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Chapter One: the modern local, Santa Ana, CA

Chapter One: the modern local

4.6
4.6
551 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Our eclectic food and spirits fuse the exotic with the traditional, always created with our own playful twist. Our kitchen, led by executive chef Tony Castaneda, features local, sustainable, seasonal and all-natural ingredients. The atmosphere blends the pleasures of elegant dining with the relaxed conviviality of a local pub. Our cocktail list, highlighted by our award-winning fresh ginger Moscow Mules, also features over 200 whiskeys from around the world.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (714) 352-2225
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Tony Castaneda
  • Catering
    We offer many options for larger parties in our private event space, The Red Room. We offer party platters, drink ticket options, and customized menus. Let us know what you are looking for, and we should be able to not only accommodate, but to impress. Off-site catering is also available. Contact our Sales Department for more details: 714-914-4287
  • Private party facilities
    A beautifully decorated private dinning room with multimedia capabilities. Parties, meetings, luncheons, entertainment venue; endless possibilities.
  • Private party contact
    Jeffrey "JJ" Jensen: (888) 368-6995
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Ana
  • Cross street
    Broadway & 3rd
  • Parking details
    Street parking, a large parking garage located directly across the street, and a pay lot directly behind the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Minutes away from the Santa Ana Train Station and Regional Transportation Center. Downtown Santa Ana is located in the center of Orange County, so it's never too far from anybody!
  • Entertainment
    Follow us on Facebook for our event schedule!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 551 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Lively

  • North Orange County

    Good for business meals

  • North Orange County

    Neighborhood gem

  • North Orange County

    Lively

551 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was good. Food is the biggest downgrade. I used to tell everyone chapter one had the best burger in OC and duck fat fries. The first 4 trips I could say this but after my last time going it was just okay. They also changed the fries, total downgrade.

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  2. DanC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was good for Valentine’s Day dinner! Will go back again soon!

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  3. GabrielaG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was exquisite, as always. Cocktails could use some work.

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  4. BobN

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visiting from out of town, if we lived closer this could easily become our "go to." A quiet Tuesday evening dinner. Great food. Very attentive host/bartender.

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  5. melly

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a really fun place to eat. It’s very charming and has pub food, with a twist. You’re not getting the same old thing everybody else has. And their portions are huge! I got the small plate Mac and cheese, I couldn’t even finish it. I went for lunch, and it wasn’t extremely crowded, but there was a large crowd there and they were loud. I imagine it’s pretty loud at dinner with more people. The ambience is nice and there is parking, but be sure to have cash for the lot as they don’t do debit/credit cards.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for dinner with 4 gals for a friend’s birthday. We all loved it! The food and cocktails were fabulous. Not a big menu (which I like) but great options. I will definitely be going back. Service was great and fast. I’m already craving it!

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  7. PedroN

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to go on a date, it’s pretty laid back place

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  8. GabrielaG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’re regulars here and didn’t have plans for New Year’s Eve so decided to come here after receiving an email about their NYE menu. We were very impressed with our dining experience as usual. There were a few hiccups initially but it was extremely busy so no big deal. Dinner was excellent. My only critique is that the mac was a bit runny and the bacon bits were mostly fat/not crispy and lentils were a bit undercooked. Overall, delicious meal, would order again.

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  9. BrianT

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Our waitress was very friendly, made good recommendations, and food came out promptly and was delicious!

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  10. Dave

    Orange County

    71 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was our first visit … intrigued by the “duck fat fries”. The food menu is very sparse, but my wife and I both enjoyed our food …. My short ribs were very tasty. Not sure if this is a bar that serves some food; or if they will grow into a more dining establishment that serves some intriguing whisky selections. Either way, we plan a return visit soon.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner and would definitely return, rib-eye for the win although this time I ordered short beef ribs. Delicious 10/10 👌🏼

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  12. RudyR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the vibe of this place, it felt very comforting and friendly. Parking was a little messy, bring cash unless you want to park across the street. Drinks were made just right not watered down. Ordered appetizers, all very good, but I would highly recommend the mushroom flatbread. I ordered the steak and potatoes, medium, was a little overcooked but the flavor was perfect. Had the monkey balls for desert and they were good. Overall, a great experience and can't wait to come back here again.

