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About Permanently Closed - The Golden Truffle
This restaurant is permanently closed. The Golden Truffle is a favorite of restaurateurs, wine-makers and chefs. The abundant and interesting wine list offers many intriguing and unusual fairly priced wines.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Hours of Operation:
Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Alan Greeley began as a caterer foremost and has been catering in Southern California for over 30 years. The Golden Truffle offers an incredible variety of catering possibilities to enhance your special occasions and theme events. We can accommodate a variety of budgets. Whether it be a private dinner in our “Wine Room” or Restaurant, your Home or Office, a Garden Wedding, a Picnic to go, or a Corporate Event for 1000.
Valet service is provided complimentary to our guests and is located immediately in front of the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
The Golden Truffle private dining room is also our working wine cellar. The “Wine Room” can accommodate up to 30 people. Your customized menu will be created by Chef Greeley, which can also be paired with wine by our Wine Director.
Private Party Contact:
Letia J. Short: (949) 645-9970
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Golden Truffle - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
We were happy to be part of the closing night of this legendary restaurant. Have enjoyed it for 30 years. Sorry their service for this occasion was lacking, food was good albeit a little expensive for a buffet. We wanted a bottle of wine but the hostess disappeared.
We called to make reservations, and were told there was nothing available for the day and time we requested. However, we immediately got the time and day through "Open Table." When we arrived, no one was at the desk to meet us, even though two people who seemed to work there were chatting in the background....Pretty soon they noticed us, and got us seated...without even asking if we had reservations. The restaurant was about 20% filled, and throughout the evening, there was always seating. Our waiter was inexperienced, but nice. He had to take care of a lot of people. He told us that the restaurant was closing in a week, because the chef (who is the owner) will be retiring. Throughout our dinner there was a lot of confusion, plus the drinks were not properly addressed. Overall, the food wasn't worth the price, service was poor and atmosphere was dingy. Wonder why I was so excited to get the reservation in the first place....
So-so food and poor front-of-house for high prices. Bummer
I reserved a table for two to celebrate my wife's b-day. We called ahead a few days before to add another guest, and they said it was no problem since all of their tables were 4-tops anyways. However, when we arrived, the greeter looked very put out- "Oh, so now you want 3 guests?", finally pointing us to a table where we could seat ourselves.
Around 5 minutes later, the greeter came over to give us a third place setting. We waited another 5 minutes before he came by and reluctantly asked for drinks (still no waiter). I requested to know their current beer selection and he disappeared again for another 5 minutes, during which time we were getting a little frustrated. Finally he returns: Blue Moon and Stella Artois. I'm not a beer snob, but when you implore me to "Ask about our ever changing beer selection", you should have more than two megacorp selections.
The rest of the night pretty much went the same way. It took 1.75 hours to finish an app and entree course. Some food was quite good, but overall we were disappointed. Asparagus with lobster and truffles was under-seasoned, the asparagus overcooked into mush. My delicious lamb neck was served on clumped up pasta that didn't get separated while cooking. My wife's halibut w/ truffles was also bland and over-cooked. It's a shame since I brought my wife here because she loves truffles, and the Golden Truffle (!) failed to put them to good use.
Maybe they had an "off" night, but Golden Truffle should bring it up a notch, given their prices. Their greeter is a jerk- bad attitude and he even kicked my chair twice as he rushed around without any apology. The wait staff was nice, but never knew what we were waiting on. Glasses of water sat unfilled. The chef stopped by early on before we were fed up, and I really enjoyed his jovial attitude. But friendliness just isn't enough when your greeter is surly and the rest of the house can't get on the same page.
Dined twice at Golden Truffle last week and found each course delightful. Our server was very attentive and let the meal move at a leisurely pace, which was appreciated by my chatty friends. Alan's inventive cuisine, hospitality and philanthropic spirit will be missed in Orange County.
It's a shame we waited this long to try The Golden Truffle know that they are closing in August. The food was awesome! Best bacon Spinach salad I've had in a long time! We will definitely be going back several times before Chef closes his doors. He is so friendly too! Unlike some of the arrogant chefs of todays culinary world, Chef Alan Greeley is old school and comes out to not only see his patrons enjoy his creations but chat with them too!!
Don't miss the opportunity to go before he leaves!
Nice seasonal food in an old standby restaurant. Haven't been here in ages and it was a nice treat to see that it is still a favorite. Lovely truffle based specialties. The dessert of pot au crème was amazingly rich and decadent contrasted by a light strawberry sauce. Completely the highlight.
It doesn't much matter at this point as this restaurant is slated to close in August but in the event that you were thinking of an initial visit before then or even a return one, save your money.
