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Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

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23600 Rockfield Blvd, Ste 2S, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1624
+1 949-951-2611
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Prescott, Arizona
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267 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a family owned restaurant and the first of their locations. And, it's the best!! The food is wonderful, the service is great.....and the prices are "friendly".....this place is one you need to try. Seriously......it is the best bang of the buck in the area for great Italian food and pizza.

Thank davefoshee
Gebze, Turkey
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75 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Peppinos in Lake Forest is the original location of what is now a group of family restaurants, famous locally for their delicious everything. We were there recently after many years away, and were delighted to find that the food is still as wonderful and the portions just as generous as they were in the '80s, when the restaurant first opened.... More 

Thank elsie31
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, you can get pizza, and spaghetti, etc., but the real treasures are the ones that you may have never heard of. I, personally, would recommend the Tortellini Sausage Ferrenzano. The portions aree huge, and the flavors are rich and complex.

Thank Rick_McKenzie
El Toro, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the food, especially the Peppino Bread and Spinach Bread with meat sauce! They even catered my grandson's 5th birthday party because he loves their food!

Thank cmar324
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Setting was nice on the lake, nothing fancy. Food was good and portions were large enough to share. Service was pretty slow. Took us 2 hours to eat on Sunday night. Plenty of empty tables around.

Thank Kristi D
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very large menu selection, large portions, high prices, very loud & busy, food was unremarkable. Nothing seemed "home made". Service was terrible. I wasn't impressed but it did remind me of home in New York

Thank Sheryle B
Laguna Hills
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I have been a fan of Peppino's for almost 30 years and have tried almost everything on the menu! My personal favorites are the Peppino bread and the veal piccata; however, I have never been disappointed when trying something outside of my wheelhouse. I have been to the Lake Forest (original) location, the Lake Mission Viejo location and the Foothill... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

We have been coming here since 1984 and have never been disappointed! Always great! The pizza is good, the pasta dishes never disappoint, the seafood is fresh. The food is consistently good!

Thank deeorlowski
Lake Forest, California
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167 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

I've greatly enjoyed the Peppino's in Foothill Ranch, but the Lake Forest location ambiance was not as appealing. Furthermore, my veal piccata wasn't as good as I expected, especially for the price - a 2.5 stars really. The veal was swimming in a thin brown broth rather than a yummy, lemony sauce to which I am accustomed. The broth was... More 

Thank kooikermom
Laguna Woods, California
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77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

I have been a customer of Lake Forest Peppino's for almost 20 years; I love the place, the extensive menu, the sauces...everything ...including the fair priding. The servers are great;I just cannot complain about anything at Peppinos except the parking has not improved despite the renovation of the shopping center.

Thank arnold s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $27
Seafood, Italian, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23600 Rockfield Blvd, Ste 2S, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1624
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-951-2611
Come enjoy the Italian atmosphere at the Original Peppino's. You can still see the family working at this location: Mom loves greeting you and seating you at your table. Dad, the big flirt, loves to visit with all the customers. Be sure to stop in to Joe's Place, A Martini Bar. Happy Hour is available from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. Watch your favorite sporting events on one of several TV's. If you're lucky, you may even catch Peppino (Joe) mingling with the customers.

Peppino's Catering specializes in great food & plenty of it! Whether you are having a business luncheon for twenty-five or a wedding reception for two hundred, Peppino's will do its best to make your event perfect and worry free. Our goal is to gain friends who will come see us in any of our locations, not only to cater your one time event, moreover to keep you coming back for more. (Please contact a store manager for questions and inquiries about our catering service)

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