Appetizers and salads were
Appetizers and salads were excellent. The ribs are just fair. Salmon was very good.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We tried O'Neill's again,
We tried O'Neill's again, since they changed their menu. (We preferred the menu from several years ago.) It looked promising, as they have several vegetable sides & small plates. The butternut squash soup was pretty good, but quite salty. The farro was great with just the mint, omitting the curry vinaigrette & feta. The cauliflower & potato gratin was a joke -- just a cake of thickly sliced potato, with barely a bit of cauliflower, & extremely salty. My husband did not enjoy his ribs, & said the corn bread was served just plain & his cole slaw was tiny; he had ordered the larger entree portion. It's a beautiful setting, but the food is very disappointing, & the chairs are uncomfortable.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and view, slow service
I have been to O'Neils before with friends for Happy Hour, but this was my first time for dinner. Two family members and I went for dinner on a Saturday evening and were seated inside at our request. The view of the golf course and canyon is wonderful. The live music in the adjacent bar increased the noise level. Service was too slow and it was difficult to get the attention of our server. The food was quite good, however. We loved that entrees were offered as a full or half-order, since we are light eaters. I wish all restaurants would do the same. The pork loin and filet medallion entrees were delicious, as was the spinach salad which was big enough for the three of us to share. Loved the pineapple upside-down cake.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A wonderful Easter Sunday
A wonderful Easter Sunday experience, the food was wonderful, the environment stunning and the service superb. This was our first time at O"Neill's and based upon our experiences we will come back to try other aspects of their Bar and grill. Easy to get to and plenty of parking.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fabulous new menu!
Loved the new menu! tried four new items, and they were all equally as fabulous! SAt on the side patio in front of the fireplace, this will b e my new favorite spot! Armando was our ACE of a server and was totally busy, so had a nice backup fellow to help!
will be back soon and bring our friends to share the new items!!!
nice choices n the menu and you eliminated a few that we ordered once and that was it.
thanks for all the nice changes!
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
They were out of what I really
They were out of what I really wanted to order, but the scenery is so beautiful that I will have to go back.
Service was a little slow.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were pleasantly surprised
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food! Terrific menu. Great view of Saddleback mountain. Nice to have a smooth jazz musician playing the keyboard and sax. Definitely would highly recommend O'Neill's to others. We also heard that their Sunday brunch is terrific. Looking forward to our next visit.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch for a friend
We had a guest from Boise in town and took him to O'Neills since we have always enjoyed it. He loved it too. Particularly the view of the 18th Hole.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely wonderful experience.
Absolutely wonderful experience. Greg has been or server twice and has done a fantastic job attending to our every wish. The brunch on Easter and on Mother's Day was outstanding. Easter egg hunt for the kids and roses for the mom's. My champagne glass was never empty and my husband loved the shrimp and crab legs. I was very fond of the short ribs and delicious array of salads. We will be back again and again!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Sunday brunch at O'Neills. First off, the ambience is amazing! We sat on the patio and had a beautifil view of the golf course. The food was all very good...the only reason I wouldnt give it a 5 star mark is because some of it wasnt super hot...but that is to be expected at a buffet. Our waitress, Angel, was so friendly and on top of her game - never an empty glass of champagne. Last but definately not least in my book, I had my 16 month old baby with me who also really enjoyed it there. Lots for him to look at which kept him entertained. I will definately go back!!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outdoor Patio Dining
Great for outdoor dining. View of the 18th green. "Golfers and geese on the green." Delicious food. Quiet enough for conversation. Able to linger following our meal. Pleasant surroundings.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best kept secret in OC
I still don't understand why you haven't jumped all over this charming venue, people. The food, value & ambiance are a delightful experience. The chef is of the caliber that we have found in much more expensive places.
