Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Juan Capistrano

4.5
538 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.

Specials

Social Hour Everyday!

Get social and enjoy food and drink specials anywhere in our restaurant from 3-6:30 daily.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 24, 2019

Ends: February 25, 2118

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:30PM

What 538 People Are Saying
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EC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Location just a two minute walk from the train station makes it accommodating to those arriving by train. Many food options available to suit a wide range of tastes. All in party are always walk out very satisfied. Seating is comfortable and not noisy. Option to sit outdoors and people watch is great especially on warm evenings.

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SZ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food! Service was excellent. We were there for my friend’s birthday and they were wonderful about bringing a complimentary dessert.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday lunch was delightful.

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MW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and the service was amazing. Overall a great experience!

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TD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing love you on the streets and you can look after you're finished with delicious food you can walk around such a great place would recommend

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mother’s Day features a special menu, which we’ve had before. The menu still had a good variety of choices. All of us had more food than we could eat.

We were seated in the bar area, but it wasn’t noisy.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the establishment with wife and another couple. Excellent seating outside and they were able to accommodate a dog that was with us. Enjoyed excellent wines and appetizers before our meal. Presentation of each meal was outstanding as was the quality and creativity of each dish. Will be back soon.

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s
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Hadn't been to Sun Dried in several years, but on the glowing feedback from a co-worker, my hubby & I decided to try it again.

Lovely little restaurant on the main drag in downtown SJC. Street parking (but on a Fri. nite I parked in the convenient parking structure close to the train depot). Seated right away and our very kind server Alex tended to us immediately.

My husband had their clam chowder and salmon, and both were wonderful. I had their half rack and loved the delicious sauce they use on their ribs. Fall off the bone meat; tender & delish!

My husband's Kamakazi had some issues, but we do understand it's a retro drink, and many are not familiar with the recipe. He ended up with a IPA that was very good, and I have to give kudos to the manager Kelly and Alex who made sure he ended up with a good second choice.

There is outside dining, which is helpful for folks who enjoy have their puppies along during a meal.

Thank you Sundried for a lovely evening out!

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V
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at this restaurant for years. The food has always been consistently delicious. The servers are friendly and attentive. We will continue to frequent this restaurant. Also, the baked artichoke is not to be missed!

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SB
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Timing was perfect. Food was absolutely delicious!

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GH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Caesar salad...produce was very fresh, dressing was tasty. Bringing friends next week. Very good!!

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Sundried Tomato has been a family favorite for the past 3 years and the food just keeps getting better!

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening, food was great, root beer ribs, flat iron steak (tender and delicious) and the Halibut special were all fantastic. Service was very good, responsive, timely and very polite. We will definitely go back in the near future.

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T
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and cozy restaurant where good food and ambiance go together.

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CD
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely scrumptious. Hands down the best soup I’ve eaten in a long time. Highly recommend.

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BA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Started out good, but the hostess did not smile or offer any warm greetings... just sat us. Waiter came right away to take our drink and appetizers order....and we never saw him again until he presented the check. In between we had the manager finally have our drinks delivered, then take our dinner order, but our appetizers never arrived. When we asked about our app, they had forgotten, but our dinner was ready,so they brought entrees, then app finally arrived in the middle of dinner. The entrees were really good, so at least the cooks/ chef know what they're doing. Manager said she wouldn't charge for the app, but guess what? When our original waiter presented the check, it was still on there!?! We just paid and left. No one offered us dessert.

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t
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. I have dined there many times and was joined by a friend this time that had never eaten there before. I doubt she will go back so that is why I would not recommend it to a friend. My chopped salad with salmon was good, the salads are always good. However, our waiter was so unavailable, it made the experience less than desirable. We were sat at the table with water and 15 minutes went by with no waiter. I finally flagged down a hostess to order an iced tea. The waiter came and asked if we were ready to order and didn't even bother to ask if we wanted something other than water to drink. He brought the wrong food to our table. Then later a different waiter brought our food. Our waiter never followed up once our food was delivered. The next time we saw him was to bring us the bill. And the restaurant wasn't that busy for him to have been so neglectful...

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KL
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service. Knowledge of specials, menu outstanding. Did not lack attention from servers.
Constant presence, and professional courteous service.
Lunchtime, noisy. Small closed-in seating area.
Rich, well flavored comfort food. Not your ordinary cheese and tomato soup.

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BF
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service - great suggestions and very personable server!

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ML
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner at Sundried last night. We went the route of ordering a handful of small bites. Beef and Chicken Sliders were great, so were the homemade chips and Panko Crusted Calamari. We'll be back for sure!! Thank you for a great experience.

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g
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Too noisy for my husband. He could hear the conversation of ladies two tables away but not people at our table

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f
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Monday in afternoon. We had very little attention from our waiter. The food was excellent.

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G
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was so good to have the delicious lamb burger again--better than ever. Outstanding service from our patient, gracious waiter Christopher. I miss the Laguna location, but it's worth the drive to SJC. Rob continues to provide a great dining experience!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Birthday. I took two bites of my brunch choice and didn’t like it. I wasn’t asked why I wasn’t eating and was only offered a box. Service was VERY slow. It took 45 mins to get our appetizers and they were really slow with bottomless mimosas.

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CO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and friendly staff ! A little noisy but still comfortable. We are going back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday!

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I
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and the food was outstanding. Worth going back!

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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 22, 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 19, 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
24 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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
21 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 3, 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 December 31, 2018
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 30, 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 24, 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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LC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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

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