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Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, Costa Mesa, CA

Leatherby's Cafe Rouge

4.6
4.6
1706 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
We believe in locally sourcing seasonal, farm fresh vegetables and the freshest, most sustainable seafood available. Our artisanal craft cocktails are the ideal aperitif and we offer a range of wines from which to select the perfect pairing.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (714) 429-7640

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Greg Stillman

  • Catering

    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. 4202

  • Private party contact

    Gina Carr: (714) 556-2122 ext. 4202

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Cross street

    Avenue of the Arts

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available on Town Center Drive.

  • Public transit

    OCTA

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,706 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orange County

    Californian

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  1. G

    Geof

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinning. Small menu but that is to be expected, with the limited times of the theater. We kind of had to wait for our water abs your delicious bread at the beginning but it was really well worth it. We will be back later this year. Thank you Geof Wickett
  2. h

    hbdiner

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The main advantage of the restaurant is its proximity to the concert hall. We were able to enjoy a leisurely dinner with friends, and not have rush to the concert. The restaurant is attractive, and the noise level was fine. The food was good. The portions were a little small for the price, but then we do not want to have a big meal prior to the concert. The waiter was very nice, but a little disorganized. He had to be reminded to bring our guest's coffee, and introduced himself and explained the soup of the day several times. I am sure that I will have a pre-concert meal here again in the future.
  3. k

    kpurp

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, but the service was even better. Carlos is a superb server. The cocktails we enjoyed before our meal were also incredible. Overall, a really nice evening.
  4. D

    Ddaldoctor

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner before a show. We’d seen the restaurant a lot but this was our first time in the door. We’ve always wanted to try it. My wife had the duck breast, I had lamb chops. The food was absolutely perfect, maybe the best duck breast ever. The lamb chops were just as perfect. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. This was a great pre-show dinner.
  5. MN

    MarleneN

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Checked in with my name. The guy asked me to walk through restaurant to see if our friends were already there. Weird! I told him I made a reservation and could he take us to our table! He didn’t oblige. We walked through and didn’t see our friends. Guy gave us a table and then my husband spotted our friends and we changed tables. Not professional. Service slow. Our waitress didn’t ask us if we wanted to place a drink order, we had to ask her. Drinks and food came out at different times. It was all just not up to Leatherbys standard.
  6. C

    Corky

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and a great ambience all before an evening at the Pacific Symphony
  7. PS

    PasScog

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another wonderful dinner before the theater. This has become one of my go to places. The food is always excellent as is the service and atmosphere, relaxing and enjoyable.
  8. CL

    CaroleL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a nice anniversary dinner there. The staff was very courteous. I ordered the lamb which was excellent. My wife ordered the chicken which was also very good. We both had the butternut squash soup which was delicious. The evenings special entre also looked good but we had eaten a similar meal the night before elsewhere.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always I was presented with absolutely delicious food for dinner yesterday! The Chef has created a new menu - I challenge any diner to not find something they would enjoy from this menu. Michael, I thoroughly enjoy being served in your area. Everyone, please know the entire waiter, server and bartender staff are amazing!! Thank you all for another delicious meal!! Happy New Year!!
  10. m

    marks

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service provided by our female server who was also the bartender was excellent. She has taken care of us in the past and is always superb
  11. d

    delj

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, and even better food. So yummy.
  12. TG

    TheresaG

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    From the start, the service was bad. There was no one at the check in desk and people were lined up out the door. The guy finally came strolling out of the back and slowly seated people. They were clearly short staffed. Our server ended up being the one and only bartender! She had a full bar, our table and several others, and was making drinks for the restaurant. Ridiculous!! The food- we had the French Onion soup as a starter. It was awful and barely warm. There was so much vinegar in it. We sent it back and noticed the table across the way also sent theirs back. The entree was the fillet. In a good note, the meal was tasty. However, eating a plate of food that was not even warm was not pleasant. The fillet was over cooked and not juicy. The flavor was nice but the overall experience with cold food (no we didn’t send back due to show time) was unpleasant. At this point we just wanted to eat and leave. It took forever to get our server back to even check on us let alone get the bill. We will not be back. With the high prices, this place does not meet the level. It will get the business due to the proximity to the venue but it needs an overhaul. Cold food is a NO!!!!!
  13. C

    Chip

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit. Incredible food, with so many interesting and delicious flavors blended perfectly. Simply remarkable. Very friendly and attentive service as well. A wonderful evening all around. Plan to return and would definitely recommend.
  14. EM

    EugeneM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy venue and happy to see continuation of excellence. Happy to see reintroduction of price fixe complete meal offering choice in addition to excellent menu options.
  15. TM

    TraceyMZ

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous dinner for 4 on New Year's Day--the manager was so gracious, and the server Michael was wonderfully attentive and conscientious. Great menu, lovely presentation and appreciated that they allowed us to finish dessert and drinks even after closing time, very kind and accommodating!
  16. HB

