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About Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Juan Capistrano

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.

31781 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Californian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Verdugo & Camino Capistrano

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 661-1167

Website:
http://sundriedtomatobistro.com/

Catering:
Do you know we cater?
Sundried Tomato Catering has over 20 years' experience and can cater just about anything, anywhere. From small, intimate dinner parties or corporate lunches to charity fundraising galas or high end events at one of our preferred venues......the possibilities are endless.

Contact our catering office today for more information.
(949) 661-1299 www.sundriedtomatobistro.com/catering

Parking Details:
There is plenty of public parking available in downtown San Juan Capistrano along with street parking.

Public Transit:
We are located just a short walk from the San Juan Capistrano train & bus station.

Executive Chef:
Reymundo Pinedo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Stay up to date with special events, promotions, new menu updates by signing up for our E-club
http://sundriedtomatobistro.com/eclub/

Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Juan Capistrano Ratings and Reviews

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I suggested SunDried Tomatos to my girlfriend. I had not been there before but she had and she raved about it. Had a very romantic table near bar area. Wine was very good and waiter never pressured us to order. Was told Tomato Soup was outstanding and it was. We split lamb chops and a pasta dish. Very good. There 2 1/2 hours and time flew by. Great restaurant-don’t change a thing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We live in SJC and enjoy going to local restaurants. I have a special diet and they were able to accommodate me!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My young friend and I were on a writing journey from Los Angeles on Metrolink and we stopped in San Juan Capistrano for lunch before our return to L.A. We had reservations at 12:30 and were seated promptly with a choice of indoors our out. The hostess and servers were friendly and attentive to our needs, but did not hover over us. My friend had the lamb burger and I had a spinach salad and half chicken pesto sandwich. Both were exceptionally delicious--a definite cut above. The half portions of salad and sandwich were more than ample. I was concerned about the timiing, because we didn't have long before our return train, but service was excellent and we had time to stroll around Rios Street as well. I hope to come back with my husband for a romantic lunch. With the train station a five-minute walk away, it's the perfect date without the hassles of traffic!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Organic
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Tasty food! There signature soup really is amazing. Great setting for a family catch-up. Service over and above; staff apologised for slow service and even discounted our bill! Definitely going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Very unique menu items and very delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Have been many times. Quality of service & food not what it used to be. Disappointed. Not sure I would go against

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere with pretty decent brunch. The vanilla french toast was delicious and succulent however the grits from the blackened shrimp and grits was somewhat bland. Overall good dining setting. Setup is good for daytime and nighttime dining however nighttime dining may be a time for a more intimate setting. Great customer service. Thank you for a good dining experience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Very good service and good. Went for a birthday celebration ..

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Food was uninspiring. I felt like I was dining at a coffee shop. The banquette we were seated at had about 4 5 inch tears in the upholstery fabric. Won't go back.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2017

The food choices were good and the quality of the dishes we chose was very high.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Many folks find this spot to be great, in fact, my wife absolutely loves it. I am actually a very simple guy that would rather spend an evening at Selma's or Lucille's so my review probably isn't really fair to the restaurant but, just being an 'ol basic country boy, it is a bit out there. However, their Sunday Brunch is outstanding...the braised beef, goat cheese omelet is the best. Dinner, well, if you love it, you love it. If you don't, you probably only go because you need points with the wife.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Excellent service! We were never rushed through our meal in spite of the fact that it was busy during the lunch time hours. That meant a lot to us because we were dining with relatives from Chicago whom we had not seen for a while.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2016

When we arrived we were told we would have to sit outside in the cold since our reservation were made by OpenTable. Or we could wait 15-20 minutes for a table inside. Funny a table was available almost immediately. Then the fries and soup were cold. The waiter brought new fries and the soup was heated. Also one burger was ordered medium rare, but the wait staff said they were all the same. After we started eating we found the medium rare burger was given to the wrong person. Otherwise the food and service were good.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Wonderful food options on the menu... Great soups / salads!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2016

Being the leader of a family whose members are gluten-free and allergy-challenged, I'm always anxious about choosing the "right" restaurant. Nonetheless, I was greatly pleased with how satisfied my wife and daughter were with the outcome of our family's special holiday gathering. The servers were all well in tune with our dietary needs and catered individually to us all. Delighted with the appetizers as well as the entree selections, we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening together, including the specialty desserts. Decorated nicely for the holidays, we all loved the ambiance of the place. In addition, a round table helped to engage all five of us with one free-flowing conversation all evening long. We'd easily choose this location once again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2016

We always enjoy Sundried Tomato Cafe! It's our "go to" restaurant for out of town visitors.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Fun, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2016

