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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
    Neighborhood:
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Cuisine:
    American
    Price: $30 and under

Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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 WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "I've been dining at Cedar Creek for over 20 years but moved out of the area last year. On a recent visit home, I was happy to see the same high quality that's kept me a customer so many years. I had the Ahi Salad and my Sister had the Grilled Ahi Burger. The Ahi is some of the best I've had anywhere and its a longtime staple on the menu. The greens were crisp and delicious with either an Asian sesame or creamy balsamic dressing. Service was prompt and friendly. There is no challenging or "haute cuisine" here, but it is always fresh, good and reliable. Go to Cedar Creek when everything has to be right."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Sun. night at 6-patio seating. Chairs so low - chin on the table - they a higher one. Service was good, not smothering. Road noise from intersection outside (restaurant on a busy corner). Prices very fair for quality....I had Scampi with pasta, my friend had nightly special, Mahi Mahi with seafood crusted (shrimp, crab,?)---said it was good. Scampi was excellent. Veggies done perfectly, nice presentation, correct seasonings.....tho both dishes had a hefty sprinkling of capers...I love them, she does not. All-in-all a nice place for dinner. Wine list has good ones reasonably priced. We lingered - no push for us to leave. Will definitely go back. My friend had eaten many times at restaurant in Palm Springs...happy to find one locally."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our family of four had dinner on a Friday night. We were able to get a table for 7pm. The filet and rack of lamb was phenomenal. The coconut cake was amazing. The service was great as well. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were really impressed with the food, service, and ambiance of the place. The outside patio was great"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I've never had to ask for a new server until eating here. I brought in my mother in law who is about to die and my 88 year old grandma from LA. Our waiter was so rude and horrible that I asked for a new server. The manager should have offered a discount or a free dessert or something. Very disappointed in this "nice" restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner at the Cedar Creek Inn. The ambiance on the deck is great and all of our food was really delicious!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Took my San Francisco friend here for an evening meal out on the open air seating area, which views into the old Mission. Excellent service; very good food; and low enough noise level so that you can hear one another speak. Gave my friend a tour of the Mission area with all the very nice shops around to cover all tastes. Restaurant very conveniently located near hotels and parking in the back is ample. Main entry off the parking lot, not facing the Missiion"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Order deep fried green beans aa appetizer. Just ok. Ordered cedar planked salmon. Good not great. Ordered flier mignon. WAY OVERCOOKED. Sent it back. Now almost steak tartare. Service was above average. Manager did offer to give us the appetizer for free. Insisted on taking off the steak. After a short debate manager agreed. Would not go back or recommend"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went for my fathers birthday. We had great service, very attentive and greatly enjoyed all the various items we ordered. thank you for such an enjoyable experience there were two very large parties in the dining room and our service was spot on, as if we were the only ones in the restaurant and thats difficult to do!!!! Cant wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our outdoor seating was great. We were at a shaded table with a nice breeze on a Friday afternoon. The food and service were good & we were happy with the entire experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I had the above entrée which I requested it be cut-up and the chicken skin removed with fresh spices added to the meat. They did so. The lemon sauce was served on the side, as I asked for, but it was way too tart. I suggest the chef devise a more savory taste of olive oil with garlic, parsley instead. I took it home and added this on top of the chicken instead. We had the baked cheese potato skins as an appetizer, the house salad with the nuts on the side and all was delicious. I'd like to see more Italian dishes and seafood on this menu. For the vegetable, the carrots were great with the mini zucchini. I'd also like to see spinach with garlic as a choice also."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We like to bring guests to Cedar Creek Inn and have always found it to be dependable. Our last visit was a disappointment. I ordered the chicken stir fry. The chicken looked like pre-packaged chunks and were very tough. The vegetables were cut into very large pieces, and had to be cut into bite-size. The sauce barely had an Asian influence. I could not detect soy sauce. I strongly suggest that this selection be taken off the menu. I've eaten here many times before and have enjoyed, the tuna melt, the spinach salad, the hamburger, the chicken curry salad on a papaya and the French dip beef. We love the setting, so we will come again. But I will warn friends to stay away from the chicken stir fry and I will never order it again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have dined here for lunch and dinner many times over the last several years. In all those years I have never had a bad experience. The food is always good, sometimes great. Cedar Creek Inn is a place to take friends who want really good food at a decent price."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food and service is excellent. If you have the opportunity, request to be seated outdoors on the patio."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It's so great to have a restaurant so close to home that has outstanding service, quality food, great ambiance and entertainment to boot! I've had brunch at the restaurant before (lemon pancakes and Monte Cristos are outstanding), but had not had dinner. Food was very good! Crabcakes, ahi appetizer were fresh and flavorful. My steak was cooked to perfection. The house margaritas are the BEST! Live music was wonderful yet did not compete with the dining / chatting experience. Service was fast, friendly and so efficient. I will definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our party of 3 had lunch at Cedar Creek Inn yesterday to celebrate my mother's 91st birthday. We were very pleased with the food, service and ambiance. Portions were large and the food was very fresh. I loved my chicken curry salad served in a papaya. The fish special was beautiful. The server was friendly and helpful. Because we had a reservation and there was a light crowd we were able to get a table near a window. But some of the other inside tables could be a bit dark."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed the halibut for lunch in a very friendly San Juan setting on the patio. Great business lunch spot."