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The Hobbit

4.8
4.8
1231 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 10 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 1,231 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Best Service

  • Orange County

    Best Ambiance

  • Orange County

    Great for fine wines

  • North Orange County

    Best Overall

  • North Orange County

    Best Food

  • North Orange County

    Best Service

  • North Orange County

    Best Ambiance

  • North Orange County

    Great for fine wines

  • North Orange County

    Good for special occasions

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  1. BW

    BrandonW

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Experience, perfect for a Date night, food was amazing!
  2. JC

    JeffC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is definitely a dining experience and a lot of fun. Food as usual was fabulous and the seasonal cocktails were amazing.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Interesting wine cellar Good experience
  4. JB

    JennB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the best time the staff was friendly, the food was amazing. Worth every penny.
  5. C

    Coach

    Las Vegas

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to the Hobbit for years. Reservations are difficult but worth the wait. It is a place for special memories and amazing food and wine. Celebrate all of your special dates at the Hobbit.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely a lovely experience with seriously delicious food and excellent service. WOW! The wine cellar was spectacular and impressive. The appetizers were world-class. All of the food was well prepared, hot and fully flavored. How didn’t I know about this place and they’ve been here nearly 50 years?! We will be back!
  7. PC

    PamelaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had been wanting to try this restaurant for many years and it did not disappoint. While it is a bit pricey, it was definitely worth it for a special occasion. The staff was all very friendly and attentive, and the food was absolutely delicious. Be prepared to eat more than you should!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly unique experience. Going to do this again.
  9. KK

    KellyKellyKelly

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The overall experience makes it a great value. Food is good - nothing unusual but solid menu.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience, food was delicious
  11. C

    Chelby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down one of the best dining experiences. The night is just that, an EXPERIENCE. Starting the night with hors d’oeuvres and sparking wine in the wine cellar and choosing you wine selection for the evening. My husband and I chose to split the wine paring they had selected for the menu being served and it was perfection. The staff is incredible and so knowledgeable, they go above and beyond. Plan for a full night; we arrived at 6:50 and did not leave the restaurant until 10:30! Incredible experience, highly recommend.
  12. SL

    SherylLC

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Appetizer selection was great. I thought the food was "good" but not great. Ambience was unique and service was great. Took off half star for food and another half for the expense. With gratuity, my meal paired with wine and one drink, was $252.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was fantastic. Cocktails in the bar, champagne and hors devours in the wine cellar, and dinner were all perfect. Never felt rushed, everything was just right and exceeded expectations. The bartender/sommeliers made both the perfect old fashion and gave great recommendations on the wine pairing. All the food was perfect and we had such confidence in the chef that we were willing to try anything. Definitely will be back.
  14. FV

    FrankV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a must try experience at least once! Amazing dishes and all around great time
  15. PS

    PaulaS

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I will start by saying, we did enjoy ourselves and we will come back. The Hobbit is a dining experience. The food, the setting, the opportunity to meet and socialize with people you don’t know makes for an enjoyable evening. The Hobbit is expensive. You start with cocktails upstairs ( they are included on the check but you should tip your bartenders). When you have hors d'oeuvre in the wine cellar, you can purchase wine to go with dinner. My Brother in law bought a Red and I bought two bottles of Riesling (I brought one home) The food was delicious. I had the beef. My husband had the Chilean Seabass. The 4 stars overall is that I have food allergies that I disclosed multiple times and the my first beef plate came out with the vegetable that I am allergic to so I was done. They brought me another plate but my enthusiasm was dampened. Dessert was good but entrees were the star
  16. K

    Kidoctr

    Oklahoma City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening with friends. We were in town for a conference so technically it was a business meal 😉. Cocktails upstairs - we sat for just a little bit in one of the rooms then we were invited downstairs to the cellar where we had champagne and canapés which were really good. Some of the canapés we didn’t get to try because they ran out but what we did try was very good. We had the recommended pairing with dinner. The food was delicious and we enjoyed each others’ company so much we never left the table even though the dining room cleared out at one point when everyone went outside. Will definitely go back when we are in Anaheim again.
  17. D

    Dinner

    Orange County

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, staff was attentive and excellent, and overall experience amazing. We look forward to coing again in the future. Definitely worth every penny!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A phenomenal meal with world class service. Definitely worth the time and money for a special occasion. Would highly recommend!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was Date Night with my Husband. The experience was amazing! The food was incredible! The Staff was friendly and took care if us very well. Loved it❣️
  20. SD

    SuzetteD

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, very fun dinner for a special event. The Wine cellar is fully stocked and the food was such a delight. We celebrated a birthday and it was a wonderful evening out.
  21. DA