All around great experience. Tomahawk ribeye for two was extraordinary. Our first time at the restaurant and we were very pleasantly surprised. Exceeded our expectations across the board. Can't wait to go back!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2016

Great food

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2016

The traditional cream of tomato soup and the angus beef burger never disappoint. We both really enjoyed this comfort food meal. Our server was very friendly and attentive. She took time to make certain she had our order just right, with exactly the right accompaniments we requested.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Food and service was great, unfortunately they were having a problem with controlling the temperature inside. The cement floor was a bit slippery, made it noisier and colder. I'll return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2016

My wife and I went for Thanksgiving Dinner which we very seldom do but this year we did not want to travel.
the Turkey Dinner exceeded our expectations by very very much!
This Dinner was so Good we were very impressed and when I received the check OMG it was so reasonable we were shocked!
Great Food, Great Service, Great Time !!!!!!!!!!!!

Gary and Kathy R

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 17, 2016

A bit pricey for what you get. Ordered beef medium well. Had to return it, because it was too rare. Service and ambiance good. Good place for afternoon coffee/tea.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2016

We have dined many times at Sundried Tomato Cafe and have enjoyed every experience. The service is excellent and a great variety of food options for every taste. The atmosphere is inviting and relaxing and if you want to enjoy a game, they have two TV's in the bar area. Easy access from the train station and parking structure.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Eaten there many times. Great ambience, but noisy table next to us. Server was spread thin so we didn't get the usual attention. All in all it was fun. A neighborhood gem...

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2016

Usually they have been very good. Menu changes aren't so good. Ordered chips as an appetizer. Soggy. The chicken pot pie was cold and not very tasty. Scallop dish was so so. Sat a long time before waiter came.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2016

The food was good, but the service from the waiter and bus boys was terrible. The restaurant was only half full for a Friday nigh, so service wasn't poor due to a large crowd. It took 10 minutes before anyone greeted us at the table. After having to ask for water, bread and butter we finally got our dinner. At the end our waiter never came back to ask us about our meal or additional needs. We had planned on a dessert, but after waiting another 15 minutes decided to skip the dessert and go some where else for an after dinner treat!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Best brunch ever! The food and service was fantastic!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Nice value menu for Monday night. Service was excellent but seemed a bit slower paced than usual--probably less staff on a Monday plus tourist season just ended. This remains one of my favorite places in town for contemporary American good with a flair and the quality has remained consistent over the many years we've eaten there.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We had a wonderful brunch! Ingredients were all fresh and delicious. The men was creative and filled with yummy combinations. Would definitely recommend it! I have been many times for lunch and dinner.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2016

My husband ordered the Rootbeer Baby Back Ribs. He said they were mediocre @best. definitely not 'fall off the bone' style. The pasta special with asparagus was ok but actually the pasta less veggie lasagna was the best. The service was very very slow from the beginning. To top it off my husband found a hair in his entry about 1/4 - 1/3 way through his meal. Thankfully they "comp'd" his entree. We have been to the Sundried Tomato restaurants several times over the years - beginning with the one in Laguna (now closed). This was a very disappointing dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Their sun-dried tomato soup is too die for food!! The service was great. Location is within a short walk from the AmTrack train station.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 25, 2016

This was first visit but will definitely go back. Patio was very nice and comfortable seating and quiet. Food was delicious and service excellent. I had the chicken pesto sandwich and it was delicious and came with a side salad which was Very fresh and delicate dressing.
All in all a great place to dine.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Very good food. Nice environment. A+ well trained staff.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Healthy, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Everything was amazing- we got the Sundried Tomato soup and dipped our Honey Cilantro Chicken Pesto Sandwiches in it! Amazing combination.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Such a cozy restaurant with an elegant bar. Everyone is always so friendly and accommodating.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Great food; servers were attentive and kept water glasses full; will visit again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 12, 2016

The food was fantastic. Our server was very nice and always around. We sat outside for lunch. A total California experience. Most for sure will go back !!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 10, 2016

The food and service is always great at Sun Dried Tomato in San Juan. We prefer this location over the one in San Clemente. Their calamari appetizer is the best I have ever had. Order it every time! The filet was exceptiona as well. Can't say enough about this restaurant! Would recommend It every time!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Delicious and good food !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Food was tasty...would recommend the blackened chicken spring rolls in the honey-cilantro pesto sauce, the strawberry spinach salad, and grilled cheese sandwich. If you like sundried tomatoes, their creamy sundried tomato soup is excellent. I've eaten here a few times, but the service was lacking this last time. We had to repeatedly ask for water, the Starter came AFTER our main entrees, and it's a little difficult to enjoy soup with a fork...our server was definitely having an off day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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