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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
Cuisines: Mexican
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Laguna Niguel
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about El Patio Cafe

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

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