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The Hobbit

4.8
4.8
1205 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French
* Please use 7:00 for reservations, as we only have one seating per evening.
Due to social distancing and California guidelines, seating is very limited. We suggest calling the restaurant for current guidelines and availability since California guidelines change frequently.
Our food is Contemporary Continental; a reference to its encompassing many world cuisines. 7:00 begins the Champagne and Hors d'oeuvres course, in our wine cellar. Sommelier Amy Cody and wait staff will be there to help you choose wine for your dinner, with over 1,000 labels to choose from! You will be served a Seafood first course then a fowl or light meat. A house made sorbet is served before the main entrée. The weekly entree is served complete with accompanying vegetables. Dessert arrives, along with a list of after dinner drinks and liqueurs.

**Please note how our evening runs may change due to California restrictions following Covid-19 Guidelines.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Continental

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 7:00pm - Close< Bar opens one hour prior! A deposit required for all parties. Dress code will be enforced. 72 Hour cancellation notice required. A deposit will be charged for same day cancellations and no shows. A 18% service/gratuity fee will be added onto the final dinner tab for all parties of 5 guests or more or if a gift certificate is used. The Dining Experience will take 4 hours.

  • Phone number

    (714) 997-1972

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Executive chef

    Michael Philippi

  • Catering

    To Go items available: <br />Hobbit French Sandwich $31.75 <br />Hobbit Champagne (12 bottle case) $138.00 <br />Artichoke Dip 1qt. $19.50 <br />Pate 1/2qt. $22.50 <br /> <br />Please call 24 hours in advance to order. 714-997-1972

  • Private party facilities

    For over 48 years The Hobbit has been Orange County’s destination for a unique dining experience. Housing one of the country’s finest wine cellars, we are renowned for our multi- course prix-fixe menu and service. Impress your guests with our elegant and romantic atmosphere, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Jodi McGuire: (714) 997-1972

  • Neighborhood

    Orange

  • Cross street

    Malena

  • Parking details

    Large self parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,205 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Orange County

    Best Overall

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  • North Orange County

    Best Ambiance

  • North Orange County

    Notable Wine List

  • North Orange County

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  1. JP

    JimmyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I came here for our anniversary dinner. The food and service was top notch as usual. At one point my girlfriend's hand slipped and she broke a glass and the staff was there to take care of it before we could blink. The staff did a wonderful job taking care of the mess and ensuring her it was not an issue and we were able to continue our meal without having to worry or feel bad about the glass.
  2. DS

    DaveS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Hobbit is a must experience! Took some friends who have never been before and they were still talking about it the next morning. A real dining experience.
  3. J

    Jubt

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining experience was excellent with the attentive service, well-presented food, and guests-mingling pre-dinner appetizer at their gorgeous cellar.
  4. Y

    Yoginisam

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hobbit has been on my bucket list for 15 years now and didn’t disappoint. The food, atmosphere and service were unparalleled. I will not wait another 15 years to return…if only we could get a reservation again!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the BEST place to celebrate my parent’s 50th Anniversary!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly Exceptional… Looking forward to the next time…!!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s not as big as I expected (story of my life), but it was absolutely remarkable. The food was great, service was great, everything else, also great. We did the wine pairings as too. Was fun hearing about the history behind each wine presented. It’s pricey, but it really was worth every penny.
  8. SN

    SNBPrime

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Overall service was too slow for the value, a lot of waiting around. There was no reason we should have left 5 hours after we arrived.
  9. AT

    AndyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic and Nick r server was even better
  10. l

    lnpz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a really good restaurant that I will come again.
  11. KG

    KarenG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an exceptional experience! The food was amazing, the wine selection unparalleled, and the service was perfect. We really enjoy coming here and everytime we are impressed by the high quality of the food and service.
  12. R

    Rachel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time here and the experience was just as lovely as the first time. The pacing of the meal is perfect, the food is exquisitely delicious, the atmosphere intimate and cozy, and the staff are attentive and charming. We will be back many many times in the future!
  13. D

