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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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Austin, Texas
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank Dan W
Fullerton, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pastrami sandwiches are the best in North Orange County. Great place to bring family and out of town guest.

Thank pmcc101
Bellflower, California
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

OMG, the sandwiches were full of thinly sliced pastrami falling out of the soft bun. The order of onion rings filled a whole brown paper bag. Service was quick. Inside and patio seating and drive thru were all busy. Saw someone else with a plate of fries covered in cheese and pastrami....OOOHH

Thank barbcatw
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Hat specializes in Pastrami, and their sandwiches are packed! Onion ring order is double the size, plenty to share. Crispy and delicious.

Thank David S
Sedona, Arizona
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family came out to Orange County where I'm from and I had the awesome opportunity to introduce them to the Hat and just as it has always been it was amazing incredible pastrami chili cheese fries everything is just huge portions and amazing taste

Thank jared w
Anaheim, California
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good Pastrami and chili cheese fries. I'm from the east coast and a good pastrami sandwich is hard to find out here. This place delivers. Service is quick and food is delicious.

Thank dan9669
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hat has been around since I was 4 years old, 1951. Over the years they have added some items but...the original pastrami is still the best!! Order your bun dipped, slathered with mustard and loaded with pickle, chips of course! Then, order the chili cheese fries. You can have several toppings, bacon onions chilies...etc. Now, order your Orange Bang,... More 

Thank Berta Ann F
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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120 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

My son and husband love the pastrami. Pastrami is not my thing, so i usually have a burger or ham and cheese. The small fry is huge, the large is enough for a family of four. Yum.

Thank RPVTravelmore
Silver Spring, Maryland
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Having finished a tour of the Nixon Library and Birthplace around 1:00 started looking for a place to eat and saw a sign "The Hat" Famous Pastrami. Of course just had to try it. The Hat (not this location) dates back to the 1950's. As all fast food places, you order at the counter, they call your number and you... More 

Thank chatulita1
Brea, California
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Great food but always crowded, but worth the wait. Drive thru is just as bust. Limited seating inside and out. This place is always busy for a reason, the food!!! Crowd is young, old, and the tweeners. Everything is made to order so don't be in a rush and forget about that diet or calorie counter. The fries with gravy... More 

Thank Retiredoldguys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
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?