Pascal

4.8
222 reviews
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Pascal is a French Restaurant offering traditional as well as creative cuisine executed by Chef Pascal Olhats. The chef/owner has been one of Orange County"s favorite chefs for three decades and at the new location, has dedicated an intimate 24-seat dining room as part of his fine gourmet food store. This dining room offers an exclusive prix fixe menu that includes dishes that are now signature of his cuisine and dishes that are prepared with seasonal, mostly organic and from local sources. The decor and table setting have French accents with French linen and fresh roses. You may feel like you have just spent a moment in one of France's wine country auberge. Most of the produce is grown at a local farm in Irvine where Chef Pascal enjoys picking it up himself in the morning hours. The cuisine is as close as you could find in France with influence from Provence as well as Normandy gastronomes.
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GP
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have written numerous reviews on Pascal. Everyone is 5 star. Pascal is our go to restaurant for Valentine's Day and our anniversary - with other special occasions in between when they arise. We have never been disappointed. Even though the menu for this Valentine's Day was the same as last year, it was still an excellent experience. I do look forward to a possible alternative menu next year, but its because each meal is so memorable you don't forget what you had. What a price to pay for Pascal :)
It is so difficult to find a restaurant with the quiet and elegant ambiance offered by Pascal. So often we leave restaurants with disappointment because it was so hard to carry on a conversation with all of the super-charged energy that seems to be vogue today. Give me the Pascal experience anytime!

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TH
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pascals is terrific and the waiter JB is one of a dying breed. Totally professional without being too stiff and formal. The guy has personality and pizzazz and serves the table with top notch style. The food is always terrific.... try the bouillabaisse and see how it is cooked in the old world. Not a large place so it gives the ambiance of a country restaurant in rural France.

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C
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4 of us had a wonderful time. Quiet and just perfect + great food. Great waiter too

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S
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we enjoyed everything about our visit...food, service, ambience. We did miss seeing pascal tho this time!

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Pre fixe menu with wine pairing is over the top. Happy birthday to me!

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BJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sauce with the sea bass dish was delicious. The rabbit was also very tasty. My wife loves French onion soup and she thought it was the best she had ever tasted.

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T
San Diego
150 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It takes us about 2 hours to get to Pascal, but it is worth the drive. Our third visit in about a year, the menu hasn't changed much, but Chef continues to plate interesting variations of the menu items. Everything was delicious, and the (very small) restaurant was packed for the evening. The single waiter had his hands full keeping up, but did an excellent job. It would be nice to see some new, seasonal entrees. Yes, we will return.

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RN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Okay...poor version of his old Newport Beach place...not even close...nothing to say and best to move on...

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WF
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. JB, our server, made our celebration so wonderful. He selected a wonderful Cote du Rhône wine for us. We started out with the wonderful Onion soup. It was so feeling and warming-it also came with a small glass of port. We all enjoyed the Chilean Seabass and Lamb Chops- both with wonderful sauces. Everything was made with such care and beautifully presented. We finished off our course with the lava chocolate cake and custard. Pascal is amazing!
Thank you for a wonderful evening!
We will look forward to our next visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful French food, exceptional in the OC, JB was a delightfully charming and efficient server. Great wine pairing recommendations. Can’t do any better for classic French cuisine ! Thanks to Pascal!

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JO
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Most of the reviews were 5+, so my wife and I decided to find out, and we were not disappointed !
Outstanding French food and wines in a small dinning room suitable for conversation. We had the Sea Bass, which was likely the best we've ever had. Dedicated owner/chef who delivers the best of French cuisine.

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Y
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dinner. The goose was on special and delicious

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w
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem in OC. Top level French cuisine. Small intimate, like an auberge in the French countryside.
Pascal was trained by Paul Bocuse and the cooking proves his expertise. Wonderful food.

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RB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday celebration at Pascal's and enjoyed an outstanding evening. They have one seating for the evening and spend their time making the dining wonderful for all diners.

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FG
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always and food is fantastic the joy that the bouillabaisse gives me is indescribable

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MP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. The food is always amazing, and the service is friendly and fun, yet still professional.

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F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. We were a party of 6 and everyone enjoyed their 3 course dinner. One of us has dietary restrictions and it was no trouble to change dishes to make sure it worked. Wine was reasonably priced too!

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BB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, helped with ordering so that we did not order too much food. Had a candle on the cheese plate for my birthday . Going to try lunch next.

