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Anepalco's Cafe
Anepalco's Cafe

Anepalco's Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.anepalcoscafe.com
  • Email: Contactus@hotmail.com
  • Phone: (714) 456-9642
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner
    Daily: 5:00p - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Fusion / Eclectic, French
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Godinez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Tell us a few details of your occasion, and we can create an special menu for your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ayres Hotel has two wonderful and beautiful Private Rooms to offer to our guests. Call us today for an appointment, and get a tour of the Cardiff or Alpine Room.
  • Private Party Contact: Amaryllis Lopez/Omar Morelos (714) 456-9642

Getting there

  • Cross Street: City Dr.
  • Public Transit: UCI Medical Center, Ayres Hotel, The Block
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Anepalco's Cafe
Welcome to Anepalco's Cafe. We are a Mexican-French Fussion Restaurant. We offer you a great variety in our menu. From our Signature Dish The Chilaquiles, to French-Style Omelettes and Lunch Crepes for brunch, to Serrano Beurre Blanc Tilapia, Costillas al Vino Rojo, or Cielo, Mer y Terre for dinner. Come to Anepalco's Cafe and enjoy of an unforgettable dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The good here was pretty good with a lovely blend of Mexican and French foods. Even with the no substitute rule and them not being able to split the check we were fine with the food but the service was not up to par here. Our cups were always empty and we waited forever for the check and even longer for our change. It was a very frustrating meal. Though the food was great I don't think we will be back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My wife and I came to Anepalcos for our anniversary. We had eaten breakfast at their Main St. location and loved it, too. The dinner was way over the top. Really innovative food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As the waiter politely warned on the toughness of the pork belly sandwich and recommended the carnita version, I had to overcome my hesitation to make the decision. The sandwich was beautifully presented, and flagrance of the meat had me salivating immediately. The first bite was indeed a bit hard but the meat was torn away from the sandwich with minimal effort. As I chewed on the juicy bite, the mildly charred scent blended nicely with the fresh veggies and the bun, and then I found out that the toughness of the meat had another purpose... so that you can allow the taste to linger in your mouth while you chew on it. I was glad I ordered it."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant was ranked top 10 by OC magazine and that is why we tried it. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. Although the food was very flavorful it was hit and miss...my food arrived barely warm and another entre was partially undercooked even though we were early diners and the restaurant was far from busy. The decor is not notable. Although it was tasty, we will not return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I really wanted to like Anepalco's. It's a truly original menu, but the execution was a little off. We started out with the ceviche, which was excellent, but oddly served with what appeared to be Doritos chips. (I'm sure they weren't really Doritos, but they tasted like them.) I ordered the sirloin adobo. It was a great cut of meat, but smothered in Adobo sauce that tasted a lot like A1. I ended up taking it home. I enjoyed it more the next day as leftover lunch because I scraped all the sauce off before reheating it. My girlfriend had the scallops and thought the same thing: too much sauce. The staff was very friendly though. The other reviewers seemed to have enjoyed the experience more. Maybe we went on an off night."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This restaurant is right next to Ayres Hotel and I thought it's part of the hotel. The food and service were awesome! Will definitely come back again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Ordered the steak and cheese crepe with tomatillo sauce. 1 hour wait, food arrived tepid and the sauce tasted off. The rice was cold but I like cold rice so ate all of that. The ceasar salad was a head of romaine with the stem cut off, drowned in dressing and was wilted. Let the waiter and the manager know that my entrée was no bueno, and my dinner partner was given a complimentary glass of wine! Unsure why I was not given a complimentary anything or a new entree. The staff were attentive, and acknowledged food was sub-par but kept pouring water into my glass even though I wasn't drinking any of it. Enormous plates with small portions. My dinner date had scallops on a bed of polenta which he said was good, but his salad was also wilted."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I loved the food, it was amazing. I got the French Truffle Burger, the meat and toppings were great and more than enough! I loved the soft brioche bun as well. The fries were cotija fries, they were a tad small, but didn't disappoint. To drink I got a guava mimosa, the champagne was dry, and altogether, not too sweet. I definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I've always known Anepalco's for its breakfast menu and have caught a glimpse of their lunch menu before. This time that I visit though was to check out what they offered for dinner at this second location of theirs. Mexican flavors with French techniques - what a concept! The menu items were all so tantalizing but we finally made our decision and shared a Queso Fundido to start. That was a beautiful dish. One thing that Chef Godinez does so well is make impeccable sauces so the tomato base the cheese was swimming in was perfect. I really enjoyed my Arrachera and my friend loved his Cielo, Mer y Terre. Even the dessert (a mango chile pannacotta) was very tasty. Great service, great food, and beautiful arrangements - I need to come back!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This resturant says it is Mexican but the choices are definetly different from your standard overdone Mexican resturant. I can recommend the creps and standards, enchillatas. Sevice a bit slow and not attentive but friendly and helpful. Overall we really enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Expansion/renovation was underway during our visit (January 31, 2014). The room was a bit starck and dark (hard to read menu). Food was good and service was great. Would like to return after remodel is complete."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The good: Food was well presented and tasted great! My wife has insisted we return. The bad: If you sit outside, avoid being too close to the hotel entrance. Smokers tend to gather there and their smoke will travel into the outdoor seating area.There are no heaters outside.Poor lighting. Hard to read the menu at night (outside). The ugly: Inside looks like seating is crammed together. One look and we opted for the nicer looking patio."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Best Red Chilaquilies and Guava Mimosas are my favorite."