Scarlet Kitchen and Lounge

4.5
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104 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Riordan’s husband, mother, and father are all involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant. Chef Paige is joined in the kitchen by her father Chef Marty Manley, a former East Coast commercial fishing captain, who attended culinary school at the Art Institute of Orange County. The father-daughter duo attended their respective culinary schools simultaneously, and much like the menu at Scarlet itself creates a convergence of East Coast meets West Coast. Her husband Matt Riordan, a former finance executive, will run front-of-house operations as the restaurant’s general manager; and her mother, Anne Manley, co-owner and CFO of a family owned business on the East Coast will manage business operations including HR and financials.
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Lori
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bar/drinks are creative and taste amazing. Eggplant Parmesan and liquid gold on the dinner menu my favs..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

There was only 1 server in the entire patio due to staff no shows. While the server did the best she could, she could not adequately cover everyone.
For example, we would have ordered dessert, but it would have taken an additional 30 minutes.
They should have a better process to cover these unfortunate situations. Shame.

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vipTustinFoodie
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - service and great live music great fun !

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NanCee
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner on the patio; very nice ambiance. I ordered grilled fish tacos and would definitely recommend them. Everything looked really good on the menu. I will go back.

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Jodi
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So impressed with the food and cocktails and our server Chelsea was great as well! Can’t wait to go back and share with our friends

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vipsungeahn
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

What a fabulous find! Great take on dishes we're so used to. Pork grilled cheese sandwich was awesome. Risotto was cooked perfectly, could have used a little more flavor but still very good. Wasn't sure how the carrot tacos world be but they were yummy! Brussel sprouts looked delicious & I hear the clan chowder was quite good too. Outdoor seating was homey & quaint.

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vipOKDude
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Appetizers and meals were awesome - Entertainment excellent - Bundt cake desserts - meh

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Server would not pull up her mask - made us feel very uncomfortable (along with a man who continually coughed & walked around without a mask) - wishes the manager was more on top of this. Live music was nice, but way too loud - hard to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was sooooo delish!

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vipFelicia
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening! Sitting outside on a perfect CA evening, listening to a great singer, sipping a perfect cocktail (Purple Haze) and enjoying oysters on the half shell (sweet & perfectly shucked) with the caprese salad special (heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese and canteloupe, which just added a wonderful pop of flavor). We then moved on to the entrees - the fish special of Branzino with farro & edamame for me and the Liquid Gold for my husband. The fish was cooked perfectly with delicious crispy skin - so yummy. The Liquid Gold is the pork & lamb ragout with pappardelle and it was so delicious that my husband wanted to get every drop and ordered grilled bread to sop up every bit. Too full for dessert but next time! The service was terrific and we had the best date night.

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BonnieC
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

menu is varied with lots of options. The carrot tacos and lobseter tacos were fabulous. Other diners plates looked amazing too. Great service and tables nicely distanced apart. I will definitely be back soon for the hamburger which looked oh so tasty....

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Smith
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just moved to the area and are so excited we have this delicious spot in our neighborhood. Service was impeccable and the food was so so good. Can't wait to go back.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The food was really good . It just got really crowded and loud and not allot of social distancing. Once every table was full it got crowded.

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vippeegoo
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been to Scarlett several times already. This last time we took a couple of clients with us. Food is great as usual. Service is friendly but it took effort to get attention as the poor waitress had to take care of a lot of tables. There was live music on a Wednesday night which was a pleasant surprise to us. The singer was great but the sound level was a bit too high which made it challenging to have a conversation with our guests. Overall it was still very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started going during the “Plandemic” when all you could do is get takeout. We did takeout about 6 or 7 times. The food was great and everyone was very nice. We’ve since been twice and eaten on the patio. The food is still great as is the service and we really enjoy the live music. So glad this place is here!

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ChrisD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They had a very good menu and the food was delicious. The staff was friendly and helpful. The live music added a very nice touch to the dining experience. I’d highly recommend this restaurant.

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CapnDoc
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eating outside was very pleasant after it cooled down a bit. The salad and lobster roll were outstanding as were the staff, as usual! Love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was good. I just wish the music, which was good, was a bit softer as it was hard to talk to each other at the table.

