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Cafe Matinee

23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
+1 949-588-7511
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
3 Oct 2017
“Hidden Gem”
19 Jul 2017
“A tasty mom and pop Lebanese restaurant”
Closed Now
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

I have been eating Lebanese food for over 30 years in multiple states and this is the most outstanding restaurant of all. All items were made fresh right before being served. The family takes enormous pride in their ingredients and recipes and generously shared their...More

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

It has been some time since my last visit however they take pride in their quality of food and preparation. I enjoy the kabobs and the side dishes some names I do not remember. A clean, quiet and friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices. They must...More

Thank Whimsicalartist
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Café Matinee is one of those hidden gems... a small cafe in a strip mall next to a sushi place and a Mexican market -- but don't let that fool you. The lamb and filet dishes are excellent, and the hummus, with or without awarma,...More

Thank Mtnnsky
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Mid week meal so the restaurant was quiet , but the food was delicious, freshly prepared with everything home made including the free baclava which was given to us . Service was great .

Thank liz101Worthing
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Cafe Matinee is a neat little one-of-a-kind place. We'd never had Lebanese food and it was a great treat. Similar but different than Greek. Try something different when you go!

Thank rslaybaugh
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This Middle Eastern Lebanese family owned restaurant is the best Lebanese food I ever enjoyed. The family atmosphere and the service is great.

Thank josepo1944
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I've dined at Café Matinee many times during the last 15 years. I find it a relaxing place to go for quality Mediterranean food at a friendly environment. Family owned (same owner), consistent quality. There are quite a few things I love there. We always...More

Thank Michelle Y
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Very good Lebanese food. They make their hummus from scratch, and it was delicious. The other mezze dishes were also quite good. The Filet Kebabs were excellent. The service was very friendly and helpful.

Thank FlyinPup
Reviewed 28 May 2015

Unpretentious eatery with amazing food and friendly service from the family members. Sometimes we order several appetizers and make that our meal. Many choices, great for sharing.

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 15 May 2015

Chose this restaurant after looking on TA for somewhere to eat when in Lake Forest / Irvine area on business. Not easy to find, as in middle of a run of establishments with poor signage. On entering only one couple eating, but it was early...More

Thank ashgreen
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-588-7511
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