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31882 Del Obispo St, Ste 152, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3225
949-443-0423
Today
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Found a replacement sandwich

We went to the Dutch Bakery for sandwiches almost every week, for maybe 15 years. When they suddenly closed in early October we waited patiently but it appears they are not coming back and a French Bakery will open in that location... someday. I have been looking for a place to get sandwiches and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Lou L
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San Juan Capistrano, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Juan Capistrano, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We went to the Dutch Bakery for sandwiches almost every week, for maybe 15 years. When they suddenly closed in early October we waited patiently but it appears they are not coming back and a French Bakery will open in that location... someday. I have been looking for a place to get sandwiches and I believe Aldo's is going to... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We've been eating here for 20 years and we always love the experience. The frittata is the best I've had and their mozzarella and tomato pannini crispy and flavorful. The lentil soup is always good and the service is warm and welcoming. Excellent food and reasonable prices. Never sure why people pick the Subway next door when they can eat... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We go to Aldo's frequently. It has the best saladas. Their vegetables are always fresh, the pasta dishes are really good, and sandwiches really tasty.......The bread is delicious!!!!!. Excellent atmosphere, service and the meals are priced very reasonable. Aldo himself is always there to make sure you have the best service. One of my favorite restaurants. Try the Mediterrean salad!

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Dana Point, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I wandered into this charming sidewalk cafe last week with only $10 in my pocket. I had recently lost my wallet and didn't have any credit or debit cards with me. The owner, Aldo, was completely charming and sweet and gave me the lunch special, which was just under $10. This included a large Caesar salad, lots of warm, fresh... More 

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San Clemente, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Take the drive and eat at this local gem. Great food, friendly service and great prices. From the sandwiches, lasagna and pasta dishes; so many choices! Seating is limited but well worth the wait!

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Laguna Niguel
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73 reviews 73 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visited here on a Friday night, it was dirty, I saw the waiter clean the table and push the crumbs onto the chairs and just leave them there. It was a cold night and the owner/cook kept opening the front door to cool off, even after we asked them to close the door. We asked for our puttanesca pasta mild... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

As San Jaun Capistrano locals this is my husband and I's favorite restaurant. Aldo is charming and we look forward to talking to him. He decorates with his own homegrown roses when they are blooming. That's the kind of personal touch he gives to the whole Aldo's Sidewalk Caffe experience. He has a great accent and is sooooo polite. The... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

. I have eaten here many times and everything here is great. Owner Aldo is friendly and knows his stuff. Not so good for scenic view but you will always get good service and food and clean. Always recommend to our friends and family.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Aldo's has a variety of sandwiches and salads, everything tastes fresh! Only thing is the service is slow. The young waiter did not bring us our menus or water until I went inside to get him. Regardless, go if you are not in a hurry, enjoy the outdoor seating and good food!

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San Clemente, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Aldo's is not fancy But the food is fabulous. Have been there many times and it is always perfect. If it is not crowded, Aldo will always stop by for a chat and the tables always have fresh roses from his personal garden. I have had almost everything on the menu and have never beeen disappointed. The bolognese is (I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31882 Del Obispo St, Ste 152, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3225
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-443-0423

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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