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About The Hobbit

The Hobbit offers a 7 course prix-fixe menu Wed-Sun with one seating per evening. Cost per person is $88 (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.

2932 E. Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92869
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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.
The Dining Experience will take 4 hours.

Cross Street:
Malena

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 997-1972

Website:
http://www.hobbitrestaurant.com/

Catering:
To Go items available:
Hobbit French Sandwich $31.50
Hobbit Champagne (12 bottle case) $130.00
Artichoke Dip 1qt. $19.50
Pate 1/2qt. $21.50

Please call 24 hours in advance to order. 714-997-1972

Parking Details:
Large self parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Michael Philippi

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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Reservations are closed for Valentine's Dinner.

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Private Dining

For over 44 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 7 course prix-fixe menu and service. Impress your guests with our elegant and romantic atmosphere, perfect for any occasion.

The Hobbit Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.7

service

4.9

ambience

4.9

value

4.5

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
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Quiet Conversation (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Intriguing atmosphere
Exemplary service
Fabulous food with excellent wine pairings

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

A wonderful dining experience! Probably the best prepared and presented meal I’ve ever had. Inviting, comfortable, and absolutely unique. Highly recommended for special occasions. I live in mid-town Los Angeles, and it was well worth the drive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Amazing. From the food to the service to the ambience, this place is amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was quite possibly the best dining experience I’ve ever had!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Incredible evening everything was perfect, the food, the service, the wine and the atmosphere .

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Have heard about The Hobbit for many years came with friends with high expectations. Service was outstanding but food just ok. Not worth the cost but a great 5 hour dining experience with good friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent for all the reasons you would choose a restaurant. Our family all had a great experience and the staff and chef treated us as part of their family.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Came for my anniversary dinner and I was not disappointed. The staff was welcoming, the atmosphere was perfect, and the food was delicious. I mentioned my cinnamon allergy on my reservation, which was accommodated and acknowledged as soon as I checked in. The hors d’oeuvres in the wine cellar were wonderful and plentiful-definitely enough to fill most people up. Each course thereafter did not disappoint. I will definitely be back when they change the menu!

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

This was a true dining experience! The food was amazing and service fantastic! Expect to be there the full four hours, but it is truly an amazing experience!! Loved!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The entire experience was amazing! The food was nothing short of amazing.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Outstanding in every way. We went for my wife’s birthday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I do not want to describe too much as it is nice to experience it for the first time :)

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

the wine pairing was a great choice. every type selected by the restaurant was pretty good.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fantastic as always, delicious food, great service, ambiance. Couldn’t ask for more. We’ll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food, drink, and service was sensational. The atmosphere was unique and added to the overall experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

A truly memorable experience! The food and hospitality are the standouts from this dining experience. We have dietary restrictions so we requested a special menu and the chef did not disappoint. In fact, they put together a menu that will now set the bar for all our future dining out. Everyone on the wait staff, was polite and attentive, making the experience overall so special!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

This restaurant is amazing. The service is impeccable and the wine cellar full of amazing EXPENSIVE wine. I would definitely bring my own wine.

Come for the cocktail before the dinner begins and get yourself a Martini or an Old-Fashioned. All super good and bartenders great.

A definite must on the bucket list.

One thing, they should have heat lamps downstairs for the food in the cellar because the hot food gets cold.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Eating at The Hobbit was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. It is the perfect place for special occasions, definitely not en everyday kind of place. From start to finish, the service was impeccable. Our servers and sommelier were phenomenal and catered to our every need, even before asking most times. Book this place for your next special occasion, you won't regret it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Amazing food and environment. We had a fantastic evening.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Dinner was DELICIOUS and the whole experience was just amazing. It is expensive, but it was wonderful for the special occasion we were celebrating. Wish I could afford to go there all the time!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We've been to the Hobbitt many times. I love it for special occasions and enjoy knowing the service and food is always consistent. But, it is expensive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great experience. Can't wait to go back .
The food was very good and the service was great.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This is not your Friday night Date Dinner. It is the Graduation/Anniversary/21st Birthday/Promotion/Proposal Dinner when you want to celebrate a big event, at a leisurely pace, with great food and company.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Amazing restaurant. Always a wonderful experience whenever we go. Such a unique and impressive evening. Dinner was wonderful as usual.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

A+ everything! The duck dish was amazing, I've been dreaming about the apricot curry sauce! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

One the best options for gourmet food and an excellent wine selection in the OC, if not LA Basin. Slam dunk for a special evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I came here numerous years ago, I remember having more food courses, in any event, it was still delicious. I brought 3 people who had never been before and they absolutely loved it!

