Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens

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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.
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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my aunt, sister, mom, dad and grandma to cafe Jardin on Thursday 6/13/19 for lunch. We were all so pleased with everything about our time there and strolling through Sherman Gardens. The food is absolutely delicious. We also had Champagne and deserts which really made us feel spoiled. It was a perfect afternoon and I am so looking forward to coming back soon.

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TF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love having lunch in the Garden! Restaurant staff seemed a little disorganized and perhaps there should be some signage that let's people know where to check in, what time seating for the tea starts, etc. Once seated, everything was beautiful!

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M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I’ve eaten here many times but yesterday was an off day for them apparently. More concerned with their “rules”, the manager, etc. then with the needs/ wishes of the customer. Left feeling irritated. Too bad because the atmosphere and food are good.
Will try again but not right away.

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PC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love going to Sherman Gardens and to this lovely restaurant. I live locally and go with my friends. When I have out-of-town guest ....it is the top of the list for places to see

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S
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful garden, delicious food but they need more wait staff at 12 noon.

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TL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my in-laws from Phoenix, Arizona and we had a fabulous time. Planning to go back soon !!!

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PD
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to have lunch with friends. Located on the grounds of Sherman Library and Gardens, the outdoor patio dining is set among the beautifully planted gardens. The service is wonderful and the food was very good. Highly recommend.

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AK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good though small portion, price was a touch high but understand it's serving in a special environment. Mainly disappointed with the service. Was asking about special and waitress was too rushed to repeat it so I understood. She did not come to ask how things were and barely if she did even look at us.

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s
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was marginal, small servings and high priced. Soup under seasoned...quiche way too small for the cost. The vegetarian chicken salad was pricey for just lettuce and some vegetables. Would not return. Service as just acceptable but not wonderful.

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HI
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The garden was in full bloom...just beautiful. I recommend it for EVERYONE.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cousins visiting from Bay Area

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L
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely garden restaurant with delicious food. Quiet, exquisite flowers and a darling gift shop

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GP
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, setting ... all outstanding. Will definitely return.

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DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I believe they were short staffed for Mothers Day. We waited 20 minutes before taking our order or offering anything other than water.

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B
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was outstanding! of course the setting is beautiful and the food was delicious.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a very nice time at the gardens and Cafe. The food was very good. A little pricy for the meal, but the food tasted very good.

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PC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Food is delicious and the service is incredible. I always bring out-of-town guests And celebrate birthdays with friends

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent menu and cuisine. Portions stingy. Nice place to sit and relax.

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DG
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

impeccable service, well proportioned and prepared entrees, lovely setting

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R
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superlative visit to enjoy gardens and gourmet cuisine. Thanks again, Aprille

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful gardens, excellent food, good service.
We celebrated the 80th birthday of a colleague and friend, so I chose this restaurant intentionally. I’ve been there number of times and love it. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
Before I was making reservations calling the restaurant directly. Booking through Open table was even more convenient.
I ordered the trout almandine, creme brûlée for dessert and we had champagne.
Very enjoyable experience!

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C
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the nicest al fresco dining experiences in Orange County. Wonderful food - our party had a variety of dishes and all were excellent (and we eat out a lot). The gardens couldn't have been a more beautiful backdrop for our meal. The staff could not have been more accommodating.

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PC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I always bring out-of-town guests and then they have thr pleasure of roaming through the gardens.

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GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the most beautiful garden. It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you enjoy a classic calif. coast al frescoe dining experience, this is the place. Sublime food, great service, and most of all a very friendly staff that made our afternoon most enjoyable. And oh those gardens.

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EC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was the perfect setting for a family visit with out-of-town relatives. Patty was wonderful on the phone, but the waitress was not as friendly. The menu is very limited, portions small and a little pricey for what you get. But the gardens are glorious and we could stay and talk as long as we wanted. Lovely afternoon.

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LB
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sherman Gardens always serves a beautiful and delicious meal. The flowers are in full bloom and added to our dining pleasure.

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E
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant, relaxing place to have quiet lunch. Everything I have tried on my two different visits has been delicious. Cafe Jardin is the perfect place to meet a friend and linger. Fresh, healthy ingredients and friendly staff make this destination a cut above the rest.

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E
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lovely setting with average service and fair food. Expensive.

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RM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was great, the service excellent. We'll certainly be back.

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PC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a WONDERFUL lunch! I am booking a reservation again for next month. This is the perfect place to dine and feel special‼️

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M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our table was ready. It was a cold day and it was so cold inside that I wore a down coat. The server was attentive. My companion and I both had the soup du jour (mushroom) and it was delicious. I ordered the bistro meal (soup plus quiche or a salade LYonaise). The salad was swimming in a caesar like dressing. Very disappointing.

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Café Jardin is exceptional. It's located in the Sherman Library and Gardens. If you're in the area make a reservation, enjoy the gardens and make it an outing.

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R
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Husband and I enjoyed Valentine's dinner at Cafe Jardin. Classic Pascal fireside dining experience. WE loved it!

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DT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic gourmet French food, with Edith Piaf serenading quietly in the background. Sherman Gardens is a beautiful oasis in the city.

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a
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in S California 5 weeks and a college friend took me there. I was enchanted by the atmosphere, delicious food and escape from the noisy restaurants . I took my husband back on Monday. Also loved the classical music.

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J
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent The new salmon dish is incredibly tasty!

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R
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
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 on December 13, 2018
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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