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

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 0
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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
Most recent review
MAGNIFICANT LEBANESE FOOD - RECOMMENDED

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
LHANN2013
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REDONDO BEACH, CA
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16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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REDONDO BEACH, CA
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
17 helpful votes 17 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
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Restaurant Details

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