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“Best in OC” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marche Moderne

Marche Moderne
3333 Bristol St, Ste 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1837
714-434-7900
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Ranked #7 of 440 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Bristol and Town Center
Brussels, Belgium
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Best in OC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Great food - the Coq au Vin makes me swoon. Once there, you would never know that you were in a mall, however it can carry that stigma of a mall restaurant - don't let it - it is wonderful. It can be a little noisy and some tables are close together. Great food, great service!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Russian first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Awesome French food in LA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

I was staying at the Costa Mesa Westin, and in the mood for good food. The westin has a good small restaurant, but, handy Trip Advisor recommended to take a small hike, across the pedestrian bridge, to the mall, to have dinner at Marche Moderne. It did not disappoint!
Had a great Steak Tartare, very well prepared. They stock a small, but well chosen variety of half bottles; I had the Chateau de Pez Bordeaux, which worked well for me.
Desert was also excellent

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Mission Viejo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Marche is Perfect - Consistenly Superb - Don't Try This At Home ;)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

I've been to Marche on several occasions and I am always delighted. Every meal at Marche is a delicious adventure with unique and creative combinations. You won't make this amazing food at home because there are so many ingredients - yet you want to go back again because the ingredients are so perfectly combined. Don't think the food is trendy weird - this is masterful execution of the freshest ingredients that make a meal an event to be remembered. The Prix Fixe menu is a steal - a chance to try three items at really fair pricing. You'll may struggle to choose tho :). Service is impeccable. Marche could overbook pretty much every day, but they don't - instead they take lovely care of you and the food. Thanks to Marche for being one of the very few consistently superb dining experiences in So. Cal.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, CA
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142 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Over-rated, over-priced, lousy service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Four of us, with reservation for lunch, based on previous reviews. The wine list is short with waay over-priced California chardonnays and Cabs ( no excuse for this). Our margarita took forever, and costs over twelve dollars; so service started slow, and got worse. Our waiter Gabriel brought the entrees cold, so back they went. He then disappeared (a toke?), and we had to find the manager, who couldn't find Gabriel either. The manager served us as best she could for the rest of the meal. The braised short ribs were delicious but the vegetables were still cold. For a two hundred lunch we would have been better off at McD. We did leave Gabriel a five dollar tip so whenever he shows up again he will get the message (maybe he's quit or got fired). Make sure you tell them you don't want Gabriel as your server

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Lake Forest, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Disapointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

A prime location - South Coast Plaza. A billing in tripadvisor as # 1 in Orange county and yet we were disappointed. The service was impersonal and without the details you expect from a high end restaurant. The wine selection even though was presented on an Ipad was limited -especially the white wines - but very expensive nevertheless and the food? I ordered Black COD that was supposed to be Muskite smoked and cooked to perfection. Well no trace of Muskite and it was taken few minutes too early from the skillet. My wife ordered the Duck, it was dry and without any trace of elegant French sauce. Other people ordered Tangine and Alaskan Trout, nothing inspiering there either.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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