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The Hat

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1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715
714-257-9500
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10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Got to love The Hat!

I can't remember how I found out about this chain, but I am so glad that I did. We stopped off here for a late lunch on our way from LA to Anaheim - I just got a hot dog and onion rings and he got the pastrami sandwich with some wet fries. Wow. Even though we'd been in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
HB77
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I can't remember how I found out about this chain, but I am so glad that I did. We stopped off here for a late lunch on our way from LA to Anaheim - I just got a hot dog and onion rings and he got the pastrami sandwich with some wet fries. Wow. Even though we'd been in the... More 

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Menifee, CA
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hat is a fast food style restaurant that serves high quality food. Their signature Pastrami Sandwich is an experience to remember. If you order Fries or Onion Rings, which are also incredible, be sure to have people to share them with. The portions are gigantic. For those who like Chili Cheese fries, you best bring a friend or two,... More 

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Thank spikeconnie
Brea, California
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73 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Excellent food, and lots of it, excellent huge sandwiches, GIANT chili cheese fries, for 2 people just order 1 sandwich, split it and the fries, you might not finish all of it? Unless you are really hungry. We love to go there, very lean meat, very little fat in the pastrami, which is so delicious! Nice staff, fast service, what... More 

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Thank David H
San Jose, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here after a game for some seriously delicious pastrami and chili cheese frys. Been around since the 50s and has the American original vibe to match. Highly recommended!

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Thank Jason P
Agoura Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Wow! Delicious. If you like pastrami or roast beef sandwiches, this is the place to go. Not a fancy place but great food. You order at the counter and then pick it up when they call your number. Lots of tables to eat at. Go early as it gets crowded at noon for lunch. You need to try this place.... More 

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Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Austin, Texas
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48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

I normally dont go for pastrami sandwiches but glad I had faith in our cousins recommendation. They are locals so they know what's up for sure. This pastrami sandwich was Ammmmazing! It is huge and delicious. The fries were so so but the sandwich alone is more than filling.

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Thank OteroNewlyweds
Badger
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I'm 74 I've always liked hot pastrami sandwiches but The Hat makes the best I have ever eaten and with the largest portion per sandwich I have ever seen. I understand that this is a small Southern Ca. chain and if they all serve the same as the one in Brea, it is a worth while meal to enjoy. The... More 

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Thank Lloyd M
CA
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253 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This was actually my second visit to The Hat in Brea, part of small Southern California chain. I had forgotten how good it had been the first time but this visit convinced me that I am a pastrami fan. Sandwiches and fries are LARGE portions as are the fries. Figure on taking food home. They also have hamburgers, hot dogs,... More 

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Thank gmaso
Wise
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We visited The Hat for dinner and all ordered the Pastrami Sandwich they have. This was a very tasty dinner and we all enjoyed it immensely!! The Pastrami was thin sliced and juicy, served up hot, meaty and fresh!!! Service was personable and informal. The dining area clean and comfortable! Good stop while in Brea!!!!

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Thank RickW1950
Brea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

For a fast food place this restaurant is good, portions are big. The pastrami sandwich is the best you can find and the chill fries so good. One plate of chili fries will be ok for 2 or 3 people.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Brea
  • Phone Number: 714-257-9500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?