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Disappointing. I had heard great reviews about the restaurant for many years. The food was average. Very disappointing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2017

After 20+ dinners at the Hobbit, I can assure you that this is a culinary and dining experience not to be missed. Great for a special occasion dinner, the multi course dinner starts in the wine cellar with champagne and world class hors d'oeuvres, you then enter the prime time dining experience that lasts through multiple courses, only interrupted after several initial courses by a welcomed intermission while the table is set for the main course. I recommend either selecting a wine while in the cellar, or better yet enjoying their sommelier prepared wine pairing with selections to match each of the courses you'll be served. This dinner is such a treat. We just celebrated our 15th Hobbit wedding anniversary dinner last week, and will continue with this tradition as long as the Hobbit will be there for this great experience. We've enjoyed several dinners between these anniversary dinners, either for my business partners or for other family guests and celebrations.

Don't miss having a dinner at the Hobbit. You will be glad that you invested in the experience, and will be certain to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Everything was fantastic. If I had one negative it would be that one of the female wait staff is less than friendly. She seemed like she hated it. But everyone's else's positive attitude compensated for her. Unfortunately she greeted us and was around a lot.

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

My family, friends, and I had an amazing evening dining at The Hobbit. The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. The food was exquisite, and our private room made the whole experience a night to remember. We celebrated my dad's 50th birthday here, and I know it was one of his favorite's because of the excellent service and menu. Thank you so much!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We celebrated our son's return from Afghanistan and his wedding anniversary at The Hobbit this past weekend. Not only were the food and service outstanding, staff and management commemorated our son and daughter-in-law's anniversary with a special cocktail and honored him for his service to our country with two bottles of The Hobbit's own label of champagne. For several years now, The Hobbit has been my family's choice for celebrating special occasions. After this weekend, this trend became a tradition. Thank you, Hobbit!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

A wonderful restaurant for our anniversary dinner- especially enjoyed the wine cellar and pre-dinner appetizers and champagne

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 31, 2017

This was a really nice place. We enjoyed the whole experience. The food was great and the pace of how it was served was perfect.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Our third visit to the Hobbit and each visit has been uniquely warm and wonderful. Exceptional French cuisine, stellar staff/service and a truly amazing wine cellar. This is a bucket list restaurant you must visit and enjoy. It is one of our top destinations when celebrating as a couple or with friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Took my dad here for a belated Father's Day dinner and we both absolutely loved it. Not only were all of the dishes absolutely delicious, the staff were all great and very helpful. I highly recommend this place for any occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food - blah at best, nothing out of the usual, it's like eating Denny's in France. The main course, halibut, about a 2" x 1" square that's very dry.

The Horderves in a basement with wine concept is cool, but the actual execution is poor. Not really finger food friendly, no plates, 1 of the guest was walking down the stairs, waitress says " do not step down", while pouring champagne, guest heard, " take two steps down", no big deal right, just a minor spill on the already dirty concrete floor. Then we all heard the waitress talk in a very degrading voice "I told you don't step down, why did you step down?" Wow, although I don't really care about service, but you would expect a bit better in a so called high end $$$$ french restaurant where you pay for the settings and ambience instead of the food. Because the food itself was certainly not worthy.

Went there to celebrate anniversary, after a lackluster meal, they actually did something nice, brings a dessert wine from the chef, says, the chef made it especially for you, it's a gift for your anniversary. Oh wow, how nice right? Nope. They snuck it in the bill for $9 wine. Are you kidding?

There's really no point to debate with idiots, just take it off on the tips and call it a day. Although the food and service is mediocre, at least it makes a humorous story that can be shared later.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 6, 2017

It's way over-priced for what you get. The quality of the food is fair at best. Multiple reviews have suggested to have the appetizers labeled so you know what you're eating as well as having plates for them. The owners obviously don't pay attention, no labels, no plates and most of the appetizers were not finger food friendly, i.e, chopped beef tartare, we needed plates. The service was lackluster, the employees look tired and disinterested. The duck confit was a couple of slivers of duck meat (not kidding, a couple of slivers), which I guess was a blessing since it was tasteless, anyway. My filet mignon, ordered medium rare, was served well done, and was lukewarm when served. For the money you'll spend, definitely not worth it.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 6, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary in style at The Hobbit. This is a quiet, romantic restaurant with wine cellar in a renovated home in Orange. I can't believe it's been open for 17 years and I just found out about it. The seven-course price fixe servings were creative and scrumptious, and the service was impeccable. Make sure to visit the upstairs cocktail lounge, outdoor patio, intimate balcony -- and you're even welcome in the kitchen to chat with the chefs.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food and service amazing. A great place for your special occasion!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary with friends who also celebrated their anniversary! The Hobbit staff made our night with great service, amazing food and special touches like the butter shaped like a rose Their focus on customer service and excellent cuisine made our evening a truly special occasion!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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