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23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
+1 949-588-7511
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Clemente, California
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Café Matinee is one of those hidden gems... a small cafe in a strip mall next to a sushi place and a Mexican market -- but don't let that fool you. The lamb and filet dishes are excellent, and the hummus, with or without awarma, is among the best I've ever had. This is not just generic Middle Eastern, either... More 

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Worthing
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

Mid week meal so the restaurant was quiet , but the food was delicious, freshly prepared with everything home made including the free baclava which was given to us . Service was great .

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Lake Forest, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Cafe Matinee is a neat little one-of-a-kind place. We'd never had Lebanese food and it was a great treat. Similar but different than Greek. Try something different when you go!

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New York
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2015

This Middle Eastern Lebanese family owned restaurant is the best Lebanese food I ever enjoyed. The family atmosphere and the service is great.

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Los angeles
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2015

I've dined at Café Matinee many times during the last 15 years. I find it a relaxing place to go for quality Mediterranean food at a friendly environment. Family owned (same owner), consistent quality. There are quite a few things I love there. We always start with their home-made hummus, olives, pickled turnip served with pita bread. My favorite main... More 

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Redwood City, CA
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2015

Very good Lebanese food. They make their hummus from scratch, and it was delicious. The other mezze dishes were also quite good. The Filet Kebabs were excellent. The service was very friendly and helpful.

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Thank FlyinPup
Lake Forest, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2015

Unpretentious eatery with amazing food and friendly service from the family members. Sometimes we order several appetizers and make that our meal. Many choices, great for sharing.

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Cambridge, UK
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144 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2015

Chose this restaurant after looking on TA for somewhere to eat when in Lake Forest / Irvine area on business. Not easy to find, as in middle of a run of establishments with poor signage. On entering only one couple eating, but it was early (5:45) so not too concerned. Prompt service, I was looking a a lite meal (having... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

From the greetings you always get! To the personal service from all the family members! To the outstanding handmade food! This place has it all!! We always look forward to dining here, Susan & Gus always make us feel welcome and the food is some of the best Lebanese you will find anywhere. We always start with the mixed appetizer... More 

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360 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2015

Situated in a mall near the 5 freeway, the unassuming and fairly bland exterior and interior décor of this restaurant gives little idea of how good the food is. The three of us shared Hummus, Falafel, Fatoush Salad, and Kebbeh which came with pita bread and olives. It seemed like a family run place, and the friendly lady who served... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-588-7511

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