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  13. JudyM

    Orange County

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was perfect.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Club vibe not so much for family with small kids or people who are sensitive to noise

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  15. loric

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sunday Funday here! good D.J. playing tunes with football on all channels. Came here for brunch - had the chilaquiles - they were delicious. Mimosas, Bloody Mary's and really great Mocktails too - would be a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon watching football, eating and listening to some good music. It "might" be a bit loud for some.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The location is well managed and the service is attentive. The food is delicious and well balanced. I recommend this place for any occasion.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a work celebration lunch here. Food was delicious and service was great. The music was super loud and I couldn’t always hear everyone out our table always.

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  18. BirdGirl

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant and eat here once a week. The food is fabulous. Great Chef and menu. We recommend and bring friends all the time. Especially recommend the Swim Shady salmon, so when they are out of salmon, we are disappointed. Last two times we were there, they seemed short staffed and were out of the salmon. Hope they can fix that. Otherwise, great place, food and staff. Very welcoming.

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  19. RosieL

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this venue. Food and service are great!! Location is perfect

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    They were extremely understaffed. 1 server for the whole restaurant. She was amazing but definitely overwhelmed. Everything else was good.

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  21. DanC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, cocktails, and service was really good. This was the perfect place to come and eat, drink, and watch baseball!

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  22. MercedesM

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We tried this spot for brunch on a Saturday, and they had a club DJ at 1 in the afternoon. It felt really strange, since the restaurant was nearly empty when we got there. We were sat right next to his booth, so we couldn’t really hear each other for the duration of the meal. Our server brought us waters and then didn’t return for about 30 minutes. I think the only saving grace was the mac and cheese.

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  23. ChristineD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    4 ladies out to dinner for a work reunion. All 4 meals were excellent! We had a variety of different entrees. Most menu items were very reasonable. There were 2 or 3 entrees that were a little pricey, but plenty f value elsewhere on the menu for a more frugal diner. Our server, Miranda, was EXCELLENT! So easy-going, kind and friendly! She delivered excellent service. We had a busboy, too, and he was awesome with his assist game. Nothing was missed, nothing was forgotten, from condiments to refilling drinks on cue! A very pleasant meal, all around!

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  24. BirdGirl

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything is fabulous at this restaurant. We ate there about once a week. We like it so much the staff are amazing. The chef really knows what he’s doing. He’s a real chef we have not had one dish that wasn’t prepared correctly and believe me we have gone through the menu! we like to sit by the window so we always book ahead with open table and get our table. It plays very cool music there. It’s a little bit loud for us as we are older but I think it’s perfect for most people. It’s very lively and it’s a great place to meet people and hang out at the bar too. We’ve eaten there for brunch lunch but mostly dinner and it’s always been absolutely great. Can’t recommend it enough -always tell our friends to go there.

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  25. SoCynCyr

    Orange County

    113 reviews

    3.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was good. The food was good. Prices are reasonable. I would have rated higher but I have mentioned some issues on previous visits and they are still off putting. The windows at the front, where booths are, are covered in smears and handprints. It looks nasty and washing the windows isn't that difficult. The seats on the booths are just as nasty and some are torn. Literally covered in food stains and on this visit, actual food. The lack of cleanliness within the restaurant makes me wonder about the kitchen.

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  26. WilliamL

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great! Service was very good Good value. A bit loud.

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  27. DuaneV

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant staff. Delicious fries. And tasty Mojito. Garage parking just across the street.Very convenient to attend the Wayward Artist Theater

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  28. Chris

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome brunch atmosphere. Great food, good value for the mimosa flight, and a great DJ making the Sunday morning experience just right.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great drinks, great food

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  30. Laurie

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around great experience. Our server was energetic and attentive. The food was served timely and was absolutely delicious (I recommend the chilaquiles). We had the michelada and it was on point.

