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23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 588-7511
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of our Favorite Places EVER!

From the greetings you always get! To the personal service from all the family members! To the outstanding handmade food! This place has it all!! We always look forward to dining here, Susan & Gus always make us feel welcome and the food is some of the best Lebanese you will find anywhere. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Aliso Viejo, California
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Lake Forest, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Unpretentious eatery with amazing food and friendly service from the family members. Sometimes we order several appetizers and make that our meal. Many choices, great for sharing.

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Cambridge, UK
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103 reviews 103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Chose this restaurant after looking on TA for somewhere to eat when in Lake Forest / Irvine area on business. Not easy to find, as in middle of a run of establishments with poor signage. On entering only one couple eating, but it was early (5:45) so not too concerned. Prompt service, I was looking a a lite meal (having... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

From the greetings you always get! To the personal service from all the family members! To the outstanding handmade food! This place has it all!! We always look forward to dining here, Susan & Gus always make us feel welcome and the food is some of the best Lebanese you will find anywhere. We always start with the mixed appetizer... More 

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Top Contributor
237 reviews 237 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Situated in a mall near the 5 freeway, the unassuming and fairly bland exterior and interior décor of this restaurant gives little idea of how good the food is. The three of us shared Hummus, Falafel, Fatoush Salad, and Kebbeh which came with pita bread and olives. It seemed like a family run place, and the friendly lady who served... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

It took a little effort to find the restaurant at night. It is sandwiched in with other establishments across from the "Red Barn," count up to #15, and you won't miss it. The effort was worth it though. Suzanne, the waitress, was very friendly and knew what to recommend to a first-time guest. Although tempted by the kabob menue, the... More 

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REDONDO BEACH, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Last evening I attended a party at Café Matinee, Lake Forest, CA. This is a family operated Lebanese restaurant located in, yes, the proverbial strip mall. Although it is quite unpretensious the food is outstanding and the family members who serve you bend over backwards to please, both in service and food that they serve. Every item was simply outstanding.... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Looking for a close place to eat one night we happened upon this place, looking on the "other" rating site.It was a little buried away in a small little strip mal, but WOW were we ever surprised!! Service was outstanding and personal, (my favorite kind, attentive without being bothersome!!) and the food was outstanding. Had the appetizer platter and was... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

On a recent trip with our grandson, he developed a hankering for Lebanese food which we make at home because my husband is Lebanese. That makes us very critical because we're always looking for Uncle Abe's salad, our own style of taboulleh or lamb served rare. Imagine our delight when this little restaurant measured up to the test...and more. We... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is about as far from a chain restaurant as you can get, tucked away in a nondescript plaza off of El Toro Rd.. The menu is somewhat limited, but the food is always excellent and the service prompt and friendly. Best hummus ever!

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La Quinta, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I had the lamb special for lunch and it was awesome. I had it medium and it was juicy and packed with flavor. It came with rice, flat bread, pickled turnips and olives. I ordered humus for $3 extra. Best meal I've had in a long time. Everything's homemade n fresh. The interior of the restaurant is clean, the service... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Matinee

Address: 23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone Number: (949) 588-7511
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: (949) 588-7511
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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