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Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano
Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano
  • Address:
    26860 Ortega Highway
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cedarcreekinn.com
  • Email: sanjuan@cedarcreekinn.com
  • Phone: (949) 240-2229
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 -4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Adrian Rojas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Various vocalists, piano, and guitar music can be enjoyed Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The parking lot is directly adjacent to the building. There is additional parking in the public parking lot.
A word from Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano
The Ayres family has been serving up fantastic Steaks, Chops, Ahi Sandwiches, Signature Salads, and House-made Desserts for decades. Each location presents a lively atmosphere where friends and neighbors can be seen table-hopping while business associates hammer out important deals.

There is fireside dining in the main dining room as well as the tree-shaded patio facing the magnificent San Juan Capistrano Mission.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "They have a nice selection of entrees on the dinner menu to please everyone. We had the Mahi Mahi and the Ahi both were good. The house salad is delicious also. Nice selection of cocktails too. Nice ambience inside with a fireplace. Nice area outside to dine during lunch."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Found cedar creek inn on the internet. Looked at the menu and thought I would give it a try. Made a reservation for my family cause it was for palm Sunday. Everything turned out perfect.everyone's food was delicious from the pancakes to the French dip sandwich. Would go again."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The lamb chops were overcooked. The prime rib was undercooked. The cut of prime rib was awfull. Far too many sections of fat than decent bites of meat. Our server started out well and then completely forgot about our table and the table behind us. We had to summon the bus boy for our check."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "All of the food was good no problems. Just not a 5 star. But I would return. Outside is nice area but a little too crowded. Inside is romantically dark but not too dark. Service was excellent. Best food was the coconut cake. Highly recommend it"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Beautiful interior and patio. Great feel. Food doesn't not measure up...remotely."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My friends & I eat here a lot. This time lobster salad was on special and most of us had it. It was delicious, lots of flavors, and you didn't feel horribly stuffed after finishing it. Somebody had the ahi burger, they kept saying, "This is so good!" The ambience is always nice, whether we eat inside or out. The service is usually good too, as it was this time. Our server was very patience with us, 7 crazy woman out for a lovely lunch!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The outside entrance might be inviting if it were not so crowded as to render it intimidating. The hostess left the reception area and I was standing for 10 minutes waiting for her return to check in for my reservation. However, once checked my party of 4 was seated promptly, We were promptly offered drinks and provided with menus. We gave our orders and the beverages and meals arrived in good time. The waiter was very slow and it was difficult to gain his attention. We had to wait an inordinate amount of time to pay our checks and he was a bit impatient. Our meals were well prepared and nicely presented. We all agreed that the food is very good. I would recommend this restaurant to friends with some reservation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Three senior couples go to dinner every Friday at various restaurants in South range County. This is one of our favorites."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great halfway meeting spot for friends from LA and San Diego!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food and drinks are always are just what I'd expect, excellant. The staff is very attentive and seem to know just what I need - or what i'm thinking for that matter. The patio is perfect when the weather permits, and inside can get a little crowded and noisy. This is one of my favorite places to have a romantic dinner or just happy hour when i'm in the area."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I have eaten here before and it was quite good, but this time was disappointing. Service was slow. We ordered a turkey and Brie sandwich which was slim and not good. The chopped chicken salad was good. This may have been a bad day."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "They have great food and terrific servers, it is always a pleasure to dine there!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had reservation, came late and was seated with no problem. Staff very courteous and friendly. Food was excellent. Wait service attentive without being intrusive, hard to do. Will be a regular."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "What a great place to dine with ambiance and excellence! Lots of care goes into preparing the customers an unexceptional time!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Food and service were good. We did not feel rushed. We got used to the noise after a while. Would return again. lovetodine"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great service (Joe), great food, great atmosphere, great prices."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This place was fantastic! The menu was great, the food was fabulous. Our server took good care of us. I will definitely go back here."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "A very enjoyable Sunday brunch with my best friend. Beautiful weather and professional staff."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "the service was off-- we were seated by ourselves in the bar area--We had to ask for two or three different cocktails before the bartender was able to find something he could make, he was undertrained --The bartender took it-- totally service "un-oriented!" But- food was very good and we ladies had a good time. My husband would have walked out due to the inattention."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "A beautiful out door patio area for lunch. A long and impressive list of salads. I had the Brown Derby type salad. Basically a chopped Cobb salad that was excellent. My friend had the steak salad, which was very tasty."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We met good, out-of-town friends at Cedar Creek Inn for a long lunch with much catching up to do. Ww were given an out-of-the-way table which was perfect and then spent a couple of hours together during which time we enjoyed wonderful food and drink…and had the chance for great conversation and togetherness. Everything that comes out of CDI's kitchen is beautifully presented and delicious! Service was excellent - attentive…just right for the occasion. This was our first visit but we'll now look for opportunities to return to work our way through the rest of a great menu!