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Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano

4.5
1450 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
The Ayres family has been serving up fantastic Steaks, Chops, Ahi Sandwiches, Signature Salads, and House-made Desserts for decades. Each location presents a lively atmosphere where friends and neighbors can be seen table-hopping while business associates hammer out important deals.

There is fireside dining in the main dining room as well as the tree-shaded patio facing the magnificent San Juan Capistrano Mission.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 -4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm -9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 240-2229
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Adrian Rojas
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Cross street
El Camino Real
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Parking details
The parking lot is directly adjacent to the building. There is additional parking in the public parking lot.
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Entertainment
Various vocalists, piano, and guitar music can be enjoyed Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1450 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 2 days ago

service was adequate, eggs was served cool. Do not sit outside

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely setting, and we always look forward to going.
Food quality generally very good, though this time, seemed less than usual quality.
The service is always exceptionally. Because the sound quality was so unusually loud the service staff kindly and quickly moved out table.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I love this restaurant . It is consistently good and the service is good . We were celebrating my mom's birthday and it was perfect . Everyone in our party was happy with their meals and drinks : )

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Outside seating is the way to go, good food, very friendly attentive service. Save room for desert, coconut cream cake was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We always have a great experience and the server was so sweet and on top of refills etc.... we lover this restaurant

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The waitress brought the incorrect wine, food was good but not at the level I was expecting for the price.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our food was cold but did mot want to send back because service was very slow and did not want to wait another hour for our food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always great for Easter

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We made reservations very last minute, so when we were seated in a thoroughfare that was bustling and loud we assumed it was the last table. The server was lovely and my guest, who is an exceptional cook, was very pleased with her ahi and the sauce it was presented in. We selected Cedar Creek Inn because of the location and relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Celebrated a friends bday. Had fun.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Ordered $35 rack of lamb. Was dry and not much flavor. Lemon drop was too sweet. Had asked for one not too sweet. Server acknowledged she asked for not too sweet, was served like all others. Mass.

Ambiance was nice, our servers were extraordinary. Had two. Started outside- was freezing and had loud neighbors. Our server graciously led us to inside table and went out of her way to make us happy (Nida). Other server was attentive and accommodating- experienced and we were very happy.

Would go again for the service and ambiance. Order burgers and salads.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Ate lunch after the Swallows Day Parade.
Enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Veery accommodating. We had reservations for 1:00, but wanted to go earlier. They took us at 12:00. However, we were given a table for 7 with 4 fold up chairs, when there were tables for 8 reserved all around area. The waitress informed another women in charge, she immediately said we could take table reserved. Made us feel wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I always love coming here. They have the best seafood salad and the service is always great - warm, accommodating and always friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Excellent service. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our wait person was friendly and knowledgeable. Would certainly recommend Cedar Creek

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Good food wonderful service. A great place to meet frieds....half way from LA and San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food is excellent and our server was amazing. We always enjoy meeting friuends and family at Cedar Creek Inn. Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Cedar Creek continues to be a favorite restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. On the majority of days when weather permits, dining on the patio is perfect. The historic San Juan Capistrano Mission is a walk across the street and from the patio, one can see the remnants of the church which was destroyed by the earthquake of 1812. Both the grilled salmon and the salmon-spinach salads are favorites. Many main dish salads, sandwiches and entrees are available. We dine here about 3-4 times a month and we have yet to be disappointed. Don't miss their famous coconut cake with ice cream or the fruit lush; both strawberry and peach when in season...large enough to share!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Our get-together at Cedar Creek Inn was great, as is every experience at this wonderful restaurant. The food, service and ambience can't be beat. The decorations are magnificent!

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Lovely location and ambiance. Food was just okay.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always love the Cobb salad. Our waiter, Reuben, was very entertaining and we got very good service. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food is always fantastic and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The bread pudding is to die for and the meals are great. We use it often as a midpoint meeting place when we drive up from San Diego to see Orange County relatives.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We were seated before the table settings were complete, had to ask for additional settings. Our waitress seemed overwhelmed, we had to repeat requests. Also , had to ask for her to check the bar for our cocktails. The food was very good as always, and the restaurant is beautiful. We will go back.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Ruben was our waiter and is fantastic he always kept an eye to make sure our ice tea was always full. To us a big deal! Lol it’s Resturant Week so for 20 dollars we had soup, the chicken Marcy salad and coconut cake. We sat outside and it was just so nice!! Thank you Cedar Creek always a hit!!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Reuben is the BEST! Love this place!!!

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Lacks service and food prices too high !
Go else where!
I’ve even contacted the manager she really didn’t give crap what I had to say!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

One of our favorite places! Good atmosphere and great good. Love the coconut cake!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Kind of a half way drive for friends from Huntington Beach and San Diego. Friendly service and a nice warm fire on a chilly day. Just delightful.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great waitress, serve a little slow because of some large groups in the restaurant. Surprised to be charged for birthday dessert.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I took a friend for lunch at the Cedar Creek Inn on a weekday. We had reservations which I am glad we did as it filled up quickly. I ordered the Seafood Salad which was excellent. My friend ordered the French Dip sandwich which she said was good. The service was very good.
The only complaint I have is that it was very noisy. Perhaps it seemed noisier than usual because a large party were seated close to us. However, my friend said that the noise level was always that loud.
Other than the noise, I really liked the Cedar Creek Inn. I am going back for the Seafood Salad!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Our server, Emma, was very personable and helpful with the menu. Sorry to hear that you do not have carrot cake on the dessert menu anymore.

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

This was the first time for a party of four. I was called ahead of time by the staff to ascertain if I wished to sit outside or inside. I chose inside. Two of us arrived and we were immediately escorted to the bar area with rather small tables and an all together small area for "inside" dining. When finished I ventured past the entrance area and found a nice dining area they called the "Main Dining Room" in full swing of many tables in use and a few that were not. I expressed my displeasure at not being told of or shown the other facilities which, of course I would have chosen. Please be careful when you make your reservations that you wish the outside or the main dining room and not the cramped bar area.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Delightful. Met a friend coming south from LA. Easy freeway access

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Favorite spot, service outstanding, beautiful setting, consistently honest and well-prepared fare. Been coming to Cedar Creek in San Juan regularly for seven years and have never had a bad meal or experience.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Always a tried and true favorite. Great staff and ambiance.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We went to dinner on Sunday evening, ....staff was overbooked, food was slow, Bread came After entrees, server worked Very hard, did good job, but was scrambling to keep up with entire room he served..... when bill came, we noted prices were somewhat higher than menu, and when we inquired, prices were redone properly, and apologies given...(..we were told the computer was still set for Valentines Day prices. ) So, ....that means you were overcharging diners from Thursday to Sunday.....Shame on you..... I can not recommend your restaurant to my friends...

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was excellent and our waiter Javier was very attentive and very fun. So was the server that kept replenishing our ice tea. I didn't catch his name, but he was really funny and we enjoyed our afternoon immensely.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Cedar Creek is always a good choice. Their been is varied and send to have something for everyone. Their sandwiches and salads are delicious, and their wait staff is pleasant.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Our favorite place for the seven years we have been in San Juan. Food, service, and ambience is consistently top drawer. Could not recommend it more highly.

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