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Cafe Jardin at Sherman Gardens

4.7
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737 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 737 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Terrible service. Our server had an attitude and was getting irritated with requests for silverware or extra napkins or straw. Was rude and knew that since it was a party of 8 they could automatically charge the 20% service fee, yet they didn’t want to work for the money. Food didn’t taste great. Wine choices were terrible (eventhough it was a French restaurant) and don’t forget you have to pay $5 an adult at the door just to enjoy the gardens. Not going back.

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LoveSF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been here many times and we love it. We did need 2 Vegan options this time and I was told that the vegan versions could have been much better. The plastic water cups were also not ideal as they are not biodegradable.
As us older patrons try to introduce the younger generation to finer dining and the beautiful gardens, some more thought will need to be put into appealing to that generation.

An odd mixture of French classyness ambiance and almost cliché curt impatience by the server was not appreciated by the younger guests, and just ignored by the older.

The main draw is the gorgeous garden setting and social distancing means there is less activity overall. As result, the downsides were far outweighed by the positives. We were allowed to switch tables to be next to a bed of gorgeous flowers buzzing with bees and bumblebees in close proximity but yet way too busy doing their thing to stray over to our table.

Overall, great experience but need to do better to appeal to a younger clientele.

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JudiC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue and Cafe for my Birthday! It was my first time and I have been living in the area for years and years and always wanted to go to Sherman Gardens it did not disappoint I highly recommend going enjoying the food in Gardens

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious brunch, wonderful ambience. Current brunch menu not really suited for children. I’d suggest the Crêperie for the littles.

CM
CestMoi
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining -- excellent food and service in a tranquil, scenic setting. (September 20th, 2020: 71 degrees Fahrenheit and a gentle ocean breeze )

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KatherineC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunches at Sherman Gardens are always wonderful experiences.

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vipLaurieW
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!!!

IA
IrishAnnieeatingout
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Too expensive for what you get. However it’s a beautiful place, and worth the experience

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PamelaC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve eaten here many times and have always been delighted with the food. It is a MUST place for me to bring guests from out of town. It’s a pleasure to sit outside and look at the garden while eating!

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elizabethk
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Love the ambience there! The food is always excellent- we enjoyed the shrimp provencal with grilled bread, chicken breast Provençal and the grilled lamb salad.
Food so good as was the service!
Highly recommend reservation

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vipSteveV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location in the Sherman Gardens.

Great for ladies day out or Sunday brunch.

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Kolika918
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food, pricey and small portions. I am a member of the Sherman Library so I come to visit and eat at the Cafe Jardin often. This last visit was to celebrate my birthday.

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AnnieQ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I took my friend to Sherman Gardens. Everything was lovely, the gardens, the table, and the service. I ordered the Quiche and it was very good. But my friend ordered the Salad Lynonnaise and was very disappointed.....it was very ordinary, tasteless and listless. She said she felt like her Grandmother tossed it together at the last minute. With the price of the salad I expected much more.
We will return but look for something better..... I do wonder why you don't have a type of sandwich or some regular salads on the menu....like Caesar or Cobb?
The surroundings of the garden and the patio were lovely.....and relaxing. And we felt very safe with your Covid19 precautions. Thank you.
Enjoy the Moments

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gem in the midst of ordinary and unremarkable
Food and service was great, and the gardens spectacular

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very hospitable, clean and comfortable. We felt a very good value too. We will be back.

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Chris
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Jardin has it all. The food is delicious; the service is solicitous, but not at all obtrusive. The ambience can't be matched anywhere. Also, it is the perfect spot to go during the pandemic because the tables are far apart and COVID protocols are firm--masks, sanitizer, distancing and recording contact information in case contact tracing becomes necessary.

We've been there a lot and enjoyed trying many menu items. Some of our favorites are: trout almondine, oyster hors d'oeuvre, any of the soups, salmon with orange sauce, shrimp with unusual red sauce and the lemon tart.

