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Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano

4.4
4.4
1552 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (949) 240-2229

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Adrian Rojas

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan Capistrano

  • Cross street

    El Camino Real

  • Parking details

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

  • 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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,552 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 15, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    This is my go to restaurant. I am never disappointed. Everything is fabulous!
  2. L

    Lovetocook101

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    First, the food was wonderful! We had cocktails and appetizers (artichoke hearts & popcorn shrimp) in the bar prior to our dinner reservations and all was great!. The hostess was also wonderful...it went slightly downhill from there. She went to seat us and the table for 5 was only set for 4, so we all waited in the center of the dining room feeling silly while they tried to find us a table to fit our group. No big deal, but still odd since they said the table was ready. The waiter must have been having an "off day". We got our entrees (blue crab crusted halibut...delicious!) before our salads (which never came), we were billed incorrect amounts on 2 entrees and he was MIA most of the time. When we pointed out the errors, he looked at us like we had caused the problems. Everyone has those days, but it would have been nice if he simply apologized. I will go back again, however, I will triple check the bill for errors and hope I don't get the same waiter.
  3. A

    Arnold

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Excellent selection of food great service and the best desserts.
  4. S

    Susie

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always a good "go to" place for meeting our friends from Orange County because it's half way for them and for us driving up from San Diego. I have never been disappointed whether it has been just a lunch with a girlfriend or, like yesterday, a group of 8 of us for lunch. The decorations for the seasons are always festive, the wait staff is attentive and fun, and the food is always awesome. The desserts are to die for and perfect for sharing. I highly recommend Cedar Creek!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming here as a family for 10 years. Always a great experience. We love the staff like family.
  6. AL

    AnimalLover

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    INside, it is cozy and inviting. The outdoor patio is beautiful and my favorite place to dine there during nice weather.
  7. s

    sanclemcj

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Kind of off the mark on a holiday night. Usually love this place but tonight the meat was overdone, the folding chairs were very uncomfortable, and the waiter was really pushy about ordering appetizers. Still I'll come back because on a less busy night, the food is reliably good and service professional and efficient.
  8. LS

    LSCats

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at CCI is always excellent. This time of year the holiday decorations there are beautiful as well. Our party of 5 each had a different dish and everyone was pleased.
  9. MO

    MelissaO

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    After church wanted place with varied menu, cozy feel, & friendly atmosphere. CedarCreek fit the bill. Food, service and ambiance was very good. We will go back especially in warmer months so we can sit on patio.
  10. KF

    KarenF

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant called 2 days before the date, said they couldn’t honor our reservations. There explanation was that they book by phone while OpenTable is taking online reservations and they only have so many inside tables. However when I booked online it gave me a preference of indoor or out. Of coarse I selected inside, the reservation was for 12-16-2019 6pm, I dought too many people were booking outside seating. After arguing with them , they came up with a 4:30 seating. We were a party of 6 attending a Christmas musical prior to dinner, needless to say that didn’t work. So very disappointed that they really didn’t seem to care.
  11. CM

    CatherineM

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful time at Cedar Creek Inn the other night. We met friends there from Los Angeles and it is a perfect half-way point! Our server was Claudia (we have had the pleasure of her service before) and as usual, she was superb ! She is incredibly efficient, knowledgable and funny! We had a great time.
  12. M

    Mercedes

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice evening!
  13. SW

    SusanW

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got there at 6:30 on a very BUSY Friday evening, but I had reservations, so we were seated right away. We were headed to the Playhouse for an 8 pm performance, so we couldn't just spend hours on our meal. We both ordered salads (easy to prepare) so they came out in less than 10 minutes. We were able to catch up, eat a DELICIOUS meal, and enjoy some coffee before we had to head to the Playhouse. The table was close to the fireplace (but not too close), the waitress did an awesome job taking our orders, and the food was fabulous. We wouldn't have changed anything.
  14. AB

    ArleneB

    Orange County

    82 reviews

    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    another wonderful birthday celebration on the lovely patio. Waitstaff Reuben's singing and joking makes a delightful special birthday. Excellent food and recommendations, excellent service.
  15. MW

    MelanieW

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. Love the holiday pie. I take my daughter in law to Cedar Creek Inn every year for her birthday. Great for happy hour too.
  16. D

    Deedee

    Palm Springs

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. Great service. Very good menu offering something for everyone.
  17. B

    Bill

    Orange County

    266 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    266 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Five of us had dinner at the Cedar Creek Inn on a Sunday evening. A large private event also occurred this evening. As a result, meal service was disappointingly slow. Management compensated by offering us two complementary dessert for sharing among our party of five. The server was attentive and accommodating. The food was good although not exceptional. The ambiance in the dining room is attractive but the noise level was sufficiently high to make quiet conversation difficult. Overall the dining experience was reasonable but not exceptional. The cost for the quality of the experience was reasonable. The Cedar Creek Inn is recommended for a quality, casual dinner but not for a fine dining experience.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sydney was excellent!!!! Great waitress!!! We will be back
  19. CZ

    CorinneZ

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is spectacular......portions are large and everything is good! Service is 5 stars....and desserts are wonderful!!!! We love coming here for special occasions and just for a great meal
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    122 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Ordered a spinach salad with salmon. It was overdressed, soggy and turning black. Salmon was rare inside. No one asked if things were ok until my husband had finished. My half eaten spinach and salmon eaten just around the edges that were cooked through, had been pushed aside. I told the server I was being hospitalized for a surgical procedure next day and was concerned about eating the fish. She asked if I wanted something else, but we did not have time to wait for another meal and wait for me to eat it. She said she would talk to the manager. I was given some bread to eat. She returned with a check which included the $20.00 charge for the spinach salad. I so wish I had taken a picture, but I didn't think to do so. Decide for yourself. Our server acknowledged that she should have checked on us much sooner.
  21. SC

