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Cedar Creek Inn

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$$$$
American, Seafood, Contemporary
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26860 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3236 (El Camino Real)
949-240-2229
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 101
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Location -- Food -- Service

This restaurant wins the trifecta! CCI is located across from the historic mission and offers a varied lunch menu. Servings are generous and well prepared. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. It is the type of place that could appease the appetites of a group desiring different... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
MerMerAustin
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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61 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant wins the trifecta! CCI is located across from the historic mission and offers a varied lunch menu. Servings are generous and well prepared. Our server was attentive without being intrusive. It is the type of place that could appease the appetites of a group desiring different options. A nice wine list -- I found the organic Vigonier pleading.

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Thank MerMerAustin
San Juan Capistrano, California
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Located across from the historic mission w/views of same from their outdoor dining patio. Lots of parking in lots nearby. Martinis are generous, served w/small carafe on ice in addition to drink in glass. Favorites are the seafood & marcie's salad & the calamari. Calamari is premium quality. Classic dishes prepared well w/consistent service. A place we enjoy bringing out... More 

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Thank Iwannago2
San Juan Capistrano
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180 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommend Cedar Creek in for a relaxing dining environment. Visited for dinner prior to a local play at the Capistrano Playhouse. Food and atmosphere as noted were excellent. However, our server was mediocre at best as virtually disappeared. When she did appear, ignored empty coffee, used dishes, etc. Therefore, took longer than planned. Fortunately we gave ourselves plenty of time... More 

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Thank Kenneth S
Morgan Hill, California
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144 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit chilly to eat outside so we got a nice table inside. Great server made our evening comfortable and never rushed. Good range of options with many affordable selections. Margarita is worth a try. Good selection of wines.

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Thank rogersequest
Port Ludlow, Washington
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207 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

As you enter the Cedar Creek Inn, it feels like you are entering an old world Hacienda with the low beamed ceilings, narrow hallways leading to an expansive dining area with a great fireplace. The expansive menu includes wonderful appetizers - we shared calamari, crab & scallop cakes and potato skins. The Cesar salad was excellent, and our entrees were... More 

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Thank Bill H
San Clemente, California
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101 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Cedar Creek offers a quality luncheon spot for both drinks and food although it is a bit pricey. The Ahi tuna is superb but I usually opt for the seafood salad. The seafood, shrimp, scallops etc., is a much higher quality than the farm raised in most restaurants. I finish it but it is very filling. The patio setting is... More 

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Thank Lighthouse2006
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Delicious food and always great service. The Monte Cristo Sandwich is amazing. I have eaten there many times and it's a great place to really relax and enjoy the wonderful outdoor garden. Inside dinning is really nice too.

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Thank Benzband
Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A fantastic restaurant for special occasions, a quiet lunch or a romantic dinner. The sea food salad is really good for lunch and the rack of lamb is excellent for dinner, which can not find at most restaurants. The service is excellent and it has a warm ambiance. But you can't leave without the coconut cake for dessert which is... More 

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Thank DS20001
san diego
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We usually have our small company holiday lunch here - traveling one and one half hours to get to this destination, We had made reservations and it was a weekday. When we arrived a server (hostess dressed differently was not present) with a terrible attitude (no greeting and seemingly hostile attitude) who showed us to a table next to a... More 

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Thank gardencoach
Loreto
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188 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

I've enjoyed dining here with a friend and ate a very nice seafood salad, rich and tasty. Service was attentive and kind and we ate in the beautiful garden/patio. Recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26860 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3236
    (El Camino Real)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-240-2229

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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

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