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  31. grisel

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it here! Good food and awesome service. We will be back

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  32. Dane

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best places in Southern California for food and drinks. Absolutely love everything here and the service is always incredible.

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  33. TinaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the vibe and the food. It was such a casual and fun place to hang out. The servers were attentive and at the same time, chill. We were there for over two hours and never felt rushed to leave. The food was so good! I highly recommend the lumpia and mushroom flat bread. Looking forward to returning soon!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Customer service was incredibly wonderful. They listen to me and skillfully brought out our small plates at appropriate intervals along with our drinks. Seating was incredibly comfortable not too close to other people. Food and drinks were outstanding. Completely satisfied with everything and I highly recommend trying to pork egg rolls which were incredible. We purchased four small plates to share and I believe you order to around eight alcoholic drinks which came in at under 250 with a generous tip. Highly recommend and will be going again. The one caveat I would say is that this place has a wonderful atmosphere but it is on the louder side. I personally have a hearing issue but I was still able to have conversation at my table.

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  35. Kilted1

    Los Angeles

    69 reviews

    3.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It was the wrong choice for lunch with my family, much more a meet-up feel than a family place. Music was absolutely blasting when we walked in, but they were able to help us get a seat outside where it was much quieter. Service staff was really good, Branson, was our server and really took good care of us. Food was delicious, though the only disappointment out of the kitchen was the brussel sprouts...seemed to be under cooked. But the lumpia was awesome, the chilaquiles fantastic, the french toast massive and great and the duck fat fries didn't last but 3 minutes before they were all gone.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing! Our server was very nice but we had to ask for silverware and napkins and dishes weren’t cleared before desert served or entree served we had to ask them. We came late and the music was so loud we had to shout to have a conversation. Bar area was hopping and only 2 or 3 tables in back area and it seems like they could have turned the music down in there so the tables could at least have a conversation. But food was seriously amazing and the desert the vanilla soufflé was to die for!

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  37. RachelM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Came here for a small group outing and it was perfect! It was a little loud but that’s to be expected for a sports bar during a Lakers game :) The booth in the corner was perfect for our group and our server was great. I would definitely come back with my group.

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  38. orangeman

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice place in the heart of the next big thing..then the Lakers game came on...fun, but loud.

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  39. sayranet

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVEEEED this place! Out of all of the restaurants we visited during our week in the Anaheim area, this was our absolute FAVORITE! Cocktails were divine. Lumpa, tacos, souffle -- it was all delicious. And the service was fantastic! HIGHLY recommend!

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  40. Dinner

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Basically a bar with good food and it even has a sort of nightclub vibe, not necessarily in a good way. The food is great though. Very adventurous menu, especially for a bar. If they just classed up the inside a little, they’d probably do even better.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chapter One: the modern local does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Chapter One: the modern local also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 352-2225.

Chapter One: the modern local is rated 4.6 stars by 551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chapter One: the modern local

227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Broadway & 3rd
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Ana
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Mon–Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–2:00 am Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street parking, a large parking garage located directly across the street, and a pay lot directly behind the restaurant.
  • Public transit
    Minutes away from the Santa Ana Train Station and Regional Transportation Center. Downtown Santa Ana is located in the center of Orange County, so it's never too far from anybody!
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Tony Castaneda
  • Entertainment
    Follow us on Facebook for our event schedule!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (714) 352-2225
  • Catering
    We offer many options for larger parties in our private event space, The Red Room. We offer party platters, drink ticket options, and customized menus. Let us know what you are looking for, and we should be able to not only accommodate, but to impress. Off-site catering is also available. Contact our Sales Department for more details: 714-914-4287
  • Private party facilities
    A beautifully decorated private dinning room with multimedia capabilities. Parties, meetings, luncheons, entertainment venue; endless possibilities.
  • Private party contact
    Jeffrey "JJ" Jensen: (888) 368-6995
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