Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 1 time today
Special offers available. See details

Cafe Mozart

4.3
150 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Continental
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Continental, German, Austrian
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(949) 496-0212
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Hans Loschl
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Del Obispo
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
free on-site parking
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
2 blocks south of the train station
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Live piano music on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00-9:00
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom at Cafe Mozart! We'll be serving a 3-course menu with your choice of soup or salad, entree & dessert. Seating available in the dining room with live piano music, or by the fountain in our outdoor courtyard. $49.95 per person.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 150 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This was a great meal
Excellent martini
Crabcakes starter were wonderful
Delicate seasoning did not overpower the star of the dish
Endive salad with duck was spectacular
You cant prepare duck better than this and the endive was the perfect compliment
Seabass special was equally wonderful, perfectly cooked and complimented by the sauce and veggies
Dessert equally excellent and the perfect ending to an outstanding dinner
All the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and made the evening special
If you live in LA, or San Diego, as we do, its well worth the drive to San Juan Capistrano to go to Cafe Mozart
Thankyou all at Cafe Mozart

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Celebrated my birthday. Excellent food. Enjoyed the piano player. Cozy restaurant.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Overpriced. Food was lacking in taste and presentation.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Came with good friends for some good food which we had. Wine was good as well. Our waitress was very nice and accommodating for my gluten sensitivity. We enjoyed the piano music and a nice evening together. We ordered the special catch of halibut, the schnitzel with spätzle, scallops and the chicken wellington. Each one was delicious! We would recommend Café Mozart. Additionally , two years ago we hosted our son and daughter-in-laws rehearsal dinner there. Café Mozart made it a perfect evening even though it was pouring rain outside, they fit us all in to the bigger room off to the side. 70 of us had a very good time and it was a success thanks to all the detail that Café Mozart staff paid attention to. I'd highly recommend them as well for any special occasion you may have.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Hadn't been to Cafe Mozart for awhile, but it was everything it was advertised. The service was friendly and professional. The food was just outstanding in every way. It made for an extraordinary Valentine's Day date.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day here.
The food and service was good. I was just disappointed with the price and they had a special menu that they failed to disclose in their website. I previewed their website before I made the reservation. I was shocked when we arrived to see the price was doubled. They doubled the price which was not acceptable. The ambiance was not great either. It’s not a romantic place to celebrate a couples special occasion, it’s good for group not for couples. If I knew that they will double the price, we would of gone some where else.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Hadn’t been there for many years, dined there for Valentines Day and there were a lot of options on the prefixe menu. Great ambiance in a world of many loud restaurants so in favor these days. Will return soon!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

It was our Anniversary and we wanted to try something different. We were so glad to experience Cafe Mozart!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We made a reservation on open table before driving to the restaurant. We arrived 10 minutes early and were told that they hadn’t seen our reservation yet and they wrote down our name - and we were asked to come back 20 minutes later. We did and it took another 15 minutes to be seated. Clearly the restaurant was understaffed as it looked like there were some open tables . The restaurant lighting was also bright - way too bright!!!

On the positive side, the service was attentive once we were seated, the piano player was great, and apple strudel dessert was yummy.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

They were understaffed that night. But the help did their best to accommodate. Food was excellent, some of the best lamb I have ever had. Wine least is weak but acceptable. Might have handled the understaffed situation better as people arrived but our waitress was working hard and was nice, as I noticed the others working hard under the circumstances. I think this was just a rare issue with understaffed and slammed. Would come back. Had not been for maybe 20 years even though lived in the area the whole time. Will definitely come back. Will bring my own corkage though.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food , service and atmosphere are terrific. The menu is wonderful. I had the Wienerschnitzel. The only other restaurant I know that serves such a great Wienerschnitzel is in Vienna. It was a superb dining experience. The piano player provided just the right music!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The waiter worked really hard but the kitchen was REALLY slow also there was not Not enough help.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

This is my second time with Cafe Mozart. We came to celebrate our anniversary. I love the live piano playing most! The restaurant is a little bit old fashioned but that’s what I like about it. We ordered duck liver, escargot and beef Wellington. Those were great! I’ll definitely recommend it and come back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Cafe Mozart has a cozy atmosphere for dinner with friends. The piano playing provided a great atmosphere for our dinner and allowed for comfortable conversation. The food was authentic and the chef tended to our requests excellently. We will definitely visit Cafe Mozart again for lunch or dinner.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Solid rendering of classic German and Continental dishes. Excellent choice of German beers. The live piano playing of evergreen standards adds to the enjoyable dinner.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Great spot with Austrian food , walking distance from the Mission. outdoor dining is available in a courtyard setting set off from the the street. Delightful food, great beer selection , and desercs are not to be missed.
We were there for lunch, and the schnitzel sandwich and salad from the lunch menu were both simply prepared but outstanding. Save room for dessert . Recommended!
The enclosed picture is looking away from the restaurant towards the courtyard as seen from their outdoor seating area.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

A lovely place for lunch. Excellent bread pudding.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Nick was an excellent server. The gourmet meal is always delicious. I will always be a repeated customer.
.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

What a wonderful find! Have lived in area for 3 years and our first visit to restaurant was absolutely delightful. Great service, expertly prepared food, nice ambiance and able to have a conversation without huge noise. There was a piano player who played great dinner music at just the right volume and it sure enhanced the dining experience. Don't miss this hidden gem!! Definitely go back

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 25, 2017

The breast of duck was outstanding. The soup and salads very good. The accompanying red cabbage and spatzel portions were a bit skimpy. The service was attentive and the piano music was an appropriate touch for a Christmas dinner. I wasn't pleased at the increase in prices for this date but I guess it is to be expected as there are few good restaurants open on Christmas day.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant. We love the German food especially but everthing is very good. We highly recommend it.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Always great food & friendly service!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on December 2, 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Piano player provides an enjoyable evening dinning.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 23, 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 11, 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on November 11, 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!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on November 8, 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on October 21, 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!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on September 30, 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined 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!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 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.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 9, 2017

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

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
4