5ifty Forks Restaurant

South Harbor

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In a Nutshell

Culinary students run this eatery where frequently changing menus spotlight gourmet American cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients

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Promotional value expires Sep 18, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Voucher does not include beverages. Dinner offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays between 6:30-8:30pm. Lunch offered on Monday-Friday from 11:15am-12:45pm. Subject to availability. Tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • $20 for a three-course lunch for two (up to $38 value)
  • $30 for a three-course prix fixe dinner for two ($50 value)
  • $59 for a three-course prix fixe dinner for four ($100 value)

Each diner receives:

  • One appetizer
  • One entree
  • One dessert

See the current lunch and dinner menus.

5ifty Forks Restaurant

One look at the food at 5ifty Forks Restaurant and you'd think you were in the hands of cooks with decades of culinary experience—which is true, in part. Two professional chefs oversee the kitchen, but the lion’s share of the work—from menu creation to presentation—is carried out by students of the culinary program at The Art Institute of California - Orange County.

Drawing on what they’ve learned, the chefs-in-training run both the on-campus eatery's front-of-house operation and exhibition kitchen, where diners can watch their meals being made. To create the frequently changing menus, students rely on locally sourced ingredients, including many grown in the restaurant's own garden.

Recently, those fresh items have found their way into dishes such as roast quail with fig marmalade and desserts such as chocolate caramel tart with malted milk chocolate ice cream. In the dining room, natural light illumines seasonal installations by local artists, creating a warm atmosphere where patrons are invited to linger and provide students with feedback.

Customer Reviews

I may have done this already, but just in case: This was a fun experience at a cooking school's eatery. Menu changes quite often, I believe. Everything was nice. Definitely would do it again!
Marci N. · February 23, 2016
Best culinary food restaurant in Orange, CA
Lucylyn R. · December 1, 2015
great food!
Pat D. · September 19, 2015
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    South Harbor

    3601 West Sunflower Avenue

    Santa Ana, CA 92704


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