Choose Between Two Options
$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.
What some people are buzzing about:
90% of 219 customers recommend
“This is a unique and wonderful dining experience. Everyone except for the 2 chef/instructors are culinary students and I was able to become a guest evaluator in...”
“This is a unique and wonderful dining experience. Everyone except for the 2 chef/instructors are culinary students and I was able to become a guest evaluator in their classroom! The food was delicious and beautifully plated. The servers were attentive, but you could tell they were still learning... still great though. I wish they had a liquor license, the only way our meal could have been better was if it was served with a nice cabernet. ”
“Everything is delicious. Service and ambiance are excellent. ”
“Bacon dipped panna cotta was amazing!!! One of the BEST desserts I have ever had! They are doing a fine job at Fifty Forks. ”