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Cafe Matinee

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23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
(949) 588-7511
11:00 am - 10:00 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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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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 .

Thank liz101Worthing
Lake Forest, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars 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!

Thank rslaybaugh
New York
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank josepo1944
Los angeles
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank XiaLosangeles
Redwood City, CA
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank FlyinPup
Lake Forest, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Nancy S
Cambridge, UK
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144 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 

Thank ashgreen
Aliso Viejo, California
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank cchrcro
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179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank T S
Lake Forest, California
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308 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It took a little effort to find the restaurant at night. It is sandwiched in with other establishments across from the "Red Barn," count up to #15, and you won't miss it. The effort was worth it though. Suzanne, the waitress, was very friendly and knew what to recommend to a first-time guest. Although tempted by the kabob menue, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: (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?