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23641 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1626
+1 949-586-9200
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Newport Beach, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend of mine introduced me to The Hat a number of years ago. Since then, I have been hooked! Probably the best pastrami sandwich you can buy.

Thank tomcarterprod2016
Sao Paulo, SP
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109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is so good! A juicy pastrami burger with a very generous portion of fries, Love it! The Philly steak sandwich is also delicious, it comes au jus so you can deep the sandwich at a juicy meet jus... absolutely delicious!

Thank danichoy
San Juan Capistrano
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

I thought when they franchised out from the original there would be a difference. Gladly, the quality is the same. This is a Pastrami Dip and not the NY deli type. It's incredibly good. Small Fry's are really large fry's. There is plenty for one couple to share. If you have never tried The Hat... you must. Even their Burgers... More 

Thank Jeff S
Winona, Minnesota
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173 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

First time at The Hat, and I was not disappointed. I was hungry, so ordered a double cheeseburger. A single would have been enough. Glad I only ordered a small fries. The pile of fries was huge. Everything tasted great.

Thank tgrier
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I hate pastrami so if you don't like pastrami don't go to the HAT. The only thing that is good is the pastrami.

Thank marilyn k
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 via mobile

Never disappoints. Quick and easy in off the freeway. Pastrami. Burgers with pastrami on them. Fries. With gravy. Nothing more to say.

Thank scottyacht
Lake Forest, CA
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

My husband and I go to The Hat every few weeks or so ... We usually get Chili dogs that are flooded with Chili on top. We also share a bag of fries, which could easily feed a family of 4 or 5. They are known for their Corned Beef Sandwiches that my son always buys ... Also their Ham... More 

Thank kimsvision13
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The Hat has been around since the 50's. Their specialty is the pastrami dip. If you like a dip style sandwich this is the best place in the country for a dip style pastrami. Try the chili fries as well. You will not be disappointed. These restaurants are the true essence of the California fast food life style.

Thank Michael R
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I happened to be in the area on a business trip and one of my co-workers suggested Hat for lunch. We ended up eating at another place so I went to Hat for dinner instead. Since I was a newbie, I had the Pastrami Dip. Holy pile of delicious goodness!! The pastrami was phenomenal!! If I could have eaten more,... More 

Thank James H
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Had a pastrami sandwitch. It was very large and could have been split for two people. And the price was like spending lunch on two people. If I go next time it will have to be when I have someone to share it with.

Thank Star H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23641 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1626
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-586-9200

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