Restaurants in San Juan Capistrano


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From inside The Vintage Steakhouse, it would be easy to pretend that a passenger on the trains passing just outside the window is engrossed in a pristine early edition of The Sun Also Rises, smoke swirling off the Chesterfield perched absentmindedly between his fingers. Without much effort, you might conjure a woman in the bar car, gratefully sipping a Southside and sending up a wordless celebration of the reversal of Prohibition. That?s because the restaurant resides inside the historic Capistrano Depot, which, despite its 1894 build date, bears an unmistakably art-deco vibe evocative of the 1920s or ?30s. A trio of arched windows is the focal point of the main dining room; when trains aren?t sliding past their decoratively gridded glass, diners can peek through bougainvillea and willow trees to the 200-year-old adobes planted behind them. Inside, knotted wood planks run across the 18-foot ceilings, a near match to the hardwood floors glistening beneath. A smaller dining room sits in the adjoining Dining Car, a fully restored 1927 Pullman train car upholstered in warm reds and golds. Candlelit tables for two line each side of the car, under which couples? intertwined feet rest softly upon the regally patterned carpet. The ambience is a bit more social in the Chef?s Alley room, an 1887 freight house with its own cocktail bar and more contemporary d?cor. No matter where parties choose to dine, they?re presented with a thoughtful menu of hand-cut steaks and seafood accented with local, organic produce. The chef prepares all dishes over an open-flame mesquite grill, giving everything a juicy, so-that?s-what-fire-tastes-like flavor. A chef?s selection of veggies and the patron?s choice of potato accompany the entrees, which range from filet mignon in a cabernet demi-glace to prawns saut?ed in a sauvignon-blanc sauce. These rich sauces pair perfectly with the more than 150 varietals that populate the restaurant?s wine list. Though heavy on French and Californian selections, the temperature-controlled wine cellar also has a few Spanish, Australian, and Italian bottles tucked away. Plus, the cellar stores a few cases of bubbly for the prix-fixe Sunday brunch?s bottomless champagne special, ensuring a festive follow-up to the smooth live jazz that plays every Friday and Saturday night.
26701 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US
Culinary school wasn’t enough of a learning experience for Hany Fadda. During the summers between his classical training at the California Culinary Academy, Hany traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. These experiences heavily influence the cuisine that he creates as the head chef of Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar, although he also celebrates Orange County by featuring an extensive wine list that includes more than 40 different local wines by the glass. These wines complement the contemporary bistro-style cuisine. Italian cuisine appears most prominently on the menus, and the chefs strive for authenticity by importing prosciutto and hand-making their own meatballs in-house. In addition to the assorted pasta dishes, the menus also feature a number of pizzas with toppings that include everything from sausage and roasted red peppers to roma tomatoes and sweet basil. Desserts such as traditional Sicilian cannoli or tiramisu provide a fitting coda to the casually refined meals. The eatery’s dining room embraces a more classical elegance, with silver candelabras on several of the linen-draped tables. High ceilings and archways between rooms contribute to this vaguely regal setting, as do the thrones that surround each table.
27211 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Sundried Tomato Cafe in San Juan Capistrano is the place to be. None of the fare at Sundried Tomato Cafe is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Sundried Tomato Cafe's menu. Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Sundried Tomato Cafe has kid-friendly food and seating. Reserve the private room at Sundried Tomato Cafe for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together. For no extra charge, utilize Sundried Tomato Cafe's free wifi. Make the most of the warm summer months by dining outdoors in Sundried Tomato Cafe's beautiful outdoor seating area. Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant. Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away. No need to dress up for a trip to Sundried Tomato Cafe — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. Or, take your grub to go. Can't get enough of Sundried Tomato Cafe's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events. Street parking is plentiful near Sundried Tomato Cafe. On busier nights, a garage is also available. Sundried Tomato Cafe's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Sundried Tomato Cafe since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
31781 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US
At El Adobe — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa. Low-fat eaters will need to take care, however, since the menu does not feature any skimmed-down fare. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Bring the whole clan to El Adobe — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at El Adobe. El Adobe offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up El Adobe for their catering services. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go. The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well. Expect your bill at El Adobe to come in at around $30 per person. El Adobe has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
31891 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US
San Juan Capistrano's Tea House On Los Rios serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more. If you want a dainty meal, go elsewhere. If you want a craveworthy dish, get to Tea House On Los Rios. Tea House On Los Rios is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. A private room is available for reservation at Tea House On Los Rios for those nights when you take the whole gang out to celebrate. Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Tea House On Los Rios. Jeans are just right for a meal at Tea House On Los Rios, which embraces a casual vibe. Tea House On Los Rios will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours. Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot. Tea House On Los Rios is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat. A meal at Tea House On Los Rios will typically set you back about $30. Brunch is the house specialty at Tea House On Los Rios, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
31731 Los Rios St
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US
For your next sandwich, check out Hummingbird House Cafe, a delicious deli in San Juan Capistrano's San Juan Capistrano region. Grab the kids when you head to Hummingbird House Cafe — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. Hummingbird House Cafe is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting). Get to dinner early — Hummingbird House Cafe does not accept reservations. Folks tend to dress down at Hummingbird House Cafe, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant. You can also grab your food to go. Hummingbird House Cafe prides itself in its delicious catering. Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot. Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Hummingbird House Cafe. You won't need to save up for a trip to Hummingbird House Cafe — most meals cost less than $15.
26711 Verdugo Street
San Juan Capistrano,
CA
US
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