La French Touch
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Our first visit to La French Touch was for Valentines day which was absolutely splendid. We immediately set a dinner for the following weekend with our good friends to share the experience. The menu is creative and very authentic French Cuisine, the service is friendly and professional and the ambiance is very inviting. It looks like we have found our favorite local French Restaurant - magnifique !
We went here to celebrate Valentine's Day. The atmosphere was quite as it was not very crowded the evening we were there. We were quite sure what to expect from a restaurant on the Newport Penninsula, but the food was excellent. We started off with the Gratineed Scallops. They were really good! For our entree's we had the duck and the lobster. Both were really great!
The wine list was mostly French wines. With the help of our waiter, we selected a wonderful choice. As we normally drink California wines it was a fun change of pace.
Overall our experience was really good. We would definitely go back again!
We dined on Valentines Day which I realize is not a good time to judge a restaurant. It was a pre-fix menu. The lobster butternut squash soup was excellent. I had the duck and it was good but not great. My husband had the halibut snd said it was a bit bland. The dessert looked great but we took it to go as we were full. We will go back at a non holiday time to try it again.
Superbly prepared selections. Ashton was the perfect waitress. No disappointments here.
Went for NB restaurant week. We were pleasantly surprised that they added their Salmon and Clams to the entrée choices. It turned out to actually be "Salmon and Clam" but was a decent size serving overall. The Filet en Croute was large and tender with all the extras normally found with beef Wellington. Both entrees were cooked perfectly, juicy and to order doneness. Salad was not memorable, mixed greens missing the tomato medley, just a couple of really hard sour green grape tomatoes. The dressing was excellent, a light evoo and balsamic. The profiteroles dessert was actually huge and yummy, but the crème brulee was to die for. The best I've ever had.
Visited during restaurant week and had the dinner menu which included escargot, filet mignon en croute and creme brule. Everything was excellent. Nice to see an upscale restaurant in the area. I hope their pricing won’t scare off too many customers, especially the summer tourists.
Went for the dine Newport Beach restaurant week to celebrate my husband’s birthday and the food was tasty but very pricey (it was the $50 option) for what you get. I’m sure if we went without the special menu it would be more. Service was ok where it took long periods of time to get they appetizer (escargots), entree (filet mignon) and dessert (creme brûlée). Took over 2 hours for our food when we place our order within the 5 minute we sat down.
Also they didn’t know what beers they had and their wines were more than Fleming’s. Then we got told we need to leave because they needed the table for the next reservation. Not a polite excuse me we need the table but a “my next reservation is here we need the table” statement.
It was a so-so experience for a really small restaurant but wouldn’t go back. It’s a one and done food experience.
Both the duck and salmon were cold, no flavor in the salad, the soup was fair
Food was too expensive and not tasting good. Service was great but I won’t go back
Ate at La French the second night of Newport a Restaurant Week. The menu was nice and the meal outstanding! Nice decor, quiet and elegant. Would highly recommend and will return!
Fantastic French cuisine! Wonderful service. Hostess and wait staff very accommodating. Jerome, chef and owner, provides a wonderful and varied menu. From the starters through dinner and dessert, très magnifique!! We very much look forward to our next visit!!
This is my 2nd visit within a month. I like the restaurant, and so do my wife and friends. It is definitely not a super fancy one but for sure is a very friendly one. The only unsatisfactory we have was the wine; we ordered one each time but didn’t have any luck - maybe.
The food was simply amazing! The duck is a must, it is season and cooked to perfection. The staff was so friendly and help us to understand the menu and what to order. This is a perfect place to take a date.
A gem! The food was outstanding and the service perfect.
Small and therefore noisy when full. Food is great. French through and through. Wonderful to have such a nice place on the peninsula.
Our group of 4 friends had New Year's Eve dinner at La French Touch. They had a special fixed-price menu with enough selection that most of us had different courses. First, we were seated in a separate room with a table for 4 which was wonderful. Food and service were great. My friends still talk about the excellent chestnut soup. We followed the dinner by walking a block to a holiday lights harbor cruise. Very nice way to celebrate the new year. We'll definitely be back during future trips to the area so we can try other items on the menu.
Le French Touch is consistently excellent. We live nearby and have come here several times — and have always been delighted. The food is superb and the staff is one of the very friendliest around. It’s good to have a quality restaurant in the ‘hood.
Family Holiday Dinner
The obvious questions, would you go back and would you recommend to a friend? Answer to both questions, yes and yes.
Great (great) service, priced right, very good selections of authentic French cuisine. Two of my daughters, very picky eaters devoured their duck confit, I enjoyed the ribeye special with pommes frites. Nice selection of wines, deserts were great...all the traditional fare.
Its the cooking - ingredients and techniques - that makes this place so good. My wife and I have been here twice and have loved the food. I'm not a big fan of scallops, but here they were grilled to a toasty, nearly crisp edge on one side with tender centers, a treat for pallet and eyes and were accompanied by a subtle, complementary sauce. The endive-radicchio salad was flavorful and fresh. While the space is relatively small, it's made cozy and pleasant with good lighting, front windows looking out on Balboa Blvd, and monitors showing silent videos of Paris from the air. Allons a Paris avec nous!
Charming French restaurant one room is red and the other is blue. Great service, delicious food, beautiful presentation.
Everything about this restaurant is absolutely perfect. Highly recommended.
We have been visiting Orange County from France and we wanted to taste this French touch restaurant with family and friends. We have been 9 and got a table in a nice square.
The restaurant feels nicely France. Decoration tells about French locations and monuments. We have liked the little drawings about Paris and the screens with sceneries and locations in France.
The menu highlights flagship products from French gastronomy: duck confit, cheese, foie gras... and desserts
The only minor remark is about the onion soup, which tasting could be improved.
This was our first time. It was an enjoyable experience. The food and service was exceptional.
What a delightful surprise!
I was a bit skeptical, and perhaps judgmental from afar after seeing restaurants come-and-go in the area.
The food was really thoughtfully prepared, the flavors were wonderful, and the quality was at a higher standard than expected. The wine was great too. I️ hope you give this little spot a try; I️ hope for its success.
Second time here. Really, really outstanding both times. Try that onion soup!
Great FRENCH food and wine. Just starting out.
Very pleasant help and owners. Definitely a place to try.
Intimate & charming! Friendly staff! Great neighborhood dining experience!
Outstanding food, beautiful environment and excellent owner, staff and service.
La French Touch was outstanding in every way. The decor is charming. Small, cozy and exceptional food. Can't wait to return. It is a Winner!
My wife and I had an excellent meal at this restaurant. The food was properly prepared using high quality ingredients. The service was very good and we were not rushed through our meal. The owner came out and talked to us and we have a very nice chat. He wants his restaurant to be very welcoming to his guests, and we felt very comfortable eating there.
My wife had the goat cheese salad with excellent goat cheese, fresh figs and crisp lettuce. I had the French onion soup which was properly prepared, not too hot and with a proper amount of cheese and onions. For our entrees my wife had the filet and I had the Cornish game hen. Both were properly prepared and quite tasty. For desert my wife had the Tart Tartin, which was as good as you could get in France, and I had the caramel, which was also excellent.
We would highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back.
The bread and salad was excellent. My steak was a bit on the salty side but overall it was good
My girlfriend and I decided to try this new place and liked it so much we went two nights in a row! Authentic French food, wine and atmosphere. Friendly owner and staff. We bumped into neighborhood friends and had an amazing meal.
So happy to have this new spot in the neighborhood! Great atmosphere...great food...and an owner that is a real restaurateur. We need more of these types of spots on the Peninsula! So happy it is here!