El Adobe de Capistrano
The restaurant is easy to get to right off the 5 freeway.
I have been here twice now including last night. It is about 35 miles from me so I don't get here very often.
This time there was some available parking in the free parking lot in the back, and they were fairly crowded with all that is going on in the world right now.
I had made a reservation because I thought it would be more crowded but it was not needed. My party of 4 was seated right on time and were given menus, water, and chips and salsa pretty quickly. We asked for Lemon and they forget it, but when I asked again they brought a bowl with several cut up.
The chips and salsa were pretty good, and we definitely had a few servings while deciding what to order.
We took some time catching up and then placed our order.
We tried the chicken fajitas, which were tasty and sizzling hot. Piled with plenty of onions and veggies, but light on the chicken. It has a nice mild spice to it and was very flavorful. The small plate of rice and beans, and guacamole were good too. It came with 4 tortillas but they were happy to bring more.
We also got a chicken Caesar salad which is no longer on the menu, but it is on their online menu. It was good, but the dressing was not the best I have had, and the bowl was 90% salad, like a giant bowl of salad, with some croutons and chicken which were good, but it was missing the cheese.
Our friends tried the Presidential, it was ok but missing some items and the chicken was dry, the relleno was not the best they had eaten.
They also got the chilli relleno dish, and same thing, shredded dry chicken, and no sour cream or anything like that.
I am giving it a 4 because of the ambiance, service, etc.
Unfortunately there was a live musician, and the music was just too loud, but we were sitting pretty close. All the tile does not help with the acoustics in the room and neither did the rowdy table of drunk people next to us.
Thank you for making our parents 63rd Anniversary so special!!!
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. And tell them Happy Anniversary
My son had a great birthday here. The food and service were great!!!!!
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. And Happy Birthday to your son!
Our service was not horrible but I did have to ask for everything. The food was exceptional and we loved the band. Definitely coming back!!!
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your food and we will be looking further into the service etiquette. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to having you!
Great food and service. First time visitor will definitely be returning.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
The food was excellent and the staff treats you like family. We drive 45 minutes to come to this restaurant.
We were their 10 minutes before our reservation, there was a confused employee that takes for ever to seat people. we ordered our food at 5:40 pm and didn't get our food till 6:30pm.
They don't have enough servers and the food taste very bland and oily . i will never go there again.
It was my Mother’ birthday brunch. Always a great experience.
Thank you for your review! Wish your Mother a happy happy birthday for us and we hope to see you guys again soon!
Service was excellent and the food was on point!
Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your food and service as that is what we strive for as a restaurant and we look forward to seeing you again soon!!
Good overall experience. It was Valentines so the restaurant was crowded. The staff were brilliant in handling the stressful holiday. Great service and food.
Thank you for your kind review! We take pride in the hard work that comes from our servers and we are happy to hear that you noticed their great service during your experience. We can't wait to have you back in our restaurant!
Love enchilada suizas!
Staff VERY nice!
Can’t wait to come back !
Thank you for your kind review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed everything and are excited to return. We can't wait to have you back in the restaurant!
Rating based mostly on the food quality and service. Unfortunately, weekends and Sunday Brunch are a bit crowded and noisy. Add the Mariachi's and its mostly impossible to have a conversation. Go during the week and enjoy the ambiance and great food.
Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the food and service as that is what we strive for as a restaurant. Our weekends do get pretty busy which causes it to be louder in the restaurant and going during the week is a great recommendation if you would like a more quiet setting. Again thank you for coming in and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
What a wonderful restaurant! The food is fantastic and wonderful service every single time.
Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed both food and service every visit. That is what we strive for as a restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Took a friend for her birthday and it was a lovely lunch. I had forgotten what a delightful restaurant this was. It will certainly not be the last time for me!
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you returned to our restaurant for such a special celebration. We can't wait to have you back in our restaurant.
Always enjoy visiting El Adobe but this time the noise level was too loud! The wedding going on outside had the music so loud we couldn't hear each other. I've been there before with weddings on the patio and the noise level wasn't too high but this time is was ridiculous!