    HBRenee

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Went before performance at Segerstrom. Very good at getting the food out quickly. We ordered filet mignon; we found it unusual that the waiter did not come to the table and ask if the steak was cooked to our liking (it was overcooked). The menu items consist of good, interesting proteins, accompanied by overly creative sides that distracted from the protein and made the choice less appealing. The night we were there, the manager was acting as host, but was away from the station for extended periods of time. We ended up waiting close to 5 minutes to be greeted; others gave up and left.
  17. JN

    JacquieN

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were impeccable! Had a pre fixe dinner which was outstanding!!
  18. RG

    RodG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality food. Very good experience. We will be back.
  19. RT

    RayT

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael was an excellent server. So pleasant to be with. The food was absolutely delicious. Would love if you could get chocolate sauce to put on your vanilla gelato.
  20. z

    zeezee

    Orange County

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner before seeing To Kill A Mockingbird, we sat promptly (we had reservations). The nice gentleman sat us down with a nice greeting. Carlos was our wait person and took good care of us. Our food was very good. I opted for the Mockingbird Prix Fix dinner and it was perfect.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heading to the theater to watch “to kill a mockingbird”
  22. DE

    DEPR

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great for a pre-concert dinner.
  23. C

    Corky

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent evening dining at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge. Wonderful food and great service.
  24. D

    Daziner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server George was excellent. Food perfectly prepared. Always a good experience before showtime at Segerstrum.
  25. CA

    ChristopherA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carlos was a great server and attentive to our time constraint. Elizabeth did great at the bar as always. Looking forward to going back!
  26. F

    Filmygirl

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a stunning setting! The food was great, the service excellent. It was the perfect start before our performance.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Every year, my daughter and I go see the Nutcracker during the Christmas season. This year we elected to eat dinner before seeing the show at this restaurant. This venue seemed like a good option based on the proximity. The restaurant itself is lovely. Our waitress seemed slightly, overwhelmed as she was the only server for the larger portion of the dining area. There was another server who had a separate section, but his wasn’t as large. The waitress was pleasant enough, but did seem a little harried. The food was passable, but not excellent for the price point. I had the Chilean Seabass, my daughter had the gumbo and a wedge salad that never came. The Seabass would have been significantly better had it been seared well. The consistency of the gumbo was slightly watery. Overall I do recommend the spot based on the general experience and will return to give it another shot.
  28. W

    Waikikidiner

    Orange County

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience5
    Leatherby’s has been a wonderful mainstay for pre-theater dining for a long time, but the service has gone way downhill in the last several months. It’s sad, because the food has actually elevated to a higher level, the menu changes seasonally and always offers enticing new items. I am a frequent theater patron, several times a month, and always dine here pre-theater for the convenience. It has been very disappointing the last few times, so will seek out other pre-theater dining options nearby.
  29. KD

    KrisD

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was slow for drinks as there was only one bartender for a busy night. Food was excellent and our waiter was welcoming and attentive.
  30. k

    kurtb

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu isn’t very long, but the available options sounded good and we enjoyed everything we ordered. The service and ambiance were excellent. Great dinner choice before a show.
  31. LA

    LoriA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Slow service all around, from getting seated to ordering to getting our dinners. It was also freezing cold in the dining room. The portions were small and the prices were high.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I included a request to be seated at a window table with a specific waiter and was instead seated at the first table behind the check in desk. The food service was very good (as always) and the food prepared perfectly (as always). Thank you for an enjoyable dining experience.
  33. n

    nordy

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a go to before the Shows at Segerstrom start.
  34. EK

    EricK

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food and wine great. Service spotty but, food made up for it.
  35. LS

    LibbyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation and were seated right away when checking in. Carlos was our server and he was Awesome!!! Very attentive and checking to make sure everything was to our liking. The food was delicious and it was a very enjoyable dining experience. We were finished in plenty of time to make it to the concert without having to rush.
  36. E

    Eatout

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the service and food were top notch. Great place to eat before, or after a show!
  37. BE

    BonnieE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter Michael was very friendly and helpful. Recommended a great bottle of wine to accompany our meals!
  38. PB

    PamB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special thanks to server, Michael, who used his own camera to take special birthday pictures of me, since I forgot my own camera. Meal was awesome. thank you.
  39. GT

    GeorgeT

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Michael is a great server & so very happy & pleasant! Timely delivery of food before a performance.
  40. MN

    MattN

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Great food and ambiance. Perfect for before a show at Segerstrom. Service was friendly but very slow.

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Leatherby's Cafe Rouge is rated 4.6 stars by 1706 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Leatherby's Cafe Rouge

615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Avenue of the Arts

  • Neighborhood

    Costa Mesa

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–7:30 pm Sun 4:30 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available on Town Center Drive.

  • Public transit

    OCTA

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Greg Stillman

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (714) 429-7640

  • Catering

    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. 4202

  • Private party contact

    Gina Carr: (714) 556-2122 ext. 4202

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