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Harlow's Fine Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails
Harlow's Fine Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails
  • Address:
    31111 Rancho Viejo Rd.
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    Neighborhood:
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Harlow's Fine Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.harlowscuisine.com
  • Email: harlowscuisine@gmail.com
  • Phone: (949) 240-8100
  • Hours of Operation: Happy Hour: Monday~Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm

    Dinner Service: Monday~Sunday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Anderson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Menus, Room Photos and Descriptions at: www.harlowscuisine.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ortega Hwy/Juniperro Serra
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in our Marbella Plaza shopping center lot.
A word from Harlow's Fine Cuisine and Crafted Cocktails
Harlow's is a collective blend of old school and contemporary styles. The décor is a rich and elegant throwback to 1800’s Europe or New Orleans. Our Craft Bartenders will dazzle you with their vast knowledge of spirits & cocktails from the prohibition era, to the most cutting edge trends in mixology. They pride themselves on using only house-made, organic, syrups and mixers. Our Chef designs seasonal menus, focused on sustainability and naturally produced foods. We source all of our meats, seafood and produce from environmentally conscious purveyors. All consumables are GMO, Anti-Biotic and Hormone Free! Our menu changes often to ensure the freshest and finest ingredients, so stop in often to see what new decadence our Chef has created! We regularly offer gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Feel free to reference our website for dietary inquiries. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Our server that evening was entirely unacquainted with the wines available. He couldn't remember what was available by the glass or recommend a particular wine. He had a heavy accent and was difficult to understand, but all he seemed to know about the wines was their price (and that was useful). The food was just mediocre. Quite a change from the last time I was there for lunch. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Once again, an incredible meal. Had a business dinner on a Monday night. The place was slow but I guess it is slow on Monday nights everywhere. Easter week probably did not help. This worked to our favor. The filet is the best cut of meat I have ever had. I can understand why it is only 6 ounces. It is far too good to take leftovers home to the dog."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Music in the smallish bar area, which had a lively crowd. Waiter was attentive but maybe a touch overzealous on his descriptions of menu items. Chicken and pork chop were very good. Appetizer flatbread was also tasty. Only downside is that it is in the parking lot of a strip mall, which lends itself to zero views or exterior seating. Hope this place makes it because they are doing a lot of things right."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner at Harlow's. Everything we ordered (party of 4) was good, not great, but good. Ditto for the service. Our server was very polite and knowledgeable, but the service was a bit slow. I would recommend the seafood, as both dishes ordered at our table were very good. The flatbread was good also, although it was a bit too thin for my taste. The pork chop I ordered was a bit tough and dry (overcooked.) The drinks were a bit on the high side, ditto for the corkage ($20 a bottle.) We enjoyed the experience once, but probably won't visit again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Trief for the first time with party of four. Bread excellent. Steak very good. Burgers very good. Fries excellent. Desserts very good. Service was lacking. Waiter very cordial but unattentive and forgetful. Would definitely go back. Really good neighborhood spot."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Came here with a party of 6 before a concert at The Coach House. Great cocktails, wine, appetizers and entrees. Phenomenal food and service. This isn't a Mastro's, but its prices aren't either. It's a great place and we had a great time. It wasn't cheap but wasn't overpriced for what it was. I wish it was closer to my home!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The bar was jumping. The food was great - we had the pork chop, rib eye and branzino. Our server was wonderful, fun, efficient and knowledgeable. We will definitely go again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Harlow's...both times were so enjoyable! Service was excellent & very attentive. Food & cocktails were delicious. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I don't remember our server's name, but he was so knowlegable and excited about the menu and shared all kinds of details. His attitude was outstanding, and his excitement contagious! And the food and services were also wondeful."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This place is one to the best places if not the best spot for cocktails in south Orange County. The freshest ingredients and knowledgable bartenders make your experience amazing. Great job Harlows!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My parents & I went to harlows on a Friday night after my parents reccomandation, at first I was hesitant ... New restaurant probably still figuring things out, maybe not however I was very impressed from the food, the pork chop w strawberry rhubarb sauce was INCREDIBLY delicious, my parents had the sturgeon and tasted amazing; to the drinks, which were to die for, the manager who was beyond gracious, professional and adorable w her pocket square reccomeded the barrel aged Roy Rob w the flambee cherry which later we found out she does in house, covenant garden for my mom and a mezcal old fashioned, that provided the icing on the cake. Professional, delicious, high quality farm2table restaurant & definitely they know what they are doing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Handcrafted drink was from a bottle of Itatian soda water. Food was boring with absolutely no character. Fish was overlooked. Desserts run of the mill. Amazingly disappointing."