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327 Newport Center Dr. (San Miguel Dr.) Send to Phone
French brasserie has irresistible Parisian charm and some of the best classic French dishes in OC.

Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Brasserie Pascal, Newport Beach, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Brasserie Pascal Restaurant Review

: Chef Pascal Olhats (Café Jardin) took over David Wilhelm’s former French 75 (and Café Rouge) space in Fashion Island to create a fine French brasserie. The fin de siècle interior has irresistible Parisian charm with its cherry-wood moldings, tulip lights, red leather banquettes and art nouveau posters. Chef Olhats’s menu is reflective of brasseries all over France, which serve a good variety of classic dishes at reasonable prices. Some start with hot and cold seafood dishes such as mussels, oysters and shrimp cassolette. Or, try the escargots, saucisson Lyonnais or beef marrow. The French onion soup is also a good choice with its dark brown broth and melted Gruyère. As for mains, there are some lighter dishes (warm quiche Lorraine, chicken crêpes, a country-style omelet) and more robust choices (steaks, coq au vin, Cabernet braised short ribs). Desserts are just as well-crafted, like the crème caramel or chocolate mousse. The wine list has been artfully chosen and features mostly excellent French varietals, but also some very good Napa and Sonoma selections. The Sunset Menu, offered between 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday evenings, features a special selection of cost-saving dinner and drink specials.

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