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Chapter One: the modern local

281 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Fit for Foodies (8)
  • Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(714) 352-2225
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason "Chicken Wang" Montelibano
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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:

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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking and a large parking garage located directly across the street.
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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!
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Special events & promotions
Brunch Every Saturday AND Sunday!!!

AFTER OFFICE happy hour

Monday - Friday 2PM - 6PM


(seafood items excluded)

$5 Appetizers

$3 Off All Drafts

$7 Moscow Mules

$5 House Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon

$6 House Infusions
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

Private Dining

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

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What 281 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner 
Dined 4 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined 5 days ago

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!

vipEssJay (San Diego)
Dined 6 days ago

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!

Dined 6 days ago

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

Toni (Orange County)
Dined on January 10, 2018

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

Susan (Orange County)
Dined on December 30, 2017

New job celebration

vipMarlajfish (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 17, 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.

Zues (Los Angeles)
Dined on December 11, 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.

OpenTable Diner 
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👍🏼

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
Dined on November 26, 2017

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