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Permanently Closed - The Golden Truffle

4.1
76 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Thursday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner
Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 645-9858
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alan Greeley
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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.
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Private party contact
Letia J. Short: (949) 645-9970
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
17th
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Parking details
Valet service is provided complimentary to our guests and is located immediately in front of the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip2VillaParkFoodies (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2017

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.

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vipsassyrein (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2017

Amazing as always.. so sorry to see you go. Enjoy Florida

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
2.0  Dined on August 5, 2017

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....

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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

The food was outstanding. We took our daughter and her husband there for their first time. They absolutely loved the food. We had such a pleasant evening. Thank you chef!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2017

The place was awesome! Unfortunately, it is closing its doors after 30+ years... So sad to see them closing.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

My date and I enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. I'm sorry they are closing down by August 15.

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vipLionelC (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

To bad Alan Greeley has decided to toss in his toque; truly an underappreciated creative chef with a personality to boot.

GT and Alan will be missed when he heads to FL in August.

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OcForLife (Denver)
2.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

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vipS8973 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2017

Alan Greeley is a consummate Chef and Host. We will miss him and The Golden Truffle when he closes his doors in August 2017.

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Nemp (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

Went there because it's closing soon. Allen is such a creative chef and the food is so good, I hate to see it go.

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KandM (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2017

Food and service were excellent, unfortunately it will only be in business for 6 to 7 more weeks. But I plan on going back at least once in that time frame.

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barfiemermaid (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

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.

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