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About Cafe Mozart

Located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano, Cafe Mozart offers fine dining in a comfortable Old World setting. Our dinner menu features classic Continental cuisine with a variety of German specialties. Our lunch offerings include homemade soups, fresh salads, schnitzels & bratwurst. We have a full bar available, an extensive wine list and a great selection of German & Austrian beers. Enjoy an elegant dinner with live piano music on Friday & Saturday evenings, or a casual lunch in our outdoor courtyard.

31952 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, German, Austrian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tues - Thurs: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Fri - Sun 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Tues - Thurs: 5:00pm - 8:00pm;
Fri & Sat: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Closed Monday

Cross Street:
Del Obispo

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 496-0212

Website:
http://www.cafemozart.net/

Entertainment:
Live piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00-9:00

Parking Details:
free on-site parking

Public Transit:
2 blocks south of the train station

Executive Chef:
Hans Loschl

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us for our special 3-course Christmas dinner on December 24th or 25th, from 4:00-8:00. Our dining room is decorated for the holidays, and we'll have live piano music on Christmas day.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Join us for our special 3-course Christmas dinner on December 24th or 25th, from 4:00-8:00. Our dining room is decorated for the holidays, and we'll have live piano music on Christmas day.

Cafe Mozart Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (11)
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Creative Cuisine (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Always great food & friendly service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is one of the few restaurants that offer beef and chicken wellington and it's delicious. The pastry is cooked to perfection. The soups are wonderful too, plus the desserts.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Piano player provides an enjoyable evening dinning.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving. I found out they had halibut on Thanksgiving and that is my favorite meal. OMG! This dinner was the best meal I have had in 63 years. We have traveled and we are foodies. The halibut Thanksgiving dinner was beyond amazing. I dream about that meal. I am going to call the restaurant and see if they can do this same meal for my husband's birthday on the 14th of Dec.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is our second time here and again the food and service is fantastic. we'll definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a charming restaurant with entertainment to boot. I do not especially care for German food so the Sauerbraten that I ordered was dry and tasteless save for the brown gravy that it was smothered in. My wife had Schnitzel which she said was soggy rather than crisp. The beer was delicious as was the baked brie we had as an appetizer. I also enjoyed the strudel. If I do return, I will have something other than German cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We like the formality of tablecloths, linen napkins etc., and the attentiveness of the waiter without being overbearing. It was my husband’s birthday and he thought the evening was extra special with excellent stroganoff, quiet ,love songs, and pleasant ambience. Thank you!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Food was excellent as the chef took pride in what he did. I had the halibut special and it was great. Did not like that they opened the wine bottle in the kitchen prior to bringing to me. Also, the lighting was very bright and sterile with killed the ambiance but the classical music helped.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Wiener Schnitzel tasted like in Austria. I‘m impressed! And the desserts were amazing!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was such an incredibly delicious dinner and we really enjoyed the atmosphere and especially the authenticity of the menu and the quality of the food! We got married here over 30 years ago and we came back a couple years ago for Christmas Eve dinner which was the BEST holiday dinner ever!!! We LOVE this place and we will enjoy it regularly from here forward. I highly recommend this restaurant especially if you have family or friends in town, take them here. Its very reasonably priced as well, it was a perfect evening! I will be back twice a month because I want to order every item on the menu! I had the Jaeger Schnitzel with mushrooms, red cabbage and spetzle noodles, my friend had the filet mignon and everyone else ordered the Beef Stroganoff, it was all incredible!

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful German food! Hard to find in OC. Sauerbraten was excellent. Restaurant was empty on a Saturday night at 7:30? Worth a visit if you like authentic German cuisine. Service was very attentive. We will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Piano too loud and long. Play softer for background music and do 2 to 3 pieces And take a break.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful German Cuisine in a very quaint setting. Everything was wonderful. We had the sauerbraten and the mixed grill (bratwurst & pork schnitzel) Everything is served with red cabbage and either spaetzle or potatoes au gratin. I know of no other place like it in So Orange County

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We had a brand new server who clearly had not had enough training. The restaurant was relatively empty and there were other servers there doing very little. I felt sorry for the server however it was annoying waiting and waiting and waiting to be served.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 21, 2017

My daughter and I had a wonderful experience at Café Mozart. The chef, who is from Austria, came out an spoke with my daughter who would be traveling to Austria soon with her school choir. The food and service were all excellent. We also had a nice talk with our waitress, Carla. We will definitely be going back soon I hope!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Live Music, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We hadn't visited this neighborhood restaurant in over 20 years. We were pleasantly surprised at the homemade quality of the German food on the menu. My husband ordered the Beef Wellington and enjoyed the liver pate and pastry, but felt a higher level of beef should have been used. The Russian piano/accordion player was a real treat to enjoy conversation with and linger over our dinners. Highly recommend this restaurant and we keep scratching out head as to why it wasn't packed on a Friday night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The entire night there was only one other couple. 4 people in an hour. Too quiet. Needs energy and a menu ingredient change.

