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Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge (@ the Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano)

4.4
258 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Ysidora pays homage to the Mission's matriarch Ysidora Forster, and invites guests to relax, unwind and indulge in authentic Spanish flavors in a contemporary setting. Enjoy wood fired grilled seafood, hot and cold tapas, local meats and seasonal, locally sourced produce. San Juan Capistrano's moderate climate mimics that of Spain's, making for a perfect match of culinary offerings. The bar offers Spanish wines and Spanish influenced cocktails that honor Spain's olives and legendary gin and tonics.

Experiences

  • OC Restaurant Week

    Mar 6 - Mar 12, 2022

    We are delighted to present our three-course menu; $50++ per person. Pricing does not include 20% service charge &7.75% tax. 1st Course – choice of: Tomato Gazpacho Carpaccio de Res - wagyu eye of ribeye, saffron aioli, capers, cured egg yolk, manchego cheese crostini, truffle potato hash, reverence oil Tostada de Camaron - citrus marinated shrimp, cucumber, tomatillo, avocado, caper aioli, morita salsa Main Course – choice of: Wood Oven Roasted Fish - artichokes, pee wee potato, cannellini hummus, tapenade Roasted Adobo Cauliflower - spinach, green peas, quinoa, artichoke, olives, red mojo Roasted Half Chicken - spanish saffron rice, roasted carrots, herb lime Dessert: Apple Cinnamon Churros
  • Valentine Dinner, 6-9PM February 12th-14th

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2022

    Come join us for a Valentine Day celebration including live entertainment (Saturday & Monday only). $90++ per adult pricing does not include applicable 20% service charge and 7.75% tax; $50 deposit due at time of reservation; 72 hour cancellation; limited seating

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 258 people are saying
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EllenT
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals all around!

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KatherineF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to ysidora for my anniversary and I loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Delicious food! Sweet corn cakes with bacon syrup and spiced whipped cream! Carne Asada Juevos! Great ambience and excellent service.

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LindaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Tomahawk dinner special was a complete rip off at $140. Served on parchment paper that kept being stuck to the food, unevenly cooked and way too fatty. The remaining courses ok, but not great. We sat on the patio with dinner reservations and the manager initially did not want to seat us claiming that it wasn’t open yet. Very few guests. Beautiful property but mediocre restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! We had a great time! Can’t wait to go back!

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Oneinacrowd
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous spot! Terrific vibe at the bar along with personable, attentive bartenders. Wonderful ambience and good variety on the menu. Everything we had - charcuterie, croquetas, sliders, ribeye and the apple cinnamon churros(!) - was delicious, and our servers were great. Really cannot wait to go back.

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precious
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my third time at this restaurant. The food is usually very good. My dish last night which was the cauliflower dish and it was great. My friend ordered the beet salad and oh my gosh it was so disappointing. It was a big plate of lettuce and maybe three beats underneath, very sad. Guacamole was very good. I do recommend this restaurant but don’t order their salads

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vipSallyB
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food4service1ambience5

The food was pretty good but the service was abysmal. The bartenders in the bar were great but the dinner servers were so bad. Slow and inexperienced and didn’t know the menu at all. Won’t be back.

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MichaelS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. The reason that we're not giving them 5 stars is that the menu is fairly limited due to COVID effects on the kitchen staff. The menu on their website is not the menu they are able to offer. That said, the dishes we did have were delicious and well prepared and presented. The staff could not have been nicer. I actually can't wait to go back when they the are up to full speed and have the full menu available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

NYE event was wonderful and in compliance with Covid guidelines. We felt safe. Tables were set far apart and doors and windows were open.
The live band was amazing. And pre-set dinner was great .
Loved the soup and appetizers. The main course was ok. I gave it a 4.
Friendly and outstanding service for New Year’s celebration! It was pricey but worth it especially because of live band, great service and ambiance, and Covid guidelines compliant atmosphere. Truly enjoyed the evening. Well done!

