Citrus Cafe

3.9
89 Reviews
$30 and under
American

About

Citrus Cafe is a bustling neighborhood restaurant in the city of Tustin. The food is American-Californian in spirit, whose simple appearance bellies its depth of flavor. We are committed to using the freshest ingredients and along with our friendly service, we continue to remain a favorite year after year with our loyal customers. The wine list, like the food, focuses on California and changes often as we discover new wines.
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.1
service
3.5
ambience
3.9
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KarenC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The food was cold,hollandaise sauce had no flavor and the service was poor. The water was never refilled . A disappointing experience at best.

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NikkiS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was amazing however, ambiance and decor is quite average

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Easter brunch, great service, nice place. We'd come again!

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CANative
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come here often for breakfast. The menu is great, food is well prepared and generous. There is rarely a wait, yet it's always pretty busy. We can sit outside with the dogs which we do most of the time. Always excellent service!

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lov2dine
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we just want to be comfy and have a nicely served meal, we think of Citrus Cafe. It is 'local' and kind of unique in that they have a private dining room, a bustling breakfast and lunch crowd and a steady, if lighter dinner crowd and booths where you can feel cozy and actually hear one another better. This gives us a safety net when needing a quick go-to for dinner!
Fun for a foursome on a date night. Not pretentious, but they're serious about their food and their servers are typically warm, friendly, capable and most helpful! They even serve a classic "liver and onions"...which is a fave of a dear friend who says Citrus Cafe's liver is always primo! So, in short, this was another tasty and enjoyable dinner with a smiling and helpful server at our beckon call.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nothing was great but nothing was bad. Serving sizes are generous. I had the recommended meatloaf and I like my mother's recipe better. Service was brusk but not quite rude; competent, so it didn't bother. It was perfect ambiance for the situation; a family gathering after a memorial service where the company was more important than the dining experience. The ambiance was perfect for relaxing and talking. If visiting is the focus, I would recommend; if the dining experience is the focus, I might look elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't see our reservation. Service was slow and terrible. Been here a few times but this is the last time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Surprise. We had not eaten here for more than a year; last time awful. This time good service, good food and pleasant background (background! We could talk and enjoy our meals!)music. Very helpful and attentive waiter.

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vipTPBR
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation because it was Saturday and we weren't sure how busy the patio would be at noon (we brought our dogs). We were seated quickly and served just as fast. The food is always fresh and flavorable with good portion sizes.

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vipCapo
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great place to meet with friends for casual breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The server was thoughtful. My daughter decided to bring the rest of her pancakes home. He got her the box and brought along some syrup in a small cup to go as well.

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CharlesC
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, the BEST bread wth a Caesar salad tasting dipping sauce. Very good service, nice ambiance. Continental cuisine, nothing real special as far as food. Good for a business meeting, Good location to meet someone. I'll be back for sure.

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vipotter
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great patio for bringing your dog. Loved their breakfast hash browns too!

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SoozinCA
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had been to Citrus Cafe a few times and enjoyed it, but I am sorry to say this time was a disappointment. I ordered the Spinach and Chicken salad which included apples, however they were not fresh and crispy as expected in a salad, but like the filling of an apple pie: cooked, spiced and sweetened, in large, soft pieces. When combined with the mustard dressing it gave the salad an unpleasant flavor. The rest of my party had sandwiches, one a French Dip which he said was OK, the others had a pastrami Reuben and a chicken club, neither finished. Our server was efficient, but not very congenial.

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BritFan
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff is always so nice an attentive! Great service, yummy food and fantastic value!

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vipBond007
Los Angeles
137 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great restaurant for breakfast. Food was surprisingly good and service was great.

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Sushimom
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter went out of the way to accomodate all our requests. Our entrees and appetizer were delicious. Portions were so large that they provided another meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Dining staff very pleasant and friendly. The Greek cheese appetizer was very tasty, though there was enough for four people. The entrees were fair, large portions. The first wine I chose off the menu was not available. Convenient location to where we were staying.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience1

We arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation and the gentleman at the podium seemed flustered and annoyed we were early, saying they were still finishing seating previous reservations. We waited while people walked up to the podium and were told it was a 10-15 minute wait. We were finally seated 10 minutes after our reservation time, so a 20 minute wait, 5 minutes longer than walk-ups. And I think only then because I went up and asked again. The food was good, but it was Father's Day and they had $4 mimosas and bloody mary's... There were several large groups and 2 of them were actually screaming, not talking loud, screaming. No one asked them to keep it down. Service was mediocre with my having to track the server down for the check. Friends have said they love coming here, but probably trying it for the first time on a holiday was not a great plan.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were meeting friends and wanted a place to talk while eating. At first, the noise level was too loud in the main dining area so we asked to be seated in the back room which was much better until a couple of groups came in. We all enjoyed our food. The servings were large and very good. Two of us had the lunch special and the others a sandwich and a salad/sandwich combo. We would definitely go back if we were in the area.

