5ifty Forks Restaurant

South Harbor

357 Ratings

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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 14, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$25 for a prix fixe dinner or lunch for two or more (up to a $56 total value) $49 for a prix fixe dinner or lunch for four or more (up to a $112 total value)

Each diner receives:

  • One appetizer (up to an $8 value)
  • One entree (up to a $13 value)
  • One dessert (up to a $7 value)

The menus at 5ifty Forks Restaurant change frequently. Recent lunch and dinner options have included roasted green cauliflower with arugula and hazelnuts ($8) and pan-fried halibut marinated in harissa and served with honey-currant pan sauce ($11). Recent dessert selections have ranged from semolina orange coconut cake with citrus saffron ice cream ($7) to coconut-lime sorbet with house-made ginger snaps ($6).

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

357 Ratings

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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