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“Perfect Dining Experience!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cedar Creek Inn -- Brea

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401 Wildcat Way, Brea, CA 92821   |  
Ranked #2 of 3 Brea B&B and Inns
southern California
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Perfect Dining Experience!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

What an incredible, sensory dining experience. The food, service, and atmosphere were top rate. I'll start with the food/drinks:

KEY LIME MARTINI
OMG!!! What an erotic drink. Every sip gave me a sensation of total bliss! The first taste sensation is the clean, crisp dryness from the lime; then the coconut flavor; and finally, the frothy, creamy, finish. TO DIE FOR! I recommend going for this drink alone!

SWORDFISH
This was the best, most perfectly-prepared fresh fish I have had in a while. (The last time I enjoyed fish so much was the John Dory at The Cellar in Fullerton a few years ago.) It was so tender, moist, and flaky, it melted in my mouth! (My friend had the Pork Roast, which looked equally tantalizing.) (I have also had the Shrimp & Medallions before, which I highly recommend.)

DESSERT
The BEST Coconut Cake I have ever tasted, coupled with a high-quality vanilla bean ice cream. More orgasmic culinary sensations on the tongue! Heavenly!

SERVICE
Our server, Katherine was a professional, full of sensible wit, knowledge of the menu, and friendliness!

DRAWBACKS
Three negative things only very slightly marred our experience:
1. one of the cooks or someone was whistling a LOT.
2. The music stopped and there was awkward silence for about 10 minutes.
3. The table lighting was a bit bright (so we stood a menu up to block it.

AMBIENCE
The interior architecture & design is beautiful. There are high, vaulted ceilings of redwood, with redwood beams and pewter brackets---STUNNING! And comfortable, spread out seating. Very romantic!

I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the area.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Took my Mom, Sister Nephew and my family for a Christmas celebration. The food was fantastic and the staff were wonderful. Would definitely go again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

FACT: People care about green living. FACT: Meat, chicken and fish raised and killed are killing the planet. FACT: Cedar Creek Inn offers nothing substantial for vegans and vegetarians except a crappy must-be-modified, un-inspired salad.
This place really sucks if you don't want to kill the planet and kill animals. I am dragged here by my family and I hate it. Servers are stupid and don't even know what a vegan is.
The management needs to pick up a newspaper and then a copy of VegNews and learn about preparing edible vegetarian food!!!

Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Orange County, CA
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2006

Cedar Creek in Brea is a terriffic restaurant. I have been going there a handful of times every year since the place opened. It has become one of my favorite local restaurants for its wonderful food and casual but sophisticated atmosphere. The menu is original and offers a huge variety of choices from light meals to steak dinners. The food has always been fresh and of high quality. Presentation here gets high marks and the service is excellent. I had to write my own review when I came across the negative one posted on this site as I was checking online to see if it might be a place to consider going for Thanksgiving Dinner.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2005

We're from New York and travel and write extensively all over California. Been to every Cedar Creek Inn - The best by far is the Palm Springs unit, the Laguna Property and the Brea property are by far the worst. Unattentive staff, bad, bad food and the worst of service are the highlights of these properties. San Juan Capistrano is barely passable with kitchen staff using guests restrooms and not washing their hands. Except for the Palm Springs unit - DO NOT WASTE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY and get taken to the laundry.

Stayed June 2005
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2003

My husband and I spontaneously ended up at this beautiful bungalow-styled restaurant as it was open and Outback was not. We went with the intent to wait for Outback to open--we never left and were glad! This service was impecable as was the food. The ambiance is casual--however you wouldn't feel out of place in dressy clothing. The food was moderatly priced; we ordered crab-scallop cakes with a jalapeno tarter sauce at $12.95. They were outstanding. Three large cakes and a generous serving of the sauce. For our entrees, we enjoyed a beef dip and a grilled ahi sandwich served with a fresh and delicious Cesar salad. Desserts were a fabulous bread pudding with a sweet bourbon sauce, and my favorite, the lemon tart with raspberry sauce was sheer heaven. I can't wait to go back!

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Address: 401 Wildcat Way, Brea, CA 92821
Location: United States > California > Orange County > Brea
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Brea

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