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Chapter One: the modern local

4.5
303 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Our eclectic food and spirits fuse the exotic with the traditional, always created with our own playful twist. Our kitchen, led by executive chef Jason "Chicken Wang" Montelibano, 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Saturday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday
Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:30pm Nightly

Late Night Kitchen:
Sunday - Thursday 10:00pm 'til 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00pm 'til 1:00am
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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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Catering
We offer many options for larger parties in our brand new private event space, The Red Room. We offer party platters, 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 our Sales Department for more details:
714-914-4287
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd
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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 the 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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Entertainment
Follow us on Facebook for our event schedule!
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Special events & promotions
Brunch Every Saturday AND Sunday!!!

"After Office" Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday 2PM - 6PM and ALL NIGHT on Tuesdays!
HALF OFF ALL SNACKS!
$3 Off All Drafts
$7 Moscow Mules
$5 House Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon
$6 House Infusions
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, 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 303 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Everything was yummy good ! The waiters were very good with their recommendations! Loved everything we had ! Pork buns,pasta and the sauce was to die for !! The orange salad with burrata was delicious! Lavender ice cream with vanilla cake and strawberry OmG !!! I have spent way more money for far less tasting food!! So worth it ! 😋

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was good, I was a bit disappointed that they took their AMAZING Apple Pancakes off the menu, but the food was still good. The service was good, atmosphere was festive, champagne flowed with good consistency, I rarely had to look for someone to fill my glass. I made a reservation so that was good because seats were hard to come by otherwise.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We were here for dinner and it happened to be St. Pattys Day. We sat down right away, there were 6 of us, and service was excellent and the food is amazing. We started with brussel sprouts, and duck fat fries. For entree they had a chicken Boxty that everyone ordered and raved about it. I had the burrata citrus salad and it was divine.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Our meal was unique and very good. I had the octopus and shrimp ceviche as well as the Brussel sprouts, which worked really well together. My husband got the chicken and brought most of it home, as he shared my meal.
The service was prompt and friendly. On Tuesday, Happy Hour runs all night and the pours were generous.
It was a bit of a drive, but we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great service, great food, good location, good ambiance!

Only issue - I made reservation through OpenTable and noted that we were celebrating a special occasion birthday but this was not noted by restaurant nor did they ask during service. Not sure if this is on OpenTable or restaurant issue.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Went to try out the restaurant for restaurant week and had some really good food for a great price. I had the tomahawk pork chop which was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

What a fun place to get Happy Hour drinks and bar food! Supper service!

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We came because of restaurant week. We are glad we did. The menu choices were different - which is what we look for. Everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The service was great and we tried all the appetizers on the menu. The mango martinis where spicy and tasted great.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Myself, my wife and daughter had dinner at Chapter One for the first time and the food was amazing. Our waitress, Lindsey, was great too. The Tapas style small plates were perfect for sharing. Their Brussels Sprouts were some of the best we have had anywhere from New York to Miami to LA. The Shrimp Taquitos, Salmon Rilletes and Korean Street Tacos... muy delicioso.
The service, food and wine were all very impressive and we will be returning to this place right in the heart (neighborhood of the Arts) of downtown Santa Ana.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

If you’re looking for a fun place to have brunch, definitely go to Chapter One. The food is great and the service is AMAZING. Our server, Abner, went above and beyond. Easily one of my favorite restaurants.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The overall experience was good. Only one tiny comment regarding sisig fries. It really wasn’t authentic sisig. It was more like pulled pork fries. Other than that. Everything else was good.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 10, 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!!!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 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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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

New job celebration

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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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👍🏼

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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