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The Vintage Steakhouse
The Vintage Steakhouse
  • Address:
    26701-B Verdugo Street
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

The Vintage Steakhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thevintagesteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: (949) 661-3400
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - Close; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American
  • Executive Chef: Byron Gemmell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz music Friday and Saturday Evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Camino Capistrano/ Verdugo St
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Vintage Steakhouse
The Vintage Steakhouse features Classic American Cuisine with a twist: Creative and imaginative dishes that burst with flavor using farm fresh ingredients prepared by an award winning chef. Experience the romance of dining in a cozy romantic 1927 fully restored Pullman Car or enjoy a cocktail in an 1887 Freight House Lounge. Watch the trains pass by our triple arched windows in the art deco main dining room while enjoying amazing food and service or simply sip champagne on our covered patio. Enhance the ambiance with a selection from our temperature-controlled wine cellar. Let the smooth jazz music tantalize you while you enjoy dinner, martinis, specialty drinks or champagne in our lounge. Enjoy the views of the Los Rios District with its quaint 200 year old adobes that are nestled in bougainvilleas and willow trees. For everyone who enjoys outstanding food and service in an elegant comfortable atmosphere that will transport you away.
All aboard for great cuisine!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We met another couple here for drinks and dinner. Very cool place and a fun atmosphere for getting to know each other. Not very noisy ( we probably made the most noise ... Sorry about that ). Dinner was great and drinks were perfect. You should really try this place."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I have been here twice. Each time i sat in the train cart. Each time there was an old timer who had too much to drink and the staff doesn't know how to handle it."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Been there before and can't complain about the service or food. Will go back again."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "First time was good, this time disappointing. Food was actually fine but service was horrible, slow and wrong orders even though not busy. We asked to see the manager and he accepted the issues and personally looked after us the rest of the meal and was much better but by that time we'd had enough. And not directly the restaurant problem but parking on a Saturday evening was a real pain. Don't plan to every come back unless maybe for lunch when in the area with a lot of time on our hands."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Took my husband here for a Birthday lunch. Nice atmosphere, very good food. Pleasant surprise to have a delicious treat delivered to the table at the end of our meal. Will return!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We could not have picked a better place for our 47th Anniversary dinner. The converted Railroad cars are absolutely charming. The food was amazing and the service was 2nd to none. They even brought a complimentary desert that was just beautiful."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "If you are looking for a very memorable evening to share with a person special individual the Vintage Steakhouse is a superb choice. Historic Pullman dining cars provide a special romantic setting for enjoying a quite dinner celebrating a special occasion with that very special person. The service is excellent and the food is to die for. I would definitely recommend the Artichoke Bottoms. They literally melt in your mouth and set the high expectation for the rest of the meal and I was not disappointed. The Top Sirloin with baked potato smothered with sour cream, bacon bits, and chives was over the top. The Gulf Prawns were excellent as well. You will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We dined at town charming restaurant with out of town guest. From the large restaurant windows we were able to enjoy the the Amtrak. Service was very good, food ok- appetizers on the very petite side, entrees were good, the coffee was extremely strong and dessert reminded me of Trader Joe ready make desserts. However, we enjoy the ambience and we will return to this restaurant. On a side note, we had purchased a discount coupon for a four course dinner at this restaurant. The restaurant was extremely accommodating of our discount."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went here for breakfast on a Friday. The restaurant was pretty empty so we got seated pretty quickly. The server was fantastic, and we received exceptional service from him and another person. The food was okay - breakfast was comparable to Dennys breakfast, but the service, ambience, decor, and overall experience were fantastic."