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“Great group space”

El Adobe de Capistrano
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Los Angeles, CA
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great group space”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

We recently had a large group do a dinner event in the patio area. We weren't sure how it would work as in the daylight it doesn't have the best feel. However, by the time the group arrived at twilight and the lights were turned on, the roof pulled back and the atmosphere set it was a perfect location. The large group area has a screen and projector. The restaurant also provided a podium and sound equipment.

The guests really enjoyed the buffet food (the taco sampler). One nice touch is that they had a woman who was making tortillas from scratch. The location also has its own bar. A final surprise for the guests was the dessert - it included a freezer with different popsicles and other frozen goodies for the guests to chose from.

This is a beautiful, laid back location for groups who are looking for something different than hotel food. It is within 10-15 minutes of Monarch Beach (St. Regis and Ritz), as well as Laguna (Montage, Surf & Sand Resort).

  • Visited May 2014
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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“An Institution”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

The El Adobe has been here forever and they have a track record of excellent Mexican food to match.

The building is historic, walk in slowly and read all the historic plaques along the way. Enjoy the veranda and the bar.

Great food!

They also have a courtyard for weddings and large events. The Taste of San Juan had been held there.

Visited May 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Capistrano Charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

I was at El Adobe on a very busy Memorial Weekend Sunday but the staff took their time and made sure my visit was very pleasant. Great food and a comfortable, classic environment.

  • Visited May 2014
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San Clemente, California, United States
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215 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great location, good service, ok food ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

We go here once a year or so and it never changes much and that's it's strongest advantage. The location is beautiful and the place is very well run. There is plenty of parking and the bar and drinks couldn't be better. The decor and wait service are old school spanish and above average. We would go here much more often but the food never impresses me. Don't get me wrong the food is of good quality and well presented and there is something on the menu for everybody, but it's a notch below everything else the el Adobe offers. So go there with a date or family and friends and enjoy a great experience just don't expect to much from the food

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Orange County, California
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150 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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“Fair food, great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

As far as Mexican food goes, this is not my favorite. However sitting in the outdoor area on a week day, drinking margaritas... oh yeah...

  • Visited May 2014
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