Sundried Tomato Cafe - San Juan Capistrano
Sundried Tomato Cafe - San Juan Capistrano
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Sundried Tomato Cafe - San Juan Capistrano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sundriedtomatocafe.com/
  • Phone: 9496611167x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Reymundo Pinedo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Do you know we cater?
    Sundried Tomato Catering has over 20 years' experience and can cater just about anything, anywhere. From small, intimate dinner parties or corporate lunches to charity fundraising galas or high end events at one of our preferred venues......the possibilities are endless.

    Contact our catering office today for more information.
    (949) 661-1299 www.sundriedtomatocafe.com/catering

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Verdugo
  • Public Transit: We are located just a short walk from the San Juan Capistrano train station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is plenty of public parking available in downtown San Juan Capistrano along with street parking.
A word from Sundried Tomato Cafe - San Juan Capistrano
Sundried Tomato specializes in New American cuisine and we are committed to offering the freshest quality ingredients on every plate. Due to our intimate setting we kindly ask that for parties of 7 or more you contact us at the restaurant directly.

Let Sundried Tomato Host your event! Celebrate with us for your next baby shower, birthday, rehearsal dinner or any other special occasion.

We look forward to serving you soon.
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Sundried Tomato Cafe - San Juan Capistrano reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great Monday night specials:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    Great Monday night specials: 2 courses (soup/salad and main course) for $15.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We hadn't been there for a
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 12/3/2012
    We hadn't been there for a while, & had forgotten just how good the food is. The salmon with quinoa & veggies is delicious, also the 1/2 chicken with mashed potatoes & green beans. We also enjoy the sun-dried tomato soup & the spring greens salad. The bread is o.k., but not very healthy. However, we also opted for a dessert, which is unusual for us; the apple crisp was great & huge -- could have served 3 or 4 probably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We met friends for lunch/brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    We met friends for lunch/brunch and they pick the place. None of have been here before. I had the braised beef omelette and it was outstanding. All the food was hot, attractive and delicious. Service was very good, they kept the coffee cup filled!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A funky place with lots of
    rayu
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    A funky place with lots of outdoor seating. Excellent food and service. Very good wine list, but a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I thoroughly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/19/2012
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. I had Mary's half chicken which was tender and full of flavor. My husband had the Seafood Medley. He said the scallops and risotto were the best he'd ever had, only the tuna was slightly overcooked. We went on a Monday so it was quiet and not overbooked. Our waiter was very nice and wasn't constantly at our table trying to hurry us out, so we were able to enjoy our time at a leisurely pace. We will definitely be coming back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this place! A great
    Bizlunch
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    I love this place! A great place to visit with friends with small plates and appetizers that are wonderful! Small and quaint, yet full of energy!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Everything was delicious and nicely presented. Had many people recommend the restaurant and I am so glad I went.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much more than a "cafe"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    We had a group of four, three of the four dishes were outstanding; the signature sun-dried tomato bisque soup was excellent, the service was wonderful and the ambience was quiet and stately, like a very nice French bistro. All-in-all, a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy a delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    We always enjoy a delicious meal with your very attentative wait staff. Keep up the good work ... thank you. Merry Wong
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Other than the fact that they
    tnslady
    Dined on 9/24/2012
    Other than the fact that they didn't know I had made a reservation, it is my all time favorite restaurant and I wish they would open one in my north county San Diego.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My group were not quite satisfied
    LynnVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    My group were not quite satisfied with our dishes: mine, the Braised Beef Pappardelle topped with Goat Cheese was average, a little bit too sweet for my taste; my hubby was happy with his “Ultimate” Prime Angus Sirloin Cheese Burger, unlike my son who found the RQ's Lamb Cheese Burger dry and overdone. (Although, I know that we cannot undercook lamb). Not too happy with their brunch menu either: Braised Beef Omelette portobello mushroom was bland and Fried Egg Sandwich would have been better done at home. Sorry, wish I could say something nicer...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Went to dinner with a friend
    ECGRVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Went to dinner with a friend after seeing a movie at the theater down the street. We were greeted by a delightful hostess and were seated immediately. With in minutes are waitress came to our table. She was energetic, genuinely friendly and very helpful in answering our questions. Our food was delivered after a very short wait which gave my friend and me and chance to enjoy our drinks and chat. Great experience! Will go again very soon ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great local spot. Wonderful
