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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.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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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:
Street parking and a large parking garage located directly across the street.
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!
Jason "Chicken Wang" Montelibano
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)
$3 Off All Drafts
$7 Moscow Mules
$5 House Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon
$6 House Infusions
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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