Thank you for your review. We were aware of the loud music and had asked the Wedding DJ to lower the music multiple times. Finally we threatened to shut down the event due to how loud it was and it was then lowered. This DJ will no longer be allowed to work in our venue. We apologize for the inconvenience and will continue to warn our wedding parties of the noise level.
I would recommend because the food was good. The service was fair to poor. Waiter never brought drink requested. Did not acknowledge birthday as requested. Seemed dis-interested in serving.
Thank you for the feedback and we are going to look into the situation. If you would like to give us more details we would really appreciate that. We look forward to hearing from you.
First time here. Enjoyed it very much!
Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your first time with us. Great food and service is what we strive for and we are glad that you received just that. See you again soon!
LOVED! Great food, drinks, service and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again!
Crab and shrimp enchiladas were both fabulous.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience. Both the crab and shrimp enchiladas are a great choice. Next time you'll have to try the Enchiladas Poblanas with our house made mole sauce! It is so good. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you guys again soon.
For a foodie, it is all about the history and ambiance here... not about the food.
Would several margaritas helped? Perhaps. It seemed to take less than 5 minutes for the food to arrive at our table. Pre-prepared? Middle of the road taco, enchilada, and an awful chile relleno along with the requisite refried beans and rice. We also had a tamale that was 95% masa and a dab of veggies inside.
The place has a great history and a historic vibe... but that just doesn't cut it these days.
Thank you for your review. Our margaritas are a San Juan favorite & we definitely recommend trying one to all guests, but we especially strive for great food and service. Our taco & enchilada are made to order. Our chile relleno is & has always been a recipe that has been a part of El Adobe History for years now and people love it! Our vegetable tamales are made with shredded veggies which is why this seemed like a lot of masa. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you feel.
Champagne is not offered for brunch
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your food and service as that is what we strive for as a restaurant. During Sunday brunch we do offer a drink special for 3 glasses of champagne/mimosa for $7. If you are referring to bottomless mimosas, then you are correct as we don't offer that special. If there has been a miscommunication please let us know so we can remedy the issue. We look forward to hearing from you.
As always, the service and food was excellent. I happened to receive a different item than ordered, but when brought to the waiters attention, it was promptly corrected without issue. There happened to be a gentleman walking around and playing what appeared to be a small harp, whatever it was, it was quite a nice addition to the evening.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you let our server know immediately about the issue so that we could resolve it in that moment. Our harpist plays every Saturday night and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again soon.
This was our first time there. We were made to feel very welcome. Food was great service was very friendly and efficient. E will be back.
Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience as great food and service is what we strive for as a restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
We arrived at 5 and ordered off the menu, which indicated certain drinks and small plates were priced for happy hour. We then ordered dinner. When the check came the happy hour prices weren't honored. I asked about it and was told if one orders dinner happy hour prices don't apply. I think the waiter should have mentioned that at first when he saw us perusing the happy hour menu
Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the service and food very much. Staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. The Birthday girl said she had a wonderful time. I appreciate the staff for their patience with our group and for working hard to accommodate the extra guests. Thanks for making it a special day for us!
Thank you for your review! Great food and service is what we strive for as a restaurant and we are so glad to hear that you received just that. We have great event spaces for any future birthdays or events that could also work! We look forward to seeing you guys again soon.
Great for kids and adults
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you guys again soon.
Good food, good location, a fun time with a family and children...
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We love having families here to enjoy the ambiance of the place. We look forward to seeing you guys again soon.
Fabulous as always....great food and service as always!
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and service as that is what we strive for as a restaurant! We look forward to seeing you guys again.
Consistently fabulous. Coming here always feels special. The food is great. Our server, Margarita, is top notch. And the musicians are always delightful.
Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience. This is what we strive for as a restaurant. I will make sure to pass the message to Margarita! Thanks again for your review we look forward to seeing you again.
Great food and service. Good margaritas. A bit loud.
Thank you for your review! We are so happy to hear that you received great service and food as that is what we strive for in our restaurant. Saturday's are definitely one of our more busier days which makes the restaurant louder. You can always visit on Monday's for a more quiet experience. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to seeing you again.
