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The Chili Pepper

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167 S Main St, Orange, CA 92868-2842
(714) 639-2840
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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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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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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210 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

Great place to enjoy a dinner or a breakfast. You have many options to eat like chiles rellenos, tacos, enchiladas and all kinds of Mexican dishes to a great price. The place is like if you are in Mexico. The waiters are very friendly.

Thank Jacky azamas
Orange, California
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436 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

We've been to this place many, many times and it's always been great. The prices are reasonable and the service is outstanding. Many of the wait staff have been here for as long as we can remember. We typically come here for Saturday or Sunday brunch. I always have their omelette poblano which is chicken with a mole sauce. My... More 

Thank Samndjsdad
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

Went there for lunch today. We were greeted at the table by our server bringing a small platter of fresh fruit. They also brought us chips with fresh salsa . My husband wanted his food prepared with extra hot sauce. It was no problem preparing a special order. His carnitas were seasoned with extra peppers and onions and other seasonings... More 

Thank Linda P
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016

Our faves: Seafood especially salmon tacos which are not on the menus, fajitas quesadilla and chicken mole.. Albondigas you can skip but they have other choices of excellent soups and specials. Sunday brunch they bring out a fruit plate as a starter. Very reasonable prices.

Thank hlf123
Gilroy, California
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

We were a little apprehensive at first. This place was very "cute" (great Saguaro cactus lights in the parking lot) - had the look of a Chili's or Applebee's with a more Mexican flavor - which usually means that the food is not only unauthentic but not very good. I can't speak for every dish, however their Chili Verde was... More 

Thank Bradley B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?