Great new gem
This place is fantastic. Great service and food. They put allot into the place and its worth the time. We went on Saturday night; so good went back on Sunday
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Harlow's provided excellent
Harlow's provided excellent food and service. It is a bit pricey but was worth every penney on our recent visit. We had a pork chop and a chicken dish which were both excellent. The highlight of the meal was their marinated brussel sprouts which were amazing. The wine by the glass selection was rather expensive, so bringing your own bottle and paying a &20 corkage might save a few bucks. We will defimitely return to Harlow's.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at this new restaurant.
Went on a busy Friday night and the front bar was very crowded and noisy.
We were seated in the back room which was still noisy but bearable.
Drink service was slow.
The staff is hard working and our food was delivered quickly.
Notable, was the Pear and Pork appy., which was great.
Will go back again.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Farm to Table
A great new addition to San Juan Capistrano. We really enjoyed the food and cocktails. We each tried a different cocktail; all were good from a simple Manhattan to the Covent Garden (similar to a Pimm's Cup). The live music in the background was enjoyable. And the food was well prepared. You could get full on small plates alone. We particularly enjoyed the Mediterranean flat bread and tuna tartare. Not that you needed sides with dinner, but the brussel sprouts were killer.
We will be going back again and trying out the rest of the menu.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable Sunday Brunch
Stopped by for brunch with a friend. We chose to sit outside because they had live entertainment inside and we wanted to chat.
The waitress explained all the ingredients are farm-fresh and the menu changes depending on what ingredients are available.
My friend had the soft-shell crab topped with a perfectly poached egg on a bed of greens. It was very flavorful with a mouthful of textures. I had their venison and lobster toast tapas plates. The venison was served rare and thinly sliced, so it melted in your mouth. The lobster toast was my favorite! For dessert, there were beignets with homemade ice cream and chocolate sauce. The service was spot-on and the prices are reasonable for farm fresh ingredients. Love 1920's decor! Be back soon!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
step out and mix it up
Celebrating Hubby's b-day ...party of 4 . From the time we entered the front door to the time we left ....staff was very attentive.
We arrived on time for 7:30 pm Sunday reservations , but we chose to experience the bar before being seated for dinner .
Our bartender was delightful ... he specializes in fusion drinks and concocted unique individual drinks for each one of us .
He went out of his way to make our bar experience unique .. it was .
Dinner was wonderful...the one complaint was from my sister (who has a culinary palette ) who found her chicken a bit dry .
Overall we enjoyed our dinning experience at Harlows and will return .
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not the usual coffee shop or steak house fare which is more prevalent in this area. We started with cocktails and the Italian Soda (orange) was my choice. It was a perfect summer cocktail. Others in our party ordered wine and the selection was commendable. Wonderful flavors in the Summer salad and the Colorado Rib Eye was tender and flavorful.... the sides were extraordinary....especially liked the brioche! The friends I dined with had high praises for their choices; the pork chop entree and the salmon. Appreciate the listing of foods that were gluten free, vegetarian, etc. They use only naturally produced food products, and the menu changes with the season. We are looking forward to their fall menu! Definitely a top pick for south county.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and bar service are extraordinary. Finally found a great spot that is local to us in Ladera Ranch. I recommend everyone to give it a try.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Gem !
Great service & food . I was there for a girls night out and we didn't feel rushed at all.
Everything was great ! Service, staff, & food. I will definately come back again .
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
San Juan capistrano gem
The food is quite delightful with a wide array of choices to choose from. Bartenders are very knowledgable and able to craft any drink that you would like and be able to make it to the specific tastes that you are looking for. Amazing place and I highly recommend people to try it! Great service as well!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Booked through Open Table.
Booked through Open Table. What a delightful surprise. Nice menu, not too many choices, which, for me is a good thing. Met associates there for a business luncheon. Stayed over two hours, and, while lingering, never got the feeling that we were being rushed out. Good attentive service, had the summer salad with Salmnon, delicious. Try the beignet's, they're great, especially with Ice Cream and chocolate sauce.
Met owner later in parking lot as I was admiring their new catering van. Nice, personable, and helpful lady. We'll be back whenever we're in the area.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rib eye was great, pork chop
Rib eye was great, pork chop was not good, would not order again. Server, Brianna eas the best. We'll be back.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Gem in San Juan Capistrano
Unassuming on the outside; Amazing on the inside. The ambiance is perfect. The bar and bartenders are awesome. The wait staff are attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, yet non-intrusive. The menu, ingredients and chef are amazing! Fresh, locally sourced ingredients woven into an incredible tapestry of flavors on a very well conceived menu. Bravo!!!
Truly an amazing experience and a restaurant that I would highly recommend to family, friends and strangers alike. Go and enjoy the experience that is Harlow's!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming a favorite
This was our second trip to Harlows.
The food was well prepared and properly served.
Inventive menu options and nice presentation.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
NYC in San Juan
Stumbled into this place for lunch while avoiding the traffic nightmare on Ortega. Lunch was fantastic and decided to try dinner with my gal. Thank God the server suggested a reservation for dinner. The crowd was somewhat heavy but very fun. We ordered a petite filet and chicken. They were both incredible. Service was spot on. The live music was a treat. The wine selection was impressive and Silver Oak by the glass topped it off. Unfortunately, we should have just ordered the bottle and then by the glass. Lol
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really a beautiful job in decorating. Food was great and different with competitive pricing and cocktails were superb - ever hear of a strawberry basil martini. We will certainly return often.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been looking for a terrific restaurant in South OC and have finally found it! The food was terrific - creative, delicious. The service was great as well. I always like a place where the waitstaff seems to like working there. We really enjoyed this restaurant and will definitely be back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice wait staff, comfortable
Nice wait staff, comfortable chairs , pretty good food, & accomodating to a vegetarian. Very slow service, had to ask for bread even though there were bread plates with our place setting. Somewhat overpriced for the small portions. One of us ordered the branzino with beans & sweet potato puree; the sweet potato was so tiny as to be almost unnoticeable.
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service. The drinks were a little slow coming but understandable due to the effort being put into their preparation. We were able to witness several drinks being prepared while sitting at the bar. It is a true craft bar.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
This restaurant was recommended by a friend and it was absolutely fabulous! Went with my husband to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It was a Tuesday night so not many people. The recommendations from the waiter were great and did not disappoint. The salad with dates wrapped in cheese and bacon was fantastic and my sirloin was cooked to perfection! We plan to go again on a weekend for drinks and try there cocktails. Highly reccomend this restaurant!
10/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
First visit to Harlow's was a most enjoyable experience. Was impressed when I received a reply to my email concerning corkage & the fee within 10 minutes of sending it - kudos to Dakota(sp?). Walked into the lively bar and was greeted by Roy & Rob, the mixologists supreme. Knowledgeable, engaging and humorous sums-up the bar personality. Sat down for our dining experience at our reserved time and we were given a choice of tables, which was a nice touch. Patrick, our server, approached us quickly with menus in hand, correctly suggested decanting our wine and went thru the menu & chef's specials while suggesting some items. All food was served as ordered, hot & with a nice presentation. Wonderful evening. Thanks. See you again soon!
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were looking to try a new restaurant and I happened upon Harlow's. What a great find. We took the recommendations of our server with everything from the cocktails to dessert, and we were not disappointed. We will be back to this neighborhood gem.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Farm to table including cocktails
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.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good first impression
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.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
great first impression
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.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Continues to amaze
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.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM