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“A Delightful Surprise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hatam Restaurant

Hatam Restaurant
25800 Jeronimo Rd, Ste 402, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 768-0122
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Ranked #77 of 187 Restaurants in Mission Viejo
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A Delightful Surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Because of the large mid-eastern population where we live (Detroit in Southeast Michigan), it's not hard to find a really good mid-eastern restaurant. But there are no Persian restaurants so it was with great delight that we were taken by friends we were visiting to Hatam Restaurant in Mission Viejo. We concur with the majority of reviewers who have given Hatam high marks.

We were greeted warmly and were guided through the menu to the point where we were given samples of a traditional Persian drink whose name I cannot remember. But it was good.

After sharing the special appetizer plate, each of us (four) ordered a different entree so that we could sample the different flavors. And we all enjoyed our selections and there was enough left to take home.

Our hosts were gracious and I certainly wish there was a Persian restaurant in our area.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Mission Viejo, California
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146 reviews 146 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Best Persian Food In Orange County”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We have enjoyed the high quality Persian dishes at Hatam for several years.
The generous portions are always perfectly prepared. The ambiance, with beautiful murals and other classic Persian touches, is very elegant for a strip center style eatery. We usually do take-out on busy days when cooking for lunch is not an option.
This is not fast food by any measure.

Our favorites are:

Zereshk Polo (boiled chicken half, basmati rice with barberries, pita, fresh onions, and vegetable soup)

Boneless ChickenKabob (Marinated charbroiled chicken, broiled tomato, basmati rice, pita, fresh onions, and vegetable soup)

When it is busy parking can be a real challenge, particularly at lunch time on weekdays. Interestingly it is surrounded by auto repair shops but, the area is very clean.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Excellent food, excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Excellent overall. Very pleasant. Good value for the quality
Of food, quantity of food, atmosphere and service..

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Laguna Beach, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Worst experience ever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Where do I even begin to describe the horrible experience I had at this place. The owners are the most disrepectful people I have ever met. Had a engagement party at Hatam's. A day before the party, owner called to say the price of the cake was misquoted and would be double:( An hour before the party she called to say she did not have glasses for drinks(yes a restuarant did not have glasses!!) Party was scheduled to start at 7, when I arrived nothing was set up, and another party was there. Even tho on the front door said reserved for private party starting at 7:00 She proceded to tell me was scheduled for 7:30, she then called my fiancee and her family liars when she changed the prices of everything. We had documentation of all prices before hand. She turned what should have been a joyful occassion into an utter nightmare. I filed a complaint with the better business bureau over the very shady business practices and considering a lawsuit for slander. I cannot emphasis enough to never ever have a party there or frequent this establishment. The owner has no remorse, I asked for a simple apology and got nothing, so writing this as a warning to all to avoid this place

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mission Viejo, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding Persian Fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

Very authentic and a nice menu selection of authentic Persian foods. Great hummus, rice, veggies and very good service

Visited April 2011
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