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El Adobe de Capistrano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
+1 949-493-1163
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11:00 am - 10:00 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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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Ramona, California
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171 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Mission Viejo, California
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Edmonton, Canada
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1,168 reviews
670 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 478 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank kpatters
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Carlsbad, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Thank RRHamilton
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank Michelle G
Dana Point, California
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been living in the area for a year and we miss Panchos a landmark in Manhattan Beach for 30+ years. El Adobe is a great substitute. The guacamole is amazing and the street tacos are fresh and delicious. Warm inviting atmosphere and a great bar with fantastic service. We will be regulars here. Love this place!!

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Thank mark b
Bonita, California
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105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live in San Diego and our way from LA we always stop to eat here. Great food and service. Anything on the menu is great. A must stop for Mexican food.

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was not feeling well and could not eat much of my meal. This makes me sad because it was so tasty. I wish I lived closer as I would go back again and again!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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: 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?