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Cedar Creek Inn

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American, Californian, Seafood, Contemporary
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26860 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3236 (El Camino Real)
949-240-2229
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Romance
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lunch

Good place to meet friends for lunch. The food is slightly above average, but better than most restaurants in San Juan Capistrano and the prices are moderate. The large patio area with a fireplace is pleasant when the weather is nice, but could be greatly improved by reducing the number of tables... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Travelgnomebev
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Good place to meet friends for lunch. The food is slightly above average, but better than most restaurants in San Juan Capistrano and the prices are moderate. The large patio area with a fireplace is pleasant when the weather is nice, but could be greatly improved by reducing the number of tables and chairs. I have eaten at this restaurant... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Nice place to eat. You can always count a good food, drinks and service. What more do you want? Little on the $ side, but sometimes it is great to splurge without the kids, or just lunch with your friends. The menu is a little gourmet, but not so much you need to google an ingredient. The flavors always seem... More 

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Orange, California
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42 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

In for a lunch with friends... Sat inside due to the heat, but they have a beautiful patio, which is where you want to sit on the right day. Nice mid-day menu. We all had salads, all very good! The balance of the menu is probably as good as our salads were, because they were busy! Not much of a... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Cedar Creek has a varied menu and serves drinks as well. The outdoor courtyard with trees is always a lovely and relaxing spot to eat. It is right across from the Mission in San Juan Capistrano

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Typically, you don't order things like meatloaf on a menu--you never know what exactly is in it! But have no fear at Cedar Creek Inn. Their meatloaf with mashed potatoes and veggie is absolutely perfect comfort food. It isn't the only great food item--I also love their Monte Cristo sandwich and their Italian chopped salad is also top-notch. Others in... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The outside dining, with heaters if needed, is a very enjoyable experience. Great service too.

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Stevenson Ranch, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

What a wonderful way to spend a special day. The outdoor patio seating is very comfy, however at first we were placed in a not do prime location, about two steps from the outside. Once that was rectified, we were able to enjoy the ambiance. This was a special menu and a little more expensive than the "normal" food. The... More 

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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

Likely the most upscale restaurant in SJC, the Cedar Creek Inn provides an alternative to the well-established (but great) Mexican eateries in town. That said, it can be a casual dining experience based on many of the menu selections that vary from sliders to pot roast to nicely prepared lamb. Wearing a tie and jacket would not be out of... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Cedar Creek has a great location and stunning outdoor patio directly across from the Missiion in San Juan Capistrano. That should not be an excuse for its largely formulaic driven comfort food menu of large portions. My chopped salad was really little more than a large pile of finely chopped lettuce with a very bland dressing. My wife's crab cakes... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The friendly patio overlooks the San Juan Capistrano mission and its cozy fireplace makes for a special lunch or dinner setting. The staff is quite good and the menu ranges are perfect for even our most finicky guests. Ahi tuna is excellent and the short rib has been a big hit. Good wine list or reasonable corkage if you want... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26860 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3236
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-240-2229

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?