I've been very lucky as of late having had a B-day diner at Marche Moderne and a B-day lunch at Church and State. Have I reached the summit for this ilk in the OC / LA area or are there others I should investigate?
3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
If it's a bistro you want, although I've had good meals at several places that were calling themselves that, the only one I know of that is truly and undeniably a proper French bistro is Le Saint Amour in Culver City. The only inauthentic touch I can think of is that you can sit outside comfortably in November, which you could not do in Paris. And the staff not only speaks English, they'll own up to it ;-)
This is said on the strength of one lunchtime visit, but as the owner's charcuterie skills have actually improved since his days at the helm of Angelique (which we would have thought impossible) I feel perfectly safe in sending anyone there. And if you feel like returning the favor, take me with you!
Le Saint Amour
9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232