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Aldo's Sidewalk Caffe

31882 Del Obispo St, Ste 152, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3225
949-443-0423
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Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
1 review
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

I was very excited to try Aldo's after reading all of the great reviews. Unfortunately, this was the worst eating choice that we made during our 8 day trip through California. The bread was delicious. Perhaps we would have been happier had we chosen a sandwich. The salads that came with our meal were pretty good. Our entrees--- seafood pasta... More

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Wow !! Order the special dosnt matter what it is it will be great. Try the Salmon with capers or any of Aldos pastas..I have been going here for YEARS and I will keep going whenever I visit San Juan.. Don't miss out on this great place!!

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San Clemente, CA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stumbled onto Aldo's by accident since my wife had her hair done next door. She no longer goes to that salon but we keep coming back to the restaurant. The menu is staggeringly varied, with an emphasis on seafood (the seafood crepes are to die for). The place is tiny, but conveniently located, with a nice old-world bistro flavor... More

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