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Chapter One: the modern local, Santa Ana, CA

Chapter One: the modern local

4.6
4.6
473 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 473 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North Orange County

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  1. C

    Captain23

    Exclusive

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Craft drinks were a hit! The burger was amazing and big enough for two meals. Salmon salad and the salmon entree were worthy of a return visit for sure. Looking forward to going back to watch some games and enjoy more food and drink.
  2. R

    Ryan

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time! Dishes were amazingly good and cocktails are on point with cute names to boot. Had the Don’t Stop Beleafing with Henricks and it was stunningly good
  3. SS

    StantonS

    Yosemite

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food
  4. JH

    JacobH

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a great spot to have a mimosa and listen to some great music.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Citrus very good and the steaks were cooked to perfection. We had our grandson with us and it’s a little loud so I would not recommend this for kids at all especially at dinner. But for night out with adults it’s just perfect
  6. E

    Eric

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food is always good. Service can be hit or miss.
  7. V

    Veteran

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I like this olace. The owner is great and all the people working there have great attitudes including the chef. I will be back again soon.
  8. MG

    MarkG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My group of 11 all loved the service and the food and will return again!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. We ordered the barramundi, shrimp tacos, and poke bowl with yellowfin tuna. It was all wonderful. The cosmopolitan cocktail was the best my friend had ever had. Our waiter was attentive and efficient and had a lovely Irish accent. A new rye whiskey was amazing!
  10. MD

    MichaelD

    Orange County

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Just had drinks. No food this time. Will have to come by another time for food. Drinks were great though. Interesting vibe inside.
  11. RT

    RichT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met a friend for lunch, not having ever been to Chapter One. Ambience was warm and inviting. Our waiter was friendly and responsive. Never felt rushed. I ordered the chicken caesar salad. It was excellent, beyond my expectations. Cannot say one bad thing about my experience. I plan on returning.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and even better food. We did more appetizers than A main course. We also had the bread pudding and ice cream which were amazing. We will definitely be back!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Love the food and drinks here! Brunch is always a good time here. And the parking garage across the street is first hour free!
  14. K

    Kgodd

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was great and food was great too
  15. W

    Wendy

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed their happy hour. Margaritas, shrimp taquitos, vegan tacos - all gorgeous and delicious. Great quality. Thank you host & server Tyler for taking such good care of our party of two.
  16. o

    oceanfly

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This used to be one of our favorite restaurants and we have not been in a few years, and I feel that it’s changed quite a bit and lost what made it special. The menu does not have the expected variety and chef-inspired food, the ambience is less intimate, and the service was just okay. My husband and I are disappointed and likely will not return.
  17. D

    Dibz

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All good … our second time back. Royale with cheese was epic!
  18. ML

    MonaLisa

    Orange County

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good vibes only. This unique little spot has an all are welcome feel. My wife and I went for brunch at noon. We were seated outside as we had our dog with us. It has the feel of a sidewalk cafe with an edge. Sunshine, great friendly service, interesting food and club/dance music playing made for fun brunch. So not basic. I had the steak and eggs served Argentine style with a delish jalapeño hollandaise sauce. Yep, jalapeño and now I might be addicted to it. I say if you’re looking for something beyond the usual, try Chapter One.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Father’s Day dinner celebration
  20. CP

    CarPad

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, attentive waitstaff. Generous drinks. We’re not from the area, but if we were, we’d be regulars.
  21. JP

    JessicaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Call the food was really good! We ended up just getting a bunch of appetizers to share and really liked it. The lumpia was my favorite and the cocktails were tasty and quite strong. We had a large party of 10 and our server was great!
  22. CS

    ClaudiaS

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a Middle School graduation at Chapter One. Everyone loved the food and the drinks, plus the server was very attentive and nice. Has a great time at Chapter One!
  23. MD

    MariaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Good just ok. Place messy at bar area with dozens of dirty glasses on bar. Patio is just outside tables, no ambience.
  24. JH

    JenniferH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had several small plates and they were all great, esp. duck bao buns, egg rolls, and tacquitos. Absolutely amazing flavors, excellent concept through execution. And really good value for the money. Fun atmosphere in a former library downtown Santa Ana.
  25. S

    Spotspot85

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to be trendy and eat great food, don’t expect a quiet place
  26. JC

    JanC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The souffle was amazing as was the accompanying ice cream. Defiinitely save time and room for it.
  27. n

    nyla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally had such a great time for brunch, even though they ran out of what I originally wanted (french toast). The steak and potatoes was amazing and our servers were super kind and attentive! Will be making the drive out to Santa Ana to eat here again
  28. JN

    JenniferN

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a friends birthday and they were very attentive, offering birthday shots and giving us great suggestions for food and drink orders as it was our first time. The food was delicious and the drinks were tasty! Love that they have house made ginger beer. It was a GNO so the music playing made it a great night to eat and dance and just hang out. After dinner inside, we moved to the patio for more drinks and catching up and the music was still playing outside. We will def return to try the other food on the menu!
  29. DM

    DebraM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tyler, our server, made the evening just great. He had excellent suggestions for both food and drink which we enjoyed. Thanks for the great service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had 7 and got a last minute reservation for a Saturday night! The place was packed so luck must have been on our side. We ordered 4 - 20oz rib eyes with blue cheese crust, broccolini sides, Mac and cheese, etc. the steaks were cooked perfectly to order and we gorged ourselves. Their old fashions rocked and they even brought us an extra drink we didn’t order at no charge, a whisky and coffee which we wouldn’t have ordered but to try it, totally worked!! Can’t wait to come back. The staff was attentive & excellent.
  31. JP

    JulieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat inside and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The cocktails are creative and delicious. Each of us tried a different entree from the menu. All were delicious. We will be back!
  32. MH

    MicheleH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super service from waiter and manager Rashad ( not sure on spelling)
  33. PM

    PatriciaM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Our serviced was very nice. Food was great. A manager I think his name was Rashaen came by to check on us. He was awesome too. Good experience overall. Will return.
  34. MH

    MaryH

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience1
    Seemed like we were eating in
  35. GM

    GeorgeM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my wife’s Birthday and we had a blast! Service was very friendly, food was delicious, atmosphere was upbeat, and the drinks kept flowing! Lol. I definitely recommend this place!
  36. AD

    AntDiner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe, great food. It got a little loud, but we were a two-top so it was no problem. Will definitely go again.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chapter One is always our favorite spot for team meetings and date nights! Our whole company comes here often and we’re never disappointed with the service or the food! 💙
  38. LL

    LupeL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for Brunch and to have family over.
  39. E

    Evelyn

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as was the wait service.
  40. C

    Chelsey

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    It was WAY TO LOUD IN THE MAIN DI NING ROOM BY THE KITCHEN. I COULDN'T TALK TO MY FRIENDS. IF YOU PLAY MUSIC CONTROL THE VOLUME IN DIFFERENT SPACES. !

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 473 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 9 times today
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

  • 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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