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Chili Peppers

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167 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
(714) 639-2840
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Good for:
Families with children
Doing business

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    Very good
  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Definitely worth a try

On our quest for good Mexican food in OC, glad we stopped in Chili Peppers. The menu as people have noted is extensive. We had dishes with mole sauces which were flavorful. Wine pours were very generous. Wait staff very helpful without being intrusive. i would recommend this restaurant as a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2014
Robert D
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Pennsylvania, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Temecula, California
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I grew up in Orange County & my family went here faithfully since the 70's. My parents are both deceased & I decided to go in to see if the same people still work here!! George the manager still greats you @ the door & our server has been there for 25 years! The owner is still Mike. The food... More 

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Pennsylvania, United States
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138 reviews 138 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
469 helpful votes 469 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

On our quest for good Mexican food in OC, glad we stopped in Chili Peppers. The menu as people have noted is extensive. We had dishes with mole sauces which were flavorful. Wine pours were very generous. Wait staff very helpful without being intrusive. i would recommend this restaurant as a big step above Ricardo's or Don Jose's in the... More 

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I grew up visiting the Chili Pepper regularly, and we've never had anything but excellent service and consistently great food. Their dinner menu is affordable, and kid friendly, and they have an excellent champagne brunch I highly recommend. The colorful interior - the fountain, plants, etc, is fun, and they're great for big groups with diverse tastes. They really treat... More 

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Santa Fe
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126 reviews 126 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This restaurant made me think of many enjoyable evenings spent in Mexico. You are greeted at the door by the hostess and a gentleman who could be the owner. They are quick to seat you in a very brightly decorated area. Decorations are the lovely greens and reds of Mexico and there is a tile fountain, plants and numerous bright... More 

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Orange, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

If you can't find anything that appeals to you here then you aren't trying. They have a huge menu and specials on the table. It's not the best or most authentic Mexican food but for a group with varying tastes you'd be hard pressed to find a better place.

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Portland, Oregon
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119 reviews 119 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

So Chili Peppers is very popular, and I believe best known for their seafood, as most locals were ordering that. We did not get any seafood dishes. We ordered enchiladas and tacos - cheese, beef, chicken. It was okay, but not remarkable. Maybe the seafood is the way to go.

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Big Bear Lake, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My wife and I have been going to this Mexican food restaurant since the 1980's. As we ate there yesterday, it occurred to me that I had never reviewed it for Trip Advisor and that's long over due. This restaurant on Main a block or so below Chapman Avenue in Orange is an institution in Orange and nearby communities. The... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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71 reviews 71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Great food, very friendly staff, and an overall pleasant environment. I am not big on Mexican food, but I got steak kabobs with rice and beans and it was very delicious. The staff was very friendly and informative as well. I would definitely go back if I was in the area and had the time.

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Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Great staff and great food. I would drive from San Diego to eat there. Ate lunch and had to back for dinner.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This Mexican Restaurant is a favorite and we keep coming back. Great food, a varied menu, wonderful ambiance and service that won't quit. Moderately priced, the portions are large and you won't go away hungry. We like the relative privacy of their booths. The chunky salsa is a favorite. A nice eat-in lounge, too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 167 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Orange
  • Phone Number: (714) 639-2840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business

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