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 décor.
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 sautéed 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.
Perfectly-plated pad thai and scrumptious satay more than justify the stellar ratings awarded to Thai Juan On.
Healthy eaters will love Thai Juan On's fresh selections, including a number of gluten-free options.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Just around the workday bend are Thai Juan On's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Thai Juan On.
Dine out in the open during Thai Juan On's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Live music is often featured for patrons' enjoyment.
Save a seat for man's best friend — this is a dog-friendly restaurant.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted.
Thai Juan On wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Street and lot parking is simple near Thai Juan On.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Thai Juan On s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Thai Juan On time and time again.
At Thai Juan On, you can pay with any major credit card.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
If you're searching for the best of the best in Thai cuisine, Thai Juan On is your spot.
So if you're a curry fanatic or peanut sauce lover, Thai Juan On takes casual Thai to the next level.
Everyone enjoys Thai food, and the food at Thai Juan On will surely have you coming back for more.
When you're tired of the same old lunch options, head on over to Thai Juan On for a yummy Thai dish.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Las Golondrinas Mexican Food, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
At Las Golondrinas Mexican Food, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
Dine under the sun (or stars) at Las Golondrinas Mexican Food with their charming outdoor seating.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food doesn't take reservations, so on busy nights you may have to wait a bit.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Las Golondrinas Mexican Food patrons come in casual attire.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food prides itself in its delicious catering.
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food offers free parking just steps away from the door.
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
If you're looking to rack up your frequent flyer miles, feel free to pay by major credit card.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Las Golondrinas Mexican Food serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Las Golondrinas Mexican Food.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Las Golondrinas Mexican Food.
For tasty fare with a Mexican twist, make your way over to the highly-rated Las Golondrinas Mexican Food.
Make it a marinara night at Italian eatery Sarducci's Capistrano Depot.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Sarducci's Capistrano Depot — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Get online for free courtesy of Sarducci's Capistrano Depot's wifi.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Sarducci's Capistrano Depot.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Dress to impress before heading out — formal wear is a must here.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Sarducci's Capistrano Depot for catering.
Patrons can park in a lot near Sarducci's Capistrano Depot or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Sarducci's Capistrano Depot provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Sarducci's Capistrano Depot s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
All major credit cards are accepted.
The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to Sarducci's Capistrano Depot and check out the flavorful menu options.
Visit San Juan Capistrano's Bad To The Bone BBQ for fresh ribs that fall off the bone, sweet corn and homemade baked beans.
Bad To The Bone BBQ has a large variety of flavorful and healthy dishes.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
At Bad To The Bone BBQ, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Bad To The Bone BBQ and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Take it nice and easy at Bad To The Bone BBQ, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Bad To The Bone BBQ also offers catering.
Don't leave the car at home when you come in. We'll give you one of the great spaces in our parking lot. And for free.
Commute by bike to Bad To The Bone BBQ and find easy bike parking.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Bad To The Bone BBQ is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There's no doubt about it. The food at Bad To The Bone BBQ is finger-licking good, and you'll always leave their restaurant satisfied.
Your next rack of ribs is right around the corner. Don't hesitate to swing by Bad To The Bone BBQ for some down-home BBQ.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of El Molino De Oro say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on this restaurant's menu.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
El Molino De Oro offers patio seating in the warmer months.
At El Molino De Oro, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Get to dinner early — El Molino De Oro does not accept reservations.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is El Molino De Oro's style.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
El Molino De Oro can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at El Molino De Oro.
El Molino De Oro is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
El Molino De Oro dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at El Molino De Oro.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to El Molino De Oro for a casual Mexican meal.
When it comes to Mexican cuisine, El Molino De Oro has you covered. Visit the restaurant today and enjoy a tasty meal.
With its ocean air, dozens of parks, and more than 44 miles of bike trails, vibrant Irvine is a city that continually asks locals and visitors to enjoy the outdoors. Irvine restaurants are no exception. Here are some of the hotspots for outdoor dining.1. Mick’s Karma Bar | 2010 Main StreetClaim to fame: Golden Foodie Award–winning burgers made with sirloin that’s ground fresh every few hours Why you’re eating outside: There’s some indoor seating, but this burger joint’s location—tucked away in an office park—means they cater mostly to workers looking for an excuse to get out and get some fresh air. Plus, the outdoor seating come with views of fountains and modern-art pieces. Try this: The Mediterranean burger, topped with roasted peppers, hummus, and feta cheese2. Dogzilla | Multiple LocationsClaim to fame: “Fusion” hot dogs served on Hawaiian roll buns and with toppings such as avocado, housemade teriyaki sauce, or yakisoba noodles Why you’re eating outside: There’s no choice. The chefs hand out their hot dogs from inside a green food truck, which travels throughout Irvine and the rest of Orange County, stopping near office complexes, festivals, movie-in-the-park nights, and other community hotspots. Try this: The Yaki Dog, a spicy Cajun pork link topped in yakisoba noodles, ao nori, red ginger, and okonomi sauce3. La Sirena Grill | 3931 Portola ParkwayClaim to fame: Mexican food cooked with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients Why you’re eating outside: A fountain bubbles over at the center of a huge outdoor patio, where red bricks line the floor and climb upwards to form columns—some covered in vines. Lights strung around trees make this ideal for after dark, when you can dine at tables for two or start a party at one of the patio’s couches. Try this: The blackened salmon burrito filled with Sirena cabbage, jack cheese, guacamole, and organic beans or rice4. Yard House | 620 Spectrum Center DriveClaim to fame: Their selection of “chalkboard beer,” rotating taps chosen to highlight local, domestic, and international breweries—be on the lookout for selections from the breweries of California's Hops Highway Why you’re eating outside: As one of the popular Irvine Spectrum restaurants, Yard House has a patio with candlelight in the evenings and a smattering of palm trees surrounding the area, offering a serene break from shopping at the center’s more than 100 stores. Try this: A poke stack of marinated raw ahi, crispy wontons, avocado, and wasabi soy sauce5. CUCINA enoteca Irvine | 532 Spectrum Center DriveClaims to fame: Hundreds of wines paired with housemade pasta and other Italian cuisine, all made with seasonal, local ingredients Why you’re eating outside: Combined, the two oversized patios total roughly 2,700 square feet. Flowers and greenery cover both brick-lined settings, and the larger tables make ideal places to eat a family-style meal while people-watching along the main drag of the Irvine Spectrum Center. Try this: Short-rib pappardelle with cremini mushroom, carrot, and parmigiano Pro tip: Pick out wine from Italy, France, Napa Valley, or one of America’s other wine regions at the onsite shop—then pay a small corkage fee to drink it with your meal.6. Knowlwood | 14952 Sand Canyon AvenueClaims to fame: Handmade milk shakes, award-winning hamburgers, and soups made from recipes that date back to the original restaurant’s opening in 1957 Why you’re eating outside: The exterior of this casual restaurant looks like a red barn, which lends a rustic vibe to the patio tables. (Thankfully, there are plenty of oversized umbrellas to prevent farmer’s tans.) Try this: Irish nachos—french fries covered in cheddar, chopped green onions, bacon bits, and housemade ranch dressing