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The Hat

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1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715
+1 714-257-9500
10:00 - 01:00
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West Jordan, Utah
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139 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was told by several people that I "just had to try this place for a Pastrami Dip." So I did. They were right. Delicious Pastrami sandwich that was loaded to the max. The chili fries are gigantic as well. I couldn't finish them. The fries were average, so I used up the allotted space in my stomach on the sandwich,... More 

Thank Chad S
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We went to lunch yesterday and as usual the service is fast and the pastrami was its good quality. We go there often and have been disappointed only once in years. Their serving are large and can be shared. Especially the fries and onion rings.

Thank Linda S
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Feel like having pastrami? Must go to the hat and order the pastrami. Don't forget to order chillies fries and also don't forget the horse reddish to put on pastrami

Thank Eko K
Yorba Linda, California
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The HAT in Brea is an experience. It is self service but has lots of seating. They have a large sandwich menu that includes many items other than sandwiches. Their signature sandwich is the Pastrami Dip. Served typically on a French Roll, the pastrami has been soaking in hot fat infused water. Typically the bread gets a dip in that... More 

Thank david r
Park City, Utah
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

It you love pastrami, this is the place. Huge sandwiches that are just great. A small order of fries will serve three people easy. The chili cheese fries are just ridiculous!! Everything here is good, but they are famous for the pastrami and you will understand why after one visit.

Thank msilverpc
Southern California
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670 reviews
401 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This place has a pretty simple menu but the pastrami is why you come here. It is so tender and plentiful. The fries with chili are enough for 4 people (be warned before you order). The seating can be a challenge at times but they do have a drive thru for those of is that want to enjoy it at... More 

Thank heumanntouch
Fullerton, California
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82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We often get take-outs for lunch on the weekend. They offer many different kinds of sandwiches, both hot and cold, as well as burgers and various sides. Though The Hat highlights their Pastrami Dip, I normally go for the Roast Beef au Jus which I really enjoy. We have also tried (and enjoyed) their Chili Fries. Portions are generous. Service... More 

Thank Hanepoot
McMinnville, Oregon
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The best sandwich and lots and lots of onion rings. We always come here when we are in town. It's always a favorite stop.

Thank KandyShinn
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

On a whim, we tried the Hat. It was supposed to be the home of World Famous Pastrami Sandwich. It did not disappoint. We ordered a Dipped Pastrami sandwich, which was incredible. We did order onion rings, which we real good, BUT, they gave way more than we could handle. Overall a good place to have lunch

Thank Keith P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Best pastrami sandwiches. Enough to share! All 5 of us share an entire sandwich and either onion rings or chili cheese fries.

Thank Sarah V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1210 E Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821-5715
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Brea
  • Phone Number: +1 714-257-9500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?