1464 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA | Directions 9265133.531284 -117.774312
pork chop was nice and juicy – i met up with a friend for dinner and we enjoyed our experience. the atmosphere is a little bit too stuffy. but the food was pretty good. the service was ok.
Two extremes - great and horrible – Wife and I had dinner there a couple's weeks ago and found some things great, some a bit, well "eh". The first room downstairs to the left had a very musty odor to it, but luckily we only passed through to our table on the second floor. We ordered the recommended shrimp appetizer which fell way short of satisfaction. The entrees were an Australian Blue Sea Bass which was fresh, but a bit bland and the three-way duck which was a homerun. The medium rare duck breast medallions, roasted confit leg and sauteed foie gras were absolutely fantastic. Desert was a joke...Creme Brulee was overtorched and cookies were seriously hard enough to break a tooth. The overall atmosphere is great and the food has potential, but only if the kitchen pays attention to the details and retine the menu.
Chucky Cheese for adults – Don't you just hate it when a restauraunt can't figure out what it wants to be ? Going for romance I chose this place as a sure-fire bet with my wife. It started out well with an intimate table for two, candlelight, wine, the whole shebang. We ordered our entrees and the appetizers arrived-and then it went down-hill very quickly. Soon we were surrounded by a party of 20 women each holding a photo album and a bottle of wine. It got loud , obnoxious, and we didn't see our waitress for over 30 minutes let alone get our meals. What we had was great, but the management needs to decide whether to go for romance or volume. They can"t have it both ways.
Great place – We really enjoyed French 75. The service, food, decor, location are all a +++. We enjoyed this place because no one else heard our conversations and the food was great!!
Great place! – I've been to all 3 French 75's in OC and I like the original Laguna location best. Their halibut dish is really good with its buttery provencal sauce of tomatoes, olives, herbs. Definately not dry. Ditto for the rare filet mignon with Roquefort butter or bordelaise sauce. Laguna's wine list is also the most extensive and impressive.
Beautiful Evening for an Average Meal – My husband and I went there last weekend with another couple. We got there early so that we could enjoy the sunset and a cocktail outside. The cocktail was great (Mouline Rouge martini), the service...eh....okay....and the food...well, that was the deal-breaker. I had the halibut, asked for it 'medium' came out slightly over-cooked, very bland (needed some sauce or something!). My husband and his friend both ordered the filet and both had specifications about how they wanted meat cooked (neither got what they wanted). Had chocolate souffle...or should I say, one chew (citysearch wouldn't let me use the word "b*i*t*e" because they thought I was using it in the wrong context). Really...it's the ambience you are going for at the French 75. The restaurant is beautiful but over-rated (as many restaurants on PCH are). I hate to complain so much...but for the prices, I expected a lot more.
Nice atmosphere, irregular service, average food – Dinner for 4 - about $100/person without alcohol. Service was O.K., but not exceptional. Side dishes brought out at end of main course. Some dishes bland and underseasoned while others were very overseasoned. Had a vegetable side that wa so spicy without reason that nobody would eat it. The boneless ribs were basically boring potroast, while others like Tomato Bisque were exceptional. Too much oil in the meal - lots of greasy dishes. The deserts (while a bit pricey) were exceptional. Overall, not what one would expect for the price. And DEFINATELY not authentic French food.
Always a Pleasure... – I like everything about French 75. The 1920's cottage turned bistro oozes character and charm and is the perfect place to unwind with someone you like, while enjoying a chilled glass of good French champagne, good conversation and a soft jazz piano. Whether you call the food French or Cal-French, French 75 does it very well. The rich and flavorful onion soup gratinee tastes like someone spent all day simmering the stock--it's as good as some of the best I've had in France. Melt-in-the-mouth foie gras, tender butter-poached lobster--you get the idea. The entire staff seem to take great pride in their jobs, which is making sure you have the a wonderful evening--and we do!
Special Occasions – I took my wife here on our anniversery and I must say we were totally happy and completely surprised! I have not found a single restaurant worthy to say they serve authentic French cuisine but French 75 comes very close. The ambience was completely romantic, the service was outstanding, and the food tickles your palette and was worth every penny. Take your wife or significant other to French 75 and you're sure to impress...just brush up on your wine.
Painfully Average – If you're looking for ambiance and a beautiful location this is the place. But, if you are looking for fine french food I wouldn't recommend French 75. The food was somewhat americanized, not traditional french cusine. So, needless to say we were quite dissappointed. If they concentrated on the food as much as the atmosphere this would be a fabulous restuarant.
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