    DABOG

    Orange County

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated a special occasion at The Hobbit on our visit on Sep 29, 2022. We have dined and attended wine tastings at The Hobbit since 1984 and have always enjoyed the experience. We have also purchased their party packages (sparkling wine, pate and 'French sandwich' pastry) to take home. Their email list keeps us informed. For this special occasion we had attempted to reserve in August but there were no openings for five weeks. It's good to know there's still a demand for fine dining in Orange after COVID and that The Hobbit is hiring to meet that demand. The fixed menu for the day was: 1) Custom cocktails by Matthew and Andrew (creative, tasty twists on standards) 2) Cellar sparkling wine and a wide selection of hors d'oeuvres 3) Seared scallop with tri-color quinoa and gazpacho sauce 4) Braised duck leg with lemon and rosemary risotto and 'sauce marvelisio' (Excellent - the best course) 5) Blackberry? sorbet 6) Côte de Boeuf with Fresh Horseradish (Prime rib is not really our favorite beef. The medium rare was ok, the medium well was overdone) 7) Almond cake, chocolate ganache, Italian merengue. Although we spent considerable time selecting wines in the cellar for our meal, in the dining room Matthew's descriptions of his wine parings were appealing and winning. We thoroughly enjoyed Matthew's choices. Overall the food that night was very good, the cocktails, service and wine paring were excellent. The fine dining experience at The Hobbit is an enduring pleasure.
  22. d

    debrao

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We have visited the Hobbit for around 30 years and had found it delightful. Although the service was still great this time the offerings seemed a bit dialed down. The Champagne and hors d' oeuvres course in the cellar had many fine selections, the scallop and rice course was acceptable and the braised duck was delicious. The salad course has been dropped entirely. The sorbet was sorbet. But the "prime filet mignon" was uninspired and although it was tender, it was just a nice tender steak. One of our party had the Chilean sea bass which was .. OK. The Apple tarte was tasty. Considering all of this the tab seemed excessive did not reflect our overall experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I definitely think everyone should experience the Hobbit at least once in their life. I knew it was going to be pricey but didn’t quite expect it to be that much. We also got cocktails at the bar on top of dinner and a bottle of wine. But everything was very lovely and a very fun and unique experience.
  24. KE

    KimE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic appetizers! Such a variety. Amazing meal!!!
  25. KL

    KaylaL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always fun to dress fancy and have good food. The Hobbit is a great experience with both.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  27. HS

    HeidiS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So happy to have the full Hobbit experience back after Covid. The cocktail lounges are comfortable, the service is outstanding, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is that of fellow foodies enjoying the evening. Their delicious French sandwich is always the most popular appetizer, the Beef Wellington is a well-executed classic and the service is consistently attentive. Will be back again.
  28. CO

    ChrisO

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our son gave us a gift certificate for The Hobbit as an anniversary gift in June and we just had a chance to use it. We loved our entire dining experience. We arrived a few minutes after 6pm and were greeted at the door by Andrew, who wished us a Happy Anniversary. We went upstairs to the "bar/lounges". We stayed there for a while but since we are in the middle of a heatwave, we opted to go downstairs to our table after about 1/2 hr. At 7pm, we were invited to go to the wine cellar for champagne and appetizers. The appetizers were varied and delicious and it was fun to peruse the wine selection available for purchase. At 7:30 we returned to our table and started the meal with an starter course. This was followed by 2nd course of stuffed pork loin, a sorbet palate cleanser, the main entree (Beef Wellington for me and Chilean Sea Bass for my wife), and dessert. Everything was delicious. The portions were not huge so we were able to enjoy the entire meal without getting too uncomfortably stuffed. My wife went for the wine pairing option (+$60) and thouroughly enjoyed the wines and the information provided by the sommelier. Andrew was our waiter throughout the evening and the service was impeccable. The only negative thing about the meal (and it was minor) was that the bread was not warm. The other thing you should know (not a negative....just a fact) is that this is not an inexpensive restaurant. Our 2 meals, including one wine pairing, one alt entree (Bass), tax and tip (I added more to the preloaded 18% tip) was around $450. Definitely worth a try!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was ana amazing night full.of great service and the meal was delicious. They treated us like family. I can't wait to go back.
  30. R

    Ryan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Hobbit offers a fine dining experience with delicious food and wine and the staff is friendly and helpful. The wine selection was a bit overwhelming but the staff was eager to help in the perfect selection based on the food course for the evening. The selected courses were delicious and surprisingly filling. I would definitely recommend the Hobbit and am planning another visit in the near future.
  31. AP

    AlfonsoP

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice staff and service; loved the ambiance and the food was very good. Highly recommended. I loved that they have a dress code, makes the experience so much special.
  32. C

    Cheryl

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always! However this time the steak meat course was a little chewy.
  33. d

    diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A lovely evening and definitely something different. Unfortunately it was very very crowded inside the house & especially the bar area but also on the patio and in the wine cellar. We were crowded in the dining room too. Perhaps the crowding was because there was a large business group in the cellar. The food was good but not great. The service was excellent.
  34. C

    Camille

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband has been wanting to come here for years so I took him for his birthday. Can’t say enough good things about this place. It was a classy dining experience, don’t expect to be in and out in an hour. It’s a four hour dining experience but it truly doesn’t seem that long and the service is amazing. We can’t wait to come back.
  35. DH

    DavidH

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience. The finest food, wine, and ambiance. Our family’s go-to spot for special occasions and wonderful food.
  36. JP

    JimmyP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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.
  37. DS

    DaveS

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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.
  38. S

    Sammiepieg

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    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!
  39. J

    Jubt

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

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

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 1231 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 10 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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