Marché Moderne

4.8
3374 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Marché Moderne, one of Southern California’s most celebrated French restaurants from chef-owners Florent and Amelia Marneau, has now opened the doors to its new home at Crystal Cove Shopping Center.
Marché Moderne’s truly exceptional cuisine marries classic French cooking techniques with modern sensibilities, along with world-class service and hospitality for an unparalled dining experience.
Guests can now enjoy an oceanfront setting, with a brand new restaurant design featuring a stunning exhibition kitchen, an outdoor patio and an expanded bar.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner Nightly 5 pm - 10 pm
Sunday Brunch - To Be announced
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Phone number
(714) 434-7900
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Florent Marneau
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Private party facilities
The restaurant happily hosts a large variety of events from business dinners to pharmaceutical programs to those important personal celebrations such as bridal and baby showers, birthdays, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Please send all inquiries to Info@marchemoderne.net
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Private party contact
Special events: nadine.hotong@marchemoderne.net: (714) 434-7900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway & Crystal Heights
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Parking details
Valet is available at entrance of restaurant
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Please note that the restaurant will be contacting you for a credit card to hold your reservation for valentine’s night. We will be offering a set menu this evening, no a la carte menu will be available. Thank you, Marché Moderne.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 3374 People Are Saying
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OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, very nice, nice

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A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Liked it better when it was at South Coast Plaza.

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

My lamb was a disappointment- small rack with barely any meat on the bone. My companion had the coq au vin which was excellent. Waiter was fabulous!!

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NC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is spectacular, service is excellent and the decor is classy without being stuffy. It may very well be the best restaurant in Orange County. The menu has something for everyone and the specials are just that. The service is attentive but not intrusive and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable. Simply fantastic!

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

This is the best restaurant that I've been to in Orange County. I'm a foodie, and I do love French food, but this place presented a phenomenal meal.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! 🙌🏻

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L
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.
We asked for a quiet table and the staff gave three options. The table we selected was perfect, very conducive to conversation.
We decided to share plates and were able to select several different dishes as appetizers. For and entry we shared the short ribs. Also excellent.
The wine list is a bit pricey but good selection of new and old world wines.
Service was a bit slow but that fit our desire for conversation time.
The staff was excellent.

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EN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had fabulous service and our first courses (foie gras and tuna tartare) were perfect. We also had delicious short rib. However, we ordered mussels in a very good broth and the mussels were extremely inferior - actually after we tried a few, the rest remained untouched. Very surprising considering how good everything else was and what is otherwise your very high standards.

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

I love coming here. It’s my go-to for delicious French cuisine. Came here this time for wedding anniversary and every staff knew and wished us a happy anniversary. Had a great time like always!

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T
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Orange County. Imaginative without pretentious.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit. Why did we wait so long to return?! Delicious. Everything was wonderful. Our next visit will be soon!!

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W
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints! The menu is extremely inventive and fun, the presentation of the dishes is artwork on a plate, and the food itself is fabulous. The waitstaff are all lovely and attentive without being "there" too much, and the ambience is warm, cozy, and relaxing. It's not an inexpensive night out, but well worth every penny you spend!

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O
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We took our out of state daughter there for a special treat/evening....and it was! Our server, Tina, was outstanding! She was honest about her recommendations....and she was fun and understood our special evening celebration..... We have been there once before, for a special evening, and knew the wine prices were high.....and they are so just be aware. While we ended up with a great bottle of wine for $90....next time we will take a bottle and pay the $35 corkage fee (which is too high).

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RT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great people watching is entertaining . Very loud. Only complaint is there is no waiting area so there were a lot of people hanging out near reception, elbow to elbow. Also, we waited over 20 minutes past reservation time. I overheard someone else complain it took more than 30. Having said that, I will go back. I had the sweet breads. Amazing!

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DS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. Servers are very knowledgeable of the menu and the specials for the day. I would highly recommend Marche’s for a wonderful evening.

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EL
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Presentation was nice. We were seated on the patio (7:30) which was fine with heaters but there appeared to be room inside so it would have been nice for them to ask especially considering the fact that I made the reservation 2 months prior. Server was VERY unattentive, rushed through the descriptions of the specials. We had to ask for him to repeat. He rarely checked on us and three of us finished a bottle of Champagne before the main course arrived. He didn’t even ask about more wine. I waited and waited and then asked for the wine menu AFTER the main course was served. So the food experience was fantastic but service was shockingly poor considering the level of the restaurant. I will highly recommend because I doubt the server will be there long.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste and presentation were top notch. The valet guy was super courteous.

