At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Orange County's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. When we're in the mood for French food in Orange County, we head to Ambrosia - a reader favorite - or we count on The Cellar's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for French cuisine, and if you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Newport Beach area.

The Cellar

Imported German china, monogrammed crystal, fresh flowers, oil paintings, velvet chairs, and leather banquettes set the stage for The Cellar's incredible cuisine. For more than 30 years, the restaurant has set the bar for fine dining in Orange...  Read More

The Hobbit

Set in a Tolkien-inspired cottage, this restaurant wows diners with supposedly magical allure and Old World charm that's evoked by a wine cellar, cozy fireplaces, and a patio. With understated elegance, the cozy home-away-from-home features a...  Read More

Charming Basilic has a definite European ambience, from its window boxes to its cafe tables and gilt-framed artwork. The details come as no surprise, given the chef's Continental heritage. His Balboa Island restaurant has been a favorite for...  Read More


Enveloping, semi-circular booths, stands of leafy palms, and a grand piano with pride of place create a backdrop for special occasion dining at this elegant establishment. Presentation is old-school, thanks to tableside preparations of dishes...  Read More


A gathering place for local power brokers and celebrating couples, this husband-and-wife-owned restaurant benefits from personalized attention and Florent and Amelia Marneau's love of food. The classy space, including a seductive patio, hews to...  Read More

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