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Orange County Center for the Performing Arts.

Any suggestions on where to go for an early dinner around the Center? How is Leatherby's? Looking for good food, comfortable and quiet. Thanks for any help.

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  1. I've been to Leatherby's several times and going again next week. It is good, not great. Quiet for sure, even on theater nights it's pretty slow. It has 2 wonderful things going for it though (which I may have found out from a CH post awhile back), you only have to park once and can valet and no corkage fee.
    They have a nice bar menu as well.

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    1. re: BubblyOne

      Thanks Bubbly. Sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. I can valet park at Leatherby's and walk to the theater.

    2. Leatherby's is ok food, comfortable, and definitely quiet.

      I prefer Pizzeria Ortica for the food, but it doesn't have that velvet smoking jacket feel that maybe you are going for.

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      Pizzeria Ortica
      650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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      1. re: jaykayen

        Would definitely choose Leatherby's over Ortica...for food, service, and ambiance. Although food at Leatherby's is not outstanding, it is quite good, and the service and ambiance are extremely pleasant. Ask for a window table, or a comfortable booth. Oh, and it's very quiet! Remember the free corkage...a real plus. I personally do not like Ortica's pizzas because of the very wet...almost soupy crust in the center...but I've been told on this site that I don't understand true Neopolitan pizza. Nevertheless, I'd definitely pick Leatherby's.

        Another possibility is Scott's...but I prefer Leatherby's.

        1. re: josephnl

          You hate Ortica. Thanks for the reminder.

          1. re: jaykayen

            You are quite right that I "personally" do not like Ortica's pizza. However, I completely and politely accept the opinion of others who may disagree with me, and fully acknowledge that perhaps I do not understand the nuances of Neopolitan pizza.

      2. Gotta throw Marche Moderne into the mix. Great French food across the street inside South Coast Plaza. Ask for a table on the patio, as the inside is very cramped. It is walkable if you only want to park once for the OCPAC, but it's a bit further than the google map makes it look.

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        Marche Moderne
        3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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        1. re: I got nothin

          It's not walkable for a woman in 4 inch heels!

          1. re: I got nothin

            I second Marche Moderne, it's our top choice in the area. I wouldn't call it walkable, but that's me!

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            Marche Moderne
            3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

            1. re: Michelle

              I third Marche Moderne. Excellent. And I agree that Ortica is to be skipped.

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              Marche Moderne
              3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

              1. re: princesspestenstein

                I too absolutely love Marche Moderne. However, I think it is too terrific a restaurant to go to before the theater. I would go there when you will not feel constrained by time so that you can fully enjoy all that they have to offer.

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                Marche Moderne
                3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626