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my FAVORITE restaurant in the OC! Just Delicious every time.

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AA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marche Moderne never disappoints. Must say it was a little challenging get around as it was so crowded. We sat in the Bistro area and it was extremely noisy with the bar crowd.

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EJ
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food here is so delicious. My husband and I always go overboard with how many items we order because we can never decide on just one or two things to order. The service is impeccable! From the salted butter, oysters, seared foie gras, steak tartar, crab risotto, endive salad and scallops to the perfectly presented macaroon dessert we could not have been more impressed. Our waiter was professional yet relaxed and made our meal perfect. He made great suggestions with wine and food pairing and truly made our evening special. Thank you for another memorable evening!

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n
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined here at this restaurant on several occasions and have enjoyed it each and every time. The Himachi is exquisite as well as the lamb chops and the duck. I would recommend this place to anyone who appreciates outstanding food at moderate prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!!!!!!!!!

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JP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and very attentive service. Would definitely go back again.

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OT
Orange County
177 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far my favorite restaurant and establishment in my area hands-down Drop the Mic. It is well worth a venture to Newport Coast to take advantage of the best restaurant in our area-the daily specials alone will boggle your mind, and the menu will give you quite a challenge as to which course to order. But any course is extraordinarily delicious. Go you will never be disappointed And tell them I sent you

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant is one of the finest we have every visited. We had previously been to the prior location in South Coast Plaza. This one is even more spectacular. Fabulous menu. The service was perfect. My brother in law said it is his new favorite restaurant. Pricey but worth every dollar!!

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. We really like their new location.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Every bite was absolutely perfect! Great attention to detail.
Inside ambiance is nice but we were seated outside which isn't special and detracted from the overall experience. This patio area feels like a rented tent space. Make sure you sit inside.

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C
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good and we had a wonderful time.

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S
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Monday , we experienced another exceptional Spontanae' meal. The service by Keith was attentive and made us feel special.

I loved the salad with asparagus, egg, frisée, hearts of Palm and bacon. The French onion soup had a rich broth. Also, the roasted quail was tender and the Demi glacé was the best I have experienced. The potatoes at gratin were delicious. The linguini with a variety of clams and tender shrimp was light and flavorful. The demisphere of champagne, raspberry and chocolate was yummy. Amazing food! Excellent service by Keith.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy place. Excellent service. Dinners we had were superb. We find most better restaurants have started reducing the portion sizes, under the guise of "avoiding waste" or "responding to customer wishes". Baloney. Most customers want full sized dinner portions, especially when they are paying $40-$50 for a main course, and see this move by some restaurants as just another way of saving money at customers expense. Marche Moderne gave us not only wonderful steaks, but they were full sized steaks. Good for them. I'll be back. One more thing: only my wife drinks wine, so it's nice to be offered carafes of respectable wine serving 3 glasses; just enough without being forced to buy a full bottle.

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E
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a contemporary ambience. Wine list is a little overpriced.

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j
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food is outstanding...every course was great, unique and tasted wonderful.

Where the restaurant misses is on the service. For this kind of money and for the quality of food, one would expect amazing service. The level of service is barely that of a Chilis or Applebees! Multiple times we had food sitting in front of us trying to flag someone down to get us silverware. Not once did anyone clean the table btw. courses. Not once did someone explain the dish or what was what on the plate.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing....incredible food and exquisite presentation...impeccable service. Perhaps the finest restaurant in Newport Beach.

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to eat❤️very friendly staff !

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c
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is superb. Service ok. Deferential to bigger groups and repeat diners. I am a repeat but not frequent diner and I noticed the difference. Very kind and generous staff. Definitely will be returning often.

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ER
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rack of Lamb was excellent, the accompaniments added incredible flavor i.e, 2 glazes to dip the meat in then dip in a mint powder ball or a smoked paprika ball that turns into powder the moment you touch it. That was so intriguing that I forgot what the side was LOL

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T
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent! We introduced two guests Monday; they were enthused and will be back on their own.

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Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and a great meal every time

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice. Good food. Very fine waiter

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, impressive kitchen. Pity they were out of Sweetbread, gonna have to come back for that

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