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N
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PASCAL IS ONE OF THE FINEST CHEFS IN ORANGE COUNTY. HIS AUTHENTIC FRENCH CUISINE IS ALWAYS PREPARED FROM THE FINEST INGREDIENTS, IN AN IMPECCABLE MANNER, AND PRESENTED BEAUTIFULLY AND ARTFULLY. SEATING IS LIMITED SO SERVICE CAN BE PERSONAL AND PROMPT. IT'S ALWAYS A SPECIAL OCCASION TO DINE WITH PASCAL!

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TP
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met Pascal through his dining experiences at Sherman Library and Gardens, and after enjoying several dinners there we went with our 4 co-diners/friends to Pascal’s restaurant. From Pascal’s personal greeting when we arrived to JB’s attentive service to the amazing food, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We especially recommend the grilled octopus, beet salad, duck a l’orange, sea bass, lamb chops, and any of the desserts. They also have a pastry case in front so if you just want a snack or dessert to go, I’ll bet you will be glad you stopped in.

Side note: I personally wish he wouldn’t offer foie gras due to the inhumane treatment the ducks/geese endure so I hope he will reconsider this.

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DD
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite french restaurants. It never disappoints. While it might seem a bit more expensive than some other restaurants, the quality makes up for it in every way. Highly recommend.

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B
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Pascal has good French food, which is hard to find in OC. Having said that, the same problems remain--two waiters, overworked, one hustling like mad, one in slow-mo mode. Actually, the menu has become a bit boring--they got rid of the duck confit on the dinner menu. Why? Plus, why is the duck breast served luke warm? This happened last time, too. I think carry out and lunch is the way to go. High quality food, with no expectation of good service.

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FG
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to be at Pascal's It is our go to for a special dinner out

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday and everything was perfect! Food, wine, service and I couldn’t pick a more perfect place!

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FS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection, really. Not to be missed!

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JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate, memorable dining experience. Setting new standards for French Onion Soup, Escargot with Bone Marrow as well as Sea Bass and Lamb. Superb service from JB. Wine flight was well worth it. The best dinner you will find in the San Juan Capistrano area.

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AG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the rack of lamb especially!

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EZ
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic place for dinner, will definitely return! French cuisine at its best! He deserves all his many awards, congratulation on a job well done. Good luck in your new location and happy wining and dining for a long time!

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MD
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Small, cozy, good restaurant with a French touch, very good prepared dishes and a familiar atmosphere!

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DG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first dinner experience at Pascal was perfection from start to finish.

Service was on point, waiter recommendations were flawless (and appreciated), and the food itself was divine. Chef Pascal's stroll around the tables to check on all of his diners was a special added bonus.

Portions are generous, so four courses will not leave you hungry. Luckily the courses are served at a leisurely pace, so there is plenty of time to savor and rest, savor and rest. Plan to enjoy for at least 2 hours.

The intimacy of this dining room is a welcome change from the usual overcrowded, noisy options. For this reason, parties of 2 or 4 are the best fit.

Feel free to arrive with a bottle of wine in hand. Corkage fee is $18.

Pascal is a treat that must be experienced at least once. It is perfect for a birthday or anniversary celebration or to entertain guests. You will feel pampered and feted, promise!

For our part, we eagerly look forward to our next visit!

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LB
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. My sister in law described her meal, the thyme encrusted sea bass with Chardonnay sauce, as going to to the Opera, with sublime notes and different melodies! I enjoyed the same meal - the flavors and textures were exquisite. Husband had the beef and savored every bite. We all shared the chocolate dessert - perfect ending to a delightful dinner. Thank you Pascal - we'll be back soon!

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JU
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! and Delicious! It was authentic French cuisine. The Chilean Seabass was superb! as was the pate. Thank you for opening this place in our community!

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AS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food skillfully prepared. Outstanding food and wine pairing menu!

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DM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our most favorite restaurants. Chef Pascal is a master at making you feel special and his dishes thrill you to the bone! One of the top restaurants in SoCal!

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JH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply the most amazing meal I have ever had

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K
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. Moving away from SoCal and this is one of our favorite spots. Will truly miss, but definitely will return when we visit. Best to Pascal, JB and the entire staff.

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AP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a truly exceptional experience! Not only was the food amazing, but the service and intimate environment really made this restaurant special. We will definitely be back!

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RD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best place to eat in Orange county.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Over rated, way over priced and over hyped. Do yourself a favor and avoid the dinosaur relic of a restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A diamond in the rough! This was our 1st visit and certainly will not be our last. Beat restaurant since moving to the OC.

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