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

The Vintage Steakhouse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thevintagesteakhouse.com/
  • Email: thevintagesteakhouse@gmail.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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My grandma had a wonderful time at this restaurant and the sever Charlie took great care of us. The food was great! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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
  • "Service was terrible. The waiter was very busy & did apologies but it continued to be bad And everything we ordered he kept saying it was his favorite. Really?!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The restaraunt was pretty nice. The food was good, the train car feel kinda leaves you feeling cramped but for the most part you appreciate the decor and ambiance. The food is pretty great but they should really specify in more detail ingredients in the particular dishes. Like the fact that there is bacon in the twice baked potato, it didn't say on the menu and I wasn't thrilled to find it in there. They could really dust some of the curtains that are hanging all over the place, it was kind of gross to see how many dust bunnies were collecting on them, and a spider scurried across our table while we were dining, not fun..."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Excellent food and impeccable service. Great portions. Desserts are to die for"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I picked this place because of the reviews I saw on the internet. I now believe them. This was a great place to eat and a great atmosphere. If you like steak which is cook over mesquite, you will love this place. I had made reservation for 6pm but did not arrive until 6:30pm so I thought I might loose my reservation. When we arrive, they took us right in and we did not have to wait at all. Service was fast and the waiter was fantastic. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The ambiance was very nice in a train. We went for Travelzoo special. The waiter was excellent. Very courteous & checked on us several times. We picked the smoked trout as appetizer & it was good. My hubby ordered the spinach salad & I ordered the Caesar salad. The spinach salad was very plain; had only spinach with bacon dressing & nothing else. He did not like the flavor of dressing. Mine was huge but nothing special. We both had top sirloin (the only choice of beef), cooked medium rare. I don't think they used prime cut of beef as steakhouses normally do. Maybe because it was a Travelzoo special. The meat was tough & not flavorful at all! I didn't finish my meat. We will not return."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Had a business dinner at the Vintage Steakhouse. The food was good quality for the price. The atmoshpere was condusive to have a business discussion but seem appropriate for a more intimate occasion."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "What fun to dine in a train car - great good and great service."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My received a Chicken Picata but she ordered Mesquite Grilled Chicken. She told the waiter that what she received was not Mesquite Grilled. He said it was. He took it and returned with a Mesquite Grilled Chicken grill marks and all. The new Lunch menu is very scanty but well priced. The Chef is noted for his daily mushroom creation. So far it has always been Hedgehog mushrooms. Not very creative."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "For those who dream of dining on the Orient Express for a night without having to leave Orange County Ca - the Vintage Steakhouse is for you. It has that old 1920's feel and a great ambiance. The hostess took us to our "car" and our "butler" promptly appeared w/ bread, fresh linen napkins and ice water w/ lemon. For the romantics.. search no more."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Not care for the steak. New york steak is tough and I don't like the mesquite taste, I'd rather have the taste of the good meat."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Offerings and service meet fine dining èxperience!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have been to the Vintage for dinner a number of times, this was the first time we have gone there for lunch, but I promice it will not be the last."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Imagine dining in a restored pullman car. Just a great restaurant with good food."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Remember riding the rails when you were very young and going to the dining car? Not many people do, especially living on the left coast, but I remember my grandparents taking me on the Nancy Hanks from Atlanta to Savannah - and still remember the dining car. If they had piped in sound of the wheels going over the tracks, it would have been perfect. A great evening out."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The restaurant, or at least the part we sat in, is in an old railroad car. We found the décor pleasing. Food was excellent, the service was excellent. We were there for our anniversary and got a very nice dessert with a happy anniversary message on it."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I thought the food was just o.k. leaning to poor. My filet mignon was salty or over spiced, I asked for Hollendaise and it was not served, the waiter took the blame graciously, but when I used the Hollendaise it was odd tasting. Others at my table had Sea Bass and it was undercooked, overall just very dissapointed. They did have a lovely dessert that was presented for a Birthday celebration and it was very good. The waiter was fine and attentive and his service was professional. Will not return however, just not good food, at least not for the price. They also served the wrong potatoes with one meal and then came out later with the correct order."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "From the moment George, our waiter, greeted us, I knew this was to be a great experience. The food was absolutely perfect as was the service and ambience."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "This entire restaurant is amazing. I bought my deal through Travelzoo and it gave me so much for my money. The food is amazing and the wine list is great too. Eating in the sleeping car of an old school train is the coolest expereience. The wait staff seems very knowledgable of the history behind the train and is very professional as well. I have not sat at the bar yet but hear that it is really fun as well."