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L'Hirondelle Restaurant

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$$$
French, Belgian
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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Excellent food & Service

One of the best french restaurants we've been to with excellent service. We love seafood and my wife and I tried two different dishes. we could not decide which one we loved more so we ended up sharing half with each other. The owner came over and introduced himself and was very nice and pleasant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
Kia E
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Laguna Niguel, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Laguna Niguel, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

One of the best french restaurants we've been to with excellent service. We love seafood and my wife and I tried two different dishes. we could not decide which one we loved more so we ended up sharing half with each other. The owner came over and introduced himself and was very nice and pleasant. I highly recommend this place... More 

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La Quinta, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is one of our favorite restaurants and we dine here whenever we are in the area. The food is wonderful and I have loved everything I have ever had, but my favorite is the Beef Bourguignon. Try it! You won't be disappointed in the food or the service.

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Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

We hadn't been there in a few years for whatever reason, but that will change. We were most impressed with the small plates. Just a perfect amount for each entre. The Rack of Lamb was amazing, service and was excellent. Highly recommend this place for fine dining.

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San Juan Capistrano, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Great little find right across from the Mission in San Juan Capistrano! The French onion soup is the best I have had. Every meal we have had there has been terrific, reasonable, and well served. Trouble is branching out from favorites to try new dishes!

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

L'Hirondelle has been around for awhile. When we first moved here, the server showed my son various little magic tricks. Food is good, location is great.

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San Juan Capistrano
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

One of, if not the best restaurant in town. I have eaten there several times and the food, each time, has been excellent. This is the first place I take out of town guests. The location is excellent and if your happen to be there for lunch, you might get to hear the Mission bells ring. The patio is great... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The dinners that we had were undercooked and not very tasty. It was early in the evening and we were the only table in the restaurant. The service was very bad and I had to go to the service area to summon my waitress.

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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Fab meal at L'Hirondelle Restaurant across the street from the world famous mission of San Juan Capistrano. My wife's filet was the most tender cut of meat one could ever dream of. And my chicken breast prepared in the most luscious mustard sauce was 5-star. Great old building, charming atmosphere, best French cuisine this side of Paris...what more could you... More 

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United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The attention to detail here is what makes it so special. Everything was delicious and that, combined with the peaceful outdoor setting, create a wonderful place for a relaxing lunch or dinner. We were all pleased with our meals and will return again and again. Such a nice change of pace from the loud, mass production restaurants that are so... More 

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Orange County, CA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A wonderful (mildly) French restaurant in a romantic outdoor setting across from the Mission. This is our favorite restaurant. We especially like the onion soup, warm spinach salad, and especially the filet mignon. Don't leave without the desserts, too. Afterwards, this part of old town Capistrano is a very interesting walking tour also.

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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

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?