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23641 Rockfield Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1626
+1 949-586-9200
10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came here wanting a sky high sandwhich which I was told they are known for. Huge Patrami . Sadly my sandwhich was no more that a subway sandwhich and it was $9.00!! I would not return here due to the fact that the price is much higher than the sandwhich . There are 2 other places I go that... More 

Thank Richard P
Laguna Woods, California
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh em gee, it needed its own area code... Huge!! And really good!! Had always gotten pastrami (which is da bomb!) but my nephews talked me into the burger. We split a small fry & had leftovers. I'm stuffed & very happy :)

Thank DreamWriter9
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love The Hat and have for many years, I have been twice as of late and found the quality and quantity of the food to be less than prior visits. Still a top notch place but I hate to see places on the decline.

Thank Jason C
Orange County, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

The Hat is a solid and reliable place for lunch, or a fast dinner. I have not been here for breakfast. The food is very reliable, and is certainly a step above McDonald's Subway. My go-to meal here is an order of chili fries. The small order is enough to feed 2 people.

Thank Cush
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

I am not as fond of the pastrami as are other members of my family. However you can't go wrong ordering the hamburger and french fries! Delicious!

Thank deeorlowski
Lake Forest, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

If you want a super tasty, mouth watering pastrami sandwich, then The Hat is the place to go. The pastrami here is to die for. Additionally, they give you a healthy amount of this succulent meat, so you won't go hungry. Lastly, the restaurant is clean and the service is quick and friendly. Can't go wrong here. The only thing... More 

Thank Tony D
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

I first ate at the hat over 50 years ago, it hasn't changed. I order the same thing, triple dip pastrami. It's not New York but it's the best on the West Coast.

Thank Dan W
Newport Beach, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

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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115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016 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

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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
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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?