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About Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano

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.

26860 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse

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

Cross Street:
El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 240-2229

Website:
http://cedarcreekinn.com/

Entertainment:
Various vocalists, piano, and guitar music can be enjoyed Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings

Parking Details:
The parking lot is directly adjacent to the building. There is additional parking in the public parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Adrian Rojas

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

Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (54)
Great for Lunch (40)
Special Occasion (30)
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Neighborhood Gem (30)
Casual (28)
Comfort Food (27)
Good for a Date (25)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Cozy (14)
Business Meals (13)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Fun (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Healthy (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Live Music (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
People Watching (5)
Scenic View (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful restaurant! We always enjoy our dinner there on the patio, in winter with heaters in front of the fireplace! Bar is excellent too for a bit of an older crowd!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

As always, the service and food was excellent! You can always count on Cedar Creek!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely outdoor dining patio. Good ambiance, excellent food
and wait staff. Perfect for birthday celebrations

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

We were seated by the Christmas tree, which made it extra special to celebrate the retirement of a co-worker. The whole group had been together 6 1/2 years and it was sentimental to share this time together. The food was great, a good variety of choices for everyone's taste, the service was excellent and we didn't feel rushed although it was crowded inside due to the strong winds outside so the patio could not be used. Definitely a favorite restaurant for us all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

All four guests ordered different dishes and all guests were pleased with their food.Service was prompt and server was knowledgeable .

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Beautiful setting, lovely decor, excellent food and service. A favorite and continues to be.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great day on the patio. I'm an addict of the Ahi Burger and really needed one. But I wish they would quit raising the price on it, seems like there have been alot of increases.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always great food and atmosphere. Good meeting spot I'm from Temecula and family is in Newport Beach.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We came in for the first time on Friday, 11/24. We ordered a steamed artichoke. It must have been steamed the day before because the heart was so soggy, it disintegrated when we tried to pick it up with our forks. I ordered a jalepeno sauce pasta dish. I got something else with tomatoes and goat cheese. I didn't want to send it back (the rule!!) and so got a to go box. My husband ordered a stir fry which sounded great on the menu, but was simply teriyaki chicken. It was cold. He sent it back and didn't get it again for 20 minutes. We truly wasted $70 bucks.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fish and chips was best around. Turkey sanwhich was less than OK

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food, terrific service, friendly staff. I asked for a booth and that request was honored. Couldn't be happier with the Cedar Creek Inn.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent as always

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had a good time. We have eaten here before, but usually during the day on the patio. We ate inside on this night, in the dining room near the fireplace. It was Very loud. We could barely hear each other talk across the table.
I had the Shrimp Scampi, it was fabulous. My hubby had the french dip sandwich and it too was excellent.
The service was attentive and friendly. It is a beautiful setting.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Pleasant and good food. Not too noisy. Good service. Poor parking!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants for the cedar plank salmon and warm coconut cake, a specialty. Had not been in quite awhile because of them allowing dogs, inside and out. Love my animals, but don't care to have them in a restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Lovely environment, first class service and excellent ambience... Our favorite "go to" Luncheon spot.... The outdoor seating is my favorite even though parking is often difficult

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good quality food in a beautiful restaurant. The menu offers a lot of variety. All four of us enjoyed our meal and service.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

My wife and our 2 friends enjoyed Cedar Creek very much. They honored our reservation and seated us promptly. I requested a booth and they gave us a very nice one.

Their service is excellent, very attentive , pleasant and friendly.

Two of us ordered the prime rib. You'd better be hungry. It's a big, thick portion and absolutely delicious. My wife ordered the scampi and loved it. Our other friend had a cobb salad which was huge and delicious.

