A lovely meal before the pops concert.
The only disappointment was that our filet was in the cool side when it arrived to the table. But the steak was delicious.
Now very expensive and all ala carte...the wonderful risotto is gone....
New decor is pleasant. Service needs some polishing. Food is well prepared but the tropical dessert was rather strange
Probably will not return as our order was screwed up both on the salad (brought beets instead of Cesaer)and the entree (brought scallops instead of salmon)! Also, we didn't order dessert because service was so slow from having to correct the entree that we didn't want to be late for the performance in Segerstrom Hall.
We were served Caesar salad, filet mignon, au gratin potatoes, asparagus, and popups. The serving size and taste were perfect. The restaurant has recently been renovated and has a very good open feeling. Rick was our server and was very efficient. The staff was very friendly.
First time back since they remodeled, although it has a similar feel. We continue to love the ambiance and the ability to enjoy a fine meal and conversation without having to struggle to be heard over noise, background music, and loud diners (OK, OK, so we might be getting older and a little crotchety!).
The overall experience was very good, although not quite a 5 star for reasons stated. Our starters were excellent (cauliflower soup and shrimp cocktail) although the cocktail sauce was at least a 6-alarm. A warning there would have been nice. Our entrees were similarly quite good (especially my salmon with a honey and spice glaze). My wife's sea bass was good but the preparation was very plain; expected just a bit more pizzazz. The service was generally friendly and attentive. Our only 'concern' was that after our bill was given to us, the server disappeared for 15 minutes. Not that we were in a rush to leave - the espresso was also very good - but it always bothers me a tad to have my credit card just sitting there for time on end. Probably just a personal foible.
Soooo....close to a 5 star dining experience, with just a few slight misses along the way. We certainly plan to return and encourage others to try Cafe Rouge for their next 'special' dinner (but watch out for that cocktail sauce!)
Poor service. Overpriced for just okay food. Would not go there again.
I realize you are paying some for convenience (i.e., being able to walk to the Segerstrom center for your show), BUT, the quality of food for the price has fallen. We’ve eaten here in the past and had a wonderful meal. But now they are operating like a steakhouse, where the protein is a la carte and everything is a “side”. That is similar to mastros and capital grille, and Leatherby’s price point is similar to those places, BUT the quality is not the same. My sea bass was bland, served plain with a touch of butter, my husbands steak was cold upon delivery. Another on our table ordered the brick chicken, but it was dry and uninspired. The side Mac n chz was good, but the portion for family style was tiny, same with the carrots. So, bottom line there are better quality options for the same price point in the south coast plaza area. Service was top notch!
Nice place to enjoy dinner before the show.
Service was excellent. From the bartender to support staff to the main server, all personnel were very polite, friendly and professional. Food was outstanding. A little pricey, but worth it. Will definitely return.
Horrible experience....tried once before before theater...not improved. Service is rude. Food passable. Never again....
It was a wonderful experience except they need more waiters
Was not impressed with either the new menu nor, the higher prices. The food was so so and service inattentive. I don't think we will be back after years of dining there prior to the SCR theater performances.
Salmon over cooked. Popovers good and nice touch. Scallops good. Menu unexciting. Service okay and pleasant, but a little distracted. Lovely room.
The new menu was awesome and so was everything we ordered.
Used to love this place for pre- theater dinning; they use to have a fantastic pre-fixe menu of gourmet selections with or without wine pairings and very cognizant of the time frame for theater. Unfortunately the format is all changed--menu is everything individually priced (over-priced), giant expensive meat selections that you obviously cannot take home if going to the theater, and no vegetarian meal selection, and nothing innovative like previously (except the beet salad which was the only thing I would recommend for interesting and delicious). I went on a Sunday before Jersey Boys 4:45 reservations for 6:30 show, and although seated on time, did not get dinner until 6:10--very inefficient waiter service despite the prior efficiencies with crowds. Food selections were average tasting with a couple very good. Overall not worth the price, and if you choose a 3 course meal you'll never get it in time. No dessert on the menu and we would not have had time anyway. Prior pre-fixe included dessert. Definitely not like it use to be with everything perfect. Sorry to see the changes, disappointed in new format and menu. although the updated decor is beautiful.
Great food at Leatherby's they always have something different to experience. We love coming there before the Theatre.
Post theater date. Walking distance from South Coast Repertory and Segerstrom. Excellent food and ambience. We loved the updated look!!
(1) A la carte menu doesn't work in this setting. Chef should be able to design a complete entre'e and still offer extra side plates.
(2) Suggest you advise the server to stop referring to us as "you guys".
(3) Matre d' was very helpful.
Way over priced for what we got. Did was good but not great. Wine pouring was very stingy. Too expensive to be mediocre. Location is great for theater and decor is very nice.
Remodeled interior looks wonderful. High-backed booths replaced with only a couple of partitions, giving the place a more "open" feel. The one downside I can think of, is that they don't have any non-dairy beverage options. How is that possible in this day and age?!?!
The restaurant is undergoing a menu change, so they had limited options. Our waiter Rick was excellent, explained the menu and was very efficient.
I wasn't in love with the food though. I ordered the brick chicken and it was VERY salty - I even had my son taste it and he agreed. I think it had been brined because it was very moist but oozed saltiness. The sides were bland - asparagus and mashed potatoes. The Caesar salad was tasty but served in an awkwardly small, high rimmed bowl. Since the leaves were uncut - it was really hard to cut them in the little bowl. The popover rolls were awesome though - loved them.
Leatherby's was very disappointing. The waiter was the best thing but he could not make up for the slow food service (ask 3 times for their popovers) and ok food. My husband ordered a martini but there were out of dry vermouth and had to use sweet. Not the same! Very pricey.
Overall, the experience was very good. I, however, felt like it took them too long to take the order and then to serve our dishes
Food took awhile and they were out of a main dish but they did their best to make up for it. Worth the wait. Food was delicious and great presentation of plates both dishes and dessert.
Leatherby's is next to the theater and gets seatings with the expectation that diners will be served on time to make the performance.
Our waiter knew we were going to the theater. He forgot our drinks (on the house once we asked again), we had to ask about bread service ($5), and our entree was brought to the table less than 15 minutes before curtain time. Needless to say we gulped down our meal. The food was very good though.
My prior experience was not that at all, so I will give the restaurant another chance.
We had a delightful pre-theatre dinner. I had the prix-fixe menu related to the show. The portions were well sized and it was delicious. The bartender made me a customized blood orange martini which was outstanding. I have been to brunch here in the past and that was great also. Service is impeccable.
We had a delecious pre theater dinner. Potato leek soup was rich and creamy. The beef stroganoff was excellent, made with tenderloin. The highlight was buche de Noel modernized by the pastry chef. It was a chocoholic’s delight.
Nice soft music and good service.
This restaurant has gone down hill since my family last visited. Our waiter, Jonathan, although attempting to make the best of the situation was doing everything except cook as they were understaffed that evening. The wines listed on the wine menu were not in stock. The Brussel sprout appetizer had 5 Brussel sprouts (yes, I counted them). Two in our party ordered steak - they were brought duck and pot roast as the steaks were not getting cooked in the kitchen. I ordered the striped bass, however it was not edible. After pulling back the flesh, the meat of the fish was a dark gray color and had an earthy smell. A bite told me it was well past its prime. Our reservation was for 4:00 and we were almost late to our 5:30 show which was in the same building.
How sad that such an elegant venue has turned so sour!