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Too many times have I driven by the Anap[alco Cafe and not paid any notice to it. A "cafe" attached to a small hotel? How good could it be? Surprisingly good if you ask me. The staff is pleasant from the start & attentive throughout but not bothersome. The ambience is on the plain side but then also does not distract. The music can be odd but then is also just background and not intrusive if you wish to have a conversation which is easy to do and not strain yourself. The menu is on the small side which can mean one of two things: They do not have much talent in the kitchen; or, they have a lot of talent in the kitchen and the later is the case at Anepalco Cafe. We have dined here three times and not been disappointed with a single dish."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating our 18th yr anniversary and Anepalcos was recommended by a trusted source. The food was good as was the wine list since it contained many LA Cetto wines. A bit pricey on the food, though. Our huarache appetizer was decent. The low point for it was the sauce that was used on it. It tasted just like the most bland pizza sauce imaginable. The shrimp on the huarache was good but, again, that sauce was less than acceptable. Our entrees were very tasty. The bread brought to our table was ok. The spread that was provided for the bread had great color but hardly ANY taste whatsoever. Service was great and attentive. Would perhaps return but only for a very special occasion."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Decided to take my wife for her birthday and we both really enjoyed our meals. The dishes definitely have more of a Mexican feel to them, which I personally enjoyed. We had the pambazo Ahi crudo, the enchiladas verdes and the steak tomatillo crepe. The food was worth the trip for us."
    Dined on 6/11/2013
  • "Second location attached to the Ayres Inn and less well known than their original site in Orange. Only this location has a dinner menu and the food was amazing. Unique fine dining offerings at very reasonable prices and without the fine dining haughtiness. Kids menu is really good (and inexpensive) and makes this a family option for a nice dinner. Appetizers are sufficient as entrees for smaller appetites or as an alternative to the kids menu for older kids."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Anepalco popped up on a Yelp review and sounded grand. We were going to an event at the Honda Center and needed a restaurant close to the theatre. Located "in" the Ayers Hotel (must have been the hotel's coffee shop in another life), it was easy to find and had ample parking. The restaurant itself - what a treat. Very unusual rendering of Mexican cuisine with touches of French culinary arts...as i said earlier, "Yummmmmy!" I highly recommend making the trek to the other side of the Orange Curtain for some fine dining."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Chapman's Chilaquiles were "mushier" than what I'm used on Main St. Also, they were a bit on the cool side. It may have been due to the restaurant wanting to bring all our dishes out at the same time which in case I wish it was placed under a heater. Pork Belly Sandwich was so good. A great lunch item, filling but won't leave you feeling too heavy. The pork belly was crispy to the very last bite and not oily. I recommend taking the top bun off entirely because there was too much, hides the intricate flavors and great texture of the pork. Jalapeno Chimichurri Beef Sandwich was also good but I prefer the former. It could have used a little extra sauce of some sorts. It wasn't dry but could've used a little more moisture."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Everything we tried was absolutely delicious. Rich flavors that made us finish every bite and want more. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other dishes."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Our office has been here a few times and we absolutely love it! The food is always delicious and the staff is always friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "I had heard about Anepalco's and we had some neighbors that also recommended it. The menu has some very interesting flavor combinations combining French and Mexican influences, mainly using flavors that are more Mexican with some French techniques. The presentation is also quite nice. The shrimp appetizer was very tasty, but only included 4 shrimp for $9. The wine list was a bit overpriced for what they offered. I'd like to try it again to taste some of the other items on the menu."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Having moved from Orange County two years ago, we missed our occasional delicious meal at Anelpacos, and we were delighted to read of a second cafe at a location that seemed a perfect next step. We looked forward to our next opportunity to have lunch in the OC and we weren't disappointed, other than not being able to say hello to Danny who wasn't there when we were. The food was as great as ever as was the service. We enjoyed the enchiladas and the pork sandwich, and would return again for both. It's wonderful to see a vision evolve and such creative and perfectly prepared food now available in two City of Orange locations."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Good food and a pleasant departure from the normal quick fix type dinner usually on the menu at many places. If one is expecting the usual Mexican menu you will not find it here. The dessert crepes are superb."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I've driven by this place numerous times. The food was amazing! Food took a while to come out..."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Staff were very friendly and kind. I had to request to be seated from the reserved patio to indoor seating because it was such a hot day, and staff didn't seem to have any issues with that. You see, my fiancé and I had our parents meet up at this place, so we were quite nervous, and wanted things to go smoothly. Anywho, Chilaquiles, Anepalco salad, and quesadillas...and oh yeah! Chocolate crêpes were delish!!! Their Green egg benedict was just okay...we thought it was too bland for our tastes. Overall, my fiancé and I did enjoy this place. We thought we should come back again when we aren't so nervous. Hehe"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Not the usual Mexican meal, and thanks for that. Each dish was well thought out. Distinctive flavors."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We enjoyed the yummy food but the restaurant was way too dark; we could barely see the menu, even the server had to use a flashlight to see what we were pointing on the menu!! The food did take a bit longer than usual, but we were expecting that after reading the many reviews about that! We will recommend the restaurant as the food is yummy. But, PLEASE, make the room bright enough to at least read the menu!!"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Mexican French fusion. I am not sure what that is but after going to Anepalco's Cafe, I know it means interesting and delicious food. My party of five was very impressed. The food was spiced without being hot. Really, really good."
    Dined on 10/15/2013