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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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    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
Strongly Recommended

We were in town for a wedding and ate at the Cedar Creek Inn for lunch. I had the Monte Cristo and my wife had crab cakes. My meal was one of the best I've ever eaten...literally. Even the caesar salad was amazing. The service was also top notch.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2013
jwade81
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

We were in town for a wedding and ate at the Cedar Creek Inn for lunch. I had the Monte Cristo and my wife had crab cakes. My meal was one of the best I've ever eaten...literally. Even the caesar salad was amazing. The service was also top notch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I dined here on a Saturday night. We chose Cedar Creek Inn after a review from a local who lives in Laguna and it was excellent. This restaurant is close to the mission and the rest of the historic downtown San Juan Capistrano. There was plenty of parking available. The outdoor patio has a very nice atmosphere. The service was... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was my 4th visit. We were a party of 4 and we sat on the patio. We all had the cedar planked salmon and instead of mashed potato we asked for roast vegetables. It was very good and plentiful. Soup or salad is always served with the main dish. The basket of garlic bread was also welcome. We were... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My friends and I met there for lunch. We had salads. Service was good. The salads were just average. I have to eat gluten-free and they really did not have any good options for that.

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Siler City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

On August 3, 2013 in our rented car my wife and I drove to San Juan Capistrano to visit the old historical mission. We came from Newport Beach and did not have breakfast; we walked up on this beautiful outdoor restaurant with all kind of hanging plants from the ceiling. What a wonderful find: We each had a glass of... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Well worth a lunch stop between LA and Sand Diego. Nice menu, decent, albeit limited, wine list. The food is good with large portions well presented. Servers are attentive and friendly. However, it is the pleasant patio that the the great draw!

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San Juan Capistrano
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I like sitting on the bar side and ordering their popcorn shrimp and potato skins. They make real good drinks too, Their salads are delicious and very good dessert too.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Had a great time with some friends from out of town. This USA nice neighborhood and the place is a walking distance from the train stop. Plenty of parking in the back and friendly service. Bar service was very good as well.

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Woodland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We met local friends here as we were driving through, and we were not disappointed. We had a lovely spot on the spacious outdoor patio, with all tables covered with umbrellas. The lunch menu is great, with selections from all corners of the palate -- sandwiches, burgers, salads. Plus they allowed us to sit and talk for a while without... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Saw the reviews on TripAdvisor and had to check it out. Definitely not overrated. The food, service and outdoor patio make this a great choice while visiting the mission. Went for lunch and the salads and sandwiches were all exceptional. The Marcy's Devine Salad and ultimate BLT were fav's. Service was friendly and efficient (and he was in training!). Note:... More 

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Additional Information about Cedar Creek Inn

Address: 26860 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3236
Phone Number: 949-240-2229
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 80
Cuisine: American, Californian, Seafood, Contemporary

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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, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic
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?