Marché Moderne

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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.
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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geoffery was amazeballs. Please tell him Micheline wishes not to fire him!! :) it’s not a request it’s an edict.... he owns the place after all!!

OT
London
250 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was ‘very French’ and excellent. The staff was great. But my one pet peeves is being seated in the bar area. I made a reservation on Opentable. I would assume that means a table in the dining area, not the bar. But if that’s not the case, I will not be going back - no matter how good the service and food are.

Marché Moderne
Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your gracious feedback! We are thrilled you enjoyed the food and service. We are so sorry you were dissatisfied with your table for the evening. We would have been happy to relocate your table. We do hope to see you again and please reach out to us directly at gm@marchemoderne.net, we will insure the table is to your satisfaction. we look forward to welcoming you back again! Regards, Joshua Bolden General Manager

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LS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The hostess was very nice when I needed to add a person to our group and move the reservation up 15 minutes. Our group had 3 different salads and each was fab. We all loved our entrees. As my husband put it , many fancy places add dabs of things on your plate, but here each component on the plate add taste and complexity to the meal.

d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual !

M
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots. Always delicious.

P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was good. Very good. But it doesn't meet Pascal's -- which has closed. We love Pascal's. Also -- how can a great French restaurant make such terrible french fries (with the delicious moules frite)? French restaurant french fries should be spectacular (like at Pascal's)! Where are the duck fat fries, the crispy frites, the delectable flavorful French fries?

Marché Moderne
Responded 3 days ago

Hello, We are thrilled you enjoyed the food. We are sorry you did not enjoy the fries, we wish you would have brought this to our attention so we could have corrected the execution. We certainly could make duck fat fries anytime. Please let us know the next time your are joining us. We would be happy to make a reservation for you at gm@marchemoderne.net

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual MM overall experience excellent. What else is there to say.

HB
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Still my favorite OC restaurant. Never disappoints

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r
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the loveliest restaurant in Orange County. Food is fabulous and wait staff outstanding.

Marché Moderne
Responded on October 12, 2019

Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your gracious feedback! We will be sure to share with the team, and we look forward to welcoming you back again! Regards, Joshua Bolden General Manager

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Table was the worst table we have experience in OC in the last 10 years.The menu yes it is French awful.

RH
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very European feel of a restaurant, Waiters not intrusive, you have time to order and your drinks and food and feel not pushed through the whole dining experience within 45 minutes. We had the hamachi and the duck liver and both were to die for. As main courses we took the steak tartare American ( would take next time Francais) - this was not the best option and we had the mussels who were really tasty. Because of the many food, we would rather have two smaller items as starters and maybe share a main the next time. Overall, this is going to be my new favourite restaurant in the OC.

Marché Moderne
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! The Hamachi and Duck liver are some of my personal favorites as well! We look forward to welcoming you back so you can try the A La Francaise Steak Tartare! Regards, Joshua Bolden General Manager

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MG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sweetbreads are wonderful and the service is attentive without being intruding. A very special place!

O
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very impressed with the food and service both. Our server was very knowledgeable. The dessert was one of our favorite dishes but all were exceptional.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal, exquisite, delicious!!

M
Los Angeles
160 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marche is at the pinnacle of fine dining in Orange County.

SJ
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Consistently excellent from valet to host/hostess to the professional, knowledgeable and friendly servers, excellent food preparation and beautiful plating to their classy/comfortable decor. The menu selections are creative and ... simply perfect. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Suggestion: Request a corner booth and watch the sun set over the Pacific as you enjoy dinner.

F
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Food was exceptional, service was great. Best experience in quite a while. Duck liver mousse was great. Bone marrow was amazing as was the salmon and short ribs. Great night out.

S
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Liked the darker lighting better in the bar area than in the main dining room, where it is brighter. Excellent dinner, with an incredible bone marrow in a mop-up-with-bread cognac reduction sauce, superb venison is a rhubarb red wine reduction, delicious fresh oysters, scallops, steak. Attentive and personable service. Save on valet parking by parking your own car and walking; the walk will do you good since the meal definitely is not low calorie!

