About Bru Grill and Market

We serve the best farm to table Eats, craft brews, and boutique wines. From our phenomenal Happy Hour to our Brü Burger, Salads, Flatbreads, Wild Caught Seafood and Amazing Steaks... you will love Brü!

"America's Top 250 Restaurants"
Save the World. Eat. Brü. Crü. Proudly serving The OC, CA.

Orange County, California · 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:
Lunch

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Tuesday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Wednesday & Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm

Brunch

Sunday: 9:30am - 3:00pm

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, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, 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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (23)
Bar Seating (19)
Good for a Date (18)
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Casual (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Great Beer (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Fun (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Live Music (12)
Business Meals (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Live Sports (7)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Authentic (5)
Romantic (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic Sunday Brunch!!!!

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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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 (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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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We wanted to do something different on Saturday night rather than Sushi. The restaurant is too pricey all things considered. The $24 Lobster Mac N Cheese was overcooked and under-flavored. The pretzel bread did not really taste like a pretzel, little dry as well. The seafood trio had a piece of fish that did not seem real. Looked like a frozen patty and the texture was not pleasant. The single scallop was very good. The single bacon wrapped Prawn was dry. The craft beer was acceptable but as is common with craft beer pubs, not cold enough. Even though we made reservations and showed up way early, a booth was not available even though there were booths open when we were seated (lose one star for service). With the consideration that our waiter Alec way too busy his service was very good. That made all the difference in what was a somewhat underwhelming overpriced meal.

Tags: Live Music, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice place. We had dinner there on Saturday night and they had live music. It was fun for hubby and me. He had the fish special with risotto and I had the deep fried meatloaf. Both wee delicious. Service was good. Saw other table had the prime rib and it was a big plate and the beef looked really good. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I love Bru and now that I know how to get a reservation, I will go more often. Celebrated my friend's birthday this time. She had the salmon--delicious! I tried the fried meatloaf. It was good but too much sauce on top of it, kind of drowned the flavor a bit. The birthday treat was outstanding and my friend was delighted with the presentation. We shared the cake and ice cream and both were delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Pleasantly surprised with the food and ambiance
Price was fair
Service friendly and not pushy

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Celebrated retirement on this visit. Excellent service. Great food!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Nice ambiance, good and friendly service, and a nice menu selection.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Ate with my boyfriend and his family. We actually were unfortunately in town for a memorial service, so it was nice to be taken care of with great customer service and a good meal. Our server Michael greeted us, answered all our questions, and served us all within a timely manner and a with a smile. It was truly appreciated. We all ordered different things and not a bad review in the house. Started with the cheese and Charcuterie medium sized which was delicious. It comes with 4 cheeses and the rest meat. The honey was very sweet but the walnuts were to die for. Some of the entrees we ordered were the bok choy salmon(the pictured), the prime rib (pictured), the fried meatloaf (had too much sauce for our taste but it was delicious), the shrimp pesto pasta, and the French dip sandwich I believe, was all very good.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Late-night Find, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our dinner was great! We irdered everything from salads to Dr Pepper ribs and fried meatloaf. The steak was good, too! Lots of fun!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Casual, Comfort Food, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I loved the ahi. It was so flavorful. Please keep it

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We decided to head to Bru for dinner this past weekend after seeing the menu. The food concepts were absolutely perfect. Where Bro suffered was in the execution. The Deep Fried Meatloaf was very good, but the Mac & Cheese shells were barely cooked with little to no cheese. Once again, the baby back rib concept was excellent including a Dr. Pepper glaze and bacon however when the ribs arrived they were cooked with the bacon on top. This meant that neither the rib or bacon was cooked all the way. Additionally it meant that fat from both created a goo under the bacon. Had the items been cooked separately then brought together it might have been edible.

Finally, our waitress was so polite but only be so attentive when overseeing at least 4 regular tables and an anniversary party of about 12 people. Just so much for one person to handle. Especially since all were seated at the same time.

For the record as mentioned, the concepts were great and just the type of place we would want to regularly eat, but the execution was so poor that I would probably not go back or recommend.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

BRU always delivers. when you want a place that consistently delivers running on all cylinders always, BRU is the place. Friendliest people, always great food, rotating beer on tap selection as well as bottled varieties, craft cocktail program that continues to get better and a wine list that would make anyone drool. Very reasonable pricing all the way around. A true value! and what . neighborhood gem......all this equals a superstar restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Live Sports, Great Beer, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We first tried Bru for lunch, it was wonderful so I looked at the dinner menu and liked what I saw. We brought a friend with us for dinner and she loved it. We will definitely keep Bru on our list of restaurants to enjoy with friends.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I ordered seafood sampler, overcook food and very salty

soup is good , Rib just fine , Prime Rib is good...
hope they can improved the food, the environment is nice because the food, i don't think i will come back here

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

IPA beer selection was poor. Ordered the ahi sandwich and was disappointed that it was open face

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Love BRU!!! Matt, the owner, always makes us feel welcome and at home- food is absolutely delicious, and atmosphere is upbeat and oh so happy!!! Live music adds to the ambience-

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Sr pepper ribs are super yummy.

Enjoy the ambiance as well...aleayd enjoy this place

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Came here for a business dinner...all the beer we kept having to order seemed to be sold out. When the food finally came it was cold. The service was not the best either. I come here for brunch and it's great, but I wouldn't do a business dinner here again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Terrific place to eat whether for lunch, brunch or dinner! Terrific wine and beer selection and the food is equally wonderful!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Fun
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

I was very impressed with the fact that BRU had Scottish Salmon on the menu, it was very good! The swordfish special was also outstanding. Can't wait to have an occasion to go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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