Cafe Mozart
Cafe Mozart

Cafe Mozart

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafemozart.net/
  • Phone: (949) 496-0212
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, German, Austrian
  • Executive Chef: Hans Loschl
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30-9:30

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Del Obispo
  • Public Transit: 2 blocks south of the train station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: free on-site parking
A word from Cafe Mozart
Located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, Cafe Mozart offers fine dining in a comfortable Old World setting. Our dinner menu features classic Continental cuisine with a variety of German specialties. Our lunch offerings include homemade soups, fresh salads, schnitzels & bratwurst. We have a full bar available, an extensive wine list and a great selection of German & Austrian beers. Enjoy an elegant dinner with live piano music on Friday & Saturday evenings, or a casual lunch in our outdoor courtyard.
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Cafe Mozart reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)great for outdoor dining (14)romantic (14)good for groups (12)great for lunch (10)notable wine list (8)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • A Disappointment
    Suburbanogre
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We were hoping for a nice continental style meal in southern Orange County. Unfortunately, Cafe Mozart fell down on service and the food. For a Saturday night, the place was nearly deserted--which should have been a clue. I ordered a starter, soup and an entree; my wife a soup and the entree. We asked that the starter arrive 1st. While awaiting the starter, it took our server three attempts to retrieve the right bottle of wine. (OK, a minor thing, but with a small wine selection; it's just not that hard.) The soups and the starter arrived together. That should not have happened, poor timing by the service staff and the kitchen. The soup was good, and the duck liver pate, excellent. For the entree my wife had the New York strip, and I had beef Wellington. While done to our liking, the beef was flavorless. We've encountered this in OC before. Whoever is servicing the local restaurants, is selling beef that tastes like cardboard--even medium rare. As a final stroke, the "doggie bags" from the unfinished steaks did not make it back out of the kitchen. Not taking home a bland steak was the least of our disappointments. Cafe Mozart will likely not see us return. If we do, we won't have the beef.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Europen romantic, charming.
    Saile7Brenock
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Loved yet another lovely lunch at Cafe Mozart. Old world European charm with Europen still cooking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    In a world of increasing noise and conveyer belt dining experiences, Café Mozart is peaceful. The food is the finest in the area. The service is personal with just the right atmosphere. Service people don't have a shtick, just friendly and very competent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CUdadVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great selection! Something for everyone! Too many great dishes to taste them all at one time! Piano was wonderful addition to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Serene dining!
    LagunaVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My favorite retreat for quality food, excellent pastries, five star service, visiting with friends in a peaceful environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Avoid if they have a private party
    FinefoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had made our reservation unaware that they also had a wedding complete with strobe lights, really loud DJ and a dance floor in the courtyard just outside the door. Servers and guests were constantly going in and out which had the music blasting inside, drowning our the regular piano player who already was struggling to be heard with the doors closed. Food was great - waiter gave us our second drink proactively as an apology which was nice, but definitely not the evening we were hoping for. Bottom line - for a facility this small, they need to pick and choose which venue they want to be and not accept individual tables when they have another large event going.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saile7Brenock
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Cafe Mozart has a charming romantic setting two out door seating areas one anchored by a water fountain. Four of us all enjoyed a relaxing weekend lunch. All the traditional German dishes were fabulous and nobody was able to resist the desert tray.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Studio
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We visit Mozart Café for more than 12 years now. I have to say we have not once been disappointed with service or quality of the food. We really enjoyed our last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abeautifulview
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of my all time favorites. The staff is always cordial and helpful, right on top of everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Capistrano Dinners
    TastefulDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have been to Cafe Mozart multiple times (usually special occasions), and we've always had a wonderful time there. Our recent evening was also very nice. The lighting is subdued and invites good conversation. I enjoyed my scallops and my wife's duck was excellent. I've also enjoyed their lamb and filet in the past. Several time we've met the owners (Hans and Carla). This time they also came out and as usual were warm and friendly. They surprised us with a truly melt in your mouth chocolate dessert that my wife and I shared. My wife and I feel Cafe Mozart is the best restaurant in the Capistrano area and in the top 5 for Orange county. By the way we've used OpenTable many times and find it great for arranging reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Good!
    RandyJVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The reviews we read were all over the place so we did not know what to expect. Food is very good German American style. Service is also very good despite being young, and the place itself was very comfortable and inviting. For starters we split the Bavarian Bread Dumpling, entrees – Beef Wellington & Duck Breast W/cherry sauce – no desert. All were very good but old world heavy so no need for desert. We enjoyed the old style cooking and service. Not for the crowd that prefers the Cold Beer and Fish type of restaurant. Will return and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two decades of excellence
    Eduardo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    To be honest, I'd sort of forgotten about Café Mozart...we live in Carlsbad, but as my wife and I looked at places in SJC for dinner, I saw it in the list and remembered how good the food was and the peaceful ambiance hidden away from the street. We were not disappointed. This is a place for relaxed dining with classic dishes. Not trendy, yet better for its quality. I was a little concerned it wasn't busier on a Saturday evening, but perhaps because it was a three-day weekend. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 10 reviews are from the Cafe Mozart reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Beachboy
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had friends in from out of town and remembering previous dining experiences here we felt this would be a great choice for lunch. We arrived at our reserved time of 1 PM and were dismayed to find the place practically empty. We sat at an outside table and noticed there was no one in the main dining room at all and saw only one other couple at an outside table. That made our guests a bit skeptical. The meal was good, as was the service so no complaints there. Perhaps some good advertising would bring in more trade.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    NaranjaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We enjoyed our evening. The service was great, the ambience was wonderful with the piano in the background. The food was good, however I think I would try something different. I had the Wiener Schnitzel hoping for something close to my Mother's delicious veal dish. It didn't happen although the veal was good, it had too much breading. The spatzle and red cabbage were very good. We upgraded our salads and while they were good, they were a bit small. I will go back and try something different because my husbands salmon was excellent and I can see the possibilities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food, service and live piano all excellent. All 6 in our group ate everything on their plate. No doggie bags this visit. Home made dessert pasteries were the best.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food, drinks and service!
    rmanakaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We visited with a party of 5 so it was easy to order all 5 of their appetizers...not one of them disappointed! The house salad as well as the endive salad and the french soup were outstanding. The Wiener Schnitzel was authentic, delicious and both tender and crispy. Australian Lamb Rack Provençal (huge portion) was moist and tasty as was the Beef Wellington which was well worth the wait. We also enjoyed the Pan-Seared Crispy Duck Breast; tasty and well prepared. Even though the restaurant was hosting a wedding party of 150 in the outside court, our table was quiet and we were able to enjoy the pianist providing classical background music. Service was outstanding. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recharge yourself and your Tesla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Cafe Mozart is directly across the street from the San Juan Capistrano Tesla recharging station. If you make a reservation you can dine in style while you wait. Fresh food, great menu, friendly service and above average wine list. Beats the fast food choices by a mile.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Lunch
    2yummy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We took our 93 year-old Father here for lunch. Atmosphere was perfect. He has a hard time hearing with a lot of noise and it was fairly quiet at 12:00. It got a little noisier soon as families started arriving but it was still fine since there is a lot of room between tables. We had 2vegetarians in our group, one being vegan. Only one choice for us - the veggie-grilled sandwich. It was delicious but wish we had more choices. My only complaint, and it's a little one, is that my father ordered French Onion Soup and French Toast (delicious by the way) and they arrived together. It would have been nice to have the soup first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day
    wally2
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a reservation for 1:30 and didn't get served until almost 3:00. Very slow bring out our main course and then it could have been warmer. The food tasted great as usual. Just disappointed in the service. We had are 4 year old grandson with us and the wait was really difficult. Maybe it was slow because we chose the patio rather than the dinning room.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Mozart
    LeRoy
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This has always been one of our favorite places for dinner. We have taken first timers there on many occasions and they have ALL loved it. The food is great, the service is fantastic, the prices are reasonable, the ambience is just right. Would highly recommend trying this fantastic restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over cooked
    paolozjm
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Rack of lamb and beef Wellington were both medium well but ordered medium rare. Quite a long wait for the entre after eating appetizer and salad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AMMMAZING
    Victor
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    All I can say is that we will be coming back to Cafe Mozart soon, and often! The food is absolutely exquisite! Also, we dined on Friday night and had a beautiful piano performance as well. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.