The Hobbit

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Contemporary French
The Hobbit offers a 7 course prix-fixe menu Wed-Sun with one seating per evening. Cost per person is $92 (plus tax, tip & beverage). Dress Code will be enforced. Our food is "Contemporary Continental" a reference to its encompassing many world cuisines. We begin the evening in our wine cellar where you are handed a flute of Hobbit Champagne. Hors d'oeuvres are placed throughout the cellar, sommelier Amy Cody & wait staff are there to help you select wines for dinner with over 1000 labels to choose from!Guests are then invited upstairs - you will be served a shellfish or fish first course then a fowl or light meat, followed by a salad course. After you enjoy "intermission" (visit the kitchen to speak with the chefs, take a walk, and relax on the patios)then guests return to their refreshed table for a flavorful sorbet palate-cleanser. The main entrée is served complete with accompanying vegetables. Dessert arrives next, along with a list of after dinner drinks and liqueurs.
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EC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go for special occasions.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the world!

SB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Stellar dining experience! The food was spectacular. Loved the Use of the entire property. Outside patio very cozy to visit with your party or the other guests.

R
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our fifth trip to the Hobbit. We love it! The service and food is always excellent. We will be going again next year.

KG
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night starts with an amazing course of horsdevours and keeps getting better.

BH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far and Away the Best of the Best restaurants in the USA, nea world. Pleasant atmosphere, relatively quiet, Relaxed. Fine and delightfully prepared/served foods. Good variety of wines and more than most. The staff, from Matt to the cooks were more than kind and informative. We've liked it for almost 50 years!!!

k
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed our dinner for our son’s birthday. Have been trying to get there for 3 years and finally remembered to make reservations in advance. It exceeded all expectations from the warm and wonderful but not intrusive staff to the creative food pairings. Definitely going back!

EW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was delightful, starting with an array of hors d'oeuvres and a glass of complimentary champagne (one could then purchase wine pairings with the meal, but we did not). We were then seated and had several courses, each of which was lovely and delicious. The highlight for me was the duck confit over polenta with fresh vegetables. The wait staff brought bread a couple of times (as if there was not enough food...!) and were excellent about answering questions. They were friendly and kind, as was the chef. The evening was relaxed, pleasant and enjoyable, with French songs playing for most of the meal and the gentle atmosphere of a home transformed for dining.

KS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time! I’ve been wanting to go for years now and it met my expectations. The food was amazing and the Winter Old Fashioned was so delicious! I definitely want to go again.

k
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had probably the best table in the house, which was awesome, and our wait staff and the sommelier were outstanding. Love the fact that they offered a wine pairing option, and the time in the wine cellar to start is always fun. I don’t eat red meat and they made accommodations for that, which was the only part of the meal that wasn’t great - halibut which was dry and fishy, and just boring. The salmon alternative to beef Wellington was delicious. Overall, aside from the one fish dish, another visit to The Hobbit experience that didn’t disappoint!

SE
Central Coast
81 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite special-event restaurant. I've been going here for almost 25 years and have never been disappointed. Six fabulous courses (including delicious appetizers and champagne in the wine cellar to start) and wine pairings. My dining party always looks forward to our visit, and the staff is super friendly and informative and attentive. We were there four hours and enjoyed every minute.

p
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience is amazing. We start with a cocktail hour where you can either go to the small courtyard of the house or a couple of rooms upstairs. Then go down to basement for appetizers and champagne. There are 10+ appetizers and each of them is delicious. Then comes 5-course sit-down dinner. You can have wine pairing for $50 or select what you want during appetizer hour. The first half of the dinner came with scallops, duck confit and a frisée salad. All of them were delicious and perfect portions. After a 15-min intermission, we had the main entree which was the mushroom stuffed filet mignon, or you can opt for salmon for a small supplement. The steak was done perfectly. Dessert was a chocolate roulette and strawberry sorbet. The staff throughout were attentive and fun. We got to tour the kitchen and had a few words with the chef. We had been to the restaurant 6 months ago with friends and this time we took our in-laws visiting from the UK. All of us had the most wonderful evening.

T
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly fabulous. My only criticism is that, for some of us oldies, the evening ends pretty late. We were served dessert at 10:30, which is past my bedtime. Other than that, you can't do better!

GI
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was beautiful to look at and delicious tasting. Presentation and taste were exceptional. The service was impeccable. They used small touches of personalization to make the experience special for us. My daughter had a wonderful time.

SS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special occasion! The food was delicious, service impeccable and everyone was so nice and accommodating! Would recommend to anyone looking for a dining experience, not just dinner. No rush, great pace, really nice place!

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt, One of the finest dining experiences I have ever had!

J
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful evening with incredible food and service!

GK
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Intriguing and amazing. Only* sour note was the noise level - that old house could stand some acoustic alterations.


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* and CHOCOLATE for desert!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first visit to “The Hobbit” was quite fun and relaxing. The food was very good the steak was as tense as we have ever had. The bar was well stocked. The appetizers were good would have preferred they be labeled as well as replenished when gone. Overall we expected just a bit more given the mystery surrounding the restaurant but cannot say any one thing was wrong we highly recommend going.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly staff.

RH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ever have not been there since the remodel still amazing

j
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and delicious

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of everything! I could have been done in the wine cellar with the champagne & food. Everything was fantastic from start to finish.
GREAT EXPERIENCE!
We will return.😊

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Come hungry, great experience!

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience. Must do in OC. Come hungry, and looking to enjoy some nice wines. Not for early birds. Expect a long, fine meal. I imagine fantastic with a group of friends to catch up.

E
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place for a celebration. The wine cellar was delightful and the food was great. We had a family evening to remember.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hobbit is always a wonderful dining experience.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary and birthday celebration. Wonderful dining experience. Top notch service and food.

SR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable evening. We also met a nice couple before the dinner began and had a wonderful conversation.

GP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved every minute of our dining experience. Nothing compares to not only the exquisite menu and service but also the warm feeling of home and the nurturing environment. We’ve found our new favorite restaurant and we can’t wait to return.

b
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun experience for the foodie! Need a special location for a special occasion? This is the place. Just know it's a bit of a marathon. I've gone twice - once my wife and once with my best buddy cause we share a birthday. Both had checked out by the time dessert arrived. (Full of food and sleepy). But I love enjoying creative cooking all night. Will go back

a
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine cellar, the appetizers, the food, the wine pairings, the sommelier and ambiance are definitely unique! Would come here again and again.

m
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine here - excellent food, wine, cocktails, service, and most importantly staff/owners. Thank you all.

OT
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. This is a true dining experience. Exceptional!

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall wonderful. Excellent food and ambiance. Most service personnel were excellent

WM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an experience. I will definitely return for the next special occasion. Highly recommend.

CO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. We went for my fiance's birthday and we loved it.

TT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique and fun experience. Excellent service and food.

V
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have wanted to come here for awhile so we finally came to celebrate the hubby"s birthday with my family. The champagne was sooo good as well as the hor dourves. The French sandwich was exceptionally delicious. We enjoyed the cellar - fun times. Dinner was good, kind of expected the food to taste better. Service was decent. About a 3.5 hr experience, which I think is a bit long, but glad we did it.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect get together as we had hoped. Everything from the moment we stepped through the doors was amazing. Thank you for such an exquisite night.