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About Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
Leatherby’s Café Rouge is conveniently located within Orange County’s cultural epicenter, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Our décor is infused with extensive natural light, which adds to the beautification of our cuisine’s artistry.
Our restaurant mirrors the prestige of Segerstrom Center for the Arts with our exquisite SoCal French cuisine that is unrivaled in taste and presentation. We offer seasonal selections alongside specially themed menus inspired by the various performances throughout the year. Our one-of-a-kind setting matches our epicurean eatery perfectly.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Contemporary American, Californian
Hours of Operation:
On performance nights:
Tuesday – Saturday 5PM-8:30PM
Closed on non-performance nights.
Avenue of the Arts
$31 to $50
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Chef Joachim Splichal’s Patina Catering offers unrivaled cuisine and impeccable service for events held throughout Orange County and Southern California. Our experienced staff can help you create the perfect event at one of our landmark locations, including Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, or at your home, office and favorite destinations. Contact our Special Events team at 714 556 2122 ext. 4201
Valet parking is available on Town Center Drive.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate your next special event with class, elegance and style at Leatherby’s Café Rouge. Please contact special events at: 714-556-2122 ext. 4202
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Leatherby's Cafe Rouge Ratings and Reviews
We enjoy this restaurant before the theatre but wish they would make the space warmer and MUCH MORE inviting. It feels cold and sterile.
The food is good and it’s very convenient for theatre goers but we would make the effort to frequent it if it were different!!
Promptly seated at 5PM for a 5PM reservation. Sat for 15 minutes with no service while multiple other tables were seated and served. Called front desk and asked what was needed to get served. Immediately, receptionist and waiter showed up and apologized and offered glass of wine for the delay. Food was excellent, waiter courteous but service was inconsistent.
I have been coming here for years before the theatre. I don’t know what happened...new owner or new chef? It was horrible. Our food took forever and when it arrived, it was so dried up it looked fake! Tasted like plastic too. I’m so disappointed because this was my go to place before the show but I won’t be back!,
Our steaks, soup, lettuce wedge, beet salad, and two desserts were delicious. However, there is no reason to charge $5 for two rolls and a breadstick! We ordered two bread orders and felt foolish to do so. I can’t think of many wonderful restaurants that don’t serve a delicious bread basket. What poor public relations!
I always consider V's Café rouge a place to celebrate anything special, even an every day event. Their staff and management is impeccable and I look forward to the changes that are on the horizon for this beautiful venue. I will continue to be a loyal patron and enjoy whatever direction they decide to go with the patina group. Thank you, Lin and staff, for making my night so special
We eat here often before a performance. Menu offerings and service keeps declining. Last night particularly bad. Server seemed stretched too thin but when we commented said we just had to wait our turn. It took over 20 minutes to order a glass of wine. Then we're told may be out of fois gras maybe one left so we need to get order in quick. After dinner told the new cappuccino machine broken then we're told it's working. Husband orders regular coffee. Served in teeny cup so asks for refill. Had to ask four times and then he brings a pot and says the coffee machine small so takes a long time. This restaurant way over priced to be this bad. Unfortunately not many better alternatives convenient to Segerstrom so they don't need to care.
Eating here for many years. Always enjoyable. Interesting food pairings usually with something as an extra surprise - maybe an unusual herb leaf. Soups have been phenomenal. Fish and seafood really good. Also some things like duck. Menu changes from time to time and keeps things interesting.
When I walked in, I was told they are fully booked and with absolutely no availability for that night. I walked out, got on open table right away and in less than couple of minutes I booked a table for the exact same time!!! I shared this with the same waiter who told me they are booked and all I got was a very rude response. Overall, service at this place is extremely slow and way below average with a food that is not special in any way. Not a place that I recommend to anyone.
understaffed - main interest is getting people out the door asap - waiter seemed more concerned about our theater time then we were - presenting out check in the middle of dinner - he didnt know we were in the middle of dinner because he didnt ask - poor seating choices even though we made reservations and arrived on time - because we asked other diners it was apparent that walk-ins were given tables that should have been held for those with reservations - this restaurant used to be very very good - open during intermission and for after theater dining - but it has been sliding for some time - last seating at 7:30 p.m. (!) and closed by 8:30 p.m. - with so many other options in walking distance of the performing arts center (water grill, vaca, pizzeria ortica) i would not return - would love to hear that some other restaurant was going to return the space to the special cutting edge room it one was !!! i know why i was able to get a table at the last minute - all the other options were booked out - the word is out on this sad operation i guess
Pre-show fine dining. Only one waiter for the entire restaurant. Drink orders were wrong. Service incredibly slow, especially for folks who had to get to the show on time. Food was especially disappointing, no flavor, poor consistency. Ordered dessert which we didn't get to eat since by the time it arrived we were already late for the show. This was a special occasion for my wife's birthday and it was a terrible experience. Will not go back.