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vipJeffN
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Can here for the NYE dinner. Initially the service was great but as the dinner went on it was hard to get our waiter. The food was just ok. There was a amuse bouche that was forgettable. The salad with chicharrone was good. The main dish which was a play on surf and turf was ok. The pot roast was fine but the scallop was not cooked well. The dessert which was a red velvet cake was very dry. In the end the most disappointing thing was that night was not really what was advertised the website said we would be cheering every hour with Cava which only happened when we actually rang in the new year. There was no wait staff to get another glass. Also when we returned to the table after the ringing in the New year there wasn’t a wait staff to be found. The dinner was way overpriced. For 3 people it came out to $700 and the service was not anywhere that deserved this

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precious
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second time to this restaurant, when you look up the restaurant it does not tell you that it’s a small menu Monday through Thursday so we were disappointed with the food as it was mostly tapas. There was a large party next to us so the waitress was very busy so our service was a little slow. Our first experience was five stars, our second experience was less.
I would go back on the days that they have the full menu.

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MichaelV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Came for Christmas dinner and it was just ordinary. Two suggestions: have a more inclusive menu. There was one soup offering and is was gazpacho. Would suggest a chicken tortilla and/or albondigas as well. Also, any specials?

Second, I would have more of a “Christmas-like” feel. Suggestion: Have Santa visit the table; have a centerpiece such as holly and/or poinsettias; put out an inexpensive present/white elephant gift of sorts that can be given out.

Service was great though. Justin did a great job taking care of us.

Overall a good experience but I think a restaurant like this can definitely elevate more to the occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

For me , the more simple the better. The way the pork was described to us was roasted for 2-3 hours. Nothing was mention about it being stuffed snd rolled.
My steak was good. Chicken was good. Another thing was I couldn’t identify what I was eating. The manchego potatoes were kind of a mystery.
Bottom line is I felt the chef was trying too hard

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LocalFamily
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Food is limited and inconsistently cooked/spiced over 3 visits. Music was too loud inside for dining. prices are set too high for what they deliver in food ($12 for guacamole with only a few chips, then $2 extra for the chips that should have come with it...can be saved, needs some help though - and quickly, as word is spreading.

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vipPeterR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Obviously difficult times for staffing. Servers were very good but stret

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vipDebra
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas menu was so delicious and surprisingly very filling. The churros were absolutely the best!

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WilliamQ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant for ambiance, great service, exquisite food, and plan on returning for brunch in 2022. I had read the reviews and didnt sound good but it is beyond anyones imagination of culinary delight, feels like you are in Madrid

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vipDebra
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas menu was great ~ most especially the delicious guacamole! I think it’s the best guacamole I’ve ever eaten!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We got there right on time. The tables are not set up at this restaurant. Maybe they were low on staff I understand that our table was dirty so we could not sit down. The food was OK there was no ambience no music. We enjoyed our food we enjoyed our conversation in the company of ourselves. However, we all agreed that we would not come back. We were hoping for a very festive holiday feel and we didn’t get any of that.. We did notice in the lounge that there is a beautiful fireplace and it was completely full of people that’s where they were all enjoying themselves. low lighting , couches , fireplace, candles… it look like you were at home in the lounge. The dining area looks like an afterthought or more of well… let’s go ahead and put in a dining room because I think we need it. A lot of empty wasted space. They can do better much better….
Call me… i’ll come and help you work it out💕

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vipMaurice
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was the worst experience ever. We were seated outside which was extremely cold and having to share one heating lamp with another table. This diminished the intimacy and private conversation. Then to top it off, we sat there for 15 minutes without anyone offering as much as a drink of water.
Of course we got up and left. And to add insult to injury the valet said it cost $12 for the car they have parked only for a few minutes. So I said, bro I didn’t even eat and was only here for a few minutes. He comped it.
Overall it was a terrible experience. I wouldn’t recommend this place.

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vipBertL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Although the receptionist was largely clueless, the food and waitstaff made up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a Birthday ! Great food and music. Sat inside it was a Little noisy with other parties. Food was fabulous.

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vipMikeL
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, although the dining room ambience was a bit cold and lacking. We were not told when we made the dinner reservation that it was only going to be a “modified/partial menu” I was taking friends for a special dinner and was disappointed to find hardly a menu at all. The servers worked hard and were friendly but were not trained on wine or the food. Management?