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vipThomasH
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu: Very good with plentiful choices. Staff: Courteous, attentive and responsive. Food: Prepared well, tasty and ample. Pricing: $$, as advertised and competitive. Accessibility: Excellent location, on the corner of Red Hill and Edinger, not far from either the I-5 or 55 Freeway.

Caught the attention of myself and my business associate; we shall be returning for lunch there.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food is fantastic and are server Guillermo was great and great person with his hospitality

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vipRonR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Took my mom there for Mother's Day. There are not too many choices in the area for brunch so we picked this place based upon the reviews. I would say the food was average-certainly not fit for a foodie! They didn't have fresh-squeezed orange juice, which was a disappointment. They did a good job of getting us seated on a busy holiday, but the food was lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We hosted a luncheon for 20 to celebrate Administrative Assistants Day. It's not easy to wait on a large crowd all of whom ordered something different. It took a while for the waitress to take our order, but once she did and the food was served, everything was just fine. Everyone was able to order just they wanted.

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luv2dine
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Menu was very acceptable, and the entrees were more than ample. The house wine was
very good. The one thing thing that really stood out was the attentiveness of our waiter. He was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and my favorite meal here is bru much/breakfast. great portions!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I DRESSED FOR WINTER AND STILL IT WAS COLD. ASKED THEY TURN UP THE HEAT AND IT NEVER WAS COMFORTABLE ENOUGH. MY HUSBAND HAD TO DO OUT TO THE CAR TO GET ANOTHER JACKET TO PUT OVER MY JEANS!
FOOD WAS GOOD. I LIKED THE MEDITERRANEAN OMELETTE. EASY TO STAY ON MY HEALTHY EATING DIET.
OVERALL I WOULD GO AGAIN, BUT IT'S NOT A FAVORITE.

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DebbyS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

something different, new and relaxing! Very friendly staff, menu selection was good! We all had a hard time deciding! Must try the Poki Salad, Farfalle Chicken Pasta, Scallops and Mussels!

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viphotpink
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service has been going downhill since my first experience there.

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MothersDayBrunch
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant and Jorge was an excellent waiter, very friendly and informative. He was polite and attentive. Would go here again and would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Found this restaurant on a business trip to the area. Used a restaurant.com coupon and it was well worth it. The lamb shank was well worth the price. Very big and filling. You will definitely not leave hungry.

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vipalteredego
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited Citrus Cafe within the past several days. I disagree with other reviewers that compare this restaurant with a garden variety Denny's or Coco's. The food here was far superior and the service was excellent. I had a Cobb's scramble which was great and better than most breakfasts I have had in "coffee-shop" environments. Give it a try and see if you agree.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2015
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Sorry to say I was disappointed in the food. I ordered a French Dip and had to send it back. Nothing but fat.

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NotKeifer
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

French Toast, roasted potatoes and breakfast burrito were wonderful.

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GoodStuff
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Citrus Cafe is amazing, and the portions are large, so bring your appetite. The service is great as well. The prices are reasonable especially considering your basically getting two meals with every order! I can't stop ordering the pot roast!

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vipGreatspot
Orange County
130 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2015
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Our server was slow. The food was mediocre at best. Price was fine. Room for improvement all the way around.

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ocdiner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2015
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We went here for a Sunday breakfast/brunch and had low expectations going in. This is just a regular old chain type restaurant like Mimi's, cocos or Denny's. Menu had a decent selection but food was just basic all American breakfast options and nothing was notable or super yummy. Nothing special or memorable at all about this place. Decor is outdated and a tad strange with all the colors. Service was not good at all. Couldn't get coffees or water refills without asking, strange waitress, check delivered and handled oddly. Just not a place I need to go back to or would recommend to anyone.

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AHBob
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Citrus Cafe continues to be one of my favorite easy dining locations. In many ways, it is like a local "Coffee Shop". It has very good food and service, with very reasonable prices. With its location, it's never busy at night. This means it's not noisy so you can always have a relaxing dinner and a pleasant conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2015
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The citrus cafe was very dissapointing. I had not been there in 2 years. I even checked the web when I ordered the certificate from restraunts.com and all looked the same on the site as I remembered. When we go there the resturaunt was empty other than a couple of tables and people were smoking in the patio right outside the door. The special board was gone. The happy hour listed on the web was a lie. WOW will never go back. We even left without eating and exchanged the certificate.

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JoAnneA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy Father's day. Manager was very accommodating on seating us on time even though we did not get the brunch. Very happy for the excellent service. Thank you

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kbonine
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not a bad place, but nothing special. Very loud, even after we asked for music to be turned down. Waitress was nice but we still felt a bit like we were inconveniencing them by being there. Food was good but again, it was nothing great.

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Citrus Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Citrus Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 258-2404.

Citrus Cafe is rated 3.9 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

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