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About Leatherby's Cafe Rouge
OPEN NOW - ALL NEW LEATHERBY’S CAFÉ ROUGE!
We are a steakhouse that celebrates the essential classics with a modern approach to championing the bounty of land and sea, focusing on the transformative moment when food meets fire.
We believe in locally sourcing seasonal, farm fresh vegetables and the freshest, most sustainable seafood available. Our steaks hail from the finest purveyors on the planet, chosen for flavor and quality. They range from USDA Prime, dry-aged for at least 28-days, to the finest expression of grass-fed beef possible, raised in the most pristine environmental conditions. Our artisanal craft cocktails are the ideal aperitif and we offer a range of award-winning wines from which to select the perfect pairing.
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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Steakhouse, Contemporary American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
On performance nights:
Tuesday – Saturday 5PM-7:30PM
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. 4202
Valet parking is available on Town Center Drive.
Private Party Contact:
Gina Carr: (714) 556-2122 ext. 4202
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
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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!
The food was very good but the kitchen is very poorly managed. Even though I reminded our waiter that we had a show to get to, we had to wait 25 minutes between the soup and salad to get our entrees. By that time, we only had time to eat half our dinners and we had to leave so we couldn’t have the desserts, even though they were included. We felt very rushed and we were very disappointed. The waiter didn’t offer any type of compensation. We will not be back. They are certainly aware that people come because of the proximity to the performing arts center, but apparently they don’t care about getting the food out of the kitchen in a timely manner.
My girlfriend and I dined here prior to a jazz concert at the Segerstrom Concert Hall next door. We both ordered from the theatre menu which included a starter, entree and dessert. She had the fish starter, Filet Mignon, and chocolate mousse. I had the beet salad, Beef Stroganoff, and gingerbread cake. We both enjoyed our meals and we each had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Parking was plentiful in the nearby garages, and was free for us as we parked just around 5 pm on a Saturday evening. I believe they charge $10 sometime shortly after (as I did see a sign!) . By the way, the dinner was the highlight of our evening, not the jazz concert!
Perfect spot for pre-theater dinner since it is a stone’s throw from Segerstrom Center BUT the service is lax and VERY slow. We arrived at 5:30 and were seated and greeted immediately. We ordered promptly and then waited and waited. Since we were going to a show that started at 7, I informed our waiter that we would need to be out the door by 6:30. We only ordered one course...steak medium rare... it was 6:20 when our food arrived without any explanation as to why it took so long. Our waiter was MIA during our long wait. The steak was good however.
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!
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