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We have eaten here numerous times and the quality of the food, and the service continue to excel. Trout appetizer is spectacular, unique and a preparation we have not had anywhere else. Steaks were well prepared and accompanied with a selection of sauces - the best are the cabernet reduction and the mushroom. We finished with an incredible peanut butter crème brule. We have sat in the main dining room and watched the trains go by - surprisingly quiet, the glass must be quite think. Requested the train car seating on this trip, and you just can not beat the ambience. Wait staff was attentive and efficient, friendly and knowledgable."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Took a friend for her first time & she loved it. We love the ambience & the food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went to the Vintage Steakhouse for a Living Social dinner for four coupon, but ended up ordering from the regular menu (our request) and receiving a credit towards our bill. Started with cocktails, Pullman Pomegranate Martini, Salty Pear Martini, Manhattan Station and the French Martini, all excellent! We chose the Artichoke hearts (ohhh with bread) and the Mussels and Manila Clams (delicious broth) appetizers. Entrees were the New York steak, the Roasted Rack of Lamb, the Salmon and a Broiled Halibut special. All cooked perfectly and amazing flavors. Dessert was Peanut Butter Creme Brulee and the vanilla bean profiteroles all with prosecco and champagne. Great experience...kudos to Carlos, Scott, Mike, Chef Byron. Great wines (no space)!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I would not recommend this restaurant! Horrible service, had to go to bar to get drinks, steaks were over cooked - We ended up walking out!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The Vintage was a great find. We had dinner with friends and the experience was lasting. The service was professional, fun, entertaining and spot on. The food was prepared perfectly, nice presentation and variety. Their artichoke appetizer was outstanding. The train setting was historic and made the ambiance elegant. The staff was knowledgable about the history and was fun listening to their renditions. I highly recommend this for a romantic dinner or just a great place to meet friends. I will definitely be back!!!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "While the young man who bussed our table was somewhat...confused, overall we enjoyed the experience. Food was good if a bit pricey, service average, and the ambience outstanding. Pullman car dining is romantic and nostalgic."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Hubby and I went with a Groupon. first mistake. Hostess informed us of a $20 upcharge. Since the couple next to us got the same speech, I see this is common.Even though we had an early reservation and there were many tables ,we were seated at the smallest table ever. So small it was difficult to have the appetizer at the same time as the bread. So small, the two dinner plates hung over the edges of both sides of the table!Spinach salad was only leaves and dressing. Waiter criticized Cab (what I wanted and is often paired with steak) Worst of all, we watched the hostess ask 4 seniors chatting quietly after paying their bill to leave the table. There were plenty of open tables and this one remained empty for 20 minutes. RUDE!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fantastic place with great ambiance, great food, great people"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Service was terrible it was our fifth anniversary wife salmon was burnt had to send back so I was eating alone and my food was not hot, after initial order we saw server maybe 4times our water glasses were always empty half way thru my meal when my wife's meal finally showed up I asked for another drink BTW this was not our server. Server came back 5 min. Later said drink was almost done server came back 15 min. Later with drink by then I was done with my meal so I no longer wanted the drink. Overall the whole experience was bad we were always waiting. They never even acknowledged our anniversary. Oh our servers name was Carlos"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is one of our favorites; we like to sit in the dining car. It's nice to have a variety of vegetables."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "out of town, went to Yelp and Open Table and found this gem...my local hosts had never tried it...food outstanding, service couldn't be better, ambience and noise were perfect for a quiet evening chatting, savoving a fine dinner."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant many times before with pleasant experiences. Unfortunately, we chose the wrong day/time to go. We used a travelzoo voucher, and 1 of 3 appetizer options as well as 1 of 4 soup/salad options were not available. For the main dish, I ordered the New York steak (medium), and it was more than well done. I mentioned it to our server, but didn't have them re do it. For dessert, we ordered the ice cream puffs (and I just noticed they are not on the regular menu) and I swear they were out from a Costco bag... Terrible! The only reason why we would give it another chance is because we received a gift certificate to use later for all the inconveniences. Otherwise they will be out of our list of places to go to!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "good experience.Not crazy about the meals.Dine in a train is a nice thing."