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The Hat

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1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Southern California
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654 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has a pretty simple menu but the pastrami is why you come here. It is so tender and plentiful. The fries with chili are enough for 4 people (be warned before you order). The seating can be a challenge at times but they do have a drive thru for those of is that want to enjoy it at... More 

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Fullerton, California
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We often get take-outs for lunch on the weekend. They offer many different kinds of sandwiches, both hot and cold, as well as burgers and various sides. Though The Hat highlights their Pastrami Dip, I normally go for the Roast Beef au Jus which I really enjoy. We have also tried (and enjoyed) their Chili Fries. Portions are generous. Service... More 

Thank Hanepoot
McMinnville, Oregon
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

The best sandwich and lots and lots of onion rings. We always come here when we are in town. It's always a favorite stop.

Thank KandyShinn
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

On a whim, we tried the Hat. It was supposed to be the home of World Famous Pastrami Sandwich. It did not disappoint. We ordered a Dipped Pastrami sandwich, which was incredible. We did order onion rings, which we real good, BUT, they gave way more than we could handle. Overall a good place to have lunch

Thank Keith P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Best pastrami sandwiches. Enough to share! All 5 of us share an entire sandwich and either onion rings or chili cheese fries.

Thank Sarah V
Riverside County
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230 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We ordered a Pastrami sandwich with French fries and a Coke. The food tasted great and the staff were friendly and helpful during our visit. The atmosphere was festive and comfortable. Prices are reasonable for what you get.

1 Thank JRR132
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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70 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Drive through or eat in but either way make sure you're hungry when you come here. This is a well-established, no frills sandwich place that's been around since the 1950's so they are doing things very, very right. Their specialty is pastrami and it gets raves as does their chili cheese fries. I prefer the Roast Beef dip or one... More 

Thank 19er
Fullerton, California
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

The pastrami and chili cheese fries are a rare but lovely treat. I can only do this place once in a while, but when I do I always leave satisfied.

Thank joshandjessD
La Paz, Mexico
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy Pastrami you will love the Hat. The Pastrami dip sandwiches are fantastic.But if you and your friends are hungry order the Chili,Cheese french fries topped with Pastrami pickles and onions. You will not be disappointed or hungry after that.

1 Thank BajaPirates
Austin, Texas
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

this place was fantastic. I had the pastrami burger and it was great. I also ordered the chili fries which were huge and amazing. Yeah these were not the best choices, but when in Rome right?? I have never had anything like this before so for me it was well worth it and a treat. I would definitely go again... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Brea
  • Phone Number: 714-257-9500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?