About Bru Grill and Market

Seasonal Scratch Kitchen and Craft Bar serving farm to table eats, 42 craft beers on tap, 250 bottle beers, 100+ wines and a craft cocktail selection that's nothing less than phenomenal.

Best of OC (OC Register), Best Burger (LF Patch), Best Chocolate Cake (CBS LA), "America's Top 250 Restaurants" (UrbanSpoon), Best Wings (OC Weekly), OpenTable "Diners Choice Award", American Express "Members Favorite" and more! #eatlocal #dineindependent #brugrill

Orange County, California
More information: www.brugrill.com

23730 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 11:00pm (Brunch served until 3:00pm)
Sunday 9:30am - 9:00pm (Brunch served until 3:00p/Sunday Supper til 9)

Cross Street:
Rockfield

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 305-5757

Website:
http://www.brugrill.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. See www.brugrill.com events calendar for details.

Catering:
Full event catering for information email events@brugrill.com

Parking Details:
Extensive Parking Available

Executive Chef:
Chef Ülises Navarette

Private Party Facilities:
We have multiple options for private groups of up to 300! See www.brugrill.com for a brief video on our private event incredible skills!

Private Party Contact:
Events Coordinator: (949) 305-5757

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Beer, wine & culinary events and specials regularly.... check our website for the latest information

Bru Grill and Market Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Good for a Date (18)
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Casual (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Great Beer (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Fun (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Live Music (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Business Meals (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Cozy (8)
Live Sports (8)
Authentic (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Healthy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Romantic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Basically a fancy version of Ruby Tuesdays or Applebee’s!!!!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Maya- our hostess was simply exceptional- she went out of her way to clean a table for us bc their waiting staff was really busy and we had been waiting a while. Our waiter Ryan (at the bar) was funny, friendly and willing to get us extra things we asked. Bru is blessed to have good staffing!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We had an enjoyable time. Our friends were from Germany and they thought the food was excellent. Good ambiance. Overall very enjoyable. Service was very good.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We only tried the Happy Hour appetizers, but found them fairly tasty. We appreciated the reserved hightop table, large enough for our group. Comfy bar stools with backs.

I enjoy the atmosphere here, quiet enough to hold a conversation, but noisey enough to not be overheard.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was our 2nd time eating here and was my husband's choice for his birthday dinner. The food is consistently tasty, the service great and overall a wonderful meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is always good, but would be nice to see them change up the menu a little bit. They've had the same food since they opened. But great service and great food!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We went to the Bru Grille to try their beer as we are home brewers. We were not disappointed. The beer selection (as well as the beer) was really good. We were pleasantly surprised that there is also a decent wine list. Next time, we are going to try the wine. The service was exceptional, and the food was tasty.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food & service!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

As always, the food and atmosphere at Bru was wonderful! We went there for New Year's Day brunch with our kids and had a great time. The food was delicious and our waiter was kind an responsive. Every time I have eaten at Bru, it has been exceptional. We will definitely be returning!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Always great menu and served hot and delicious. Just a bit loud, could use taller booths or sound diffussers in some format. Great local restaurant for guests visiting and sometimes everyday grub. Probably could have been seated outside but was not offered. Good feedback only, not complaining great spot.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

My wife and I have been here a few times and love it every time! Most recently we went there for Christmas Eve. The food was fabulous! I had the Prime Rib, my wife had Scallops. Both of us were very pleased with the freshness, quality, perfect preparation, presentation and taste! Service was fast, professional, and our server was very knowledgeable about all the beers available at Bru. We would highly recommend Bru Grill to anyone who wants a fantastic meal at a reasonable price!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We LOVE Bru! Our meals are always superb and the atmosphere and service are amazing. They have great beers on tap (but need more sours!). We will continue to go for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Day, family brunch

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great food and dessert! The banana bread pudding with gelato was delectable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was fantastic, and the location is nice. The service was some of the worst I've ever had in a restaurant. Our orders were wrong, and our server disappeared for nearly 30 minutes. We asked other servers for various items; none of them helped us or went to find our server. For the incredibly high prices charged here, customers should be able to rely on friendly and prompt service. We won't be back.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything is great here, every time we come. It has quickly become our favorite local restaurant.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place to eat liked the food choices good wine selection fun atmosphere with attentive staff.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food and would go back again to try something new on the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

