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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KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top shelf and the food matched.

f
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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
59 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.

L
New England
20 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
61 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!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. I can’t wait to go back!

V
Los Angeles
292 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

I give Marche just 3-stars. We weren’t particularly impressed but there were a few positives. The duck was cooked to perfection and the appetizers were delicious. The service was good but not great. The hostess was quite friendly and they gave us the table we requested which we were thankful for. The two main issues were a very hot restaurant despite asking a few times to lower the AC. The ambiance was way too bright. It felt like we were eating in a diner. Lastly, they allow patrons to dine at this very expensive and “exquisite” restaurant wearing t-shirts (sorry but this not business casual).

JL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good to great food. Lower your expectations as I’m not sure it will meet the current t 4.8 rating. It used to be fantastic and felt more personal. Now it feels like a normal posh restaurant in an exclusive neighborhood.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was delicious!

j
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent... Tres Bien!

That simple from the front reception desk to all the servers, and oh, yes, the Chef!

Thank you!

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

Great anniversary night out with my wife. Jeffery our waiter, and Stan another waiter who worked with us, were great.

RC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was excellent, with both presentation and choice. I had the halibut of that evening which was terrific and my wife the duck confit which was also very good. Choices for starters were very many and interesting. Desserts were very good.
My only complaint was the wine list presented on an Ipad .Our waiter was helpful in assisting in our choice of wine!

d
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect experience.

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

An excellent dining experience that enhanced the quiet celebration of our 57th wedding anniversary. From the greeting of the hostess, to table seating, to attentive service of the staff; a concerted effort was displayed to ensure we were informed of the Marche Moderne experience and that our particular needs were accommodated. In all respects, the beverage, main course and dessert was exceptional. The venison was an unexpected treat and outstanding. The Neapolitan desert presentation was outstanding and delicious. We look forward to returning in the near future.

Thanks,

Joe & Geri

LD
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most beautiful restaurant in Orange County. Usually you have to travel to New York or LA to get amazing quality food, but we are so lucky to have this beautiful place in crystal cove. This is my new favorite restaurant and on top of the great food, the service is outstanding. Get the baked goods, the croissant is the best croissant I have ever had!

JP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, service impeccable and ambiance inviting.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Excellent service, wonderful meal, lovely ambiance. A night well spent

SC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venison was delicious--absolutely the most tender and flavorful venison I've ever had. As usual, the service was spot on and the wine pairings worked perfectly with our dishes.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall very good. Very mice they would seat 2 of us u til our friends arrived. (Nothing more irritating than being told you will have to wait till everyone arrives). Table in bar are nice but very very warm night and was very stuffy. Did nit seem like any AC. While meal service good took too long to get check. Waiter seemed almost too busy. Bye good experience and would return.

FR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Open kitchen is great but very pricey for what you get. Tuna tartare very good, duck breast good but not warm, fig sauce too sweet. Service not great. This place relies on reputation but definitely improvements to do.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My chicken was dry. Everything over priced and overrated

Ambiance was neither relaxing nor beautiful. The background music was even irritating. I was expecting a far superior experience.

c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible attention to detail combined with deliciously creative preparation. A foodies heaven!

PD
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an authentic French restaurant with a grande cuisine twist on traditional recipes for a festival of taste in your palate, expect to be surprised with each bite, enjoy the wine list with a good choice of French and US wines and do not miss dessert, we loved it!

j
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from the valet to the valet, and everything in between was special. While we always try for a reservation, we generally sit at the bar and enjoy the activity. All the salads are fantastic and the steak tartare mixed French style is excellent...

Always A #1!

m
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We've been to Marche Moderne several times over the years (in both locations) and have always thought of it as a special place to celebrate special occasions. Yes, the food is expensive, but it's always been worth it. But, our culinary experience on Tuesday night was a real disappointment! The staff and the waiter were welcoming and friendly, and the service was fine, but... the food was AWFUL! My pounded pork chop was as big as the plate and very dry with a sloppy pile of lukewarm mashed potatoes underneath it and 3 spears of overcooked asparagus on top. My husbands's duck was sitting on top of what looked like and had the consistency of a hockey puck. Whatever it was, it was totally inedible. The only good thing about the food that night were the two small "gratis" desserts that they brought out to us on a lovely "Happy Anniversary" plate. Frankly, we couldn't wait to leave, and we're unlikely to ever return.

Marché Moderne
Responded on August 30, 2019

Hello, We deeply appreciate your feedback, we would love to speak with you and try to correct the sub par experience. We feel terrible that this happened and especially on such very special occasion. We are trying to call you... Thank you

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O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday spontane is really terrific! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

m
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The view leading up to the restaurant was amazing!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary, great food and great service

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as usual!

h
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Didn't give 5 stars as there was an extremely loud, obnoxious man at a large table beside us who constantly startled us from our conversation. In spite of that, we always love our meals at Marche Moderne, and Aaron , our server was excellent. Food is divine...Amelia's pastry is always a MUST!! Lovely evening in spite of loud table beside us!!

CR
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio this time and the weather was perfect. Wait staff service was impeccable and food (Dover Sole) was cooked to perfection!

HH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience and the food was amazing!!

E
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food not great but better than average. Same could be said if service. Just nothing special in my opinion

FD
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top restaurant in California. Florent and Amelia’s foods are pure love. Thank you guys.

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