Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Juan Capistrano

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510 reviews
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Sundried Tomato specializes in New American cuisine and we are committed to offering the freshest quality ingredients on every plate. Due to our intimate setting we kindly ask that for parties of 7 or more you contact us at the restaurant directly.

Let Sundried Tomato Host your event! Celebrate with us for your next baby shower, birthday, rehearsal dinner or any other special occasion.

We look forward to serving you soon.
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MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

With the exception of the wilting Caesar Salad, the food was excellent. The wait staff was particularly attentive to two of our party who needed to avoid the stairs in the restaurant.

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TP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken pot pie is a winner! Great service and excellent spot to grab something to eat when you're in San Juan Capistrano. The recipes taste great and add a twist to some of your typical food choices.

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Sat night, 1/19/2019 6:45. Food was good, usually is. Service was almost non existent. Never could find the/a server. Had to ask for utensils and napkins after the food was served, etc. Very expensive given all that.

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S
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Didn’t have enough servers for the full house they had. Our server was nice and adept, but with too many tables to service and non-exists bus boys, she was overwhelmed. The overall service was poor. Unfortunately, my lamb chops were not edible. Asked for mgr, who apologized and took lamb off bill.

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S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible thoughtful service! We appreciated the birthday treat! Food was also delicious as always.

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DB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A little hard to find. Food was good but menu a bit limited. I had a pot pie, my wife a pastrami sandwich - both $20.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The server kept coming back to ask what we asked for on a few different occasions throughout the evening even though he wrote it down. After asking for something or ordering an item weather it be from the drink menu, appetizer, entrée, or side the server would then take other order and have conversations with other tables without putting our order in... timing was very bad! When we did get our items they were brought to us by other staff... good team work however why were we the pushed aside table for the evening. Both entrées were, “not great”...
The pasta-less Lasagna was burnt on the bottom. My husbands fillet mignon steak was unevenly cooked with a lot of gristle. He had ordered medium -pink through out... it was grey in spots. Lastly the cake topper was the lobster. It was sadly rubbery an over cooked on one side and slimy on the other. Not sure if we are going to give this spot another another chance.

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CC
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything❣️

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CR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak was unbelievably tender and tasty. Soup and sandwich we delish - and enough that my wife took home half of her sandwich and enjoyed it for lunch the next day (yes, it held up nicely). Service was just right and very attentive without being too attentive.

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m
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch and lunch menu. Service very good and great variety of dishes

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MH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Sundried Tomato for at least ten years. It is a very good restaurant for lunch and we enjoy the great menu variety, comfortable atmosphere and good service.

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CP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always. Great food, great service!
Very friendly and attentive staff. Bar drinks and bartender outstanding!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Christmas Eve dinner with family - lovely experience start to finish.

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KB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner date with my hubby! The service was prompt but not rushed. The food was so yummy and hot!!!

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service! Love the Sundried Tomato!

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G
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the fourth or fifth time we have been to this little gem. Found it in Laguna Beach, then lost it and found again in San Juan Capistrano. YUM! Love the olive tapenade & goat cheese & pesto appetizer. Soups are delicious. Lavender lemon drop martini, thumbs up! We usually have the sampler for dinner as we are already full of appetizers. Service is excellent. All staff very friendly & accomodating. Will be back. It is a favorite.

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MM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Seats not comfortable and cool in restaurant. Pricey

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KW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We had the “Happy hour menu “which was good , but service was seriously slow and it was SO LOUD we couldn’t hear each other talk . We had to wait for water and our & drinks .

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KM
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome artichoke. Best tomato soup ever. Truffle fries yum.

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OT
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I am a big fan of lamb chops and have tasted all near and far, and can safely say that Sundried has the best. Be sure to order an extra chop, drink a nice red wine and let the chef cook at the temp that they know as the best.

Bon Appetit.

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SG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our visits to Sundried Tomato. Food does not disappoint.

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YC
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice venue with great menu and excellent service. They have live sports at the bar as well.

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BS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful way to do Thanksgiving!

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AN
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner at Sundried was a great idea. The food was wonderful, great service and made for a relaxing celebration. Thank you.

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DS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good, our service was inexperienced & very slow.

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D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a very comfortable scene with nice outside seating, polite servers and excellent food. The Artichoke was wonderful as was the vegetarian lasagna. Will dine here again

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TG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time overall - the food was FANTASTIC!! There was a group of 5-6 next to us who were having a great time so sometimes it was hard to hear our own conversation. And next time I probably won’t use Open Table since they didn’t see my special request.

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OC
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place in San Juan Capistrano! Service is always excellent, as is the food. I ordered the pasta-less vegetarian lasagna which was delicious - and large - I took home half! We also ordered an artichoke for the table as an appetizer and there was plenty for 4 of us. Very cheesy. Highly recommend.

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SC
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I’ve lived in the San Juan Capistrano area for almost 40 years and have been coming to sun-dried tomatoes since it opened. Always fantastic selection an excellent food. My only neutral , and is that the wait staff seems to be slow the last several times I have been there so don’t plan on a quick meal.

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d
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We arrived on time for our 6:45 Saturday night reservation. We were seated and did not see a server in our area for over 15 minutes. Once we did get a server, we felt like he was doing us a favor taking our order.
Never checked back with us after delivering our dinner, as I would have liked one more glass of wine. Needed to literally flag someone to assist. We will not be back.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch

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DM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Bland boring food. Disappointed. Soup was awful. Fried chicken sandwich was too salty.

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l
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went here to celebrate a friend's birthday. It was Wednesday night so Lemon Risotto Soup night - the best soup, ever! We wish they had it more than one night a week. We love the spring rolls and shared the salmon, the chopped salad, and the chicken (besides each having our own cup of soup). Delicious.

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DK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We have been a few times in the past year but the service this time has soured our impression of the restaurant. While we love the soup we won’t be back. Too many other better options in the area.

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DS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is also very good and the food was excellent. I would highly recommend the lamb burger.

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NR
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Really wanted to like this place, but started off on the wrong foot. Place was half empty and when the hostess tried to seat us in the bar, I asked if we could get a table in the half empty dining room and she replied that it was for larger parties. Really?? You have several 4 person tables available in the dining room and then she proceeded to sit my wife and I at a Four person table in the bar.
Food was not that good either. My plank steak was tough and chewy and the sauce they put on top was vinegary and didn’t go with the steak. My wife had the chicken pot pie. More like a chicken goulash with a pastry on top. The spinach salad was very good.
Overall, not what I expected and won’t be back.

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G
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I believe this is the third time we dine here. Their appetizer of home made chips with Gorgonzola Sauce is addicting!! Delicious.

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G
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was very slow. A little pricey

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good lunch options, the pastrami sandwich was great!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great place. loved the food. the salad sampler is to die for.

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