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About Chapter One: the modern local

A modern local is a new concept that is in a sense, the evolution of a gastropub. A culinary-centric, Public House that celebrates it's "local." Whether it's the seasonal, local, farm-to-table sourcing of our ingredients, the history of the local area, or the local resident that feels their sense of ownership here. Chapter One: the modern local is a product of its ideals and creative style as well as its community and local history. We are humble servants to our guests. Our commitment is to treat every guest like family and ensure that you feel the heart of the pub every time you walk in the door. No pretension, just good food and drink and great company.

227 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:30pm;

Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:30pm

Late Night Kitchen:

SUN - WED Late Night Menu 10:30PM 'til 12AM

THUR - SAT Late Night Menu 10:30PM 'til 1AM

Cross Street:
3rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 352-2225

Website:
http://chapteronetml.com/

Entertainment:
Follow us on Facebook for our event schedule!

Catering:
We offer many options for larger parties in our brand new Banquet Room. We offer party platers, drink ticket options, and are flexible. 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 Amy Schwan for more details:
714-361-6171

Parking Details:
Street parking and a large parking garage located directly across the street.

Public Transit:
Minutes away from Santa Ana Train Station and Regional Transportation Center. Downtown Santa Ana is located in the center of Orange County, so it is never too far from anybody!

Executive Chef:
Jason "Chicken Wang" Montelibano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Brunch Every Saturday AND Sunday!!!


AFTER OFFICE happy hour

Monday - Friday 2PM - 6PM


HALF OFF ALL SMALL PLATES!!

(seafood items excluded)

$5 Appetizers

$3 Off All Drafts

$7 Moscow Mules

$5 House Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon

$6 House Infusions

Private Dining

A beautifully decorated, private dinning room, with multi-media capabilities. Parties, meetings, luncheons, entertainment venue; endless possibilities.

Chapter One: the modern local Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We were a little early for our reservation. However, the very nice hostess seated us right away. Our waitress could have not been any better. She was very pleasant and attentive. We ordered three different things to share. All three were very good! We highly recommend Chapter One.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a beautiful valentines dinner, with my wife we were fortunate enough to sit at the table by the fireplace.
French onion soup was fantastic as well as my salad with Steak.

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·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I went for our 4 year anniversary! The food was so delicious, as always and our waiter was nice and very attentive. We love dining there!

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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was pretty good just thought it was a bit pricey for what we received. A company party was happening in an adjacent room, so that resulted in slower service and louder noise then we wanted. The beer list was great though!!!

Tags: Great Beer
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We arrived and stood by the host desk for 10 minutes before someone helped us. Once we were seated things went pretty fast. The drinks here are excellent but the food in my personal opinion looks good but due to lack of seasoning it is not rememberable. We had the mac and cheese with chicken, and two salads one with beef medallions and the other with shrimp that looked and taste as if they belong in a shrimp cocktail glass. Usually people grill the shrimp also the waiter told us the shrimp would be grilled.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Went to brunch thos past sunday with 6 friends..food was excellent, 11.00 bottomless mimosas with juice flight..service great too

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Came in for weekend brunch. Bottomless mimosas - my glass was never less than half full. The crab cake Benedict was delicious as was the poutine. Abner was fantastic.

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

I didn't feel OpenTable adequately portrayed this tester aunt.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Brunch was LIT, entertainment was on point! Nothing like a black rabbi singing his heart out to you 👌🏼

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Sunday brunch...had reservation and was seated promptly. Very loud inside, waiter frenetically trying his best to serve without appearing too harried. Had the SAS (southern style chicken fried steak with biscuits and gravy), was just ok. Not enough gravy on rock hard biscuits, no gravy on the steak which was breaded and fried with little flavor. Disappointing. Also had the crab cake benedicts which was tasty. The potato hash on the side was flavorless and overcooked, like potato croutons. A little salt and pepper could have elevated the flavors, but since there's none to be found on the tables, one can only assume the proprietors think their food cannot be improved upon. Sorry to say, it just ain't so.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 2018

It was a great time and the food was delicious, as always. I was sad to see, however, that the duck fat fries had changed. They changed companies and now they are simple shoestring fries, whereas before they were thick and delicious.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This experience was bad at first. Made a reservation well in advance, called and spoke to someone twice prior to reservation to make sure we had outdoor seating due to noise level inside and I was told they’d take note of this and make sure to have a table ready for me on Sunday. Sunday came along and the manager on duty said she saw the note left behind where I requested outdoor seating but let me know that she wouldn’t be able to accommodate due to lack of chairs (keep in mind, I see chairs being occupied by customers purses). After someback and forth and NO apology or alternatives from her, we get a booth. I have someone I assume was a waiter come to my table where I explained my situations and frustrations over what had just happened and he was AMAZING! He reparatedly apologized for something that was not his fault and that was greatly appreciated. He offered me a complimentary shot, since it was my birthday, and a Bloody Mary on the house, as well as a feee desert. He was great and knew how to treat a guest! And even if he wouldn’t have provided any free things, the fact that he offered a sincere apology and offered alternatives to the seating was so great! Food and brunch were great like always! But he definitely was what made the experience pleasant! Wish I would have cought his name! He is the only reason I choose to come back to chapter one, after the awful experience with the manager! Every one should be taking notes from him!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My mom wanted to try somewhere new for her birthday and this was a great choice. She wanted a REALLY early dinner so we made resevations for 5 pm. We parked in the structure across the street but it looks like there's parking behind the restaurant too. They validated parking for us, so no worries. The service here was spectacular. We were seated right away. Super knowledgeable wait staff and everyone is friendly. Cozy atmosphere. The artichoke spaghetti is delish. Other people in our party also gave top marks to the mac and cheese, steak salad, and the fries. Clever and tasty cocktail options. Very Instagram-ready presentations. We'll be back!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

easy parking, lots of seating, service/food/drinks were ok (nothing stood out)

