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“Wonderful gathering place for our Father's Day Celebration!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cedar Creek Inn

Cedar Creek Inn
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Gluten Free
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: El Camino Real
Description: Rated top 100 al fresco restaurants in the United States in Forbes Magazine
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful gathering place for our Father's Day Celebration!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

We made a reservation in advance. We got perfect patio seating near the fireplace and waterfalls. Everyone in our party loved their entrees and appetizers. Highlights: cedar plank roasted salmon, calamari, shrimp stir fry, turkey brie sandwich, the house margaritas, and the fruit dessert-peaches on a walnut crust. The food was fresh and delicious, service was excellent, and the ambiance brought it all together in a beautiful garden on a sunny day.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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English first
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great lunch for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

My family and I celebrated Father's Day at Cedar Creek Inn on the day before Father's Day because of my work schedule. We made reservations online for 9 people. On the morning of our visit, I called to request that we be seated outside on the patio. The hostess was very pleasant on the phone, answered all of my questions, and said that she would reserve a great spot for us. Parking was a bit of a challenge in busy downtown San Juan Capistrano on a beautiful Saturday in June, but we all found parking in and around the many small parking lots in the area.

The two tables that had been reserved for us were indeed in a perfect location on the patio. We were adjacent to the 2 fountains and fireplace, and it was so nice to listen to the fountains and watch the little birds hop into the fountains for a drink on a warm summer day. The patio was so beautiful and relaxing. The cover of the patio filters just the right amount of sunlight so that it is bright and warm without being too hot or uncomfortable. We also noticed heaters hanging from the patio cover for use when the temperature cools down. There is a beautiful tree growing in the middle of the patio and flowering vines growing on the walls around the sides. None of us wanted to leave because the setting was just so nice and relaxing.

Everyone loved the food and drinks that they ordered. Some of the highlights: The fried calamari and zuni roll appetizers were delicious. My dad said his margarita was excellent, as was his shrimp stir fry. My in-laws both got salmon cooked on a cedar plank and said it was some of the best salmon they've ever had. My wife enjoyed her seafood salad a great deal and said that the seafood tasted very fresh. The grilled ahi sandwich and turkey-strawberry-brie sandwiches were said to be very good. I got the Beef Ortega sandwich. The beef was thinly sliced and pretty tender. The ortega chiles added good flavor and were not spicy.

Our waiter was very good and attentive. He knew the menu well and was able to answer questions and make recommendations.

The beautiful patio and excellent food really helped make our Father's Day celebration memorable and enjoyable. We are so glad that we found this place on TripAdvisor!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank CaliforniaArtichoke
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Caldwell, New Jersey
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The Cedar Creek Inn is located across from the Mission.
They have seating in and out and the dining room is attractive.
The food was well prepared and served hot.
Prices were fair for what you get.
Some interesting menu items and specials as well.
A great place to take family or friends.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Buytheshorts
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CA
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Sunday lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stopped here for lunch after visiting the Mission. Very good food, great service and very charming garden patio made for a great dining experience. I would eat here again next time I'm in the area.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank erzsikeCa
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California
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A great place for brunches and lunches.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

It is close to the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano and great for going to brunch on Sunday. I hear the bar menu is also excellent and will try that. have been here many times for lunch.

Visited April 2013
Helpful?
Thank Nyuszka
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