My only regret is that my family is moving up to Sonoma & we won't be able to visit as often.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat outside, overlooking the golf course. Lovely view, lovely meal, nice service pacing, friendly waitstaff. Live music in the background; the restaurant was fine with our leisurely dining pacing. Great experience - we will be back! Only negative? Spray a little bug spray if mosquitoes bother you - we were outside in early summer evening, and they were biting!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had dinner on a Saturday about 6:30, restaurant was crowded but still felt cozy. Outside dining was filled so we ate inside. Music was a little distrating but service was very good by knowledgeable person. Food was excellent, wine prices are high but better quality of wines.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
You'll think you are in Europe
Call it serendipity or maybe fate, but we found ourselves hungry and O'Neill's turned out to be a marvelous, unique and very enjoyable find. First, the place is a hidden gem, located in one of the more picturesque spots, reminding me of Spain or Northern Israel; lush, gorgeous views... you feel like you've found a little hamlet in a desert of Southern Orange County ersatz. This clubby golf resort has a terrace where we dined on their house-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, fresh Napa Salad, french fries with a "can't stop dipping" truffle sauce. Ice cold beer on tap ... and a clever menu. The staff was smart, good looking athletes, who were helpful, prompt and helpful. Wow! I am going back, this time with a gang of friends.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere is great. Live music, beautiful environment. The fish dishes however were very bland. I got the black cod and my girlfriend got the salmon. Sides were good but both fish dishes were completely devoid of flavor.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time here and it was just as enjoyable. Waiter , Jose, was very attentive and the food was very good.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
O'Neills Bar and Grill
Lovely spot with the gold course and lake - the outdoor patio is perfect for dining. Avoid the cheese plate (4 selections for $16) unless you only want a tiny nibble - overpriced for four tiny little pieces of cheese. The ceviche excellent. Friendly service and good drinks. Small plates are offered. A place only the 'locals' would find but worth the hunt.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love it here!
Great find. The chili is amazing! We also love the squash raviolis. Service is always good. It's the ambience that makes it wonderful. There's lots of potential here. Each time we go back its even more polished.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great restaurant just gets better
We have always enjoyed meals at O"Neill's but this last visit was simply outstanding! The new menu has been modernized to showcase the ample talents of the chef. We ate a Duck Rillette which was flavorful and a tasty appetizer, a Cod Ceviche which was a refreshing contrast to the duck, the Hot Smoked Salmon Pate , rich and great for sharing. Chaparral Chili which is always a favorite, and shared Braised Lamb Stuffed Picquillo Peppers; two sliders when cut in half give a tasty mouthful to share among four. Mix in the "Bistro Plate" Rags & Tatters and Oak Smoked Pork Ribs (we ordered half plates of each) and a side Local Baby Beets and it finished our meal except a Pear and Proscuitto Pizza. Fabulous crust and a unique modern flavor.
7/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Menu has a limited but gourmet
Menu has a limited but gourmet variety. Canyon Views were awesome.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
very comfortable mid-priced
very comfortable mid-priced restaurant. The country club is a pleasant backdrop. The restaurant is never very full. Food is well prepared and the service very attentive.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I were so pleased with our luncheon experience yesterday. Our servers were attentive and helpful. Our hummus/flatbread starter was generous and delicious, our Arnold Palmer ice teas hit the spot, and our half serving of their salad perfect. Finally, The cost of this ideal 'ladies' lunch was spot-on. We were so pleased we chose this restaurant for our catch-up get-together.
7/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We sat outside and enjoyed the views of the golf course and beyond. It does get chilly when the sun goes down, so be prepared! There was a big golf group having a dinner, but that didn't seem to affect us on the patio. We enjoyed our dinners. One pizza, one pork chop and one order of ribs. Everything was very good. The only disappointment was the bar. The drinks were okay, but not excellent. Probably would stick to a glass of wine next time ... and we will go back!
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
The views of the mountains and golf course were wonderful from the outside patio. We liked the fact that the menu had two sizes for the entrees. The menu seemed a little limited but the food was delicious.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gotta love O'Neill's
This restaurant is part of the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club so even seats inside have a pretty good view of the course and surrounding lovely hills. We order from the appetizer, small plate, and cheese services and they are each outstanding in their own way.
O'Neill's has a nice wine list as well so an early evening light dinner is made complete.
8/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best Brunch in O.C.
Every bite was fabulous! Champagne glass never was less than half full. Wait staff funny, enjoyable, excellent. Loved the patio music!