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Upon arrival, we were enthusiastic about discovering a new local dining spot. We ordered, the food arrived----well, some of the food arrived. One member of our party was not served. We all waited for his salmon to arrive from the kitchen, until after ten minutes the rest of us began eating our dinner. A few minutes later, and still no food for our friend, we commented to a passing employee that we were still waiting. Our waiter finally arrived with the meal, and said in a snarky tone "Here's your salmon sir, and I hear that someone here has been complaining!" REALLY?? This was the last in a series of ODD comments made by the server during the evening. The food was mediocre as well. Don't bother---this pale won't be around long."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We waited for service for 15 mins. When our food arrived it was cold, except the flatbread. I wanted to love this place but it just wasn't good. The Mule wasn't good. The food was so-so. Maybe the food would have been better if served hot. The brussel sprouts were mushy. I wish there was something positive to say."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a company awards dinner for a dozen people and Harlow's pulled off an incredible night. We were in their private room called the Rabbit Hole. The food and drinks were outstanding. The after dinner events were over the top. We proceeded to move outdoors for a professional poker tournament. This included their very own professional dealer, Dan the Man. We were served 25year old Scotch and cigars. Everyone that was in attendance has been requesting another night at Harlow's and a rematch."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "If you are into amazing cocktails and awesome food then this is the place that you need to check out. They focus on making classic cocktails with classic recipes and they do an exceptional job of it. The craft beer on tap is always rotating (so you can always try something different, which I love) and the wines by the glass are great. Funny thing is I asked my friend what I should order for food (he has been there before) and he told me that nothing on the menu is bad. Well...HE WAS RIGHT! Everything from the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese to the flatbreads to the wild boar with papperdelle pasta, english peas, wild mushrooms, in a tomato ragu was PHENOMENAL!!!! I will definitely be hitting this spot up again soon!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The menus was the most informative I've ever seen, with codes telling the diner if the item contained, for example, gluten or was suitable for vegans. The chef had given new twists to standard items such as mac & cheese. Very nice variety in items listed for lunch. A group to which I belong will return there this month so we'll see if it's suitable for group dining."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great menu and the live entertainment was very good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed another great lunch at Harlow's, brought a vendor friend this time, we both enjoyed the environment, food and the service. This restaurant and their staff is one that cares!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a corporate award dinner for 10 people on a Wednesday night and it was a 10 all the way. The food, service and overall experience were absolutely incredible. Dan was our server and waited on us for over 3 hours and never rushed us. We could see that he had several other tables nearby and was quite busy. His support team was there to back him up and it was flawless. Great food with great service will be bringing us all back. Kudos to Harlow's."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "They serve fresh, local whole food, and it's delicious. A real treat for the mouth."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "and Hand Crafted beverages. I've been trying to eat less processed foods & drink and this restaurant allows me to continue in this effort, even their cocktails. This is a pretty unique restaurant and you'll find the menu unique as well. It may be a bit strange for those who like regular ole american grill but they do have a little bit of everything (including a cheeseburger) and do a great job explaining their menu descriptions. I enjoyed the 'Kitchen Sink Salad with Salmon'. If you aren't familiar with organic and specialty food names you might have questions and be a bit hesitant to order something. Although I might not take my dad (well maybe) here I would definitely take any of my gal pal's or my hubby. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Harlow's never disappoints. It is a terrific find in south OC. Food is terrific - especially the calamari and brussel sprouts. Couldn't recommend it more highly. If you haven't been, you must try."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Awesome food....ambiance .....service!!!! Perfect evening"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "At Harlows the owner greeted us and made sure all our requests were met promptly. Our waiter Dan was spectacular and very knowledgeable and helpful on dining and wine selections. After dinner cocktails were spectacular and the live music by Zack was terrific! We will be frequenting this new neighborhood gem frequently!