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“Very disappointing-not what it used to be.”
Review of Chaparosa Grill - CLOSED

Chaparosa Grill
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Laguna Niguel, CA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Very disappointing-not what it used to be.”
Reviewed 24 August 2013

Two dots is generous based on the kind of treatment we received tonight. We have been Tony's happy customers for several years including when he was in Aliso Viejo/Laguna Niguel area up the way from the one and only half emply restaurant he has now.. We had not been for awhile due to reduction in employment, so finally when things were improving we wanted to treat ourselves to our favorite martinis which this time were barely shaken if at all, and stayed cold for 2 minutes. Until tonight, we have never had a martini here that we didn't love .

On top of it, our waiter who took forever to even attend us didn't check up on us either to see if we were happy because we would have complained about the martini then When he did come around. we did complain about the martinis and the waiter apologized, asked if we wanted dessert, which we thought was gratis for our terrible martinis or we would not have ordered it. He charged us for them. We spoke to the owner/chef who had always been pleasant until tonight, and he was rude to us denying the possibility of his bartenders not shaking the martini well enough to make it cold. . Needless to say, we were very disappointed in his attitude. We ended up paying for the mediocre dessert, and the waiter got the tip he deserved.
Sorry, Tony, but you made two formerly happy customers very unhappy with your lousy attitude, warm martinis, ever increased prices and your smaller portions, . After several years of being your customers, we won't be back. Was your stingy attitude worth it? Take a look around your restaurant on a Friday night and notice how empty it is. We did and it made us wonder how a once good chef could go wrong.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
laguna beach
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“excellent service but pretty limited menu”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

we went for cinco de mayo. the interior was fun. seemed quite a few locals were enjoying themselves at the bar so it was a little noisey. the food was okay but nothing that would bring me back in, sorry to say.

  • Visited May 2013
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Laguna Niguel, CA.
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good Caribbean Food”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

This is a long time local Retaurant in a shopping center with lots of parking. Chef owned, the food is good and the atmosphere good for a shopping center Restaurant. Indoor and outdoor eating areas.

Visited February 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“So much fun!”
Reviewed 29 January 2013

We just had dinner here it was really good.
We live close by but have never been hete before. We were greeted by the chef owner. Our server Luis was great knew the menu inside out. We started with AVOCADO FETA BRUSCHETTA amazing! Then we had COFFEE RUBBED NEW YORK STEAK WITH CAPT MORGAN GLAZE my wife had the CIOPPINO really good wevdont usually do dessert but the server recommended STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING so good
Best place we've found in a while

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Laguna Niguel, CA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent Neighborhood restaurant”
Reviewed 16 November 2012

Tony, the chef and owner of Chaparosa Grill has a surprising ability to cook both Caribbean Style cuisine, Asian Fusion, then to make dishes from England with flair while showing his culinary demonstration audience how to do it. Not only have I enjoyed Chaparosa grill for it's healthy Caribbean cuisine, I have learned so much from him on how to make amazing squash soups that have me begging for more.
My husband and I always enjoy a cocktail at this restaurant to go with dinner. Ordinarily, we drink wine, but the cocktails, especially the martinis, are so good here that we make an exception.
It is by far Laguna Niguel's best kept local restaurant secret.

  • Visited November 2012
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