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This was out 5th or 6th visit and it was much better than last time. The patio doors are still open but the temperature outside was warmer. The inside had on the air conditioning a bit too much and it was very cool. How can they achieve a happy medium? Food was great. Had an inexperienced waiter who was forgetful, forgot to return the credit card (but I requested it) and we enjoyed it as usual."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner on Friday night. All the food was great! We started with the calamari, had soup and salad, I ordered the salmon, and my husband ordered the angel hair pasta. Everything we had was fresh and tasted delicious. The service was fair -- the women was incredibly unsocial and on the rude side. She was efficient just not friendly at all. We will absolutely return soon, just hope we get sat in a different server’s section!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Cedar Creek Inn is well located directly off the I5 freeway and a good half-way meeting spot between LA and San Diego. We love the outdoor dining room and the menu offers a wide range of choices. At our last visit I had the chicken papaya which was excellent. Two of my dining companions are on Weight Watchers and easily found entree that fit their requirements. The 4th person had Crab eggs Benedict. Divine. We ate on a Sunday and I have to add that the motorcycle traffic was almost non-stop past the restaurant. Avoid it on the weekends if you need quiet dining."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Potato skins, short ribs, crab cake dinner were all fantastic and large portions. Sat outside with a view of the old mission. Thanks Open Table for turning me onto this place while traveling. Service was above average as well"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "My client & I were seated at a table that slanted, which made it very uncomfortable for us to sit at. It took over 20 minutes for our food to be delivered and ours was delivered after others who had been seated after us received theirs. We had two salads and it shouldn't have taken that long to prepare. When we did receive our food, no one came by for quite a while to check to see if everything was all right. Perhaps our server, Matt, had too many tables to take care of -"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "They took great care of our party of ten! From reservations through OPEN TABLE all the way through. The food was all served at once, everything was hot and delicious. The salmon on a plank was the favorite of the evening. We had a great time. Service was fantastic. We'll be back as our group all rated this place a keeper."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We eat here regularly and often take out of town friends"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our group of friends enjoy Cedar Creek individually so we thought it would be a good idea for the 9 of us to dine together. The service and menu didn't disappoint as always. However, upon our arrival we discovered that our round table for 9 consisted of 3 short and uncomfortable folding chairs. What higher end restaurant does that? If Cedar Creek couldn't accommodate our group I would have appreciated some notice so that we could make plans elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were thrilled with the wonderful menu for restaurant week, but even more thrilled at how very fresh, delicious and outstanding the meal turned out to be! The experience exceeded our expectations and we will look forward to going back to Cedar Creek during the rest of the year...Cedar Creek satisfied our tummies and won our hearts!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Pleasant greeting upon arrival. Servers in the bar and restaurant were pleasant, good exchange and helpful. Food was well prepared with a nice presentation. No pressure or extra-ordinary interruptions."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is a go-to local place to meet for lunch. We love the ambience outside. There is something on the menu for everyone."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "I went for the Orange County Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner and was not disappointed. Although I had been to Cedar Creek Inn several times for lunch, this was my first dinner there. I ordered the cedar planked salmon and it was very good, as was the lobster bisque. My dining companion ordered the steak and lobster. The steak was perfectly cooked and the lobster slightly overcooked but still good. The chocolate chip pie for dessert was too rich and sweet for my liking but I am sure some people would love it. Overall, this was a satisfying dinner choice."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood of the San Juan Capistrano restaurant. I go there occasionally for lunch which is fine, especially on a nice day when you can eat on the outdoor patio. The interior is dark and looks like a restaurant from the 70s. Dinner is pretty sub par I think. The warm coconut cake with ice cream is outstanding however."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for a birthday lunch. She had the BLT and I had the chicken salad. Both were very good. The only disappointment was the fruit side dish. It tasted old and some of it was bruised. Not something I would eat. They have a great location, but they need to raise the food quality. Our service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "My neighbor recommended Cedar Creek Inn because of their Coconut Cake, so we tried a lunch special offered during O.C. Restaurant week & were not disappointed! I enjoyed the lobster bisque soup, BBQ chicken salad & the delectable coconut cake with vanilla bean ice cream. It was so good, when a different neighbor invited me there for dinner the next day, I jumped at the chance. Yep, that coconut cake was just as good the second time around!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "As always, a great dining experience. We were seated in the patio. Food and service were excellent!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My wife and I tried the Orange County Restaurant Week selections, surf and turf. The filet steak was tiny but, thick and cooked perfectly. The lobster tail was a nice portion but a bit overcooked. Cedar plank salmon was tasty but a bit sweet for our palate. Steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes were the same for each dinner entree, just OK. Lobster Bisque was too thick and the Iceberg Wedge salad was OK."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Have been to Cedar Creek Restaurant quite a few times in the last several years. Their service is always good and staff is very friendly. Their Coconut cake(served warm) with ice cream is sinful but so good. I would highly recommend for lunch and brunch."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "This is our "go to" place when meeting friends who come from further north as we live to the south. Easy parking is always a plus. The restaurant has good service, food, ambience --- always hard to decide from the many delicious menu items!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014