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Harlow's is located off the main restaurant traffic road but is worth seeking out. An interesting sort of New Orleans and Paris take on a 20's speakeasy decor. The staff is maybe one of the best anywhere in the OC. Knowledgable, personable, efficient and attentive the staff seeks to please. The Chef has developed an eclectic menu a sort of club-style steakhouse using the freshest farm to table ingredients with masterful preparation and presentation. The handcrafted cocktails are unique and tasty. Notable are the Gin Lane and traditional Manhattan. The heirloom tomato and burrata cheese flatbread is exceptional and the seafood dishes just as good. On this night I had the chef's take on cioppino as good as any I've tasted."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The facility smelled like cheap perfume. Service was fair at best. I asked for olives stuffed with cheese in a martini and was told they were available. The martini was served with regular olives because the bar ran out. I had steelhead/salmon which was very good except the pasta accompanying it was barely warm. I would have sent it back but the waiter didn't return for ten minutes, so I just ate it. The wine list was ok, but very expensive. Two wines I'm familiar with were priced at three times retail grocery prices. My experience is that restaurant prices are about two times retail. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant, given the fact that there is a plethora of outstanding restaurants in south Orange County to choose from."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Pay the corkage fee and bring your own! This is the one area they truly need to address."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We went here for my bday dinner and had wonderful service and a delicious meal. The only sad thing was that it was very empty - there was only one other couple in the dining room that we were in. It could be due to the fact that it was a Monday night, though. We will definitely go back again - perhaps for a group dinner. The bar is super cute so it would also be a great place for happy hour."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This place is a gem of a restaurant. We had been there only once previously and they remembered us. The food and service are excellent."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, ambiance really special, service not outstanding but good. Definitely a great choice for a date night."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I've dined@a few OC restaurants&I've lost my faith that I'll find a restaurant that'd appeal to me;here comes Harlow's&my mind is changed. From the moment I walked thru the door I was greeted w a genuine smile&a warm hello.I sat in the dining room that took me back to the glamour days when dining out was meant to be a spectacle;I felt I should have wore my tux,however the lovely matr'd made me feel comfortable&at ease telling me that"That's the charm of Harlow's,whether u're in a suit'n'tie,riding clothes or simply sporting ur favorite's team jersey, u'll soon realize u're home".Food, there are not enough superlatives to describe it; tuna tartare, the filet & the burst of flavors in the brussell sprouts were enough 2make me wanna come back."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Nothing to say but RAVE reviews about this place!!! We will go again and again... Harlows: Where have you been all my life? :-) Can't wait to return with friends!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Food is good, not great but good. Portions are on the smaller side and it gets pricy. The Service and Ambience are very good however. Your mileage may vary."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Harlow's is tucked away in a strip mall in San Juan Capistrano but is so worth finding and trying!! Kind of a quirky, aclectic place but the food is outstanding and the service is fantastic!! So glad we gave it a try!! Very fresh food, great cocktails and an over-all great experience!! We will for sure be going back!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "It is was over priced! Food was good but small portions for the price."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Once again very pleased. Nice to see this place succeeding. The location is off the beaten path but perfect for a restaurant that isn't waterfront somewhere. They may be onto something here. Great food and excellent service will keep us coming back."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "My husband and I had dinner there Saturday night. The menu is not that big, but the food was very good. I had the special pasta dish and that was wonderful. My husband had the steak. The only issue he had was that the side choice was something called Rabini. Not a vegetable that either of us was familiar with and it was so bitter that he couldn't eat it. We had the Hamachi crudo and it was very good also. He started with the farmhouse salad and had the green goddess salad dressing. Funny that an old salad dressing is making such a big comeback. Overall a nice meal. It was quite loud, so conversation was a bit of a problem and it was quite spendy for the portion size. We would go back, but only for a special occasion."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "First time at Harlows, had heard great things about it. Got seated quickly but there was a big hiccup after as nobody came to greet us for probably 8-10 minutes. Although the manager poured water after about 5 minutes and the server once he arrived was very apologetic, I would have liked to see them buy a round of drinks or appetizer to apologize. Other than that it was a great first meal, the tuna tartare, chicken and rib eye cap were all great. Bread pudding for dessert was ok but not memorable. Service throughout the meal was ok, he just seemed a but busy, but a very nice guy. Will go back again soon."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Fantastic farm to table experience. Was quite surprised to learn that even the ingredients in their cocktails were fresh and prepared. This was our third time here and it continues to impress."
    Dined on 10/26/2013