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The Hobbit Restaurant Review: The Hobbit, which has been running pretty much the same since 1972, is one of a handful of OC restaurants that truly combine elegance, tradition and flat-out comfort. Located in a three-story former house next to office buildings and strip malls, it is the second home of proprietors Michael and Debra Philippi. The seven-course extravaganzas start out in the wine cellar with appetizers around a rustic wood table and hand-picked bottles. Guests are then shown to their table to enjoy separate courses of fish, fowl and salad. In the midst of the feast, your hosts invite you to stroll along the patio, tour the wine cellar, meet the chef in the kitchen or explore other areas of the restaurant. Everyone gets the VIP treatment here --- a main reason why this restaurant is so beloved. Another reason is the venue’s take on classic continental cuisine, which serves as the star of the second half of the meal. The menu is always set in advance. Guests can choose between a red meat --- filet mignon, veal Cordon Bleu, rack of lamb --- or a fish or vegetarian main course.