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34226 Doheny Park Rd, Dana Point, CA 92624-1111
+1 949-496-9074
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
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Dana Point, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss it. Taco Tuesday! Best you'll ever have! Sit out on the patio and hang out with the "old surf locals" and listen to live music. This is a secret spot- you'll be glad you found it!

Thank DrDebbO
San Juan Capistrano, California
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Drove by this place for years before deciding to stop in and sample the food. Wish I had not been so hesitant, as the selections are delightful. Get here early as it fills up rapidly after opening.

Thank petelapuh
Dana Point, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016

We visited El Patio for the first time in several years and it wasn't as good as we remembered. We were there for Taco Tuesday and everything was good, but no great...including the service and ambiance.

Thank jaxgrls
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82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2015

We've been stopping in to El Patio for delicious Mexican food for the past 22 years. We love the family friendly environment, cozy atmosphere, and tasty food. Sitting outside on a Friday night and listening to the live music is wonderful. Highly recommend this local favorite!

Thank jvz13
Dana Point, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

If you want real Mexican food and the feel of being in Mexico.You need to check this place out! Best taco ever! I love their food we frequent this Stabley Schmidt

Thank lynneY8869MD
Las Vegas, Nevada
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

The best Mexican food outside of Mexico...........try the fish tacos and the chicken enchilada soup...........yummmmmmmy!

Thank denisepwobby
Laguna Niguel
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Fresh mexican food and reasonable prices. Usually a line up on Taco Tuesday and weekends. Try the chile rellano.

Thank lagunaniguel-mom
San Clemente, California
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131 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2012

For more than 30 years we have been going to El Patio Cafe for consistently good Mexican Food. A true "hole in the wall" in the best sense of the word with 5 booths, two large tables where groups eat European style, one table for two and a few bar stools. There is also a patio but its location is... More 

Thank Lighthouse2006
San Clemente, California, United States
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215 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2012

we have been going here since the 70s and it wasnt new then . This is a family owned place and can have strange hours so if you drive by and its open try it . The food here is good , dont look for delicate complex mexican classics this place serves big meals that fill you up fish tacos... More 

Thank Kelly C
Dana Point, CA
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2012

It just looks so sad and seedy. No one wants for really go eat there. It's what we used to call a "joint."

Thank Lucia826

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34226 Doheny Park Rd, Dana Point, CA 92624-1111
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-496-9074

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?