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El Adobe de Capistrano

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3215
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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Rancho Mirage, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was hands down the best chili Colorado I've ever eaten. Generous portions too & I brought half home. Very light tortilla chips and mild salsa. Have the charro beans instead of standard refried. The Cadillac Margarita was....Cadillac. Very quaint, old Mexico type atmosphere and good service. Knew nothing about the place before dining but discovered was a favorite dining... More 

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Oviedo, Florida
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pork tamales and house margarita Excellent! Pedro is an excellent, friendly, makes a great margarita!

Thank BJW152
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely loved this restaurant!!! It is authentic Mexican!!! The fact that it is also a favorite spot of a former president is a bonus!!!

Thank Mollie B
Pasig, Philippines
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I just visited Mission San Juan Capistrano and wanted to round out the visit with real good Mexican lunch. The suggestion by the Mission staff didn't disappoint. The restaurant, which is just down the main road, has this good feel and vibes complete with historical significance. It is said that it used to be a courthouse with... More 

Thank GraceFulMeow
Corona, California
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75 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant reeks of history in terms of its location one block from San Juan Capistrano Mission and fact it was a frequent hangout for Richard Nixon during times he was vacationing in his San Clemente Whitehouse (even have a combination plate on the menu listed as the favorite catered dish at events held by the Nixons). Salsa is not overly... More 

Thank Greg W
Buena Park, California
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't order the pinot noir. Should of had a margarita. Food was pretty good. Atmosphere is nice, really like the feeling you get being by the mission. Had the carne aside tacos and they were good. Would go back again.

Thank Blake H
Coto de Caza, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waiters here care that you enjoy your dining experience - very good Mexican fare and excellent drink selections. Wine selection is the only "miss" here. Lot's of good history as President Nixon called it one of his favorites.

Thank friardomer
Dana Point
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here since I was a child. The food and service is always good. This is a nice place to bring out of town guest. Weekends usually seem to have a wedding reception going on, where we were sitting Friday night we could look out to the patio and watch the people at the wedding having a... More 

Thank James M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Been here several times for dinner & lunch. Always love it. Waiters excellent. It's a happy historic place. The food & drinks very good.

Thank Charlotte R
Lake Forest, California
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152 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

I'd been here before, maybe 2 or 3 years ago, and we'd had the guacamole made fresh at our table - what a treat! So, when recently in SJC at the lunch hour, I went looking for this restaurant. I'd forgotten exactly where it was - it's probably 3 blocks from the mission - but happily my patience got me... More 

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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, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
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: 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?