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The Chili Pepper

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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167 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868-2842
(714) 639-2840
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming to this restaurant for years!!! Awesome food, awesome prices. The weekend brunch comes with complementary champagne and fruit!!!

Thank Gilbert C
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Good food solid service and oh so colorful! Busy today since it was Sunday brunch and lots of family. A big hit for us is the fruit plate they serve along with the chips and salsa. Anyway a fun colorful easy going sort of place that you will enjoy. Prices are reasonable too!

Thank David S
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious, the service was friendly and welcoming which is not always the case when a single (older) lady goes to dinner by herself! I will definitely be back! Plus I saved one Mole Enchilada and ordered a second rice, beans, and Mole Sauce to go so I will enjoy all of it again tomorrow!

Thank Wardbar
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for over 30 years. Never disappointed. Great value. Great service. Always something extra.

Thank stevefie
Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Great service, excellent food! Just don't ask to substitute anything, they will upcharge-ludicrous!!

Thank lvladyluck8062
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

I have been coming here for years. I love the food, service, décor, and the prices. To me the food is wonderful, fresh, and flavorful. It is not a buffet brunch...you order off the menu and then are given chips/salsa, a plate of fresh fruit, your entrée, a dessert, and all the Champagne you can drink. The service is prompt,... More 

Thank nolanani
Ontario, California
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

I lived within walking distance of the Chili Pepper back in 1978 when I first went there. The food was quite inexpensive then, and I didn't mind if I went there alone sometimes. I moved away from Orange in 1991, but have continued to come here, by choice, whenever I am in the area - usually once or twice a... More 

Thank Dolly49nut
Santa Ana, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

After 20+years of not eating here we gave it another try...Again extremely disappointed! Poor quality of fajita meat, beans tasted burnt, chunks of carrots in the salsa...really? Was judged on my appearance because the waiter informed us the Cadillac Margarita was $18.00 ok fine. Staff were unfriendly. No will not be going here again...sorry!

1 Thank RaeS830
Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were in the area visiting family. He was born and raised in Orange and he and his family frequented this place for 30+ years. My husband had the chile relleno and I had the beef flautas with beans and rice; all were bland. I must say I do not care to return and my husband actually... More 

1 Thank Nopuma
Anaheim, California
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219 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Having driven by this place a number of times and being attracted by the decor we finally gave this place a try. Parking lot was very small and crowded, although we did manage to find a spot to squeeze into. We were greeted seated immediately. Drinks, chips and salsa were served right away. Chips were very plain, salsa ok. Lots... More 

1 Thank Mark B

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868-2842
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Orange
  • Phone Number: (714) 639-2840

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