin never disappoints. Food excellent, ambiance can't be beat. Love being there.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was so peaceful and relaxing dining at the outdoor table. Beautiful surroundings.

l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The patio at the Cafe Jardin is a lovely spot looking out into the serenity of Sherman Gardens. I'm glad I made a reservation since once I arrived at the gardens it was clear we would have had quite a wait to be seated. The food is very good, however the service is slow and the portion sizes, although ideal for a light lunch, seem small for the price. So I would ding them on value, but it's hard to put a price on the lovely setting!

m
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was a beautiful experience, very relaxing. Rarely did we hear noise from the street. The gardens are beautiful. The food was very attractive, the service attentive.

m
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday lunch with friends..beautiful setting in Sherman Gardens...Food is spectacular...I had the crab cakes..really The Best ever!

BT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful and serene...

s
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent lunch...average service. Ambiance incredible. Entrees overpriced.

OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is beautiful and so relaxing! And the food was beyond amazing. Chef Pascal was true to form and we enjoyed every bite!!

KC
Omaha
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It couldn't have been a better environment and view! We were blessed also with perfect weather.

D
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful outdoor garden/patio setting, blocks from the Ocean. Very serene and relaxing. Food was excellent, very tasty with good service.