    SoCalGal

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think I want to move into the Mission across the street so I can enjoy all my meals here at this most cozy and lovely restaurant. It is absolutely my favorite all-time restaurant (SoCal coastal native) in the world, seriously! The ambiance of both indoor/outdoor seatings is most excellent. The jolly and very accommodating service of all the staff, but especially my favorites, Betty and O Te Neal, is exemplary and I always look forward to seeing them. The food never fails to please me, or ALL the very many friends I bring here to celebrate their birthdays. Never a word of complaint from our table, nothing but kudos as far as we're concerned. The seasonal decos are always a delight, and I so enjoy being greeted by them just as soon as I enter the door. Christmas is especially beautiful. BTW, if you are handicapped, or use a walker, your driver can drop you off at the side and you can enter through the patio gate. It's very handy and less awkward to leave your walker there. Hats off and many thanks to all at CC.....wishing all my friends a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2019! Love, Joyce
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful night. Our waiter made it awesome and we will come back for him. I believe his name was Edgar. He treated us like family and was so attentive. The food was fabulous and will return very soon.
  23. JH

    JudyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We were a group of five and we had dinner on the patio. All of us were delighted with our food selections. Our waitress was very efficient, but the service, food coming out of the kitchen, was extremely slow. I've eaten here before and the experience is always the same, very slow service!
  24. SM

    SteveM

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice environment, good ambiance with quality food at a reasonable price point
  25. k

    kcrow

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was great - very accommodating. Food was above average but a little pricey. Ambiance on patio gorgeous and the view across to the Mission is beautiful.
  26. VM

    VickieM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything was absolutely great until a large group was seated next to us. We were stuck in the back corner so it was very loud. It would have been great if we would have been asked if we would like to relocate. All in all we were very happy with food, service and ambience. Thanks
  27. M

    Maizeesmom

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    I love Cedar Creek Inn and was first introduced to the one in Laguna Beach which is now closed. My husband and I come here after Thanksgiving as we love the cozy fireplace and decorations. However, this time, it was more noisy than usual as a group was sitting next to us and they were loud. Then we noticed the prices had gone up- I get a Monte Cristo sandwich and that alone was $17. Hubby got a salad, which cost the same. It’s a great restaurant and the food is great, it’s just a little too pricey for us now. Servers kept filling our drinks which was much appreciated. Just be aware of higher prices- I should have checked online. $52 for a sandwich, a salad, two soft drinks is a little too much. But the ambiance is great😊
  28. KR

    KathrynR

    Yosemite

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Betty, our server, was so fun and quick with our order. She started the whole meal off on a great note. Food was tasty, fresh and plate was appealing. Overall fantastic.
  29. RS

    RichardS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food was excellent and waiter (Nahum) was fantastic
  30. PT

    PatriciaT

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love this restaurant. Always friendly. Decor for each time of year is beautiful. Will definitely be back!
  31. S

    Schelbone

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely outstanding. The rack of lamb I had was probably the best I've ever had. The service was very good. We stayed a long time and the server was accommodating for the whole time we were there. The ambiance is very nice and It is a nice place for any occasion. There are very few options in the area for a good restaurant so I really am glad this is an option.
  32. JS

    JodiS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual a wonderful dining experience! We were seated in front of the fireplace and thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
  33. SO

    SpencerO

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, who was new to her position, was absolutely splendid. I regret that I do not know her name.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love to meet my girlfriends here! Sitting outside is so relaxing and the staff so helpful. The food is always on point I’m never disappointed and I order different food every time I go to visit. So if your in San Juan Capistrano try this wonderful restaurant and walk around this lovely town!
  35. SM

    SteveM

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Quality experience highlighted by nice ambiance and tasty food
  36. TA

    TerrieA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Our group of 4 enjoyed the patio... very busy and noisy, but the weather was lovely and service was good. We had a terrific waitress, accommodated splitting the bill with a good sense of humor. The food was good, not excellent, but good.
  37. GM

    GoldwingMan

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced for the quality of the food.
  38. d

    dshintz

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I love this restaurant and the location. I miss both the Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel locations. I was a regular. Now I go between San Juan and Brea to enjoy this restaurant.
  39. d

    dsrtlvr

    Palm Springs

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We made reservations for 1pm lunch indoors to follow our planned visit to the Mission San Juan Capistrano just across the street. Since the weather was so beautiful, I stopped in prior to going to the Mission and requested to change our reservation to "outdoors" on the patio. The receptionist had no record of my reservation despite my having received a confirmation email from OpenTable. We obtain a perfect table for two on the patio when we arrived. Our server was very sweet, attentive, and eager to please (although she did not bring one requested side condiments with our meal). My dining partner's French Dip Sandwich was "good" but nothing to celebrate. My Salmon Spinach Salad with fresh dill, red grapes, bacon, goat cheese, green onion, oranges, and strawberries tossed with a red wine vinaigrette was absolutely delicious! I will happily return to Cedar Creek Inn in the future.
  40. PM

    PatriciaM

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place in s orange c. Great selection plus desserts like the warm coconut cake😍 the patio is so out door Ca. Just great tasting food .

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Cedar Creek Inn - San Juan Capistrano is rated 4.4 stars by 1552 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    El Camino Real

  • Neighborhood

    San Juan Capistrano

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adrian Rojas

  • 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, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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