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "This is really a great find. A converted Pulmann Car from the 20's. Atmosphere is perfect and the food is great."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We love this restaurant. For a special occasion or just a great meal. Not noisy like other restaurants today. Always great service. We had a small problem with a portion of our meal. It was corrected quickly and with the best of attention. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are going to try and have a conversation and do not want to scream your words!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "All time favorate restaurant, we enjoy the restaurant and the service is outstanding !!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great food, amazing service. Will be back again soon"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food is prepared fresh and delivered hot to the table. Service is excellent. Todd is very attentive and knows how to pair wine with any dish!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "This place has a great location, cool atmosphere, what could be better than eating in a converted train car at a train depot right? Staff was very attentive, but sadly this is a RESTAURANT and the most important thing is the food, which was not good. My wife had a New York steak that truly was one of the worst steaks she has ever had in a restaurant. it was extremely difficult to distinguish the bits of meat from the substantial gristle. Chewy was an understatement. Asked for medium, slight cool red center, came originally steak tartar.... came back cooked correctly the second time but far too difficult to negotiate the edible from the inedible. It was a New York for goodness sakes, hard to get a bad New York. Stick with Costco beef."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This was our first dining at this terrific restaurant and all went very well. The six of us took the train from Anaheim to San Juan Capistrano for New Years Eve Dinner and pleasure. Could not have picked a classier place with it's decor, service, food, and personell. Great menu and the food was , wine list, and cocktails. And thanks to the owner, Matthew Timmes, for his hospitality, caring, and helpfulness in making our evening one to remember. We had a departure train time of 10:36 pm, and had an hour and a half to kill before leaving SJC, and Matthew was kind in seating us at a table for the time. We had a drink and listened to the great band and danced. All of us would highly recommend this restaurant, and we will be back again. Thanks."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Recommended to me by a couple friends... now I know why. The setting was very well put together. The service was exceptional and the food was outstanding both in taste and presentation. Even had a table side visit from the manager. I compliment the whole staff on this memorable visit.!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Part of the restaurant is a real Pullman car that has been maticulusly restored. The and service is very good. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Food was excellent Appetizers were fabulous! The train car dessert was yummy!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of the train traffic from a relaxed and comfortable vantage point. Highly recommend the lobster, artichoke hearts, and twice baked potato. For a more intimate experience, try the dining car."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Only thing wrong was the coffee was cold and they had to keep warming it for us."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Excellent food, service and ambiance, all in a real, old but refurbished, railroad car, located at the San Juan Capistrano train station, with immediately adjacent free parking, and just a few blocks from the 5 freeway. I am "a local" and this is clearly one of the best finds in South Orange County."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Nice Restaurant, very good service, a bit pricey for the food. The food is good, but not great. A place I would go to once every six months."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Decided to go out for Thanksgiving this year when family came into town. We had a fantastic individual plate (no buffet), traditional Thanksgiving meal complete with pumpkin pie. Seeing the trains go by while we ate entertained all of us. Kid friendly and the kids menu folded into a train!! My 3 yr old was thrilled. Can't recall our waiter's name, but he was very friendly and attentive. The whole staff appeared to be pretty happy! I definitely recommend for dates and family. Looked like they had more private dining for couples."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "When you are tired of sitting in a restaurant that has no distinction, ambiance, or want a charming walk around the area before dinner, this is your place."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING-LOVED THE TROUT AND THE BEAN SOAP WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! EVERYTHING WAS GREAT EXCEPT THE TWO LOUD ONE'S NEXT TO US BUT THEY LEFT AND IT WAS A TERRIFIC EVENING---THEY HACE THE BEST DESERTS. GIVE IT A TRY"
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Great service and good food . Great for a special occasion . A fun place ."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "Vintage is a unique restaurant with decent food and service. When service came it was wonderful but there was a long period of absence of service. The dessert presentation was amazing. Little details were missed such as food but no utensils. I liked this place but I was also a little frustrated at times having to wait for service for an extended length of time without service. I was never asked if I wanted coffee with my dessert. I will return and try their regular menu and to give them another chance because I could actually like this place. I am hopint that it will be a better experience when I am a regular menu customer and not a pre-fixe menu customer."
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Had a great time, food was wonderful!!! Had dinner there for a birthday and they did a lovely dersert for the birthday girl. I would recommend to anyone wanting a special dinner place."
    Dined on 10/18/2013