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Knife Pleat

4.5
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224 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
**OPEN FOR LUNCH TUESDAY-SATURDAY 11:30-2:30**
**A LA CARTE DINNER TUESDAY-THURSDAY 5-7:30**
**6-COURSE TASTING MENU EVERY FRIDAY AT 6:30. $175/PERSON WITH OPTIONAL $90 WINE PAIRING**

Knife Pleat is an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known in the Los Angeles culinary scene. The couple’s chic new restaurant will showcase modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 224 people are saying
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vipEatlovebehappy
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious! Always leave satisfied and happy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious ,wait staff explained each dish and components which made the meal even more interesting and enjoyable. The desserts were perfect not too sweet and perfect marriage of flavors . The best pannecotta ive ever had

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vipNothingSpecial
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This is a place that wants you to think this is fine French cuisine but it just isn't. I had their Duck Cassoulet for lunch. It was a duck leg in beans with a few extra undercooked pieces of celery in it. No crunch crust, no sausage, no bacon. Just kind of boring. I suppose the chef imagined they were simplifying and deconstructing the class dish. The marketing department said, "And it's really great that we can make it so cheaply and still charge $32 for it."

It is a nice place with good decor and ambience but for me it's all about the food and it was really lacking.

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vipCindyD
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! I would highly recommend this great addition to Orange County!

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WilsonW
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting. Outdoor seating meet and exceed all safety guidelines. Food is excellent and service is outstanding too. The lunch set menu is an excellent value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved tasting menu

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vipPhil17
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, save room for desert.

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vipVRluv2dine
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully designed, elegant casual seating, superb layout. Pristine kitchen! Handcrafted cocktails to enjoy, great variety of wine and premium spirits. We love the place! And that was before we tested the food. We chose the Lobster Caesar as an appetizer before our lunches. The Pre-Fixe menu was well thought out and great portions. Butternut squash bisque to start. Delicious! Sea Bream was to die for. Crispy skin, tender & moist flesh!! Accompanied by Brussel Sprouts, Mushrooms, and Roasted Miniature Potatoes! The Fig Panna Cotta was amazing, and I usually do not like any dessert. But I thoroughly enjoyed this creation by Chef Esnault! Thank you for a wonderful meal and a very enjoyable experience. We shall see you this coming Friday for the Chef Tasting Menu! Our server and the restaurant's entire staff were amazing. This is the art of fine dining at its best! They made us feel at home and wonderfully comfortable. We love everything about Knife Pleat!

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ArtK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was very polite and attentive. Unless it is hot, I recommend eating outside, though the interior decor is nice.
The old fashioned, mushroom pasta, and Louis XV are sure to please.

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vipRobertS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious. Chef Tony is very skillful at his craft. The service is friendly and attentive. Their wine selection is outstanding. Great for lunch or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

Knife Pleat
Responded on October 11, 2020

Merci!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a treat...beautiful and comfortable seating, very accommodating on special requests, food and service impeccable....10 out of 5 stars

Knife Pleat
Responded on October 11, 2020

We're so happy to to know you enjoyed your experience at Knife Pleat!

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LilyG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The service was great. The food was delicious. Overall we had a great experience.

Knife Pleat
Responded on October 11, 2020

Thank you, Lily!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything!!! Beautiful

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vipMaryA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy they are back to doing business. Chef Tony is amazing!!! The wine list is fabulous and the menu changes all the time based on what fresh ingredients are available. Service is top notch. They will wait on you hand and foot. Ya know the restaurant has class when the waiter picks up your party is celebrating an occasion when nobody mentions anything. For example, we went to celebrate my birthday and I had a little bday gift bag on the bench next to me. None of us had mentioned anything to the waiter and he picked up that someone in our party was celebrating a birthday and prepared a wonderful little dessert bday celebration. Service like that is so rare nowadays. Please do yourself a favor and go. I recommend sitting out In the garden terrace as the tables are very charming.

Knife Pleat
Responded on October 11, 2020

Dear Mary, Thank you for your very kind review. We're so happy to know that you enjoyed your experience at Knife Pleat!

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vipLuvCat
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Knife Pleat was great. Sid, our server was a delight! All the staff were so nice from our hostess to all the water service and everyone we encountered. The food was excellent and so bright! We look forward to going again soon.

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Jo616985
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding, the atmosphere beautifully subdued and just what I was looking for for a quiet afternoon lunch. Can’t wait to go back and try their dinner selections, the menu looked amazing! I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody who’s looking for sophisticated, relaxed environment to enjoy a great meal with friends or family.

Knife Pleat
Responded on October 11, 2020

Thank you very much! We look forward to seeing you for dinner.

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vipRobertS
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the service very accommodating. Victor, the sommelier, is an outstanding choice for pairing wines with dishes, either by the bottle or by the glass.

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vipbegonian
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My husband likes his black truffle Brie, but not as much his Cassoulet. My king salmon is just average. Service was good.

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Cecilia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very friendly and accommodating. The cocktail recommendation -the smooth operator- was perfect, smooth (pardon the redundancy) and it tasted very good. The black truffle brie melts very delicate on the bread, the butter lettuce salad was combine very well with fresh and delicious herbs, and the duck cassoulet was very good, maybe a dish for cold days- but nevertheless very tasty.