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A nice cozy restaurant in an old train car and train station. Waiter was exceptional, while hostess was not. The food and drinks were delicious"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have eaten here a number of times and had good food but this time we feel that the food was not as good as in the past but did enjoy eating in the side car."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Definitely coming back! Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "A great steakhouse with a twist- the dining rooms are refurbished dining and sleeper train cars. Try the bone in New York steak with the twice baked potato. Julie raved over the Prawns. She also loved the Mushroom soup a as an appetizer. Full bar but limited gins. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food was good. The service? Well, at least every 3 minutes someone came up to ask if everything was okay, but my husband ordered a salad with his lunch and they forgot it, so we canceled it. Food took a while to get to the table. Otherwise a fun place to eat."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "we had the surf and turf. The lobster was dry and not good. The filet mignon was just fair. We spent two hours there because the service was sooooo slow. The staff was very friendly."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I had a horrible experience! My spinach salad was spinach on a plate, straight from the package! Nothing else in it. Oh did I mention $12 for my spinach on my plate! My water glass was never refilled. I was never was asked for another drink. Service was non existence!! Appetizer portions extremely small and overpriced. Just really not worth your time or money to go here!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had 8 plus a baby & everything was perfect, All 8 dinners arrived together & all hot & cooked just right. There were 8 of us plus a baby for a family celebration. The food was wonderful, as usual, & our waiter, Charlie, outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The steak is the best west of Chicago. A great place for a romantic dinner. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our first visit and we were very pleased. Very friendly staff. We were "Voucher" diners and given a different menu to choose our 4 course dinner. Server treated us no less. Started with the smoked trout, Excellent! Moved forward with a tomato bisque soup and a nice salad. Entrees were the pork chop and steak. Both cooked to perfection. For dessert try the peanut butter cream briulle. Overall experience was very nice. Dining in an old rail car was fun too. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Our waiter was only existent when he took our order and when we asked for the bill. We were a large party but we weren't needy. Waiter constantly asked how the tables next to us were doing but is, not once. The water filler guy was rude. Never got refills on water until we asked an hr later. Steaks were incorrectly. Lack of service... Came in for Mother's Day dinner. No greeting, but the staff greeted parties with young date couples with no kids at the table. We were a party of 13, three moms with four kids present. Not very welcoming. Waste of money, gas, time spent driving here from Lake Elsinore. Will NEVER come back. And there is a Yelp review already."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my wife up to San Juan Capistrano from San Diego for dinner and a comedy show for Mother's Day. We loved the show but were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, service and the wonderful ambiance of The Vintage Steakhouse. Our meals were expertly prepared, served extremely hot (beware of the warning....hot means hot!) and everything was delicious. We both would recommend The Vintage Steakhouse to friends and family. They are located right next to the Amtrak station, so if you had the time, you could avoid the drive on the I5 by hopping on the train and arriving at their doorstep; something I believe we will be planning in the future. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The service was good and eating in the old dining car was neat. The food was so bad, I ordered a steak and left half of it on the plate. My wifes fish smelled so bad she barely ate it. Would not even think of going back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We have been going to the Vintage Steak House for a few years now. It is our go to place for special occasions as well as a nice dinner out 'just because'. We typically buy a group on and do the 4 course pre-set menu. But even without a groupon, having dinner and dessert adds up to a similar cost."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Dinner for four - wine list pretty good; service good; food - costly for the quality. Signature corn salad was a great idea, but chopped red onion in the salad was not fresh. Maybe better to wait to mix in the onion to closer to serving time. Smoked pork chop good, bone in filet good. Bone in Sirlion which was a special was tough and gristly. Twice baked potato and side veg were wonderful. Overall, the meat quality is not commensurate with the price tag."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Will never return which is unfortunate because we had wanted to go for a few years."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Neighborhood gem. Vintage train dining car.Great recommendations to accomidate the vegetarian and the carnivore in our party. Best hollandaise sauce ever. Overall, the service and food are impeccable."
    Dined on 4/19/2014