Marché Moderne

4.8
3565 reviews
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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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Orange County
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding meal. Thank you. We were lucky enough to have long time favorite, Larissa, as our server and her knowledge and expertise with pairings and suggestions always makes for a memorable meal. Kudos to Florent and Amelia on a winning project.

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BQ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has it all. Great food, an experienced and professional wait staff, an excellent wine list that covers the entire range of prices with good selections throughout, and a comfortable ambiance that is upbeat and happy while not feeling crowded or loud.
Easily one of the best restaurant experiences in Orange County, CA.

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T
Orange County
79 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent excellence is the motto here. Service superb. Cuisine imaginative.

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g
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went for the Monday Spontanee dinner. Outsanding as usual. A real value for the price.

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p
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The manager could not answer questions about ingredients in their bread, as they don't make it there. For patrons with severe food allergies, a high-end restaurant like this should know exactly what is in their food, rather than telling my child to not eat the bread. That is not acceptable.

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch. Great service, tasty food. Love the outdoor seating. Friendly server. No issue whatsoever, seated early which is great

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was lovely if you can stand being around the kind of people who patronize a fancy schmancy OC restaurant.

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MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine, ambiance and service. The cocktail selection is also top notch.

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

Excellent food and had some great wine to go with it. Will definitely come here again soon!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstandiing!

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d
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my client to celebrate the purchase of a new home.

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OT
Los Angeles
339 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the best French restaurant in Orange County. We were there for a friend’s birthday and it didn’t disappoint. We shared the beet salad, soft shelled crab and the morel, chanterelle & ramps appetizers. They were all delicious but my favorite was the beet salad. For entrees we had the cow au vin, John Dory and scallops. Everything was cooked to perfection. Our server, Jeffrey, was excellent. Love this restaurant!

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BC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marche Moderne is now our favorite restaurant. Great food & excellent service. The prices are pretty high, but that Monday prix fixe deal is really very reasonable.

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to Marche Moderne....and it exceeded our expectations. We planned a special night to celebrate our one year anniversary, and we felt more than spoiled and taken care of. We had a great seat tucked in the corner and were taken care of by an exceptional waiter, Dane. He took the time to explain the menu, his recommendations, paced our meal so we could enjoy the experience and not feel rushed, and even took the time to bring over the manager who we were thrilled to meet. The food was absolutely sensational. The time and attention to detail in the preparation was so apparent, and it was hands down one of the best meals we have ever experienced. Thank you so much for taking the time to create a memorable experience.....we are already waiting for our next night back there!

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B
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Very disappointing. Our first time here was one of the best meals we have had in some time. We were excited to return on our anniversary. Received a very cool, romantic seating location. The bread was very nice, but we did not come for the bread. The Hamachi was good, but not as good as before. The Octopus 2018 was not even close to our previous visit. Poor presentation and just plain tacky. When we asked politely why the dish had changed, we received the comment for the night, "our menu constantly changes", which we received 2-3 more times, even though the menu is exactly the same as it was before. Obviously, the arrogant, put off excuse answer. The Duck Entree the time before was the best Duck I have ever had. This time the Duck was not cooked properly and lacked the taste of before. To top it off, we received two Macaroon Cookies for our Anniversary Dessert. Purposeful insult or just tacky? A waste of calories, time and money. Went home hungry, let down and feeling ripped off. 2nd and last visit.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating an Anniversary! All was perfect!

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M
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with world class service and amazing food! I can’t wait to go back!

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RS
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Great service nice ambiance. Can’t wait to return.

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DN
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

5 Stars is extremely hard to get with me. Usually reserved for a Michelin Star establishment when deserved. With that said, everything met my expectations. If there was any negative, the Sweetbreads were slightly overcooked.

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OI
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining, immaculate food.

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AS
Los Angeles
421 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was another great dining experience at Marche Moderne. I could go on and on about the beautiful decor, the exquisite culinary technique, and the friendly knowledgable service. However, I want to focus on one of the most important elements in cooking, and where Marche Moderne consistently shines - the ingredients. The oysters consistently stand out for their clean, briny taste and texture. Chef obviously sources the best seafood available, making these oysters among the best anywhere. Spring is here, and the menu featured Zuckerman's Farm asparagus, the gold standard in California produce. These sought after ingredients are seasonal, difficult to find and expensive to buy. The reward is a distinctively delicious meal. Marche Moderne continues to be among the finest culinary destinations in Southern California. I can't wait to return!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

brought wrong dish out

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CB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French cuisine & atmosphere in Newport Beach!

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HB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST restaurant in OC!! Our server Tina was outstanding and made our dining experience even better!

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g
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved each course and watching the kitchen function.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good on all fronts, but my cod was very bland compared to everything else we ordered.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 15th anniversary. Couldn’t have been better!

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BK
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Duck mousse app and panna cotta dessert were both outstanding! My Branzino was very good (not the best I ever had) and my husband’s fish was way overcooked. They did readily replace it with another fish that was better but not fantastic. Glad we tried Marché Moderne but honestly expected more. We may possibly give it another try.

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i
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 5

Got overcharged on my bill and never heard back from restaurant

Marché Moderne
Responded on April 17, 2019

Hello Sir Did our general manager call you today. we know what happened. an honest mistake was made. sorry we had to research .

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BC
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I had an outstanding dinner. Jeffrey our server was exceptional - friendly, attentive, caring. We love the Monday Prix Fixe menu and will be there on Mondays as often as possible!

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RG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Absolutely terrible experience as we are seated next to a door that was opening and closing throughout the dinner. To make things even worse, the smells of marijuana spread throughout restaurant from the patio. This was a thoroughly unpleasant dinner

Marché Moderne
Responded on April 17, 2019

We are sorry you did not enjoy your time with us on 4/14 We have made notes and will address the issues. Your party arrived at 8:43 . We moved your party at 9:07 (23Minutes) before dinner. We are so sorry for the smell of marijuana but no one was smoking inside the restaurant or patio We do not control public area / parking lot. We hope to see you again please email us at info@marchemoderne.net if you wish to make a reservation. we would be happy to make sure you are comfortable.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, great service

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BD
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Super disappointed with our experience here, especially given that this place is on seemingly everyone's "Best of OC Dining" list. Service was terrible: waited 15 minutes before the server asked if we'd like a cocktail or glass of wine, to which I responded, "Could I have the wine and cocktail lists, please?" When the drinks finally arrived, one of them was obviously wrong - waiter brought a whiskey-based drink rather than the tequila-based cocktail that was ordered. How a server at one of the supposed "best" restaurants could make this error after just making a separate error by having us sit with no drink list and then asking for our drink order is not satisfactory at this price point. The food was slightly above average - the duck entree was good, not great, and the lamb was slightly above average. Normally, we give a restaurant a second chance, but we likely won't return to Marché Moderne.

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FR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great !!!

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a
Orange County
82 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent
The steak at poivre is missing something they tried to make it an American dish for the name and the price is not good disappointed
Salad good martini good desert good my wife ordered mussels she like it
Still upset about the steak
Lately I am not with most steaks restaurants

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RH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting and enticing menu; attentive service; knowledgeable waiter; excellent food, beautifully presented. Would have been a 5 star meal except for loud boisterous obnoxious guests at the next table.

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PW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious from the french onion soup through the asian pear salad to the copper pot of short ribs and veggies, all accompanied by their house red bordeaux wine.

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.The decor is good.
The noise level was moderate.
Would repeat.

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S
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful scallops and short ribs. The service was exceptional including the waiter’s assistants. A very special birthday celebration.

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MG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweat breads were fantastic as always. Morrel mushroom appetizer is not to be missed!

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