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vip1Baymom
Los Angeles
116 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so grateful that Knife Pleat was still open! My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at a beautiful lunch.

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vipKenny
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience & food!
Service was terrific!

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pricey for a non Michelin Star restaurant. Did not appreciate the automatic undisclosed 22% House charge.

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vipAndyS
Los Angeles
465 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I attended the first Knife Pleat alfresco dinner at the lovely Bridge of Gardens at South Coast Plaza. The staff literally moved the restaurant outside to recreate the same elevated experience while observing current safety protocols. The dinner consisted of six delightful courses, each complimented by a compelling wine pairing. From the moment the creamy Vichysoisse Soup was served with a generous shaving of summer black truffles, we knew it was going to be a special dinner! Chef Esnault's terrine was a classic presentation, highlighted with seasonal peach, basil and toasted brioche. It would be difficult to determine which of the main courses were more delicious, so I'll just say butter poached Maine Lobster and Crescent Farms Duck done two ways with breast and leg confit. The Brie de Meaux Napolean served as the traditional cheese course, done in an attractive and richly savory way, served again with a generous portion of shaved truffles. Finally, the v.s.o.p. mousse, almond cake and crumble was served inside a caramel globe, which showcased the exceptional talents of the pastry chef. It was a satisfying way to end the meal. The wine pairings by Sommelier Victor perfectly complimented the dinner, and I particularly enjoyed the Savenneries which was a tip of the hat to Chef Tony Esnault's roots in the Loire Valley. Service as always, was crisp and professional and friendly. Chef Tony and Yassmin Sarmadi are the consummate hosts and I always leave feeling satisfied, yet ready to return for my next dinner. The Orange County dining scene has really improved in recent years and Knife Pleat is among the finest!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing food wine service ambiance and hospiyality. Great experience. Truly the best in OC. Highly recommend this restaurant. Compact menu and everything is fantastic

Knife Pleat
Responded on July 14, 2020

Thank you very much for your support during these times!

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vipWineguy
Orange County
75 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we are back now Knife Pleat has reopened on the patio. Beautiful setting and same great service. More creative cocktails on the list. We used to sit at bar all the time before the Covid-19 shut down and now we realized this outdoor patio is a true blessing.

I hope they will be able to expand service hours soon (lunch only for now) and wish all the hard working staff safe and happy.

Knife Pleat
Responded on July 11, 2020

Thank you very much for constant support! I am very glad you enjoyed the new cocktails!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Beautiful ambiance, amazing food and drinks, and impeccable service! Can’t wait to visit again!

Knife Pleat
Responded on July 14, 2020

Thank you very much for your support! Looking forward to your next visit!

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vipMichelleL
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, quiet and elegant French restaurant on the 3rd floor of South Coast Plaza. Food was excellent, service was excellent, and I would recommend Knife Pleat to everyone I know. Five stars.

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 14, 2020

Thank you Michelle! Very nice comments and much appreciated.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knife Pleat delivers on all levels. Entering the restaurant I was immediately greeted and seated. Service all evening was impeccable. Not only food service but Victor the sommelier was quite knowledgable and the wine list was as comprehensive as any in OC. Food is off the charts. Executive chef Tony Esnault is brilliant. Steak tartare is perfectly blended and savory. I would also recommend the duck and the legumes de saison. The rabbit pasta was also delicious.
Overall 5 stars for food/service/ ambiance/ beverage and hospitality. Amazing Michelin star experience

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vipKAJC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely pre-fixe lunch, beautiful setting, interesting menu

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 11, 2020

The setting is always comfortable and inviting! Thank you for the comments!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

will try the dinner menu , hope it will be much better quality than lunch.

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 6, 2020

We hope to have you in soon for Dinner! What did you have off of our lunch menu?

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Nick was WONDERFUL!

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 3, 2020

It's always a great time in Nick's section! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service‼️

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 3, 2020

Awesome comments!

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ChinazoO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Food was great. Service was great. Would recommend!

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 3, 2020

Amazing review! Thank you!

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MarkP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Knife Pleat is a fantastic restaurant. The food is exquisite--French with a California lightening--and the service is friendly and attentive. This place is a keeper. Long may it thrive.

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank for dining with us and sharing this awesome review! See you soon!

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Louise
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our dishes were beautifully presented and delicious. All four of us look forward to returning

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious. Wonderfully executed. Lastingly good impression. However, would not add the black truffle to risotto again as it has almost no taste. We expected a slightly mushroomy taste to the slices of truffle.
Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 5, 2020

Thank you for the feedback and for dining with us!

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vipSoCal
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was good but the food menu and the wine selection were limited.

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 3, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! Chef Tony will be changing up the menu for spring soon. Make sure to come try some new dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any occasion is perfect:) food is to die for

Knife Pleat
Responded on March 11, 2020

Agreed! Great Review!

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FAQs

Knife Pleat offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 266-3388.

Knife Pleat is rated 4.5 stars by 224 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.