DM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience... one of our top 10! Highly recommend if you enjoy food and are looking for a real culinary experience.

GS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent is the only word I can come up with. Will definitely return.

JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it food was delicious service was impreccable and drinks were on point

t
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a delicious delight. Marche Moderne serves consistently excellent and inspired French dishes in a elegant setting.

I
Orange County
109 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Impeccable service. Amazing food. The Monday prix-fixe 3 courses menu was a fabulous offer and we enjoyed the place. This was not our first time here and it won't be the last.
You know you are at a authentic Chef table here. Thanks for keeping the standard and quality high. Our number 1 restaurant in Orange county.
Exceptional.

JG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, lovely presentation, superb wait staff and amazing food....our guest loved it so much, she is making plans to hold a birthday brunch for her friend at this exquisite venue.

KB
Orange County
450 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had not been to Marche Moderne in about a year but used to go there many times when it was in South Coast. Now it is on the coast and not as easy to get to. We had a lovely corner booth, as requested and both food and service were very good. The only item that was not good was Amelia's chopped salad, which I sent back. It seemed as if this salad was sitting around a long time and was mushy. Server bought a new one and it was far better. The duck confit, the mussels and frites, the hamachi, all very good and portion sizes were great. We also had the Napoleon for dessert and we love that. The only negative is the corkage fee -- $35. which is steep.

l
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, ambiance

KC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and experience as always! The service is outstanding and friendly, the food is consistently top notch.

KS
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, ambiance and service. We both ordered Rack of Lamb medium rare and both were very rare, almost raw. My wife sent hers back. The food is very good but the portions are too small.

p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really spectacular. Each dish was like a beautifully wrapped gift!

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top shelf and the food matched.

f
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter , Erin, was the best of the best and the food was top notch.

N
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply the best. It was so good that we went in the following night for dinner again. Larissa remembered us from the night before and seated us immediately although we had no reservations and it was a very busy Friday night. Service was excellent. Food was exquisite ...the best I had in a while. Will definitely be back on my next visit to California.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday fixed dinner is one of our favorite menus to try. Their food is always great!! We are looking forward to visit another Monday for surprise‼️

TD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beyond compare. Great food great service great atmosphere. Will definitely come back

OT
Palm Springs
60 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our French friend for the second time. His favorite restaurant in the area. Love Tina and always ask for her.

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long time customer, since South Coast Plaza Location, the food is ALWAYS incredible and fresh. Much like a fine wine, Marche gets better and more amazing with every year that goes by. Keep up the great Food, Ambience and service.

KP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday Brunch

L
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Marche Moderne is a great restaurant. Had dinner and brunch there while in CA. Very pleased!

V
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The hostess tried to seat us at a table (#6) at the end of a hallway stuck in a corner. I read about this table from Yelp reviews so we we refused it. We then were seated a a nice booth in the main dining room. We had the charcuterie board and the roasted bone marrow appetizers. The charcuterie had a nice selection of meats that were good. The roasted bone marrow was not hot and was drenched in a red wine reduction sauce that was overly salty. Sent it back. We had Braised Short Ribs and Filet “Steak Frites au Poivre” for mains. The Braised Short Ribs were hot but were also covered in the same salty red wine reduction sauce that was on the bone marrow. The steak was properly cooked to “medium” and had good flavor. The “frites” were not crisp and were mushy inside. They looked more like frozen fries vs. “homemade”. Sent them back. A new batch were delivered and they too were the same. At the end of our main courses the check was delivered even though I didn’t asked for it. We were not given a desert menu or asked if we wanted coffee or after dinner drinks. Lastly, don’t be surprised if menu items listed on their web site aren’t offered or available in the restaurant. I understand that some things are seasonal, But to not have some of the classic French dishes on the menu is very disappointing. They missed mark this night on a number of levels. We will not return.

K
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Everything was so good! We had salad, tuna appetizer, pork belly, salmon and seabass for dinner. Even the desserts were delicious! Can't wait to come back!

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