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L'Hirondelle Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
French, Belgian, European
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31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
949 661 0425
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
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Laguna Beach
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

L'Hirondelle is a piece of Europe (Brussels, I suppose) in the heart of San Juan Capistrano. Service is excellent; the pace of service is fully appropriate to an evening when you want to spend time with a loved one or a really good friend; the food is absolutely first rate; and the wine list is an impressive set of California... More 

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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stopped here after noticing this restaurant right across the street from the Mission San Juan Capistrano. The little outdoor seating area is like something from a storybook, very charming and quaint with a little fountain and darling centerpieces on the tables. We were seated right away without a reservation, and I was permitted to order from the brunch menu... More 

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cutchogue, new york
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

While visiting San Juan Capistrano in Southern California, we had made a reservation for lunch at the L'Hirondelle restaurant. It was a culinary experience and proved to be extraordinary. In a small setting across from the Mission with an outdoor garden (unfortunately closed due to rain), wee were served by the maitre d' and owner Ali Golesorkhi - the food... More 

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Glendale, California
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239 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Ok, it is expensive and in the heart of the tourist zone, across the street from the Mission that swallows may now be avoiding. But the meal we had there last night, in their garden, was wonderful. The lamb bucco was an interesting variation on the standard oso bucco. The duck with cherry sauce was perfectly cooked. The house red... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Met with a friend for lunch yesterday. The patio was an ideal setting for a gorgeous day dining under the sun and trees. The server was very accommodating. I noticed immediately that the restaurant caters to many senior clientele. My salmon salad was nice but I've had better. The salmon portion was small, crispy and slightly dry. My friend's poulet... More 

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Orange County, CA
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70 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

A wonderful restaurant with a marvelous garden to dine in, just across from the Mission. The food is more or less mid level French, not too heavy, andnot too adventuresome. I would prefer a menu that changed from time to time. But thank God this is not one more Italian restaurant, of which every city has more than its share.... More 

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Sonora, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Met with four old friends. Sat in the garden area and had a royal meal. We all had something different and everyone was very pleased. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Gorgeous setting and we were serenaded by the bells of the mission across the street celebrating a wedding. Would strongly recommend sitting on the garden area in summer but... More 

Thank jriii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

It's been well over 20 years since I have visited San Juan Capistrano and took a girls trip for a weekend to visit the Mission and area. I had remembered this little gem of a restaurant from so long ago and we decided to try it again after all these years, and are so glad we did. We made reservations... More 

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San Diego
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222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We had a very nice brunch in the patio of this lovely restaurant. There is a darling fountain and cute potted plants which add to the atmosphere of this great dining experience. The menu has lots of great options. Try the low carb burger, which is huge (without the bun) and has a plate full of wonderful treats from veggies... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We had lunch at L'Hirondelle before touring Mission San Jaun Capistrano. My wife had the duck breast salad that she had a hard time cutting with a steak knife. Toughest piece of meat we have seen (must have died from old age). I had Kobe hamburger salad (trying to be half heathy) which was overcooked and therefore a waste of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
French, Belgian, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31631 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949 661 0425

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