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
WIth a view of rolling hills and the golf course, this is the perfect spot for casual outside dining. It is relatively quiet and that is unusual with today's nouveau restaurant scene. Inside dining is cozy and inviting. Service was attentive and the salads and sandwiches we had were very well prepared.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always enjoy the dining
We always enjoy the dining outdoors. The scenery is pretty and relaxing. I had the hamburger and it was as good as always. The Napa salad my wife had was not as big and full of chicken as in the past but she had plenty to eat.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprising and Romantic Spot
A neighborhood gem! We have lived in the area for several years and just discovered this place with the help of Open Table! The menu is interesting. We loved everything we tried. The portions are scalable so you can order a taster plate or an entrée size which was perfect for us. The wine list was generous. We sat outside and the view over the golf course to Saddleback Mountain was gorgeous. There was even live entertainment which was fun.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went with the kids for our 33rd Anniversary Dinner. Everything from the salmon to the smoker ribs were great.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - love the bar
We've dined here several times both in the dining room and the bar; and I prefer the bar. I believe the food is the same, but the atmosphere is more comfortable and relaxed in the bar. Give it a try - even for date night.
The drinks/food are inventive and prepared well. To start, the Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita is outstanding! The clam appetizer was good, but the calamari kung pao is great. My cedar plank salmon was delish. The "famous" onion rings were just average IMO.
Service in the bar is friendly and attentive. And there was a one-man lounge singer who was pretty good. Overall a nice date night dinner in a relaxed setting.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
After taking our grandson here for dinner, we decided we would try lunch outside on the patio. It was a beautiful day and it was fun to watch the golfers while we enjoyed a glass of wine and lunch. We highly recommend O"Neills for lunch. The waiter was very attentive and made us feel right at home.
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good fish & lovely patio
Enjoyed drinks on the patio outdoors with views of the local vegetation. Then moved in doors where there were cushioned seats to have dinner. The three of us who had fish were very pleased. The salmon had a wonderful glaze and the potato and cauliflower gratin was creamy and delicious. My husband enjoyed his flaky Halibut and the roasted, caramelized carrots. Unfortunately our friend did not care for his ribs, which were tough. The flour-less chocolate cake was rich and chocolaty with a nice fudge consistency as opposed to a warm liquid center. The trifle was bland and boring. We all agreed we would return as the fish was exceptional and our servers were nice, helpful, and there to serve us.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
The only problem we had was
The only problem we had was the singer that was performing on the veranda got drowned out by the band from the banquet next door.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've lived in the area for
We've lived in the area for many years and only recently discovered O'Neill's. My husband and I each ordered a salad and a Bistro plate for dinner. (Both the halibut and the smoked ribs were delicious!!!) It was a wonderful evening and we will definitely return to O'Neill''s, perhaps for their brunch, or for the couples' night dinner special, or just for dinner.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great outdoor spot
O'neills was perfect on a lovely fall day. We sat outside and enjoyed the pretty surroundings and had a wonderful lunch
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for "couples night" special
We had seen the ad for this couples night at their amazing Sunday brunch and finally decided to try it. Wine was great, a pio noir, appetizer a tempura shrimp, arugula Salad, with cous cous combo, but our main entree and dessert were the most delectable. A coffee crusted filet mignon with roasted whole small onions & dessert was an angle food cake and the most amazing cinnamon ginger ice cream. My taste buds were definetly satisfied with tonights dinner.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out door seating
Had a wonderful time for Sunday Brunch. The staff is awesome. I just wish the tables where a little bigger for a group of four.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Service
We went on a Thursday evening. There were only a few tables seated, but that made it quiet and peaceful. The service is usually a bit slow, but since we were basically the only people there is was more attentive than normal. The food was excellent. Great evening out. This place is a great little escape from the hustle and bustle of Orange County.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our second visit to O'Neill's, this time for my birthday. Our experience was just as delightful as the first one. Great food - I ordered the skirt steak; my husband, the ribs. He had the ribs on our first visit as well. Our server was very attentive. The dining room was more noisy than our first visit, but we still a delightful evening. What a neighborhood find!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM