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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 - 10:00 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
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth a visit, but the Nixon stuff????????

Great atmosphere, good service and good to fair food, I tried the green enchiladas, only two, very good, but not close to the best on my list, my wife was very disappointed But the Nixon stuff, I guess Orange Co Reps loved him, but he was a crook and Nixon is not a reason to go to this cool... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
DaCoach61
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Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere, good service and good to fair food, I tried the green enchiladas, only two, very good, but not close to the best on my list, my wife was very disappointed But the Nixon stuff, I guess Orange Co Reps loved him, but he was a crook and Nixon is not a reason to go to this cool location... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I met my friend from San Diego at El Adobe for lunch. We were there before the lunch crowd came, and stayed until after it left! We enjoyed the food, the service was great. We stayed a long time at the table, but the waiter was patient with us! We never felt rushed! I had cheese enchiladas and salad -... More 

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Valencia
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Now this is really a nice Mexican restaurant. We had the Fajitas for the group and the chicken was the most tender I have had. The appetizer platter was great.

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great setting and wonderful food. This old casa has class. Great setting for weddings or just stop in to eat a good meal.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

At the end of our docent led tour of the Mission, we received a recommendation of El Adobe for lunch. It was a short walk down the main road, don't stop short at the restuarant area that are in the adobe structures, keep going to the genuine El Adobe restaurant. We were able to get a table on the patio.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went for taco Tuesday so very simple--eat the chips and salsa on the table and get in line for the soft tacos or they'll bring you the hard ones. Very very tasty. The crowd was loud and happy.

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San Marcos, California
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Just missed happy hour, we decided to stay for dinner. Arrived on a Thursday night at 6:15 (party of 5) and were promptly seated. Service friendly a bit rushed. Chips and salsa were brought immediately. Chips were thin & fresh (I assume not made on premises). The salsa, although good, could have a bit more gusto. Our server introduced himself... More 

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Beaumont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

After viewing the near by mission we went to the El Adobe for lunch....Excellant service, greay margarita and the enchiladas were awesome... I could not have asked for more...

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Good food and atmosphere. Historical place. Part of the structure dates back to 1776. That is very old for the West! Great place for celebration , in the large banquet room with the moving celling ,you can bring the sky in at night while you dance under the stars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Well, what do you really expect? San Juan Capistrano is as tourista as you can get without an amusement park, waterfall or geyser. The buildings are historic and the atmosphere hangs over the lobby and interior like plush silk tapestries. Time woven in and out of gold threaded dreams. The tables and chairs lay claim to historic elbowing, ruffling and... More 

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