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Simple French restaurants in OC?

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josephnl Mar 30, 2008 03:22 PM

Sure I know about Marche Moderne, Pascal's, and Pinot Provence. But there are times when I want a simple bistro meal such as you can get at Mimosa in L.A. Is there any such thing in as a simple bistro/brasserie in OC, especially southern OC?

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    cdmedici Mar 30, 2008 06:36 PM

    Probably the closest you are going to get to an authentic simple, casual French Bistro is a restaurant called Pescado Bistro in Newport Beach. It is on the Peninsula.

    The owners and chef are from France.
    http://www.pescadoubistro.com/

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      johnglowacki Mar 31, 2008 09:12 AM

      L'Hirondelle in San Juan Capistrano. Very good food, quaint little dining room, good service, decent wine list, solid execution.

      http://www.lhirondellesjc.com/

      1. 1000steps Mar 31, 2008 10:18 AM

        The two I would reccomend (both in Dana Point)

        Gemmell's in the Harbor - www.gemmellsrestaurant.com
        and
        Bonjour Cafe - www.bonjourcafe.com

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          OCBites Mar 31, 2008 10:40 AM

          There's alway Pleasant Peasant, over by John Wayne. More bistro than brasserie.

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            mikester Apr 1, 2008 09:58 AM

            Not strictly French, but have you considered Black Sheep Bistro in Tustin ?

            They do a cassoulet that is really really good (for example). And there wine list is chock full of good French wines from Sud and Provence and the Rhone and well-priced.

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