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CandaceD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant. The food was amazing and the ambiance.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed my experience overall. The food was very good, the service was good, the setting in the inn was nice. I felt it was very noisy, however. The singer had a good voice, but I don't really need music with my meal, and it's hard to tell where the bar ends and the restaurant begins. Wasn't crazy about having to sit outside either. Overall would have preferred a quieter and more intimate indoor setting, but other than that no complaints about the food or service.

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JimC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They need more items on the menu. What they have is good but too limited.

There is a good opportunity to present some great and unusual Spanish food.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall a very pleasant experience. Just a little disappointed that they ran out of a couple items on the menu.

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vipPeterR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

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JaniceJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The hotel and restaurant are beautiful. Unfortunately the food and service was terrible. I ordered the “local” grilled fish… I received farmed salmon! That is not a “local” fish unless you caught it at Costco. It was overcooked .The black lentils had numerous uncooked lentils I’m lucky I didn’t break a tooth. My husband order the beef sliders… over cooked beef and stale rolls. Now on to service. After taking our order & asking us we if we wanted another drink she just dropped food , drinks, bill and never said a word to us and Threw the food, drinks & bill on the table each time without looking at us as she was passing by like she was in a big hurry It was rude. No the place was not crowded…It’s a shame because the place as I first mentioned “ looked” great

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viplovedit
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great local spot but order carefully. You would think that with a name like Ysidora there would be super paella. However that was the one dish that disappointed. Rice with breaded, fried chicken on top doesn't cut it anywhere.
On the other hand, the grilled octopus was fantastic. Not seeing any vegetables on the menu we asked if the chef could do something and were very pleasantly surprised with a nice order of grilled asparagus, carrots, and broccoli.
Service was great and drinks outstanding.

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vipJohnS
Northern MI
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the live music and outdoor dining atmosphere

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vipChristineB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We’ve been here a few times before and it was always good. We enjoy the outdoor seating. Tables are spaced well enough apart for Covid regulations as well. Great ambiance and love the live music.
2 new things occurred during this experience.
*Hostess wouldn’t seat us 15 minutes early. The entire party of 4 was present. (There was plenty of seating available.)
*Drink ordered took a long time, food was delivered before 3 cocktails could make it to the table.

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ItalianNonna
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Anxious to see the Inn at the Mission, we booked a reservation at Ysidora's and were attracted by the courtyard seating. The hotel is gorgeous with a nice big bar, open and comfortable seating, and a beautiful, romantic courtyard. Service was good but the menu was not what we expected. Fried octopus was NOT calamari! We ordered items we recognized...salads, beef sliders, wood grilled salmon. Except for the salads (which were cold and crisp), everything was overcooked. The beef patties and salmon were dry with not much flavor. The bill came and we were shocked at the prices! Not good value for what we received. We were happy to see the new hotel but will likely never go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing environment, food was great, even had someone playing the guitar and he was good too.
We had someone in our group who all of sudden started choking, he had a piece of his food stuck in his throat and staff was very helpful.
All in all we had a wonderful time and would come back and definitely recommend to others.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Beautiful place! Great, but pricey cocktails ($16-$18), Beautiful inside bar! Great live music. Okay appetizers. Terrible entrees! (4 of us ordered, all yuck!). Terrible servers! Nice hostesses!

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Kacy
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening on the outdoor patio with great music and food

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Brothertime
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu choices were OK. I tried the Carne Asada which I found to be very good but there weren't many other choices I could have tried & I'm not that fussy.

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SalD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very nice ambience, nice patio setting. The Carpaccio and the bread were very good but the Paella was a huge disappointment. Overcooked flavorless rice, no traces of saffron, bits of chorizo and pieces of breaded of fried chicken sitting on top of the rice, THAT'S IT. It is an insult that this dish is called Paella. Please called it something else. Although the description on the menu mentions only chorizo and chicken, from a dish called Paella I was expecting more. Also very limited choices of Entrees. If I ever decide to go back (and that's is a big IF), I will stick to the appetizers

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Ysidora Restaurant and Lounge (@ the Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano) is rated 4.4 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

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