Marché Moderne

4.9
4296 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Marché Moderne, one of Southern California’s most celebrated French restaurants from chef-owners Florent and Amelia Marneau, has now opened the doors to its new home at Crystal Cove Shopping Center.
Marché Moderne’s truly exceptional cuisine marries classic French cooking techniques with modern sensibilities, along with world-class service and hospitality for an unparalled dining experience.
Guests can now enjoy an oceanfront setting, with a brand new restaurant design featuring a stunning exhibition kitchen, an outdoor patio and an expanded bar.
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vipKhanh
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

It was a disappointing experience. My friends spoke highly of it and I was extremely hyped up looking at the menu since there was a lot on it that we liked (Octopus! Escargot! Charcuterie!). I must reiterate that the service was impeccable and our waiters were wonderful. The food was a letdown. It did not help that we were seated on a covered patio next to a very large party with two squalling toddlers.

Μy husband and I love cheese and charcuterie, unfortunately they didn’t have a combination plate so we ended up getting both. The, I’m not sure what it is, prosciutto? was tough and dry; the accoutrements were good, but not great. I would have preferred to get some mustard instead of their mustard/butter mixture, and my favorite piece on the charcuterie plate was the pepperoni. The cheese plate was good. Loved the Boursin, but I could go to Ralph’s and get that.

The pear salad had a great dressing but came with a mind-boggling amount of, I’m not sure what it was, creme fraiche? in the middle? Like literally a cup of it underneath the salad. My husband is lactose intolerant and thankfully I carried some lactaid on me at all time, but we left most of it uneaten. There was also some stale pieces of bread on it which I didn’t entirely understand. They weren’t croutons, they were just the soft dried innards of some bread.

The beef tartare, which both of us had greatly anticipated, was not great. The beef was grey and stringy, the quail egg came out mind-bogglingly fried instead of just the yolk on top of the tartare itself. And the fried egg was cold. It came with fries, which was unexpected and anticipated, but turned out to be worse than McD’a fries in that it was limp and cold. The coolness I can forgive, since I’m sure it sat around while we were finishing the other foodstuffs, but it was limp and sad and rather unappetizing.

The bread and butter was the best part of our meal.

We really are not food snobs by any means but this meal was a letdown.

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KittyK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our best meal while vacationing in Orange County. Truly special. Sadly, very noisy but otherwise perfect.

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vipSandyW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t be better

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice service, great food, wonderful atmosphere.

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vipKurt
Anchorage
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience, as always.

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SooM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant!
It’s a must try if you are a foodie

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Daniel
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a wonderful dinner with excellent service. It is a bit pricier than it needs to be in regards to drinks/cocktails and some of the entrees. It makes sense with the type of cuisine and location; however, the drinks were not all that exceptionally made. All in all we would probably come back for a rare occasion, but it would probably not be somewhere we frequent.

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vipMarkA
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in the OC. We keep coming back and always have a great meal and time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved every dish and the ambience. Service was very good too. I will definitely go back.

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LisaL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful birthday dinner — everything was perfect, from the food and desert to the service. A true French gem! Can’t wait to return very soon!

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DonnaP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, ambiance and the staff were so nice, welcoming, approachable and made us feel very special. The food was outstanding and beautifully presented. They allowed us to stay for a long period of time. We had that cute little hideaway 62 in the corner. The four-course tasting menu is excellent! We will be back soon.

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vipmarkm
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and amazing food with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time and always amazing food.

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NancyM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at Marche Moderne. It's perfect for a special occasion!

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Kris
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was underwhelming this visit. The drinks were not balanced. The food bland. Chef was not in that day or present in the kitchen. Usually i leave feeling amazed and my palette in shock by how amazing everything was. Risotto was watery. Lobster over done in the Homage. Under seasoned.I would still recommend and continue visiting them. Just make sure Chef and Amelia is in

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, will definitely be back.

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Emily728
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waitress, Larissa, was stupendous. She made sure my experience was personal and went out of her way to make sure I had no wants or needs. I was celebrating my Alive Day alone and she was very compassionate, kind, friendly, and extremely helpful. I'm blessed to have her as my waitress.

The food was nothing short of delicious and presentable. I'm only sorry my stomach got too full too fast.

The restaurant itself is beautiful and intimate, with class and elegance in every corner. Clean and accommodating, as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and hadn’t been out to dinner for awhile due to the pandemic. We chose Marché Moderne based on past experience. We have had great experience here in the past and this time it did not disappoint. Thank you all who served us and especially Jeffrey our waiter.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my fiancé’s 28th birthday! Marche Moderne is always an amazing experience

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vipAnonymous
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
30 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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viphamptona
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best restaurant in all of Orange County.

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vipdavid
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. One exception Some upper wines are overpriced and so the cork fee should be no more than $25.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not a restaurant, it is a dining experience!! The level of care in the quality of food was remarkable. The service was amazing and the environment well done indeed! We will return on a consistent basis for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, fantastic, and incredible.

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JanRay
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Great service. Good food. I love appetizers

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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BarryH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and wine. Always have enjoyed dining here and absence during the pandemic has made made dining here that much more appreciated.

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vipkpurp
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my husband

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vipMichaelG
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic as always. Highly recommend it.

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RyanH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Newport.
Thank you for being in business after this hard time.
Good to be back and never disappointed. Always good foods.

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vipLove2eat
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent every time I’ve dined here but is a bit in the pricey side. But so worth it.

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gscot
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've reviewed them so positively so often, I risk poor taste in continuing to beat the drum.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal

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DaphanyW
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was over the top exceptional and the food was exquisite. The atmosphere was perfect, inviting and very clean. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great French cuisine. Thank you for such an amazing experience!

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JW3SEN
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the escargots are close to the real thing. Oysters are beyond delicious and definitely beating the Watergrill in Costa Mesa. Their specials were tasting amazing and please order the apple tarte. Extremely delicious. It was some time since we dined here, but definitely worth the effort driving down to NPBeach.

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TrinaT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent. We will come back again for the escargot and the filet mignon. They are exceptionally delicious. It is definitely a good value dinner with an outstanding service that we had for Sunday night. She was awesome 👌

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RyanF
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the staff and chefs at Marche Moderne did a wonderful job. Very knowledgeable staff, great specials, terrific wine list, and dishes that impress both the palate and the eye. Thanks!

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Justjre
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hamachi Crudo and the cheese plate were top notch.

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ThanhP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent french cuisine like in Paris. Reasonable pricing

FAQs

Marché Moderne offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 434-7900.

Marché Moderne is rated 4.9 stars by 4296 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.