Cedar Creek is a terrific restaurant and I would recommend it to family and friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was my mom’s choice for family lunches, always on the patio. It was nostalgic to have a family lunch there now that she’s passed. While the inside is lovely and more quiet, the patio is such a pretty atmosphere. The food is yummy and the service is outstanding. The only drawback is the street noise on the weekends because it is right on the street/Ortega Hwy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time at Cedar Creek for Brunch. Delightful dining on their patio. Good food and service. Will return!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have been to Cedar Creek many times as we really enjoy the service, atmosphere and food. My father passed away one week prior and although he didn't eat out much he enjoyed Cedar Creek so my mom, sister, and our significant others planned a late lunch here. It was a pretty day so I had reserved outside seating. Unfortunately, all the umbrellas were up making the sunshine unavailable and the patio not as inviting. They moved us inside to a table right next to a waiter station, although many other tables were available. My husband then spoke to the manager who he said, almost copped him an attitude, but then moved us to a better table.
I always get the Ahi Salad. There were 5 of us and everyone else ordered hot food, which all came out first. My salad was delayed about 5 minutes. I figured they must have forgot to put the dressing on the side and probably had to remake it. When the salad came out it was so sloppily put together. The ahi was tossed on there, the greens were sad and there were hardly any sweet peppers or portabella mushrooms. Normally I would complain but as my mother proceeded to eat her grilled eggplant sandwich and found it chewy and not hot, I decided just to eat it. I stopped the waiter who was very nice but also very busy as he was finishing up several large parties. My mom decided she would wait for a different entree.
Besides our server doing everything he could to accommodate us, I was really disappointed. My sister enjoyed her cedar plank salmon, which my mom switched to. My husband got the Mahi special which was average. And my sister's boyfriend got the tacos which he liked.
Overall, it was a disappointing experience on a day that you would hope things would have turned out better.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We always love going with friends to cedar creek. The food and drinks are always consistently good. And my favorite is the coconut cake!

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch and the service was good. I absolutely love the patio seating. The chicken salad is my favorite although the chicken was a bit tough this time, so I might go back to another favorite - Marcy's Salad.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Superb food Excellent atmosphere very close to mission easy parking
Great ice tea

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Intimate outside dining, with fairy lights and a cozy fireplace. The salmon was delicious and the service outstanding.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great spot for girls night! Had tapas and martinis by the fireplace. A local go-to spot for us!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Excellent seafood salad. I subbed balsamic dressing and it was great! Decent wine by the glass selection. Very nice ambiance!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our server Michelle was professional, warm and welcoming & treated us like family! Good sliders as appetizers. We’ll be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

loved it since it was in Laguna. has not lost any thing in relocation.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

What a lovely venue! Food was very good, with a diverse menu. The ambiance was lovely. We sat by the fireplace and the heaters made it very cozy on a slightly chilly evening. The service was excellent. Would definitely return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

first time-enjoyed everything. my husband and I will be back for dinner soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very good overall for food, atmosphere and service.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

As always. Food and service were great.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We always enjoy coming to Cedar Creek. Our friend from Maryland met us there yesterday, and she thought it was lovely.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love the patio with fireplace and water accents. The chocolate ganache with caramel dessert was exquisite to end a meal.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I am very glad to fill out this review because I was going to say something on Saturday evening. When my wife and I checked in (45 minutes early) I said that we were celebrating our anniversary and would like a quiet table. The girl who seated us put us in the archway, which had only one table and seemed quiet. We did not know that it was the walkway for all the servers and waiters to go thru to serve all the other tables in most of the restaurant. It was not at all the dining experience we had hope for.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was excellent; service was outstanding. The coconut cake was best dessert I've had at a restaurant

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

A really good place for brunch, lunch or dinner. The food is terrific, the service is very good and the atmosphere is quite nice. A nicely varied menu and the preparation is always very good. One of my favorite places in San Juan Capistrano and I recommend it highly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was excellent. The waiter was very attentive and friendly but unfortunately the food was very basic and not very tasteful. Great place but they need to work on their food quality.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great afternoon to celebrate my birthday on the patio with great friends and great food. Thanks Cedar Creek Inn

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