El Adobe de Capistrano

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Mexican
Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a historic setting at El Adobe de Capistrano. This landmark features a wedding chapel, stained-glass windows and additional beautiful architectural details. Its kitchen has a mesquite-burning grill where chefs prepare deliciously flavored seafood and steak dishes. Soups, salads and appetizers are also on the menu, including tasty desserts.Owners Tony Moiso and Gilbert Aguirre have kept the atmosphere and traditions of the El Adobe de Capistrano going. This establishment still prepares the dishes that President Nixon and his wife enjoyed while visiting during his administration. It has a full bar that serves various drinks, a lounge area for socializing and a patio in the front. El Adobe de Capistrano offers private rooms for banquets and other events. The Palenque features a retracting roof, making it ideal for hosting an event under the night sky. It offers brunch and has a Happy Hour.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was super busy with large parties but the service form the waitstaff to the kitchen was outstanding! They really took care of everyone who walked in the door. The food is good and the ambiance is a lot of fun!

AV
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

First time visit. Service was slow and inattentive. Food quality was below chain level. Overall not worth it.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are always trying to improve as a restaurant and great food and service is what we strive for. We would like to know more details about your experience so we can remedy the situation for future customers and experiences. Please call 949-493-1163 ext 105

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OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for large parties.

OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, service all done in a marvelous place.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you for the kind review! We are excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience. This is what we strive for as a restaurant! We look forward to seeing you guys again soon!

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LD
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, but we were disappointed with the food and the service. Tucked in the room to the left, we felt awkwardly forgotten, no water, the chips and salsa were dropped off on our table as they were walking briskly by us. I expected a lot more personality, music, something! The couple behind us ordered the margarita w taco special. What? No one told us and that’s what we went for. Then when we got the hard, bland tacos and no one would return to bring us salsa, I was over it. We left and enjoyed drinks and dessert at another restaurant.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the time take to right this review as we are always trying to improve as a restaurant. Service and food is one of our top priorities as this restaurant and believe we can improve the situation by knowing more details. If you could call 949-493-1163 ext 105 to give more information, that would be greatly appreciated.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My new favorite place for Mexican food. The food was excellent. My wife got the lobster tacos and she was in heaven. The service was fast and our server was awesome. We will be returning very soon.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you for the review! We are happy that we are your favorite! We strive for great food and service so it is exciting to hear that that is what you received. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the cheese Enchilada salad which is what I always get… Was still very good, but now they serve it in a bowl as opposed to a plate… Seems like a smaller serving, just of the greens anyway.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the salad and we have looked into the situation to make sure they are serving the same quantity as before and they are. The bowl is smaller but it is still the same serving size. Thanks again for your time and we look forward to seeing you again!

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LR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend trying the prime rib burrito, delicious!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you like the burrito as it is a fairly new menu item! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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KF
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner to celebrate our 18th Wedding Anniversary. Since we were married at El Adobe, it seemed like a nice choice for dinner...
As always the food was very good, the drinks were well made and the atmosphere relaxed. We ate a little early so there was no crowd, and there was a wedding reception going on so the place had a fun feel.

RA
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The day our Saturday night family dinner I made a reservation for 8 at 6:30 and they were able to get us a table. They even had a wedding going on. The food is always great.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience as that is what we strive for as a restaurant. We really look forward to seeing you again soon.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated promptly even though we arrived a little early. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. We love the ambience of the restaurant. The enchiladas were excellent and will Definitely be returning to this restaurant

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 25, 2019

We are so happy to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed the food. We thank you for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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LG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was delicious
They offer a variety of unique choices.i had an enchilada salad.it was devine! Lots of room to accommodate large parties. Very lively atmosphere!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you for your review! It is exciting to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We definitely recommend looking at our rooms for any event you may need! We hope to see you again soon.

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T
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were there unplanned for Sunday brunch. The menu is quite different and more limited for brunch but still quite good. Live music was not to my taste, though it was tastefully done.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the food for our Sunday brunch. We have mariachi every Sunday from 12-2pm. We understand that it is not everyone's preference of music but it adds to the ambiance of our restaurant for the guests who do enjoy it. We do open at 10 am on Sunday's if you would like to join us before they arrive.

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

My vegetable enchilada combo was so salty as to be almost inedible. I've enjoyed delicious meals here before, but may consider other restaurants in the future as too much sodium is contraindicated for my health condition. Also, when I arrived and checked in with the host for our party of three, he had us as a party of four, saying so now it's just three--twice. I also indicated this was our anniversary as you had that option in the reservation process. No mention of this by any staff member.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Had we known that your meal was too salty we would've remedied the situation while you were here. Service is very important to this restaurant so we will be looking into the hostess situation. We apologize for not noticing the extra indicator of it being your anniversary. We will be paying more attention to the add-ons that open table gives.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a tad slow but otherwise very good and will go back

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We strive for great food and service so if there are any specific details you would like to share please feel free to contact us and let us know. We are glad you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

5 year wedding anniversary

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your review and congragulations on your wedding anniversary! We are glad you enjoyed the service, but we are always trying to improve as a restaurant, so if there are any details on the food please feel free to contact us and let us know.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, great food and service, and fantastic live harp music every Saturday evening!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! We are excited to hear that you enjoyed your time at El Adobe. We will make sure to pass the message on to the harpist! We hope to see you again soon.

