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Tavern at the Mission, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Tavern at the Mission

4.6
4.6
351 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
RENOWNED ORANGE COUNTY RESTAURATEUR DAVID WILHELM, ALONG WITH LONGTIME FRIEND AND PARTNER GREGG SOLOMON, RECENTLY PURCHASED THIS ICONIC RESTAURANT IN THE HEART OF CHARMING DOWNTOWN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO OVERLOOKING THE JEWEL OF THE CALIFORNIA MISSIONS.
It will continue as Cedar Creek Inn in the near future but Wilhelm will be introducing many of his signature classic comfort foods such as his Famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken, French 75’s Onion Soup, and Whiskey Shrimp Dijon, featured at his Tavern House kitchen+bar in Newport Beach.

Cedar Creek Inn has a beautiful tree covered patio with views of Mission San Juan Capistrano and a warm interior with two fireplaces. Wilhelm intends to have this restaurant continue to be a neighborhood favorite.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 25 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 240-2229
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    DAVID WILHELM
  • Private party facilities
    Private dining room and patio areas available for large groups.
  • Area
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Parking Details
    Public Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 351 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

351 Reviews
  1. LisaB

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu with a lot of variety. The Sunday Suppers are such a great value for guests.

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  2. JanineSiena

    Orange County

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely late lunch starting with the delicious French Onion soup. The Brown Derby salad was outstanding. Service from Stephanie was stellar! We love the new menu and renovation.

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  3. Chris

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great birthday lunch here. A wonderful place for special occasions.

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  4. Flossie

    Orange County

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The coconut shrimp was overcooked & outer crust overdone not as large as shrimp was told by server.

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  5. JeffreyK

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful outdoor setting. We enjoyed both of our entrees for lunch. Waiter was helpful and attentive.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was outstanding. Service was excellent. The decor was beautiful. We had a great time eating at the bar area, but the patio and dining area looked inviting as well.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic and the staff was friendly. We ordered our burgers and steak and were told medium rare was the only option which was fine, but both came out medium to medium well. We felt it was a bit strange to stress the preferred temperature of the meat only to serve it overcooked. That said, still a great experience with a great team.

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  8. RichardM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the 3rd time we've eaten in the bar. The happy hour has a great selection. The French Onion Soup is the Best French Onion Soup I've ever tasted! We love the Tumbleweed Chandeliers. Such a cozy, intimate atmosphere. We split the Petrole Sole fish. It was very moist & definitely big enough to split.

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  9. DebraB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightful ambiance, with both excellent service and food.

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  10. BillF

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Josh, did a great job serving us thanks. We had not been here since the new owners took over we were pleased with our dinner and will be back.

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  11. ToothDoc

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The calamari was excellent. We tried the coconut shrimp. Only received four pieces so it was underwhelming although the taste was ok. The photo on the website shows five pieces of shrimp. I've ordered coconut shrimp at other restaurants and have received a pile of them so I'm not sure why the portion was so small. The service was slow. We did not receive all of our meals at the same time because the order was incorrect. (They tried to serve us a salad that we did not order). When the food finally arrived it was delicious. I had the Main lobster salad. Would definitely order that again. Also had the coconut cake. That was a definite winner. Do not go to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. Service is slow.

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  12. Dave

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us all had an extremely good experience, will definitely be back.

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  13. KathleenE

    Palm Springs

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time here. Came for lunch and it was above and beyond anything I expected. I will most definitely be back!

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  14. Regrudy

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful patio setting. The service and food were excellent.

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  15. SondraB

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, great ambiance. A lovely way to spend Mothers Day

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  16. BrilloLikesShadow

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best service by Betty! She is amazing! We had three different managers stop by our table to check on us. Nicely done!

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  17. MalindaB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 6 of us for Mother's Day and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our brunch. Great new menu and yummy choices! We've been here with previous owners (and name) & this is the 3rd time with The Tavern! And we'll be back!

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  18. PeteP

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tavern has great food, great drinks, & great service!

