Knife Pleat

4.5
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193 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Knife Pleat is an elegant and approachable French restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi, who are well-known in the Los Angeles culinary scene. The couple’s chic new restaurant will showcase modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques by Esnault, one of California’s best French chefs.

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
Ambience
4.0
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ML
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful, quiet and elegant French restaurant on the 3rd floor of South Coast Plaza. Food was excellent, service was excellent, and I would recommend Knife Pleat to everyone I know. Five stars.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 14 March 2020

Thank you Michelle! Very nice comments and much appreciated.

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KA
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely pre-fixe lunch, beautiful setting, interesting menu

Knife Pleat
Responded on 11 March 2020

The setting is always comfortable and inviting! Thank you for the comments!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

will try the dinner menu , hope it will be much better quality than lunch.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 6 March 2020

We hope to have you in soon for Dinner! What did you have off of our lunch menu?

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Nick was WONDERFUL!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 3 March 2020

It's always a great time in Nick's section! Thank you!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and service‼️

Knife Pleat
Responded on 3 March 2020

Awesome comments!

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CO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing. Food was great. Service was great. Would recommend!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 3 March 2020

Amazing review! Thank you!

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MP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Knife Pleat is a fantastic restaurant. The food is exquisite--French with a California lightening--and the service is friendly and attentive. This place is a keeper. Long may it thrive.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 3 March 2020

Thank for dining with us and sharing this awesome review! See you soon!

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L
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All of our dishes were beautifully presented and delicious. All four of us look forward to returning

Knife Pleat
Responded on 3 March 2020

Thank you!

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Delicious. Wonderfully executed. Lastingly good impression. However, would not add the black truffle to risotto again as it has almost no taste. We expected a slightly mushroomy taste to the slices of truffle.
Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 5 March 2020

Thank you for the feedback and for dining with us!

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SC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

food was good but the food menu and the wine selection were limited.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 3 March 2020

Thank you for the feedback! Chef Tony will be changing up the menu for spring soon. Make sure to come try some new dishes.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Any occasion is perfect:) food is to die for

Knife Pleat
Responded on 11 March 2020

Agreed! Great Review!

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D
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely ambiance, exceptional cuisine and amazing service!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 27 February 2020

We're very happy to hear that you loved the experience. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The truffle Brie and lobster salad are must haves!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 27 February 2020

2 of my favorites for sure!

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OT
Orange County
116 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Stylish French - style restaurant at South Coast Plaza. I like the 3 course lunch menu and from today’s menu the sea bream as main course and panna cotta as desert were excellent.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 22 February 2020

Thank you!

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Beautiful kitchen. Menu
Very limited and for the talent in the kitchen would have expected greater flavors. Dining room staff professional and courteous but in a hurry. Forgot one of courses. Overall, for the glam, need to work on menu.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 22 February 2020

Thank you for the feedback!

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TV
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

1. Great service from entire staff.

2. Food was well prepared and worth-a- try good. Filet mignon was tender and flavorful, but was under seared.

3. Don't care for the under informed 3% BOC. Should be handled among the owner, management and staff.

Trung

Knife Pleat
Responded on 21 February 2020

Great feedback! We are excited that you had a great time.

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LN
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing menu for a Valentine’s day Thank you Tony and Yasmine for very nice evening

Knife Pleat
Responded on 16 February 2020

So nice having you in! Thank you!

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AN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This was a true fine dining experience, undertaken on Valentine's Day. Each dish was plated beautifully, portioned just right, and in the end, delicious.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 21 February 2020

Great to speak with you the other day! Thank you!

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Our experience for dinner at Knife Pleat was outstanding on every level. I will be back for lunch.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 21 February 2020

Lunch is always a great choice when at SCP!

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B
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Very disappointing. We had to send dishes back and it was extremely over priced.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 21 February 2020

Our apologies! Did you speak with a manager while you were here?

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TS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Knife Pleat is an exceptional dining experience. The quality of food is magnificent. The atmosphere calm and the chef Tony and his beautiful wife Yasmin make you feel like a valued guest.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 16 February 2020

It was an absolute pleasure having you dine with us! See you soon!