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M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great history and quality of food. Appreciated the ambiance of the place and our server was wonderful

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! El Adobe's goal is to make sure every guest has a great experience and we are glad to hear that we have accomplished that. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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FL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and Food were awesome great service made it a perfect dinner for our 22nd wedding anniversary

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your review! Congratulations on your anniversary! We are excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience as that is our goal as a restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JD
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on very good service and food at El Adobe....an OC Classic with a great history and management team. It keeps us coming back for more!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for the kind review. We are so excited to hear that you enjoy every experience you have at El Adobe. We love knowing that we have accomplished our goals as a restaurant. We hope to see you again soon!

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GR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food and attentive service. We will be back!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you for the review! We are glad you enjoyed the food and service. That is our goal as a restaurant! We hope to see you again soon.

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CL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was delicious food and great service. Haven’t been there for a few years. I think prices have increased a bit since I was there

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 25, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed you experience. Our prices have gone up due to changes in better products for our meals. We hope to see you again soon!

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JH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was outstanding. Fish tacos, lobster tacos and carbs asada. Table side guacamole. Great service. Great Cadillac margaritas. Overall, ten out of ten.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for the kind review! The tacos are a very big hit here at El Adobe and we are glad to hear you enjoyed them. We strive for great service and food so we appreciate the review letting us know that we have achieved our goal as a restaurant! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. My fav meal to get is the cheese enchilada salad. Truly a vegetarian treat! Ask for the charro beans since those are the vegetarian ones!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 18, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and that we achieved our goal as a restaurant to have great service and food! We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chips and salsa!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and that we achieved our goal as a restaurant to have great service and food! We hope to see you again soon.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Wonderful service! Best Mexican in SoCal!!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for your review Kristin! We are so glad you enjoy our restaurant as that is what we strive for! We look forward to seeing you again.

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GT
Los Angeles
164 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday and I told them that and perhaps they should’ve brought a little birthday dessert for my mother. But aside from that the food and the service was excellent. As well as the little tour of the old jail downstairs.

LW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove from Oceanside in Sunday traffic because the food, the service, and the ambience is that good. We were not disappointed!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you for your review Linda! We are so excited to hear that you enjoy the restaurant and travel to come eat here. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This place is super dated. The food is okay and the service is at best average.

BK
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere was very nice in historic setting. The food and the service was good. Would recommend to guests in San Juan Capistrano.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thank you for the feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to seeing you again.

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!
Reservation seating right on time!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the food and service as those are top priorities for El Adobe. We look forward to seeing you again.

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CF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service were great. We would definitely go back again.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 20, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your experience because its really what we strive for as a restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again!

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T
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem. Ask Fernando for the full tour, which includes the Nixon table, a jail (table not in jail), and much more than you'd expect beyond the humble front door. Food was a little better than average Mexican, many favorites to be found on the menu. A great place to refuel after a tour of the mission.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoy the deep history that El Adobe is known for. The message will be passed on to Fernando and we hope to see you again soon!

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RT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Our server did not even ask us for additional drinks (we would have gotten them!) and not even about dessert, but proceeded to bring my wife a B/mini cake with candle. Poor judgement indeed (and we are kind and considerate people, willing to close an eye on people's mistakes. Such a behavior may be acceptable at a cheap eatery 'around the corner' but not at a restaurant of your caliber. Make sure you let them know. We travel the world for business and notice the difference. We'll be back at the El Adobe, of course, but will be mindful of this experience...next time around.
Thank you for asking about our experience.
Roberto and Lynn Torrini
28 Oxbow Creek Lane
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 14, 2019

We appreciate the time taken to write a review. The situation will be looked into as customer service is a top priority in our restaurant. We are glad you enjoyed the food and look forward to seeing you again.

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was great! We love El Adobe.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed everything as that is what we strive for as a restaurant! We look forward to seeing you again.

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KA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for a birthday dinner. Fish tacos were very good. Restaurant is a fun place to go.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the birthday dinner and fish tacos. We look forward to seeing you again!

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TL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a group of 9 on a Saturday night with reservations. The evening couldn't have gone better. Our server, Oscar, was always at the right spot at the right time. The drinks and food were delicious! Always a great time at El Adobe de Capistrano!

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for the review Tom! We appreciate the time taken to write a great review. We will make sure to pass it on to Oscar. We look forward to seeing you guys again!

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RV
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast and friendly service. Food is prepared well. Service is top notch. Presentation of food dishes were excellent. Food was service hit and not over or under cooked. We would recommend to our family and friends.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for your review Richard. We are glad to hear these kind words. This is what we strive for as a restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again!

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W
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Kid-friendly at lunch.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on July 6, 2019

Thank you for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again!

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SC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants. We love the charming vintage building and grounds, always excellent service and great food. Get the Molcajete.

El Adobe de Capistrano
Responded on June 28, 2019

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate the time taken to write this review and we look forward to seeing you again!

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