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Great local spot. Wonderful food and great staff! The Best of San Juan.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night with the lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Date night with the lovely lady, service was very good. Started with the goat cheese and pesto torte jar, highly recommended for a starter. Moved on to their signature tomato soup, awesome!! She ordered the halibut pasta which was very flavorful, I ordered the 6oz filet medallions medium, came out well done and dry, but the second time around came out exactly as I expected. The wine list is extensive and unique, good selection of by the glass whites and reds to try. Overall, things went very well, minus the one hiccup. Definitely will be back for the halibut while it's still in season.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    Great service and excellent food. This location is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I used to love this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    I used to love this restaurant but when I took clients there this past week I was very dissapointed. No one liked their meal, the artichoke was very plain and undercooked and the blackened chicken with pasta specialty was bland and definitely not blackened. Also the wait service "hovered" and kept asking us if we were done with our meals when wer werent and the restaurant wasn't that busy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was my first dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    This was my first dining experience at Sundried Tomato Cafe in SJC. I have to say, my husband and I were impressed with the good service and great food. I loved the delicious salad sampler; so fresh and delicious. I can't wait to try the tomato soup once the weather cools off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect place to meet an old
    akamamo
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Perfect place to meet an old friend for lunch. I took the train from San Diego and she drove down from Century Ciy in Los Angeles. We both ordered a Seared Ahi Salad and shared a cup of tomato soup. Even the bread (rolls) were good. I look forward to my next meal there. Wish they had one in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frank, Lake Forest, CA
    Spartan70
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    One of the very best Bistros we have ever had lunch. The food was amazing, the service outstanding and the "feel" was special. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Came with two friends for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    Came with two friends for Sunday brunch. We each had a different egg dish and were satisfied by the quality of the food. A nice surprise was the small cinnamon roll surprisingly tastful and not overly sweet that came prior to our meal. The waitress made a mistake on one of the orders which had to go back and correct. Unfortunately, she didn't pay enough attention that she charged us for the incorrect and correct entree which shouldnt have been overlooked. We received apologies from everyone - yet two mistakes in one visit gave this service a rating of good and not excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Manager has transformed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    New Manager has transformed restaurant to superior service. She is on top of things... bravo ! Food and ambiance has always been good, now STC- SJC is complete !! Kudos, owners please: keep your manager happy !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If you don't have a reservation
    MauiGal619
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    If you don't have a reservation then get there early as it fills quickly. The staff were very professional and approached our table appropriately. The food was good and is in dietary portions, so don't expect a lot of food. My husband, who is a large man, left hungry as his portions were the smallest of all ordered. This is what I call 'foo foo portions'. I would return to this restaurant with women only or have my husband order a burger.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The tomato soup is to die
    KathyC
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    The tomato soup is to die for- service excellent and every entree I have ever had is wonderful! I love the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    The Lamb Burger is delicious! We are always treated great and enjoy our meals at Sundried Tomato! You can't go wrong! We love to sit outside and enjoy the people and cars passing by!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sundried Tomato/San Juan Capistrano
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    Sundried Tomato has a great menu selection. Their Lamb Burger is delicious. Moist and full of flavor. Their bowtie pasta with sundried tomato light cream sauce is really good. I asked them to add some grilled chicken - wow was that a great addition! Their gelato is the best I've had in the USA. The chocolate is made with quality chocolate. Great consistency and decadent chocolate flavor. I highly recommend. We love this location in San Juan Capistrano. The service is really good too!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always high quality food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Always high quality food and creative menu. Excellent staff. Great for a special occassion. Also, a nice bar for happy hour. Small patio, but nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat outside and enjoyed
    VivaglamVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    We sat outside and enjoyed great weather, food and wine!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    First time at Sundried Tomato Cafe and I had the Italian Sausage Penne. Hands down one of the best pasta dishes ever. Red/marinara sauces can overwhelm pasta and other ingredients, but the whole dish was refreshing and the sauce was divine and an awesome complement to the heavier penne and sausage. I might order this dish every time and I'm already craving it again! My friend who had been to STC before and is one of his favorite restaurants ordered his usual 1/2 sandwich and soup. The Signature Creamy Sundried Tomato Soup was wonderful and not a heavy cream soup. If I could describe STC in one word, it would be "light." The delicious dishes were not heavy, the service was great, and the room was light filled for lunch. Simply Delightful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We've been to this restaurant
    savvydiner
    Dined on 8/5/2012
    We've been to this restaurant many times over the years. Their chocolate cake is worth the visit alone. This time we mentioned that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary when making the reservation and they put us in a cozy, quiet nook. True to its name, any dish involving tomatoes is a signature dish. Try the tomato soup or humus appetizers. I had the no-pasta vegetable lasagne and my husband, the halibut. He was disappointed in the fish because it was just pan sauted--not as "interesting" as other treatments in the past. I'm not a vegetarian but the lasagne was light and gently seasoned--just right to leave room for the cake! Service was attentive but discreet. Best of all,in honor of the occasion, The Cake was on the house!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salad 10 Soup 0
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    I ordered the Chopped salad which was delicious along with the Butternut Squash soup. The soup was disappointing as it tasted and looked like minestrone only with tasteless butternut squash little squares. It was greasy as well. Sent it back and had the sundried tomato soup. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed and overpriced
    Guinevere48
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    While this restaurant has potential, our overall brunch meal did not impress. I loved the flaky pastries, offered complimentary. But the artichoke appetizer with huge gobs of melted cheese and tarragon aoli was not a good combination for my taste, nor was it completely cooked to tenderness. Even though I am a cheese person and an artichoke person, I would not order this again. They do not work together. The 2 tiny blue crab and bacon hash patties with 2 poached eggs and tomato, likewise, were bland except for being fishy tasting. I did not care for the pesto. The breakfast potatoes also needed work on the flavor. The star of the meal was the lamb burger, a beautiful piece of juicy meat. And the accompanying fries were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to a couple of Sundried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    I've been to a couple of Sundried Tomato locations, and the San Juan Capistrano is definitely different from the other locations. The food was good, but I felt like the one in Laguna Beach was slightly better. We ordered the Sundried tomato soup (which is to die for!), and that was definitely the highlight of the meal.The service at all the locations are fantastic. Our waitress was extremely attentive. It was a small but very chic, and I felt very comfortable being there. There weren't too many people at the time I went with my friend, so it was very quiet. Overall, it was a great experience, and we recommend coming back here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have dined with you over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    We have dined with you over the past 6-7 years. Your menu is consistently fantastic with a variety for everyone's tastes. Wine List was great and competitively priced. Your wait staff continues to 4-star... Thank you. Merry Wong
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hadn't been to the Sundried
    SaraB
    Dined on 7/8/2012
    I hadn't been to the Sundried Tomato for a few years, and it is just as wonderful as I remember it. The ambiance and service were wonderful, as was the food. I had the papperdelle with short ribs and it was almost too rich. Almost. My date had a burger and it was also outstanding. The soup was still my favorite part of the meal. We split a bottle of Reisling that was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was extremely disappointin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    The food was extremely disappointing. My wife and I had different chicken pasta dishes and both dishes were served using "leftover" chicken. Food was also served only slightly warm. If we had not been with our son's girlfriend, we both would have sent our food back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great menu choices.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Great food, great menu choices. Something for everyone. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    The food was fine but the service was not. Wait staff kept interrupting our conversation and hurrying our decisions. When we did not decide on a dessert within five minutes, they handed us the check. We were not impressed. Doubtful we would return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a reasonably-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2012
    This is a reasonably-priced restaurant with up-market ambiance and service. We went during the lunch hour and, although they were busy, we never felt rushed while we waited for a late arrival or lingering afterward. The portions were generous and my lamb burger was cooked to a perfect medium.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to Sun Dried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2012
    We have been to Sun Dried Tomato Cafe several times and have enjoyed our visit each time. The service is excellent; everyone is friendly and accommodating. Every menu item I've had there has been excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food. Couldn't really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Fantastic food. Couldn't really understand our waiter. Sat outside on the patio next to the street so not the best patio... but would definitely go again. It's fun to go across the street to Swallows inn after dinner and be entertained by the local cowboys. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall