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Aldo's Sidewalk Caffe

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31882 Del Obispo St, Ste 152, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3225
+1 949-443-0423
11:00 - 21:00
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San Clemente, California, United States
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212 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

my wife and i stop if we are in town the sandwiches make a great lunch I have not been here for dinner but thats ok its a great luch spot

Thank Kelly C
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

Have been coming here 3 or 4 times a year since 2005. Used to be a very consistent Italian cafe with very good food and value pricing. Now, average food and an overpriced menu. Too many other options better in the area.

Thank Delicio
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

Criveffo's has taken over and the prices are 30-80% higher - of course. Aldo's Pannini were $5 and sandwitches now start at $9. Pastas are $9-12, so not too bad. Corkage from $8 to $15. Have not tried the food in the new place as I can do pasta at home for a fraction of the price. Such is life.

Thank Thomas O
S. CA.
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99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015

I have been coming here for years. Aldo is a spectacular chef that could probably work at any number of Michelin star restaurants if he ever decided to close this place. The service can be slow at times as often times it is just Aldo and a busboy running the entire restaurant. If you are looking for great service, maybe... More 

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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015 via mobile

We were visiting the Mission & TA directed us to this little place in a strip mall just blocks away. We had eggplant pinninis and they were very good. The indoor dining room was very warm (too warm for comfort) & they weren't allowed to sell wine at the sidewalk tables, so that was a bummer but he food was... More 

Thank Dave J
Los Angeles, California
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141 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015

People have told me about Aldo's (favorably) and so decided to finally give it a try. The lunch and dinner menu has most everything you'd expect Italian; surprising for such a small neighborhood restaurant. The smoked salmon ravioli was delicious, as were the gnocchi with meat sauce, and salmon fillet/jumbo shrimp with angel hair pasta. Everything is fresh and homemade.... More 

1 Thank TheBrasilian
San Juan Capistrano, California
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

We went to the Dutch Bakery for sandwiches almost every week, for maybe 15 years. When they suddenly closed in early October we waited patiently but it appears they are not coming back and a French Bakery will open in that location... someday. I have been looking for a place to get sandwiches and I believe Aldo's is going to... More 

Thank Lou L
San Juan Capistrano, California
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

We've been eating here for 20 years and we always love the experience. The frittata is the best I've had and their mozzarella and tomato pannini crispy and flavorful. The lentil soup is always good and the service is warm and welcoming. Excellent food and reasonable prices. Never sure why people pick the Subway next door when they can eat... More 

Thank Melody B
San Juan Capistrano, California
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

We go to Aldo's frequently. It has the best saladas. Their vegetables are always fresh, the pasta dishes are really good, and sandwiches really tasty.......The bread is delicious!!!!!. Excellent atmosphere, service and the meals are priced very reasonable. Aldo himself is always there to make sure you have the best service. One of my favorite restaurants. Try the Mediterrean salad!

Thank America F
Laguna Hills, California
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

I wandered into this charming sidewalk cafe last week with only $10 in my pocket. I had recently lost my wallet and didn't have any credit or debit cards with me. The owner, Aldo, was completely charming and sweet and gave me the lunch special, which was just under $10. This included a large Caesar salad, lots of warm, fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31882 Del Obispo St, Ste 152, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3225
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: +1 949-443-0423

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?