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“cute” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Hobbit

The Hobbit
2932 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-1972
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Ranked #18 of 375 Restaurants in Orange
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Malena
La Habra, California
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“cute”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

not sure what i thought it would be like. it seemed to take forever for the waiter to get us taken care of but that could have been because it was really busy. i met someone there for her birthday .

Visited January 2013
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Long Beach, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Must do it once”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

My husband and I and another couple had dinner on Sunday night at the Hobbit. At one time, it was almost a year's wait to get reservations. Our evening, as it was the Sunday, was sold out--but we did get reservations about 3 weeks before.

It is a seven course meal, one seating, starts at 7:00 PM. Cost without tax and tip is $74.00, no beverages except for the champagne (really sparkling wine) in the cellar. The wine pairing, which is $45, is an excellent value. Individual glasses of wine were $14 each (at least what our friends ordered.)

Service is very, very good. Food was tasty--but as the restaurant is serving 70 people within a few minutes of each other, was only warm. Portions are small--which is fine as there are so many of them.

Evening starts out in the wine cellar with complementary sparkling wine and appetizers. The standard appetizers are the pate, artichoke spread, and cheese pastry. Our evening there was also a fig jam with goat cheese; chile rellano quiche; date with cream cheese; and perhaps a couple of others and a small cup of bean soup--which was only warm, rather than hot. After 20 to 30 minutes, you move back to the first floor to be seated.

We had a large table for the four of us and could probably be set for 6 if needed. The first course was Divers Scallop with fennel and bouillibase. Very tasty--only one scallop; not too sure what was the bouillibase as there was no real soup -- perhaps the herb (or was it seaweed?) on the side. Pairing was a chardonnay. Second course was Lamb Loin with potatoes (sorry, I don't remember). Again very tasy, about four bites, lamb was medium rare. Pairing was a pinot noir. Third course was a salad with gorgonzola cheese dressing and a crispy bread side. Forgot one of the highlights--the bread. We were served an herb cross between a muffin and popover. The butter is carved into a beautiful rose. After the salad, there is an intermission.

During intermission, we took a bathroom break and went into the kitchen to talk to the chef about how the steak was prepared (all in the oven).

Intermission that is advertised to be 10 to 15 minutes, was probably closer to 25. Table has been refreshed with new utensils. The palate cleanser was a raspberry sorbet that had a fennel aftertaste. The main course was NY Strip--very tender, medium rare unless you request it differently, with au gratin potatoes (probably made with gorgonzola or blue cheese), and another vegetable we couldn't identify. Only about four bites of the steak. Warm, rather than hot. Pairing was a cabernet sauvignon. At about 10 PM, we were served dessert which was a chocolate mousse/cake/? over a pecan crust with a pistachio ice cream on the side. Pairing was a 10 year old tawny port. Also offered at an extra cost were coffee drinks, after dinner drinks, etc. After getting the check split between the two couples, it was after 10:30 PM before we left.

Very long evening, especially for a Sunday. At least only one of us had to go to work on Monday.

While we were all pleased with the meal and generally enjoyed the experience, we decided that it was unlikely we would do it again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Pasadena, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“One of the best dining experiences we have had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Only one seating a night, but that is what makes it special. This is a very personal experience, the chef spends a lot of time visiting and talking with you - it is a very relaxed, personal experience. Both food and atmosphere are excellent!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fullerton, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A family meal to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We 'gave' dinner at The Hobbit to our kids and their spouses as a Christmas present and enjoyed a memorable evening with some amazing food, great company and conversation. From the start in the cellar, selecting wine and sampling EVERY SINGLE appetizer (were there 20??) through six or seven more courses (several chose the Red Oak salad with Society Roquefort dressing as a favorite; others the beef, one the diver's scallop). The only thing that disappointed was the chocolate dessert on pecan crust--although the pistachio ice cream alongside made up the difference. The wait staff was so friendly and we enjoyed wandering through the kitchen and meeting the chefs at intermission! We will long remember this evening.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntington Beach, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Unique experience, good food, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We chose The Hobbit this year for our annual Bridge Club Christmas outing. I heard and read some mixed comments before I went. So I was not sure what to expect. I found it to be a very delightful experience. The seven course meal lasts 3.5 hours. The setting is especially nice. Some of the food is "dated", but I enjoyed it all. My faves: Unlimited champagne with 1st course, Prawns and Christmas sorbet. It was not busy on the night we were there (Weds.) but I hear it can be crowded, esp. in the wine cellar, on weekends. We had a room to ourselves which is good as we can be a noisy bunch! Service is excellent. This is an expensive night out esp. if you order a bottle or two of wine. Free parking is always a plus. Overall, memorable.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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