It wasn't a good night, unfortunately. Just the perfect storm of understaffed wait crew and novice experience level. Manager did a good job of owning accountability for the slow service, wrong food items, etc. It might just have been an off night. The cocktails and dessert were very good.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic Sunday Brunch!!!!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always love BRU- outstanding food and service, love the energy in this place!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were an older group, so we found the atmosphere noisy for conversation. The food was good, but a little uneven. Our host did recognize our ages and offered to seat us in the quietest part of the restaurant. This probably won't be my first choice in the future, but I would recommend it to younger family and friends.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Always a wonderful experience, especially when Matt or Sean are there overseeing!!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Saturday Brunch!!! Who’d a thunk? BRU! That who!
Freaking perfection!
Excellent buttermilk pancakes. Next one ordering with sunny side up egg on top!!

Tags: Live Sports, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Romantic, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Loved it! The service is always what I notice the most at Bru.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Dinner with friends

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love the wine options. Good food consistent. Did not stick around long enough to enjoy music, but like the vibe.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Seating will depend on what you're looking for. The bar area is VERY noisy and the restaurant tables near the bar share the noise. If you sit in the back, off to the left it can be downright quiet. Go at 1 for lunch and you might have the whole place almost to yourself. Food is good, service is usually great, value is good. Will definitely go back and would recommend to friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great selection to choose from whether you want traditional fare or something more adventurous. Excellent drink menu. The bourbon flourless chocolate cake is a must-have finisher.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and the food was amazing ! The artichoke spinach dip was absolutely delicious. Great wine selection . Definitely will go back

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Server, Logan was attentive and friendly. Food was mediocre.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It would be nice if there was some way to make the dining room quieter when there's live entertainment in the bar. Makes it hard to talk.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were a bit disappointed with this visit. We moved and hadn't been for two years. Went out of our way and the food was somewhat lackluster. The mac & cheese side we ordered reminded us more of shells with Velveta, and the French Onion soup did not have Gruyere as advertised. Otherwise, the service was excellent, the fig and arugula flatbread was great as was we hoped. Not sure if we'd be returning or recommending to our friends anymore. Will probably give the benefit of the doubt and try again in a few months.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great service , very relaxing for a Thursday night dinner with my wife
The meatloaf and filet were excellent

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love this restaurant. Farm fresh food, fresh home made baked goods fantastic atmosphere. Live music lighting and service superb. All the wait staff seem so happy. Great Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Although we had an incident at the restaurant, the manager on the premise was very accommodating and made it an enjoyable night.

Food: The Deep Fried meatloaf, Sweet Thai-Chili Chicken, and Diver Scallops were fabulous, however the Ceviche needed more lime and “heat” to enhance the flavor.

Drinks: My husband and a friend loved the Old Fashion cocktails and a couple of other cocktails that they thoroughly enjoyed.

Desserts: O.M.G...the vanilla bread pudding was so yummy. A totally must try if you like this type of dessert.

Service: We had a guy in training (Jason) who appeared quite nervous. He and his trainer waiter were very attentive and personable.

We will certainly be back for another get together with friends and/or to check out their HH menu.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food and service are always great! We love the Thai chicken and spinach salad.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

I have been here many times with family and friends and the experience has always been enjoyable and the food is always great and sometimes unusual. This is why I felt very comfortable and confident to take a business associate here and it turned out to the perfect place and was a hit with my guest. When we arrived the the bar was very lively. The host placed us in a perfect location, so we could see the game but we could hear each other. (It was a business dinner after all). I ordered the ribeye, which I always love, but my guest surprised me as he went for the deep fried meatloaf because he never heard of that dish and wanted to try it and he loved it. I had never tried it either so he gave me a small slice and he was right it was delicious. I had never had it as I just did not understand the dish, but now I do so anyone who likes meatloaf, you would love this. My ribeye was delicious as usual and I shared some with him and he loved that also. Our waitress was new and needed some help with some of our questions, but made up for it with her excellent service and big smile. I think she will fit in nicely with the Bru family.

Thank you Bru! Now I know that this is the type of place I can take anyone.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Live Sports, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I had lunch with a friend I haven't met for two years. The food took a long time to come; luckily, we both owned our own company and we were not having to hurry back to the office. The food was good. Will definitely go back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had to wait 15 minutes for our reserved table, I thought this is not a good sign.
However, once we were seated we had a wonderful meal.
Service was a little stretched, and water glasses were not readily refilled, bar service was slow, but the food was worth the wait.

I would return.

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