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“Nice setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of L'Hirondelle Restaurant

L'Hirondelle Restaurant
31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949 661 0425
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Price range: $0 - $32
Cuisines: French, Belgian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Overall good experience. I was not wow-Ed though. Based on the reviews I expected more. The food was good not great. I had some veal which was a bit overcooked. My wife is vegetarian so not a lot to choose for her but they but something together and she said it was good. The setting is nice, resembling small French restaurants.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Paso Robles, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere, delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Tucked away by the Mission is this gem of a restaurant. Quaint and cozy with gracious service, it offers the French classics. We shared a scrumptious escargot with their crusty bread and it was so delicious we couldn't wait for it to cool, the sizzling garlic butter too tempting. I had the Sole, and it was perfect with the most intriguing whipped potatoes,,,a flavor that was subtle but exotic. My husband had the Half Duck with a perfect Blood Orange sauce. We had cappucino's that were perfect with the chocolate torte. A nice wine list,,,both California and France well represented. Really well done,,,a lovely evening.

  • Visited January 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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Palm Springs, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Belgium on the Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My son introduced me this delightful restaurant when he was doing his residency at Scripps-Green, La Jolla and I've been back many times. In fact, it's a mandatory stop whenever I head to San Diego. The service is impeccable, the atmosphere elegant, the food to die for. Dining inside or out on the patio is a quiet, peaceful experience. Impossible to rate it too highly.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Clemente, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Incredible All-Time Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This intimate, exceptional epicurean gem sits inconspicuously across from the historic Mission in San Juan Capistrano, just on the edge of the Amtrak parking lot. Their French Onion soup is the absolute best I have EVER had, their food is perfect, their service is personal and their wine and Belgian beer choices extensive. If you are in search of the most wonderful ambiance and unforgettable dining experience you MUST add L'Hirondelle to you list of restaurants!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Intimate Garden, Exceptional Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We went here on our first date over 5 years ago and the food and service have always been exceptional!

So much so that we decided it was the perfect place to get married.

Ali and the staff out did themselves by making our evening wedding on their romantic patio the stuff that dreams are made of.

Ali and his staff made everything simple and easy and as always the food and service were the spectacular intimate treat that we wanted to share with our families on our very special day.

When we came home from the honeymoon we were deluged with compliments from our families on the food, the service and our choice of locations.

The most wonderful part is having such a wonderful place where we can celibate our special evening for years to come.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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