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El Adobe de Capistrano

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Mexican, American
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31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
949-493-1163
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 52
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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 4
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious lunch

After visiting the Mission, we asked the locals for recommendations for Mexican Cuisine. This was the restaurant they suggested. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious and generous portions. I was only disappointed in the Margarita I ordered. It was the special, but $11 for a very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
lavonnemy
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Palm Springs, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We have gone to this restaurant for years. Love the ambience especially on weekend when they have live guitarist! The food is much better on weekends. I know this cause have eaten here on Mondays and Tuesdays and food not as fresh/good. Also if you order a special Cadillac margarita with petron silver make sure the older guy with the... More 

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

There were 5 of us and we all enjoyed our meal and the good Mexican beer. The service was great and the dinners were hot and very good. This is a nicely decorated place with a nice sophisticated Mexican ambience.

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Branson, Missouri
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322 reviews 322 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is the tried and true Mexican Food Choice for decades. President Nixon ate here. The food choices are top notch, chips and salsa very good, and you can't beat the ambiance of the place. They do wedding receptions here, retirement parties, etc so it's a real fun place to just see and eat.

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Palm Springs, California
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227 reviews 227 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

After visiting the Mission, we asked the locals for recommendations for Mexican Cuisine. This was the restaurant they suggested. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious and generous portions. I was only disappointed in the Margarita I ordered. It was the special, but $11 for a very small glass I thought was high.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This historic restaurant is a good place to go for lunch if you are visiting the mission. Food and service were good to somewhat above average. We would certainly consider going back, but would probably look for other restaurants first, just for some variety. Very generous portions; average quality.

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San Clemente, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

El Adobe has been serving great Mexican food since 1948. The building and grounds have been designated as a historical site and is steeped in Old California history. The menu has no doubt undergone changes over the years but if you're looking for straight-forward Mexian fare, slightly Americanized, this is the place. Some authentic dishes such as chicken mole, carnitas... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Presidents have dined here, but the history is even more interesting. The recipes are authentic and reliable. Enjoy a good margarita also makes this popular a treat.

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Germany
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

With such a history, one expects the best. Although the wait staff are wonderful, the food is just so-so. The dining room needs to be spruced up a bit and to not look out on a ragged looking terrace when it is not summer weather. The bar area is cozier and more fun. Please jazz the place up a bit!

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Pasadena, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We found this restaurant by walking by. My friends and I traveled to San Juan Capistrano by Amtrak to check out the Los Rios Historic District. After soaking up all the history from the late 1700's and early 1800's we walked into the newer part of town and found this historic restaurant for lunch. The northern section was originally the... More 

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Provo, Utah
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159 reviews 159 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

El Adobe has great fresh made Mexican food. I personally enjoy the President's choice (it was the meal the President Nixon used to ask for when he ate there). Our waiter was very helpful. The salsa is home made and excellent. Based in the town's original jail, there is a great ambiance.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-493-1163

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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