Pricey but excellent food and incredibly convenient for pre- or post-Segerstrom concert/theatre events. $10 valet parking for the restaurant includes the Segerstrom event with validation. The food was wonderful. I have never seen halibut so brilliantly white before. The filet mignon was incredibly tender. Rick, our waiter, was most attentive, and his recommendations were all spot on. The 5pm opening time shown on the website is misleading -- the restaurant opens two hours prior to the earliest evening event starting time, so in our case, with a 6pm curtain, the restaurant opened at 4pm.
Leatherby's is always outstanding in every way. Service, food, ambiance are all of the highest quality. I eat at Leatherby's every time I go to the ballet at the Segerstrom Center. Leatherby's has one seating per evening, and makes it possible for everyone to get to the show in plenty of time.
After seeing a show at Segerstrom, we had dinner at this restaurant. There were 2 Prixe-Fix options including wine pairings if desired. I had the Halibut that had a beautiful presentation and was well-cooked but was very bland. My wife's steak with shoestring fries was very good. This is very upscale fine dining with wonderful floor to ceiling windows. I'm sure when the construction is completed outside the view will be very nice. The service and food were pleasant, but not at all memorable or particularly outstanding.
Leatherby's was a huge disappointment, and an expensive one at that. I had the halibut and, when I was asked if "medium" was how I wanted it cooked I was hopeful. I said yes, but it was way over-cooked. So if you get it by all means say "rare," then you can always have it cooked more. I have a real issue with a place that charges nearly $40 for a piece of fish and then doesn't cook it properly. But don't think you'll be safe ordering the lamb. Our friends did and it was 75% fat! Again, if it's going to be 75% fat don't charge $35! Charge $10! Oh, and the crab salad is a ripoff. Other than that, it is very convenient to the theater.
We had a $30 off Patina coupon for my birthday and were attending the ballet at the theater next door. I called and left a message letting the restaurant know we were stuck in Friday night traffic on the freeway and would be 20 min late for our 6pm reservation. They held our reservation and with the 3 course prixe fixe menu managed to get us in and out in an hour in time for the 7:30 ballet next door. The food - best corn soup we have ever had, salmon and chocolate mousse with mango sorbet was excellent.
My favorite restaurant … absolutely the best dining experience! The appetizers are spectacular. We love the Caesar Salad. And do not miss the outstanding Bread Board … rolls, honey, butter, and sea salt. Spend as much time as you can to enjoy the entrees and the wine selection. Our server Andy ... is awesome! Fabulous!
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge is a lovely restaurant for pre- or post-theatre dining.....we enjoyed a wonderful potato leek soup as our first course, filet mignon with mushrooms and accompaniments as a main course, and a delicious peach sherbet with fresh peaches for dessert. Our server, Lucas, was outstanding and attended to our every request. His welcoming manner and efficient service made our dining experience absolutely perfect.
If you're going to the Segerstrom concert hall, this place is a definite must. The food was excellent; we could actually hold a conversation (unlike so many restaurants that are deafening); the wine was perfectly chilled and delicious and we were right where we had to be for the concert we were attending.
I have mentioned this before: the food is much too salty, at least what I ate, which were the soup and the small pasta appetizer. We opted out of ordering the bread, because the last time we had this, both bread and butter were so salty as to be unpalatable. Since lots of older people with health problems such as high blood pressure, etc., dine at this restaurant, I would very much appreciate my comments being taken seriously.
I probably won't stop going to Leatherby's, because it is conveniently located near the Performing Arts Center, but can someone in the kitchen or in management please let me know if my efforts to let you know what can improve are successful? You asked for my opinion and here it is.
Service was poorly provided by an earnest and pleasant young man who had no skills whatsoever. This is not appropriate given the prices charged. Additionally, $5 for a few ounces of bread when a meal for two with a glass of wine each amounts to north of $130 is also inappropriate.
What I do not like about Leatherby's is that the Chef or Kitchen or both take charge of the customer's meal. Once you place the order, the Chef/Kitchen determines when you entree will be served - no if's, and's or but's. There is no way to slow down the service unless you drag your feet placing your order. So - if you are going to the Symphony Hall for an 8pm performance and you arrive for dinner at 6:15 - WAIT to place your order until 7pm or you will be done with dinner at 7 and have to figure out what to do for an hour. Very one-sided approach to customers - this is a BAD practice. Additionally, the bar used to be open during intermission and after the performances. No more. Sing money on personnel is understandable - but taking away these options makes for customers having to go elsewhere. For instance, I had to go to the Westin on my last visit to have a drink after the performance. More valet parking fees, more hassle, etc.
Leatherby's is perfect for a special occasion or splurge before seeing a show at the Segerstrom Theater. The menu is creative and changes often. The food is superb - always super fresh, fantastically prepared, and beautifully presented. The service is also top notch. Waitstaff is knowledgeable and helpful, and best of all, they will make sure you get to your show on time. If you attend shows at Segerstrom, make sure you try Leatherby's at least once.
Food and service was great as always. Still disturbed about paying $5.00 for 2 rolls, butter, and honey while paying $200.00 for dinner for two. We were told that they will no longer serve iced tea. We don't understand why the discontinuance of iced tea. Neither did our waiter.
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