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W
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is just beautiful ... felt like I was in NYC! The food & cocktails were all excellent, & the service was friendly. My complaints are that there was a looooong wait to get our cocktails, & the same to get the entrees. Also, it’s crazy expensive for a restaurant in a mall!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 16 February 2020

We get the comment about feeling like NYC rather often! I wonder what it is?

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I enjoyed our meal, but did not look at my bill until I was checking my statement and discovered I was charge for a Martini, that I didn't order and did not receive. My second surprise was the 3% BOH Service Charge, which I don't recall be advised.

It's a shame as the food was very good, but I'm not sure we would return.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 21 February 2020

Good Evening, We would love to look in to the martini that was over rung on your check. Please call the restaurant at your earliest convenience to speak with a manager. The BOH appreciation charge is completely voluntary and in print on the bottom of our menus! We hope to speak with you soon. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service could be worked on. Attention to custom needs were lacking. We ordered the same martini’s at the same time and one perfect the other was not. I will still return for the excellent food.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 11 February 2020

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and always appreciate feedback in regards to the entire experience! We will gladly remake any drinks until we get it right for you so please don't hesitate to let a manager know. Thank you and we hope to have you in soon!

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KN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful food & perfect day for sitting on the patio.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 10 February 2020

The patio can be majestic at times! Thank you for the review.

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RS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Tony and Yassmin have created an outstanding restaurant. The dishes for both lunch and dinner are excellent. The servers are attentive and friendly. Knife Pleat is a great addition to the Orange County dining scene.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 10 February 2020

The TEAM has worked extremely hard to receive reviews like yours! We appreciate the support so much!

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S
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Knife Pleat has a casual elegance that is not to be missed. Outstanding service, delicious food and still unpretentious. The lobster salad was quite large, filled with hunks of luscious chunks. The three course offering was also a wonderful option. Don't skip the bread, if only for the butter. Dessert is a must! Can't wait to return!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 4 February 2020

Delivering outstanding unpretentious service and delicious food are our number goals at Knife Pleat. Thank you for your patronage!

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OT
Orange County
116 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Elegant French restaurant in South Coast Plaza, very attentive service and great food. I like the variation of dishes with a changing menu next to the a la carte items. From the Chinese New Year menu I had the duck dumplings, which were very flavorful, and the pineapple tart, which was excellent. My favorite dish here still is the duck cassoulet, at least for the “ winter” .

Knife Pleat
Responded on 4 February 2020

The Duck Cassoulet out sells any other lunch entree! Thank you for supporting us!

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c
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great place for gathering. Great value for lunch pre-fix!! Quality food and service.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 4 February 2020

Lunch pre-fixe menu is a great value! Thank you for reviewing!

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KK
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a late, leisurely lunch with a friend. The cuisine was inspired --delicious and beautiful visuals. We started with an amazing brie "Napoleon" that had layers of black truffles and was served with toasted baguette. It was recommended by the chef and very unique. The lobster Caesar salad with avocado was one of the best entree salads I've had in a long time. Generous portion. My guest has the steak tartare and enjoyed it. The French pastry chef here is a talent--we shared a pineapple tart with almond cream and a touch of orange that was perfection. If you're looking for a refined lunch experience in a lovely ambiance, Knife Pleat is a find. Sure to impress.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 16 February 2020

The Brie Napoleon should not be missed by anyone dining with us. Truly amazing! Thank you for the review!

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u
Sydney / NSW
27 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Thank you for adding some additions! The ambiance at Knife Pleat is unmatched! And don’t forget to see the gorgeous restroom!

Knife Pleat
Responded on 29 January 2020

Restrooms are definitely photo worthy of the gram!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service were good but it is quite expensive for lunch ($140 for 2 not including tips). Moreover we were charged with another 3% for back of house service. I never heard of this charge even at 5 star hotel or great restaurant.

Knife Pleat
Responded on 29 January 2020

Thank you for joining us and taking the time to review us!

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CH
Orange County
4 reviews