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El Patio Cafe

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34226 Doheny Park Rd, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624-1111
949-496-9074
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Yummy,

Fresh mexican food and reasonable prices. Usually a line up on Taco Tuesday and weekends. Try the chile rellano.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The best Mexican food outside of Mexico...........try the fish tacos and the chicken enchilada soup...........yummmmmmmy!

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Laguna Niguel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fresh mexican food and reasonable prices. Usually a line up on Taco Tuesday and weekends. Try the chile rellano.

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San Clemente, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

For more than 30 years we have been going to El Patio Cafe for consistently good Mexican Food. A true "hole in the wall" in the best sense of the word with 5 booths, two large tables where groups eat European style, one table for two and a few bar stools. There is also a patio but its location is... More 

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San Clemente, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

we have been going here since the 70s and it wasnt new then . This is a family owned place and can have strange hours so if you drive by and its open try it . The food here is good , dont look for delicate complex mexican classics this place serves big meals that fill you up fish tacos... More 

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Dana Point, CA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

It just looks so sad and seedy. No one wants for really go eat there. It's what we used to call a "joint."

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Capistrano Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

I always eating at el patio resturante,good atmosphere,and service is great,and the food will make you wanting to come back more often to this local spot.good choice to eat here

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San Clemente
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

Known by the locals as ‘Lucy’s’, Lucy began serving her Mexican style dishes in the late 1930's. She passed on a few years back, but you’ll still find her family in the kitchen preparing her authentic Mexican cuisine. Share a table, make yourself comfortable and order up a cold beer. El Patio has the charm of a small eatery in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34226 Doheny Park Rd, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624-1111
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Capistrano Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-496-9074

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?