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El Adobe de Capistrano

31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
949-493-1163
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We loved this place. Good food and even better ambiance! I wish we had a place like this in San Diego.

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Carlsbad, CA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Excellent looking from the bar to the several dining rooms. Some very romantic and some very open for parties/weddings. The bartenders know it all and I mean they can make it better. Great margaritas, salsa and thin crispy, fresh chips. Good place to meet people from Hollywood, socialites etc. Feels comfortable and cozy at the same time. Love the food... More

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Chula Vista, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a place to take the family -the WHOLE family- for a celebration, or even just a quiet dinner. The menu is full of traditional dishes and some with a more modern flare. The prices are quite reasonable. The service is good and attentive to every need. They tout the fact that President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat,... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Service, atmosphere, taste, and presentation: All were perfect after a morning touring the mission. My husband and I both ordered the President's special - it looked too good to pass up. Restaurant is very clean. We went for lunch on a busy Friday. The staff were not rushed, and were very friendly. Food came quickly.

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Encinitas CA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

After many years living out of the area, last night I had the opportunity to eat at the El Adobe for a special event (250 people in attendance). This restaurant does a great job with large events. The open air meeting room is a very pleasant temperature. The servers are really efficient and do a great job. And for a... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We recently had a large group do a dinner event in the patio area. We weren't sure how it would work as in the daylight it doesn't have the best feel. However, by the time the group arrived at twilight and the lights were turned on, the roof pulled back and the atmosphere set it was a perfect location. The... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The El Adobe has been here forever and they have a track record of excellent Mexican food to match. The building is historic, walk in slowly and read all the historic plaques along the way. Enjoy the veranda and the bar. Great food! They also have a courtyard for weddings and large events. The Taste of San Juan had been... More

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I was at El Adobe on a very busy Memorial Weekend Sunday but the staff took their time and made sure my visit was very pleasant. Great food and a comfortable, classic environment.

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San Clemente, California, United States
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93 reviews 93 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We go here once a year or so and it never changes much and that's it's strongest advantage. The location is beautiful and the place is very well run. There is plenty of parking and the bar and drinks couldn't be better. The decor and wait service are old school spanish and above average. We would go here much more... More

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Orange County, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

As far as Mexican food goes, this is not my favorite. However sitting in the outdoor area on a week day, drinking margaritas... oh yeah...

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