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L'Hirondelle Restaurant

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31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2651
+1 949-661-0425
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (11 reviews)
“escargot” (14 reviews)
“duck” (13 reviews)
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French, European, Belgian
31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2651
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

Wonderful romantic restaurant with its outside seating, with its flowers and bells from the mission across the street. I love the food but would like to see more daily specials, especially some more French dishes, rather than fish. This marvelous restaurant deserves to be better...More

Thank OCProfessor
Reviewed August 16, 2015

Walked over to this restaurant after Saturday Mass at the Cathedral. The hostess immediately seated us at a table in the courtyard with views of San Juan Capistrano and also of the train depot. We enjoyed excellent house Pinot Noir and fresh baked bread waiting...More

1  Thank Lukeanthonywflorida
Reviewed August 15, 2015

We read a previous negative review from Carlos. C.) and so it was with a little trepidation that we decided to try L'Hirondelle. And, we are so glad we did! We agree with some earlier reviewers - it's a small, tucked away restaurant with great...More

1  Thank VickieBHS
Reviewed August 4, 2015

Food very amateur, it is not French or Italian as they pretend, too greasy and overprice all the dishes.

1  Thank Carlos C
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our favorite special dinner spot. Ali always greets diners warmly and has hist personal flair on every dish. The Poulet Marie Antoinet and Beef Bourginon are always great if we don't get distracted by the specials. House salad is really excellent. Also very good pate.

2  Thank Joel P
Reviewed May 7, 2015

Our family loves Sunday brunch at L'Hirondelle Restaurant. The appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and desserts are Old World and wonderfully rich, flavorful and beautifully presented. Having visited the restaurant since it opened more than 20 years ago, we have enjoyed nearly every item on the...More

1  Thank CarpeDiem25296
Reviewed April 22, 2015

The atmosphere was warm & cozy. The service was good. I went during lunch time. I chose a meal off the dinner menu vs. lunch menu. I ordered the petite duck breast with the cherry sauce. It was very good, skin was crispy and the...More

Thank HBLocal23
Reviewed April 18, 2015

this is our third time at L'hirondelle ,although we live 3000 miles away . It never disappoint ! Our firt time was 13 years ago , just for lunch afte a visit to the Mission across the street . This time we made a special...More

1  Thank cocobay
Reviewed March 25, 2015

Finally a restaurant serving frog legs. New improved menu. great staff .Pleasant decor. Will return for excellent dinners

2  Thank Joseph-Sharon
Reviewed March 19, 2015

Whenever we are up near San Juan Capistrano this is a must stop for us. An afternoon on their patio, a bit of heaven, and directly across the street from the Mission and right in the heart of downtown. The lunch menu always has some...More

2  Thank SHERLOCKSanDiego_ca
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November 15, 2015|
Response from Joel P | Reviewed this property |
I would absolutely call them ahead of time. They are a small place and I have made arrangements for a special menu addition with them before as well.
Alexis S
March 26, 2015|
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Response from Jeff S | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is just beer and wine. A very good beer and wine selection. Their patio is excellent for a casual lunch.
March 8, 2015|
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Response from sjc188 | Reviewed this property |
Lunch is 11-2 and they open for dinner at 5.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
French, European, Belgian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2651
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: +1 949-661-0425
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