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Cedar Creek Inn is our favorite spot for lunch. When guests are in from out of town, we like to take them there. It's location is perfect for a visit to the Mission and the garden setting is delightful. I've tried many things on the menu and all of them have been delicious. This time, my guest and I shared the tuna melt with fries and the spinach salad. It was the perfect combination with ice tea on the side. The service is very friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Enjoyed our server who was honest about how delicious an entree was. We should have listened because we 3 didn't enjoy the short ribs. Patio was pleasant and service was good."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu has something for every taste."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We love Cedar Creek and eat there regularly. The calamari is the best we've had outside of South Africa. The eggplant sandwich is delicious as is the pasta. We always bring friends and family when they come to visit. Cedar creeks view of the mission in San Juan is beautiful as is the gorgeous patio."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went here after viewing a play across the street. We sat outdoors. We had reservations but arrivd early. Although busy, they had our table ready. All servers were friendly. Foor was great. Great ambiance outdoors. Fun evening dinner with friends"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We eat brunch here at least twice a month. Best Huevos Rancheros around! Also you have to try the lemon ricotta pancakes...everything is good! If I am having lunch I get the Papaya Chicken salad. You also have to save room for the coconut cake...outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We use to enjoy this place but would not go back again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Third time at this restaurant was not the charm. Two at our table who ordered steaks had to send them back because they were overcooked. The roasted potatoes were dry and overbrowned. My salad seemed to have been in the part of the bowl that missed the dressing."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "outstanding above and bevond service and attension highly recomended"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We eat here often and are usually pleased with both food and service. We chose to eat indoors to get a table faster. We are normally out on the lovely patio. My hamburger was stone cold. I asked for a side other than fries and was offered fruit. It came in a sauce sized ramekin along with potato chips. The chips were a mystery and less than 2 teaspoons of fruit replaced the fries. We waited longer than usual for our food, granted it was very crowded that afternoon. We were near the kitchen and a register, so were well aware of staff conversation about problems. Management be aware..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food, service and atmosphere are outstanding. We eat at cedar creek whenever we are in town. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We dine here often. We've celebrated birthdays an other special events here. This time it was our 45th wedding anniversary. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We found this restaurant on the internet while searching for good steak/prime rib restaurants, and boy, did it deliver. My husband chose the filet, asked for medium well, and that's what he received. Wonderful! I requested a well-done piece of prime rib, and the chef made sure it was without being tough, a very difficult feat, I've found. The Caesar salad was fresh and abundant, the clam chowder very creamy and thick with clams, and the mashed potatoes were delicious. I would have liked all carrots, instead of carrots and asparagus, but I'm sure if I had asked the server would have gotten them for me, she was that agreeable. The price is best for special occasions, and we will definitely be back. This place has their act together!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We have company dinners here every couple months, which include the company dog. It's a great place to enjoy a good dinner and still have the pup with us on the patio."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've always heard what a fantastic place this is, so I took my family here for Father's Day. A busy day like that is a true test of a well run restaurant. My overall rating is that everything was good, but not outstanding. Just a word of caution that if you plan to go on a busy Sunday, parking can be a nightmare!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had brunch on Father's Day. The restaurant was completely full, but the service was still amazing and timely. The food came out really quickly and everything was prepared perfectly. They have a nice selection on the menu that will satisfy everyone in your group."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went here for Father's Day brunch. Food was brought out very quickly and was not hot. I've eaten here many times and have always had a pleasant experience but was disappointed this time. It seemed like food was prepped early, microwaved and brought out fast in order to turn more bodies on a busy day for diners. Not the special experience I'm used to at cedar creek."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is about my fifth time eating here and I always enjoy their food. It was a bit noisy this time because it was Father's Day and it was BUSY! It's usually a lot more low-key. The food was great. I had the eggs Benedict!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife had the crab cakes and I had the pot roast. The sides on the pot roast were delicious ,the pot roast was just ok. The crab cakes were good. Large portion... She has had better but for the price it was worth it. The coconut cake was fantastic. Cedar creek is a nice place to eat and the food is good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Poor Service, got the order wrong, and we had to wait over 30 minutes for them to correct it. The waitress was rude and served all the other tables first, meanwhile after a long wait for our food the order was wrong and we had the food sent back where we had to wait an ADDITIONAL thirty minutes. I will never go back"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was great, but they didn't have our reservation through open table."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food is always fantastic, and usually the service is as well, however, the service was very slow. The restaurant was not full, so I don't understand what the problem was. If it hadn't been for the fact that we weren't in a hurry, we would have complained. There was a very, very noisy bridal shower going on when we arrived, so it was somewhat difficult to visit until their food finally arrived. Since there was not a "noisy" rating, I had to settle for "energetic". I would not let either of these problems keep me from returning to Cedar Creek; I love the food and the ambiance."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. We brought our friends visiting from Singapore and were a little nervous. They loved everything about it. Food, service, atmosphere. It was all there. A big thank you for making it a memorable evening."
    Dined on 6/10/2014