The food is so good! The guests we took had never been there and they loved it. We just started going there after not having been there in a long time and we love the food and the ambiance. Its real
Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you more again in the future!
Conveniently located, but way overpriced for what you get. Most of our food was overcooked.
We had a reservation, but upon getting there the host said we needed to wait for someone to leave to get us a table. There were at least 5 or 6 tables sitting empty. So much for the reservation, not sure the point in making one if they aren’t actually going to reserve a table.
Our server was great, but the food wasn’t the best. My daughter got a burger from the kids menu, it was black on one side totally burnt, she wouldn’t eat it. The server took it off the bill.
One person ordered one of the most expensive items on the menu and most of the meat was overcooked. Not at all worth it.
I got a Chile relleno and garlic shrimp, that was good the Chile was fresh and was the best thing we ordered, the shrimp was a little overdone, but the sauce helped mask it. The corn is really good and sweet.
The chips and guac are the best thing to order imo.
location is great, it’s convenient and nice ambiance but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend. If I go again, I will get soup and chips and guac to play to safe.
I also noticed someone brought a birthday cake for a special occasion when I walked in. They wouldn’t serve it without a 2$ per person charge. You would think with the overpriced food bill for a large group, they would gladly accommodate, but i thought that was a bit much. I definitely wouldn’t go there for a special occasion after witnessing that.
Great food, service and ambience. We especially enjoyed harpist Julio Montero!
Thank you for your review! This is exactly what we strive for as a restaurant and are so happy to hear that is what you received! We look forward to seeing you in our restaurant again.
Really good harp player provided restaurant ambiance. Beautiful historic setting. Food was very good but not much better than any good Mexican restaurant. Restaurant was very busy and service correspondingly busy. Staff was very cheerful and friendly although very rushed.
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. We appreciate more feedback as we are always trying to improve as a restaurant. If you have more information to provide please do. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon!
We had a family Christmas celebration with 12 adults. Everyone was very happy with their meal. The service was excellent. And the restaurant was decorated beautifully.
Thank you for your kind review! We are so glad you had a good time for your family Christmas Celebration. Great customer service and food is what we strive for as a restaurant and are happy to hear that you received exactly that. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
We had a reservation and still had to wait over 20 minutes for a table.
Thank you for your review. We apologize for the wait time as that day was very busy for us. We have remedied the issues with our hostess so that it won't happen again in the future. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in the restaurant again.
We've been to El Adobe several times before, have always found the food to be well prepared and tasty with good selections. This time was no exception, however the service was lacking. Our waiter took our order and never returned to check on us, I asked both he and the person who brought our food for a refill on the very small salsa bowl, but we never received any more, so while we had a good amount of chips left at that time we had to eat them sans salsa. I only received a refill on my drink when the table next to ours managed to catch the eye of the person filling water glasses, who noticed my glass was empty and then took it upon himself to get me another ice tea. The waiter only showed up at the end of the meal to drop off the check, and I had to finally get up and take the bill and CC over to him as it appeared he was never coming to do so. Another table near us had the same situation, they never got drink refills and had to somewhat demand them when the waiter finally got back to them, and they asked for boxes which I don't think ever showed up. The restaurant was not crowded during this time, at least not in our area, as we'd arrived around 5, were going to a concert so getting the bills settled in a timely manner was necessary. We'll try El Adobe again as the food is good, and the salsa when you can get it, but we will not take a table with this same waiter ever again.
Charming restaurant in a great location. Parking is challenging. Had to wait 15 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation. Servers were slow but the restaurant seemed short-staffed.
Thank you for your feedback. December is a very busy time of year and we try our best to accommodate all of our guests in a timely matter. Aside from that, we are happy to see that you enjoyed your food and the ambiance of the location. We hope to see you again!
Been there a long time, and always a pleasant time, good food, good service.
Thank you for your review. Great food and service is what we strive for as a restaurant. We are glad that you received exactly that. We look forward to seeing you again soon!