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Leatherby's Cafe Rouge

615 Town Center Dr. (Avenue of the Arts) Send to Phone
714-429-7640 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Sophisticated modern American cuisine at OC's stunning Segerstrom concert hall.

Dinner Tues.-Sat. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. performance nights only; Brunch Sat. noon-2 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekend matinee performances only

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Leatherby's Cafe Rouge Restaurant Review

: Most patrons come to this Patina Group outpost at the ultra-modern Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for pre- or post-theater dining. But Leatherby's Café Rouge is truly a spot for fine dining regardless of whether you have tickets in hand for the evening's performance or not. The interior décor is minimalist for good reason: the concert hall's undulating, transparent walls set the scene for sophisticated drama. Executive chef and former Thomas Keller understudy Greg Stillman helms the kitchen and oversees a menu brimming with forward-thinking New American fare, including special prix-fixe menus designed to correspond with whatever show is being featured. You may want to begin your visit at the handsome bar for a glass of wine or a cocktail like the Sangría Fresca, or you could start with the charcuterie platter or such appetizers as the seasonal farmers market vegetable soup or seared foie gras with cranberry gelée and poached pear. Among dinner entrées are beef tenderloin with Szechuan green beans, venison loin with polenta, and New Zealand John Dory complemented by butternut squash and shimeji mushroom and truffle gnocchi. Desserts are just as dramatic as the restaurant’s exterior, so don't miss out on Leatherby's theatrical meal-enders. The wine list is extensive, with well-chosen selections mostly from France and California. Going to a matinee? A weekend brunch menu is rolled out before performances.


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