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“Fantastic & ALWAYS Interesting”
Review of The Golden Truffle

The Golden Truffle
Ranked #136 of 514 Restaurants in Costa Mesa
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 17th
Reviewed 11 December 2012

Alan Greeley the chef and owner has a constantly changing menu that is always interesting and fantastic! I have been eating here for 25 years and am still amazed at what comes out of his kitchen. His influences are from all over the world and on any given night he will have small plates and main courses that reflect world food. Also he recently remodeled part of the restaurant and put in a bar and a separate bar menu that is really tasty!!! So don't expect a hip and trendy spot with a young crowd at the bar but do expect to get some of the finest and most interesting food in Orange County with a quite and relaxed environment.

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Reviewed 11 December 2012

Allen Greeley has been a long time icon in the orange county area. Few people know that he is actually world renowned, serving many of our presidents when in town. Recently they added a bar and the place really looks great. Now to the food. Frankly there is no better place with the menu changing frequently. Some of the main features, short ribs, and other soul food are fantastic.
Go in and get a hug from Alan.

Cheers.

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Thank dharper
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

From the looks of te shopping center you'd never know this gem existed. The menu changes as per what fresh ingredients are found but the quality and taste are always consistent. Th entrees are unique in style and seasoned perfectly. The service is exemplary and the waiters' knowledge of wine adds to the pleasure of dining there.Although it is in a shopping center it is still a wonderful venue for a romantic date with the ambience inside soft and intimate. It is pricey but within line for what you receive.

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Thank Ann B
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Chef Greeley has a very diverse menu, some fresh and simple, others more complex, all deeply satisfying.
Prix fix always a wise choice, as you usually get a couple "extras" probably not even on the menu.
His lamb osso bucco prompted me to dig my Crockpot out of the attic 18 years ago.

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Thank FoybJoy
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

I've always enjoyed Golden Truffle. The ambiance is quiet enough that you can meet a friend for a good chat (not easy to find in this day when noisy restaurants are trendy). The food is downright artistic. I've taken photos of some of the food. And everything is wonderfully flavorful. They are adventurous so you may want to be careful what you order.I am always amazed when people order things they wouldn't have liked ANYWHERE and then complain about it. If you don't like liver or ostrich or whatever creative dish they came up with that day, don't order it. I have often asked them to substitute the sauce shown on the menu for one dish on another and they do it every time. And when I say I don't want the food stacked or I want a sauce on the side, it always happens that way. I like extra lemon with my fish so when I say that a whole lemon is brought with the dish.
The prices depend upon what you order. You can pay $12 or 40 for your entrée and everything in between.
As for the person who was disappointed with a mother's day experience -- I've never had a good experience on a holiday at ANY restaurant. This is not the sort of place I would ever take a large group. It is a small restaurant and large groups may be a burden for their kitchen and staff.

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