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Nana
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thursday HH was so fun we came back Friday night to listen to the music while drinking & eating!!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a fine experience but for the extremely high prices I didn’t feel it was worth it. It was Montage prices without the 5 star experience. I think the best thing was our hand- crafted cocktails before dinner. Very nicely done! There was live music which was nice but made it almost impossible to hold a conversation. Audio needed to be adjusted for such a small area. Don’t think I’ll return. If I’m going to spend fine dining prices I’ll go for a fine dining experience.

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was very disappointed to see the servers & other personnel wearing small plastic face "masks" that actually do nothing to protect them or the customer as the sides & bottom are open to all breath. It made me feel unsafe. That being said, I cannot return to Scarlett at this time. This is my only complaint.

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thefrenches
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I feel bad writing a negative review, particularly considering the struggle restaurants are going through right now with Covid-19 restrictions, so I'll start with the good, which is REALLY good - the entertainment was extraordinary. They've definitely secured the most talented guitarist/singer I've ever heard, and it was a joy to listen to her. The food was mediocre, sometimes bad. The 'liquid gold' was decent, but the homemade noodles were extra starchy, and stuck together in clumps, which I'd think could be remedied with a nice rinse or some olive oil. Overpriced, given what it is. Ordered the special, it didn't come with orzo as we were told, and the veggies on it were crunchy, not al dente, but essentially par-boiled. After switching to the risotto, we were sad to find out the shrimp was stale/old, based on its pungent flavor. Cocktails were quite uninspired for the most part, with 75% of them being vodka-based. I know we're in the minority here, but unfortunately we agreed it was quite a poor experience, and we were hopeful to discover another local gem with this restaurant.

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JanineMcG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even despite having to deal with the Covid restrictions, Scarlet Kitchen was the perfect place to celebrate our daughter's 21st. Had read a review in the paper pre-covid and was excited to finally try. Friendly greeting from the moment you walked in the door. Ashley, our server, took great care of us. The musical entertainment was fabulous and did not compete with our conversation. Cocktails were so creative! We devoured our bacon wrapped dates and beet tartare and enjoyed our tastes of the hearty clam chowder. Too many great choices on the menu but not to the point of overwhelming. Lettuce wrapped Korean Tacos, Scarlet Burger, Shrimp Risotto and Kale Salad with shrimp were all wonderful. Tried our first olive cake and enjoyed but the perfect end to the meal was the MUST TRY s'more creme brulee. It left us all wanting S'MORE!!! Can't wait to go back and try the other menu items.

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Peggy
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent, as usual. Great neighborhood gem with outdoor patio seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Will be back again!

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BeateK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there . Loved the food and the service was friendly and great. We will be definitely back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and delicious entrees. The Scarlet team went out of their way to make us feel welcome and safe while dining. A very nice patio, with live music (just a touch loud). The menu has unique and familiar, and all of it prepared beautifully. A real treat.

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Lesley
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scarlet is a triple threat - fantastic food, amazing wine + cocktail menu, and a great ambiance that includes live music on the patio most nights.

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Peggy
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed celebrating a birthday dinner together. The food and service was excellent, as always.

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jayfrito
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best new restaurants to open in South OC!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing drinks! Friendly staff! Devil Eggs, Shrimp Cocktail and Bacon Wrapped Dates are amazing bites to share!🙌

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JeanneL
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our time & the food at Scarlet's! Paige & Matt are amazing!

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KarenM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I have been here 3 times in 2 weeks. I am very impressed with their menu variety. The owners, Matt, Maitre D, and his wife Paige, the chef are extremely friendly and visible.

They have music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday which is very pleasant. The outdoor patio is very nice which is good since we can't eat inside now.

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vipGibbS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!! The ambiance on the patio is fantastic, especially when there’s live music!!! The staff is always kind and they work hard to make the dining experience enjoyable!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Pricey restaurant. Ambiance was amazing though

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Peggy
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service; excellent food; nice ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place!! Best burger ever! And you must try the lobster tacos and the grilled cheese.
Live music on the weekends. Super friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scarlet Kitchen was absolutely amazing! My hubby and I wanted to check out somewhere new and somewhere with music and I came across this recommendation on a FB group. It was definitely a beautiful evening and everything about Scarlet Kitchen was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Live music and the food and service are excellent. Their patio is lovely.

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HeidiW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a friends birthday which I put in the reservation but they forgot. Otherwise great meal.

FAQs

Scarlet Kitchen and Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 503-3086.

Scarlet Kitchen and Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 104 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.