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“A Break from Suburbia”

Trabuco Oaks Steak House
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 16, 2014

Moments away from the hustle and bustle of suburbia, this quaint steak house is located in Trabuco Oaks. It has the charm of an era gone by. The drive to this restaurant is beautiful, as it is located near O'Neill Park. This restaurant prides itself in providing good quality food as a reasonable cost. They are not into being pretentious, and in fact, if you wear a tie here, they will cut it off and add it to the thousands of ties which adored the walls and ceilings of this restaurant. My daughter and husband ordered the sirloin steaks and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am a vegetarian so not wanting to miss out on the experience I ordered the the "Set Up" which is all the fixings except the steak. There are a few other choices for vegetarians and vegan which include angel hair pasta (without the sausage) and steamed or sauteed veggies. I did not care for the garlic bread, but everything else was excellent. We all enjoyed the atmosphere, the restaurant being built around the trees, and the flashback to easier times. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a deviation from the more upscale steak houses in OC.

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Thank Leela P
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

but overpriced. It really should be 3.5 - between average and very good. I've had a lot of fun there which colors me towards the more positive. Consistently had good service and beef but the vegetable side of things can be a bit bland. Drinks average. My only negative really is that it is too expensive IMO for what you get. Very casual atmosphere that you can read about in other reviews and that plus the food does not warrant the prices. Will still go back just because it is fun. At times can get really crowded (during the winter weirdly empty) so make a reservation when in doubt.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Trabuco Oaks Steak House is an Orange County tradition. When dining here, one can always expect a consistent experience. The food is very good, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is really quite fun! I have been dining here for 35 years, and have never had a bad experience. In fact, since they improved the parking situation, its is even more convenient! I dine here at least two-three times per year, especially on New Year's Eve and Mother's Day.

I strongly suggest that you make reservations for dinner at Trabuco Oaks. The restaurant is not all that large, and absent a reservation, the wait times can be significant. (A brief historical fact: Parts of the restaurant building were actually used as a mess hall by the US Marines during World War II and beyond.)

Southern California is not known as a "destination" place for good steaks. However, Trabuco Oaks serves about as good of a steak as you can find in Orange County! Its no-frills, casual dining in a rustic location. I would certainly suggest you give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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Thank Chuck M
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

casual atmosphere on wooden benches and good steaks. Many celebraties have eaten there but do not wear a tie - it will be cut off.

Thank john v
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a no frills place that is tucked away in the Trabuco Canyon area. They have a tradition of cutting off your tie if you decide to wear one so beware. The message, this is not a "fancy steak house" but they do have decent steak. I give it a 3 out of 5 because I expect a little more from a steak house then just a decent steak but it's not as pricy as some, it has a certain charm and is worth a try. I've lived in the area over 15 years and been here twice.

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Thank andezz99
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