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food and service! Friendly staff and a really good menu!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

New job celebration

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our first visit. Good service and a nice vibe to the place. We were with a party of five ladies on our way to a revival at the Frida Cinema, and we enjoyed the wine and ambience. I was thrilled to be able to order vegan spaghetti that was actually delicious, and not like an afterthought. Thank you, chef! I would come back for that reason alone.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food was great but service was the worst. It took about 20 min after seating is before we were asked if we would like something to drink. We had already gone up to bar but that service was slow as we’ll because bartender was doing shots and talking to friends on the other side of bar. 10 min after asking us for drinks they finely as if we would like to order them It took 45 min to get out meal . I would not recommend and I will never go back to this place.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I have been coming here since they opened. The food and drinks are amazing! It's always a good time at chapter One👍🏼

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Brunch. Get the S.A.S. Chicken fried steak and biscuits. Put it inside you.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food took forever to come out, it was mediocre. Expensive for burgers and fries.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pork & Pinot special event - amazing wines paired with phenomenal food. Always outstanding!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were here for an event called Pork & Pinot! Pinot wines paired with various dishes that included pork. The chef is an amazing artist that uses food to compliment the wine or vice versa. I am so sorry not to know the.cjefa name but I am willing to say on record he is one of the best and most progressive chefs in the OC. I've been to many wine dinners at fine dining restaurants but this chef is great! Thank you for a lovely evening of great food and good wine!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great, service was slow, and the over all vibe was loud. I had been here on a Sunday for Sunday brunch and if I EVER go back it will be on a Sunday not a Saturday again. I don't like having to spend extra for the parking because they ran out of validation stickers for the parking structure across the street. It was especially upsetting because my friend had called earlier that morning to confirm our parking ticket would be taken care of but surprise surprise when it's time to go they so easily say oh we're out of stickers until Monday.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Chapter One is a personal favorite of mine. Everyone is friendly and accommodating and the drinks are excellent. My girlfriend and I go at least once a week and we feel comfortable spending our money there more than anywhere else. We have built relationships with bartenders and servers and those relationships have gone a long way. I brought my family in recently for two straight weeks and they loved everything from the food and drinks to the ambiance. Rabbi Blue has become a friend of ours from our time there and its just a wonderful place.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Vegan, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Happy Hour, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Spicy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

First time dining here. A great urban vibe. Great cocktail list but minimal wine choices. The menu offers intering small plates, burgers, and large entrees. Generous portion sizes and a friendly, attentive waitstaff to serve them. Noise level is high, tho. We thought the food was well prepared. Only negative was the ahi ceviche was WAY too spicy. I am very comfortable with spicy fare, but this was much too much, and ended up not finishing it. Would definitely go back to this restaurant.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Lunch menu used to be far more interesting with a dozen or more main dishes. Options on this occasion were half that. The Philly I had (they don't call it that) was far below the quality of food that I have had at Chapter One on at about a eight other lunch occasions. The sliced beef was overcooked/tough and the cheese was no better than the nacho cheese you get at ballparks. I suspect they've had a business downturn for lunch and have had to cut back. Sadly, I'll take this restaurant off my business lunch options list.

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

I have been to this restaurant before and enjoyed it very much. However my group of 7 could hardly hear each other because the noise level was so high. The restaurant was extremely busy the evening we were there including a special group event that was right behind our table. I would recommend asking ahead of reservations whether there are any special events going on at the time you plan to dine.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Went here with my boyfriend for my birthday. It was definitely worth the drive up!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had a delicious time at chapter one Sunday brunch. Bottomless mimosas and included Peach pineapple strawberry and of course orange juice. Make sure you go on Sundays as you will enjoy the antics of Rabbi Blue who along with this accompanist Serenade a multitude of different songs and makes you the star of the brunch.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Interesting menu. Food well prepared and appealing to both the eyes and tastebuds. Our server was attentive. Priced well for the quality, quantity and uniqueness of the food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We ate the steak salad and Korean beef bowl. The salad was a good size and both meals were tasty. Good ambiance and attentive service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Brussel Sprouts, Duck Fat Fries and Korean Street Tacos are my go to items!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Go here for the weekend brunch, bottomless mimosas, and live music!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We especially enjoyed the variety of both small and large dishes. Our favorites were probably the roasted vegetables, brussels sprouts, and bacon-on-a-stick. Reasonable selection of draft beer, although a bit light on the darker stouts and porters. Great weekend spot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Hot Spot, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The menu is very diverse and interesting. My husband really liked the sea bass...my son really liked the flank steak. The area is very diverse and interesting too!

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Perhaps my expectations are higher, but I suggest that the team here has more work to do. The service was spotty, but not terrible. The pricing is okay,; neither expensive or inexpensive.

But the key is that the food did not impress. Ultimately nothing can work until this improves.

We had the duck fat fries, heirloom tomato salad, lumpia, and the Soufflé.

The soufflé was properly cooked, but vanilla is not ideal. Also, can someone tell restaurants to not drop all of the cream into the soufflé? Poor service. We asked the server not to pour it all in, but she was not in listening mode.

Could be much better, perhaps the team here just needs some time to work out challenges.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 14, 2017

If you're into progressive and evolving American cuisine, local craft beers and Moscow Mules, this is the place to spend a Friday night... hell, any night. I highly recommend this ex-bookstore turned glorious gastro-pub.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Lindsey was amazing. The reverend always puts on a great show. One of my fav brunches in oc

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Everything was great!! Food, service, and the live music!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music
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