More fun as a beer garden ala Octoberfest!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a wonderful Easter lunch there with the family. The staff were exceptional. Very accommodating for our 3 year old. We will be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 9, 2017

If you like German food, this is the place to go. Service was great & it was cozy.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 26, 2017

My husband and I had taken our parents to Cafe Mozart as a belated Christmas present. We were hoping for a nice, quiet brunch and instead we had to share a room with some kind of Shower. We also had to share our server with the shower as well. Our server was nice, but over worked and it took forever to get our soup, then forever to get our food (which was barely warm). I am a cook, and for what we received it was over priced and very average. We were disappointed and
wished we had chosen some where else to celebrate.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2017

It's a one hour drive for me to dine at Cafe Mozart. Well worth the drive!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Food is always amazing. Deco is somewhere between old world and a little out dated, but still perfectly fine to entertain guests. Been here a few times and the staff is always very friendly and attentive, but always seems a little short staffed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 9, 2017

My wife and I went for our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. We will most certainly return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Loved it. It was raining pretty hard so we were really the only ones in the restraunt but the ambiance was great the mood was perfect. The food tasted just like my grandma made me as a kid. Authentic german food for sure. Very homey food

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Cafe Mozart is in an attractive little center with easy parking. It was quieter than expected with only three tables being used when we arrived at 7:00. A couple of other tables had been cleared but not reset so there were other diners who arrived earlier. The restaurant was neat and clean and the food was excellent. My wife and I are small eaters so we each had a salad and split the main course which was plenty of food. All in all, we enjoyed it but will not include it in our normal rotation of restaurants. We may go again for a special occasion when one comes up.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The chef is Austrian, so expect some traditional (delicious) items.
There should be something to please most palates. Menu is diverse.
Service was warm and efficient.
Decor, European elegance.
Fabulous desserts. There ares few places remaining like this one in south OC.
It really deserves a try. I know we will be returning and sharing the place with friends.
It was a mini vacations. Kudos.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baja California)·Dined on February 12, 2017

We all had a delightful experience. One person in our group had not been to this restaurant before and said it was a good find.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Quiet, a bit hidden away, but worth finding. Food was excellent, and the choices are not what you will find everywhere - Beef Wellington, schnitzel, venison, escargot. Service was very attentive but server forgot my appetizer until the main course arrived. We had a strudel desert that was excellent.

While the restaurant was almost full, it was very quiet even with a live pianist. My wife estimated the average age of the patrons at 60 - Old World dining for sure.

Cafe Mozart is a good choice if you're looking for a white-tablecloth kind of place for quiet conversation and food choices that you can't find everywhere.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great dinner and Amanda provided superb service. We'll be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We arrived for late lunch Saturday. It was our first visit to this place. Saw no customers, one server and one helper on duty. Asked the waiter what is good and what he recommends, got an obnoxious response of "eat whatever you want everything is good". As we tried to engage him further to find out interesting menu items we got similar response. We gave up, ordered something and left very disappointed with service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2017

This was my first time at this restaurant and I'd absolutely recommend it. I read the reviews about spotty service, but have to say I was very happy with the young man who waited on us. The food was excellent, staff was attentive and it was overall a great experience.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Our server was disorganized and bordered on rude when asked about wine and dessert

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Very charming location inside and out. Very nice service. Unusual menu with delicious Bavarian selections. I have already recommended to two other couples.
Thank you for and excellent lunch!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Awful. The table service was sub-par with poor follow up on our orders. Appetizers we're ordered but only half came out on time...the remainder inexplicably came out with the main courses. Almost everything came out cold and tasteless. Sure it was a busy pre-holiday night, but this place has been at this for years. The absence of quality control in the kitchen was never more evident than we experienced here. Message to the Chef....try tasting this stuff!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Our server was somewhat confrontational and argumentative. He acted like a know it all, not only with us, but also with another guest near our table. He may think he knows all about wine & food pairings but don't argue with the guest if they think otherwise!
Our meals were very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2016

The food was excellent as usual but the service was a little stressed on this occasion due to a very large party which also accounted for the higher than normal noise level. In spite of that anomaly I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2016

was a great Thanksgiving :) will be back again with my mom!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2016

We had only a single person interface with CM staff. The young man provoked negative remarks from most of us. Arrogant and dictatorial in responding to our concerns; we must sit outside! (wouldn't discuss it-one of our group had recent skin surgery and requested inside out of sun.) Rushed us to order just as we were seated getting reacquainted; he made repeated comments about the need for fast pace-had to secure the patio area. After being admonished by the group, his attitude improved. Our worst experience among a dozen meals at CM.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2016

We celebrated two birthdays on a week night and had a lovely table outside with the pretty lights in view. The dinners were delicious (we had the halibut special) and the server was very personable. But the restaurant was really empty with only one other table occupied. Don't know if this is typical. The waitress said it wasn't. It certainly deserves having more people to choose it.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2016

What a nice evening we had at Cafe Mozart. The wait staff and live piano was very charming. The Beef Wellington - delicious! Save room for dessert, though!! Pumpkin cheesecake was amazing.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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