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L'Hirondelle Restaurant

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$$$
French, Belgian, European
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31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949 661 0425
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely French Cafe Across from the Mission

After a lovely visit to the Mission, we found this little cafe just across the street. They have outdoor dining and the food and atmosphere reminded me of France. We also visited indoors which has a nice cozy feel and a large fireplace. I would highly recommend this restaurant either for indoor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Debbie G
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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88 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a lovely visit to the Mission, we found this little cafe just across the street. They have outdoor dining and the food and atmosphere reminded me of France. We also visited indoors which has a nice cozy feel and a large fireplace. I would highly recommend this restaurant either for indoor or outdoor dining. We were both happy with... More 

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Thank Debbie G
Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Found this on Trip Adviser while visiting SJC, went for lunch. Fabulous food, French and regular. Award winning Boeuf Bourguignon is the best we've had anywhere! Wonderful atmosphere, service, recommend 100%.

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Thank friendsofwine
California
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125 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The best B-L-T ever, a great grilled cheese, tender perfectly cooked filet mignon with creamy peppercorn sauce, mouth wateringly good spinach salad with warm bacon dressing, tasty chicken breast. Upon 24 hour prior request) table side made Caesar Salad, or an equally flawless bananas foster. My friends said it was the best fish they had ever had. Ali and Lisa,... More 

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Thank Cinderella_Dearest
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412 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

This place will never disappoint. Excellent menu, that makes it so difficult to decide, with interesting and tempting entrees. This time we chose the Rack of Lamb and the Lamb Busso and both were suburb with great sauces and veggies.

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Thank yogiacomo
United States
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Wow! L'hirondelle never disappoints. Service and food are five star. Highly recommended for a relaxing evening with family or friends. My husband enjoyed his tender calamari steak and I had a delicious filet with chanterelle mushrooms. Very nice, especially since they have petite plates for reasonable prices. The escargot and mushroom farci should not be missed as starters. Yum. Thanks... More 

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1 Thank sctraveler05
San Juan Capistrano, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Tucked away across the street from the mission,my out can enjoy delicious food in side or on the pleasant patio. Menu offers a nice variety of European specialties and classic favorites.

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Thank Susie T
San Juan Capistrano, California
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Very nice food, tasty and well served. They only serve wine as I remember. I would definitely go there again.

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Thank Nina N
Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Quaint. Romantic. Perfect for a date or with family. Love the fresh roses on the table, excellent service and great food.

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Thank Opinionated2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Very good French food....I'm French....very good wine and beer list! Outside patio is great and Excellent service! I'll come back!!!!

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1 Thank Aleth A
Orange County, CA
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wonderful romantic restaurant with its outside seating, with its flowers and bells from the mission across the street. I love the food but would like to see more daily specials, especially some more French dishes, rather than fish. This marvelous restaurant deserves to be better known, as long as it doesn't become TOO popular.

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Thank OCProfessor

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949 661 0425

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 32
  • Cuisine: French, Belgian, European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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