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

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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
Excellent Lebanese Cuisine

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Top Contributor
226 reviews 226 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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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128 reviews 128 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?