    Derek

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of seven had an amazing and wonderful experience at The Hobbit, a 1930's ranch house converted into a fine dining establishment in 1972. The menu consists of a fixed four-course dinner which changes every few weeks and is posted online in advance. Our evening started with hors d'oeuvres and champagne in the wine cellar; the Hobbit boasts a huge selection of fine wines. Dinner continues on the main floor in two elegant dining rooms and there is a fully stocked bar and lounge upstairs. The staff was outstanding - warm, friendly and catered to our every need. The food was, well, one of the best meals I've had, prepared and cooked to perfection. I grew up in Orange and always wanted to experience The Hobbit, knowing of its fine reputation. So glad we did, it exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return.
  14. LT

    LauraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate a birthday. What my friend really wants is time with her loved ones, and experiences. That is what we got at the Hobbit. We arrived around 6:15 and enjoyed a cocktail upstairs in their bar/lounge. At seven we were escorted to the cellar where we were handed a glass of their house champagne, and enjoyed an array of appetizers. Then we went back to the main floor and we're taken to a comfortable, corner table. The lighting and music levels were appropriate and we had no trouble having a conversation. The food was delicious. We chose the wine pairings with every course. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable. We had a lovely evening, and a wonderful memory to hold close to our hearts. Thank you to the Hobbit and all who made our evening so special.
  15. TS

    TashaS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great date night or special occasion. Also good for groups. The cellar experience is always nice touch
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun new experience to try, a must if you are a foodie or wine snob.
  17. JH

    JHall

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 2nd time going to The Hobbit and it was, as always, a wonderful experience. The food is always excellent, the service is exceptional, the staff always go above and beyond to create a memorable experience and the atmosphere is lovely. Since we are avid LOTR fans, our group of folks of course always have comments on the decor to make it more Hobbity, but the classical upscale design of the interior makes it is a truly exceptional dining experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the foods and the service
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife lost her bracelet there. They call us and let us know. The owner is so kind. The food was so good. Definitely the best restaurant in OC.
  20. D

    Delightful

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a 14-year-old, I worked next door to the Hobbit at the American Family Steak House. I would gaze across the parking lot and imagine the rich people and the food they would eat at the Hobbit. Fasy forward 56 years, I have had the privilege to eat at the Hobbit on multiple occasions. My dream has never been disappointed.
  21. j

    jackieh

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance made dining at the Hobbit amazing. We were fortunate enough to to experience their own champagne and appetizers down in the cellar as was tradition before Covid. During this time, the wine specialist shared with us some of his favorite wines. Also, on display bottles of wine selected to pair with courses served that evening. We choose to go with the wine pairing and we’re not disappointed. Service was impeccable. Dinner was topped off with Hobbit cappuccino (their version includes cinnamon ice cream) and chocolate pecan layer cake served with house made caramel sauce and fresh berries. A perfect evening.
  22. TL

    TinaL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, they were welcoming and made me and my friends at ease. The food was wonderful and the wine pairing was on point!!! Wonderful place to go.
  23. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The food was a little underwhelming so it felt like it was too expensive but the ambience was great.
  24. LD

    LoriD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Overall an AMAZING dining experience!
  25. CM

    CinthyaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We enjoyed the food, drinks, and atmosphere so much. The service was great, but I would have enjoyed a brief introduction to each dish. I think it would have elevated the experience a lot more.
  26. BN

    BryanN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a fantastic little hideaway on Chapman Ave in Orange. I didn’t know this place existed until a coworker brought it up one one. It’s a really classy restaurant with a massive wine cellar. The food is terrific and service fantastic. I highly recommend this place.
  27. 1