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  19. Happycamper

    Orange County

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great spot! The atmosphere is warm and inviting, offering patio with heaters and a perfectly lite dining room with fireplace. Beautiful leather dining chairs were so comfortable. Menu was diverse. I had Buddha bowl and bf had cowboy burger. Both were delish! Shared bottle of Unshackled /red blend ~ yum . Our waiter, Cameron was so polite and friendly. Can’t wait to return.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We enjoyed every moment. Lovely dining room and very polite staff.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We all had different meals and no one liked their food. One meal was sent back but the replacement was no better. Can’t recommend except the service was good.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our visit to Tavern at the Mission was perfect❣️We were greeted and seated within minutes and had the Best Server I have ever had. Her name was Betty. She was so friendly and personable. She gave us many meal suggestions which were delicious. I will highly recommend your restaurant to my family and friends. I am looking forward to coming back soon.😄

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  23. LauraM

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband has the short rib stroganoff and was very pleased with it. I had the prime rib dip and the meat was not hot enough. My martini was excellent and the service was perfect!

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  24. LoisA

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. The service and food are excellent.

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  25. MLOU

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    service was slow but very attentive. food was good.

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  26. susie

    Orange County

    131 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My boyfriend ate Sunday Supper for his birthday meal last night. We both enjoyed the experience very much. I was pleasantly surprised by all of it, the food and atmosphere especially. My boyfriend was very happy with his French onion soup and Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes. We were quite comfortable in our dining area in a nice booth. The one small problem for us was that our green beans tasted very salty; and we both pushed our capers aside to cut down a little on the saltiness of our main dishes. If we come again, we will request less salt and no capers, if that's possible. Overall, this is a great replacement for Cedar Creek, which was never a local favorite for us.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood dining spot for lunch or dinner. Service, food & ambiance all met or exceeded our expectations. We ordered bottle of wine, calamari appetizer, ceasar salads, onion soup filet mignon, salmon, fish & chips, Buddha bowl with salmon. All fresh, delicious & served perfectly by our server Emma. Finished with bannanageddin & coffee all around. Will be back again!

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  28. LynneD

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sunday night value and great food. Service was off - long wait for wine; had to request napkins since table was not set; food given to wrong parties. Little attention paid to us

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly, the food quality and serving sizes are not as good and generous as under the previous ownership. Even the sandwich bread appeared smaller.

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  30. jennn8675309

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Tavern. The Cowboy burger was awesome as were the fries. I would suggest asking guest how they’d like the burger cooked. Buddha bowl is amazing. Great atmosphere.

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  31. MIKEJ

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our fourth visit this year already and the experience is always excellent. Great food & great service. Thank you

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service (Bettie) was excellent.

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  33. Cheri

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food with comparable service. It is a favorite place to enjoy and relax.

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  34. Kimmyj65

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really like this restaurant. Ambience is great, food is delicious, and great menu choices. I think cocktail drinks are very expensive. But it might be worth it to come for Happy Hour.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! Perfect day… perfect ambience….amazing service… cocktails and food were delicious!

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  36. CheriDiner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best hamburger in San Juan! Happy hour special was a hamburger, fries and a draft beer of your choice for $20! Can’t beat it.

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  37. AnnieLaurie2017

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Too expensive for what you get. Very few people there and, I believe, it's because of the increase in price.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious as always, and Betty is the best server anywhere!

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  39. Anonymous

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Parking is a problem. Be prepared to hunt for a spot if you have a reservation at busy times. The food was excellent and the atmosphere is charming. It was exceptionally noisy which made conversation difficult.

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  40. LauraW

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal. Our server Evelyn was outstanding. Great atmosphere.. the desert was the highlight.. coconut cake is not to be missed. Thank you!

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Tavern at the Mission is rated 4.6 stars by 351 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 25 times today

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Google Map for Tavern at the Mission

26860 Old Mission Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    San Juan Capistrano
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    DAVID WILHELM
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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