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Citrus Cafe

3.9
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 9:00pm, Saturday: 7:00am - 9:00pm, Sunday: 7:30am - 3:30pm,
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Phone number
(714) 258-2404
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Citrus Cafe can cater any event you would like to host, whether at a location of your interest or within our restaurant facility. Our entire restaurant is available to make your occasion a wonderful experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Redhill Ave.
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Parking details
We are conveniently located minutes away Hwy 5, 405 and 55 on the corner of Redhill and Edinger, we have over 200 parking in our property. Which is free and you can get in and out fast and easy.
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Entertainment
Happy hour is from 3:00pm - Close. Menu items are from $3 to $5 for food, beer and wine. Join us at the bar or outdoor patio for Happy Hour, where you can relax and enjoy your favorite sports game
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Special events & promotions
"GREAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE GET TOGETHER”, Use our Stylish Banquet Room for Small or large corporate or Business Meetings, Engagements, Weddings, Rehearsals, Shower Events, Social Events, Birthdays, Graduations, It is fun, stylish and Affordable.
Our entire restaurant is available to make your occasion a wonderful experience
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
food
4.1
service
3.5
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on May 7, 2017

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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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Food was amazing however, ambiance and decor is quite average

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

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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3.0Dined on March 18, 2017

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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3.0Dined on March 17, 2017

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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1.0Dined on March 5, 2017

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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4.0Dined on February 9, 2017

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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5.0Dined on January 7, 2017

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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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Great place to meet with friends for casual breakfast.

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4.0Dined on December 4, 2016

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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4.0Dined on November 30, 2016

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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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2016

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2016

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

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2016

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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3.0Dined on June 23, 2016

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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3.0Dined on June 19, 2016

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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4.0Dined on May 31, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

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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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

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

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2016

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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4.0Dined on April 29, 2016

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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4.0Dined on April 14, 2016

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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5.0Dined on February 28, 2016

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

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2015

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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4.0Dined on December 9, 2015

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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3.0Dined on November 25, 2015

Service has been going downhill since my first experience there.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2015

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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4.0Dined on November 13, 2015

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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2.0Dined on November 5, 2015

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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4.0Dined on October 18, 2015

French Toast, roasted potatoes and breakfast burrito were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2015

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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2.0Dined on August 16, 2015

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

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2015

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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4.0Dined on July 25, 2015

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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1.0Dined on July 10, 2015

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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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

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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3.0Dined on June 8, 2015

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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