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El Adobe de Capistrano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
+1 949-493-1163
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a reliably good and authentic Mexican restaurant. It is housed in an adobe that is one of the oldest in San Juan. The service and the food is always good. Taco Tuesdays is fun as tacos are made on the patio and eaten either on the patio or in the bar. The street tacos are great and only... More 

Thank John F
San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten here about a dozen times thru the years. Never had a bad experience. The service is prompt and the menu offers a wide variety of choices.

Thank petelapuh
San Juan Capistrano, California
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has been a long time since I went to this restaurant so maybe things have changed. But I did feel the food was small in portion, and a little overpriced. The decor and ambiance is great for old town san juan.

Thank tykane01
San Diego, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to El Adobe for many years! I always take the Amtrak Surfliner from San Diego, right after my part time job.... then have dinner at 6pm... stay till 8...then hop back on the train heading South to San Diego! I always have Pedro as my waiter, he knows exactly what is my 'usual' Cadillac Margarita, and... More 

Thank jksd123
Ramona, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the favorite restaurant of Richard Nixon and family when he was at the Western White House. It is very old, but never fails to be great food, drinks, service, ambiance. Great place when you visit the mission. Take the train, you don't need a car. Train station, restaurant and mission is right there. Margaritas, food, kids menu.

Thank Eileen C
Mission Viejo, California
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

My husband and I have been dining at El Adobe for more than forty years. It is always excellent. In recent years it has been our family's Christmas Eve destination. It is a fun and festive spot to celebrate the holiday, with excellent food and service.

Thank 47Juicyfruitgirl
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

We came here for dinner on a Thursday evening and were seated in their lounge area which was fine. Service was very good and food even better. The starter chips and salsa were perfecto. I ordered the combo platter with a chicken enchilada and refried beans and rice. Hubby ordered the slowly cooked pork combo. We really enjoyed our Mexican... More 

Thank kpatters
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the food, tried President Nixon's favorites and they were very tasty! Dessert are extra special. Beautiful area, visited the Mission.

Thank Ctaylor42
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We met our son & family for lunch on New Years Day to exchange Christmas gifts. Having a Noon reservation we were promptly seated even though a large party arrived ahead of us. The seating space was comfortable and spacious. Our menu offered us plenty of choices and had ample gluten-free selections. The entrees arrived quickly and were hot and... More 

Thank RRHamilton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Great food, great service, great place to visit if you're looking for something that many previous important people have visited

Thank Michelle G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish, Latin, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 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 - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: +1 949-493-1163

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