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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 79
    Excellent
  • 18
    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
Very good French food....and I'm French....very good wine and beer list! Outside patio is very nice!!! Excellent service

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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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Orange County, CA
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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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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Walked over to this restaurant after Saturday Mass at the Cathedral. The hostess immediately seated us at a table in the courtyard with views of San Juan Capistrano and also of the train depot. We enjoyed excellent house Pinot Noir and fresh baked bread waiting for our meals. Our Soup and Salad were very good. We both had petit filets... More 

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Santa Barbara, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We read a previous negative review from Carlos. C.) and so it was with a little trepidation that we decided to try L'Hirondelle. And, we are so glad we did! We agree with some earlier reviewers - it's a small, tucked away restaurant with great service and great food. We started with Onion Soup - my husband had lamb, and... More 

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Madrid
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Food very amateur, it is not French or Italian as they pretend, too greasy and overprice all the dishes.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our favorite special dinner spot. Ali always greets diners warmly and has hist personal flair on every dish. The Poulet Marie Antoinet and Beef Bourginon are always great if we don't get distracted by the specials. House salad is really excellent. Also very good pate.

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Our family loves Sunday brunch at L'Hirondelle Restaurant. The appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts are Old World and wonderfully rich, flavorful and beautifully presented. Having visited the restaurant since it opened more than 20 years ago, we have enjoyed nearly every item on the menu - you cannot make a poor decision. Both the warm, nicely appointed interior and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The atmosphere was warm & cozy. The service was good. I went during lunch time. I chose a meal off the dinner menu vs. lunch menu. I ordered the petite duck breast with the cherry sauce. It was very good, skin was crispy and the meat tender. The sides (Mashed potatoes were good but not what I had ordered). When... More 

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jupiter
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

this is our third time at L'hirondelle ,although we live 3000 miles away . It never disappoint ! Our firt time was 13 years ago , just for lunch afte a visit to the Mission across the street . This time we made a special trip from a family trip in LA to San Juan C. To revisit the town... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Finally a restaurant serving frog legs. New improved menu. great staff .Pleasant decor. Will return for excellent dinners

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?