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23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 588-7511
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Ranked #3 of 174 Restaurants in Lake Forest
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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REDONDO BEACH, CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic authentic Lebanese fare! I come here all of the time and am never disappointed. Great atmosphere and great owners. Can't miss!

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Nashua, New Hampshire, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We dined here for a nice, quiet business lunch. Food is excellent and the prices make it an exceptional value.

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Lake Forest, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Not only is the food amazing, the couple who own and run it are super nice! I have tried a few different things and not once have I been disappointed!

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

We had lunch and the food was tasty, very filling and the staff exeptionally frindly. I will definetelly go back.

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Laguna Woods, CA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We've been to this restaurant a number of times and like to bring friends. It features Lebanese cuisine and appears to be family owned. The food is always served promptly. Very good Middle Eastern appetizers - hummus, babaganoosh, fallafels and the lamb kabobs are a MUST! Generous portions so that ordering one skewer is enough as it sits on a... 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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