    12345

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    bad deal for vegans - We only came because they assured us that they are happy to have vegan diners, since this was a gift for a non-vegan. They charge an extra $25 and give you less food. Both the other vegan and I ate again after we got home because we were still hungry. Despite the additional charge there is no printout with the courses like the other diners have, and the waiters were not prepared to explain the vegan dishes. They gave us about half the number of appetizers as other people, and they were smaller and less filling. The additional charge is supposedly because of the extra planning, but they easily make that much back on using less expensive ingredients anyway. For example instead of a quail they roasted half a fennel, and instead of steak they gave a small (like 2x2) sliced potato stack. That's more than a $25 difference in ingredients alone right there. After tax and tip, it was $183 per person BEFORE DRINKS! The two vegans felt ripped off and will not be returning. We did not receive a comparable experience / level of service.
  28. CD

    CarolD

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Our second visit to the Hobbit. We had a great time. They’ve changed the hors deurves to be plated at your table instead of in the wine cellar. I wasn’t a fan of that. Service was good, but not as attentive as our last visit. If I’m spending $800 on dinner, my expectations are a bit higher than normal. Overall it was very nice, and we will come back.
  29. T

    Toni

    Orange County

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the Hobbit came through with a terrific menu. They even had a perfect vegan menu with an unbelievable wine paring.
  30. KD

    KevinD

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience from start to finish is always amazing. We thought the wine cellar cocktail hour would be missed but serving the sparkling and plated appetizers at the table was very intimate and nice. Thank you for making our 37th anniversary celebration so special. Can’t wait to come back again soon.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great. The atmosphere was great, the dinner program and menu were great. 10/10 would go again
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can always have wonderful time and experience great dishes.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding.
  34. H

    Heather

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience dining at the Hobbit restaurant. Came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and he loved it! They gave us a small birthday treat at the end of our meal too! We did the wine pairing - highly recommended! All the staff was courteous and very knowledgeable. Would definitely come again for a new menu.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinig at the hobbit was a unique and divine experience. Service was fantastic and the food was delicious, I loved the wine pairings too. It was everything I’d hoped and heard this place would be.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yosemite

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hobbit has everything- ambience, excellent food and superior service. Always a winner!
  37. S

    Savoy

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Great ambience with a wonderful wine cellar. Staff very efficient and attentive! Thank you for a wonderful evening!
  38. D

    Dleelee

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at The Hobbit and it was exceptional. I have never experienced anything like it and it was certainly celebratory for a very special occasion, Highly recommend.
  39. KC

    KatherineC

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The Hobbit is a lovely restaurant and we have enjoyed many meals there. I was shocked this time, however, when an 18% service charge was automatically added to not only our bill for our meal, but also on the $235 bottle of wine we purchased with the meal. I thought that gratuities were supposed to be determined by the customer. I never even got a chance to see the whole bill to know what other charges were added to the basic fee for dinner. I know that 18% is low for a gratuity, but it is very high when required for an expensive wine.
  40. JE

    JEO8022

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service- all serving us were very attentive! Excellent sommelier! Every course was beautiful and delicious! A delightful evening!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Hobbit is rated 4.8 stars by 1205 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 The Hobbit

2932 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Malena

  • Neighborhood

    Orange

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 7:00pm - Close< Bar opens one hour prior! A deposit required for all parties. Dress code will be enforced. 72 Hour cancellation notice required. A deposit will be charged for same day cancellations and no shows. A 18% service/gratuity fee will be added onto the final dinner tab for all parties of 5 guests or more or if a gift certificate is used. The Dining Experience will take 4 hours.

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Continental

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Jacket Preferred

  • Parking details

    Large self parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Philippi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (714) 997-1972

  • Catering

    To Go items available: <br />Hobbit French Sandwich $31.75 <br />Hobbit Champagne (12 bottle case) $138.00 <br />Artichoke Dip 1qt. $19.50 <br />Pate 1/2qt. $22.50 <br /> <br />Please call 24 hours in advance to order. 714-997-1972

  • Private party facilities

    For over 48 years The Hobbit has been Orange County’s destination for a unique dining experience. Housing one of the country’s finest wine cellars, we are renowned for our multi- course prix-fixe menu and service. Impress your guests with our elegant and romantic atmosphere, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Jodi McGuire: (714) 997-1972

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