The wine list is narrow and way overpriced by the bottle or glass. The names of the vineyards are undistinguishable so that you don't have a reference to their real value. I would say that their Cab equivalent (Malbec) is about $4.00 a bottle and you will get to pay $70 for it. By the glass, $16; a total rip-off.
As for the main dining room, it is connected to the kitchen in a way that the A/C cannot keep the room much below 80 degrees. The sweat pours from the servers flushed faces. They do have a 'wine cellar' room that is effectively air conditioned however, it's like siting in a dungeon and it reeks of old rancid spilled wine.
The menu tries to be inventive but fumbles horribly. We shared the Grilled Artichoke with lobster knuckle and the artichoke had been marinated in a lemon or vinegar that made it have an unpleasant taste and bite to it.
My wife had the soft shelled crabs which were over laden with sauce and on a bed of mashed potatoes; too inelegant for words.
I had the duck which I estimate had been cooked about two weeks earlier and was covered in a thick sauce of no credibility and also served on a bed of mashed potatoes. It was stringy and lacked that wonderful layer of fat between the skin and meat.
I can't remember having a worse dining experience in at least 20 years.
We couldn't miss another visit to the Golden Truffle where the Chef/Owner Alan Greely has announced that he will be closing in August to relocate to Sarasota, Florida. As expected the food, and Alan's company were both superb. We plan several more visits in the coming months.
Everything was excellent. The food was prepared beautifully. The ingredients were fresh. They gave us a complimentary pate appetizer. The blackened black bass was perfect, light and delicious. The Meyer lemon tart and cappuccino were a perfect finish to our meal. If there are any downsides it is the location and dated décor. Overall a lovely experience that was talked about the rest of the day.
The Golden Truffle is a hidden Gem. Alan is an incredible chef and his imagination knows no limits I hesitate to even write this because it may cause other to discover it. I have been going there for 35 years and it is my "go to" place for quality food. Alan even makes liver taste good. His Wednesday night specials are a terrific value.
Visited on a Saturday night at 7 pm and assumed that the restaurant would be very busy. When we arrived there was only two tables occupied. Only one other couple came in the whole evening. Ordered the lobster guacamole which was tasty but the chips were stale. We had two main entrees: veal piccata and mac and cheese. The mac & cheese was good but nothing special. The veal piccata was not what I expected. The veal was breaded swimming in gravy and mushrooms on top of mashed potatoes. Where was the lemon and capers this was more a Weiner schnitzel and not a good one. Service was good but very disappointed with the food.
When they emailed me asking where we wanted to sit, they should have in informed us that because it was New Year's Eve there was a fixed price dinner at $78 each . With half bottle of wine tax and tip final bill for 2 came to $260.00! Food was not that good. I had short ribs that tasted like it came out of my crock pot at home.
So, I am very sad to say this, because I swear this restaurant has been there for like 50 years, but it it was depressing. There were not more than 10 people in the whole place, and they ran out of menus. We had 7:30 reservations, and the place was practically empty - and we learned why.
My husband and I dined at the Golden Truffle this Valentine's Day weekend and had a wonderful time on the patio with excellent service and tasty, food!! Alan Greeley continues to produce some of the best food in Orange County. This is a hidden gem and we will definitely return!!!
We have been to Golden Truffle a number of times and have always enjoyed it and thought the food was great. We had even been there for another New Year's Eve and loved it. This time, the service was just fair and the food was not good. The onion soup was good, but I had the short ribs for my main course and they were inedible. They were so fatty, that all I could taste was grease. Dessert made up for some of this, but not enough. We will not be returning any time soon. Sorry about that too.
Danny took care of us and service was excellent. The wine choice was great and the food was fantastic. Presentation was very good. Again great surprise. The food is great. The area is changing and getting better. So I will return and I highly recommend it.
I had the Veal and it was very tasty.
I have heard of this restaurant, but was under the impression it was very expensive. I was pleasantly surprised when I brought a guest and three courses was less than entree alone at a restaurant we had dined at the previous evening. I had the hot bacon dressing salad and beef short-ribs, simply delicious, Will return again.
We have been thinking about trying the Golden Truffle for years so we chose it as our dining out night for OC Restaurant Week. It was a good choice! The first course was an eye popping beautiful plate of thinly sliced root vegetables. It was as good as it looked. Second course was also a cold plate consisting of two scallops and some colorful veggies. The scallops were a little tough and one of the veggies was too tough to eat, but overall it was ok. I ordered the lamb stuffed grape leaves. I love stuffed grape leaves and these were the best I have ever had. Large portion with lots of lamb and a great sauce! My husband had the roasted cod with lemon risotto which was also excellent! The fish was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed our evening and will be going back.
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