Christine Moore

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Buff
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I have eaten here 3 times in the last month. The food is good, the ambiance wonderful - it is a garden with lovely flowers - and the service is also good

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vipLovefood
Orange County
251 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It's a beautiful setting to have lunch. The food was very good but the service is lacking. More professional staff is needed.

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DarbyZ
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat!! I really didn’t know this place existed. I just wanted to visit due to an art installation they had. As I was doing research for tickets and saw all the COVID items I came across the restaurant. Made reservations and don’t regret it!! Food was outstanding and the setting was beautiful. We also Had a glass of Rose with lunch and it was quite nice.

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BridgetR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything about Cafe Jardin was wonderful. I had the shrimp app and my friend had the salmon main dish and the apple tart dessert. I do wish that Sherman Gardens was more strict on proper mask wearing regulations. There were people walking around that just wore masks to get into the gardens and then promptly took them off. I won’t be going there again on a weekend because of this and will seriously consider my next visit.

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Nancy
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful view looking at one of the main gardens. What could be better?

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vipSeniorSkiers
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely peaceful outdoor setting with the patio facing the beautiful gardens. Couldn't decide between the salmon or the octopus so my friend & I shared both of them, and both were delicious. The service was very good.

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vipharrydds
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great garden setting brunch for spending an afternoon.
Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Service staff could have been nicer. Food was tasty but very small portion and overpriced. The location is what draws us there but would not eat at the restaurant again.

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NancyK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mother to the cafe for the first time to celebrate her birthday. Such a wonderful meal and environment. Will return soon.

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sharonM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The shrimp appetizer was deiicious. The same for the flourless chocolate cake. The French Onion Soup was disappointing. Mimi's is larger, much cheaper, and better tasting.

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vipNinaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot for a nice traditional lunch.
Beautiful gardens.

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Alexis
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice, relaxing summer lunch with great service! We sat in their lovely socially-distanced patio in the beautiful Sherman garden.

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Mama
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful. I had a few needs and they were taken care of very politely and promptly. We were not rushed and enjoyed our experience at the cafe.
Thank you!

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vipLAfoodie
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location ! Amazing service and food. Fresh quality yummy food. Highly recommend this place plus you can see the gardens too

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vipmadonnaM
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and setting. Have eaten here several times and they don’t disappoint.

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FredB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. Ask for late reservation and it is like private dining.

DF
DianeF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful brunch. Our server was excellent the food delicious. Pascal visited us to make sure we were happy and e gaged with our granddaughter to make sure she had what she needed. Beautiful experience

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JerryG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exquisite—can highly recommend the Trout Almondine and the Apple Tarte Tatin
The setting in the midst of the (perfectly groomed) garden is such a treat for the eyes.
And best of all is the graciousness of
Chef Pascal—willing to share with our youngest guest the reasons for leaving the shrimp tails on the starter dish.
.......a perfect afternoon !

MM
MaryMaureen
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe staff did a good job. Servers wore masks. A menu was in a plastic stand on the table which could be wiped off although I don't think it was. The menu has a nice variety of the choices. Service was good. I was there for lunch and it was a good place to be. The food was good and it's a lovely place to have lunch and enjoy the garden.

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suek
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, low key perfect location for a beautiful, relaxing lunch or brunch. The service and food is highly commendable. The ambiance is unique and relaxing. The menu is limited, but diverse. Truly is something for everyone. No child menu and think very few kids would enjoy this type of atmosphere. Restful and romantic experience during this crazy covid time. Tables spaced perfectly, restaurant dedicated restrooms.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Beautiful setting but the tiniest food with drizzled fare.
I’ll go back to the garden and library but will dine elsewhere.
Service was spotty as well.

DB
vipDanB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How great to have lunch in a garden close to the ocean. Great service and good food. We had a blast finding this place.

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LarryM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautiful surroundings, fair (ok) food.

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ReneM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining here and it was wonderful; food, service and especially ambience. I would definitely recommend Cafe Jardin to family and friends. The menu is limited but both dishes were delicious and presented very well.

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 737 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.