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Jun 13, 2011 07:48 AM

Mexican Restaurant near Dove Canyon, CA for party

I am from the East Coast, but looking for a venue for a rehearsal dinner in or around Mission Viejo or near Dove Canyon for next June. We are thinking fun and festive as the wedding is formal, so we decided on Mexican (many will be coming from areas of the country where Mexican food is not as usual as in southern CA. I read on TripAdvisor that Tortilla Flats has poor service an the food is so-so. Carmelita's has good food, but their patio is not covered, so am uncertain about what would happen if it rained.
Any thoughts on good food,pretty venue, with covered patio, if need be? Thanks.

Tortilla Flats
27792 Vista Del Lago, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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  1. Is San Juan Capistrano too far south for you? If not it has some excellent places that would fit your criteria. For instance El Adobe de Capistrano would be one good place to check out.

    El Adobe
    31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

    1. Coyote Grill is nice, with a peek-a-boo ocean view in Laguna Beach.

      Avila's is a chain with several options around. More standard, but I think it is better than El Torito.

      I am one of the few here who likes Javier's, but it will be pricier. You may be able to book a group on the patio at the Spectrum location in Irvine. The Newport Coast location is nicer, but it is further and full of the types of folks you might see on the Real Housewives of OC.

      Las Brisas is a little more upscale, but it has a great view of the main beach in Laguna.

      Javier's Cantina & Grill
      45 Fortune Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

      Javier's Cantina & Grill
      7832 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657

      Coyote Grill
      31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Las Brisas Restaurant
      361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Avilas El Ranchito
      24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630

      Avila's El Ranchito
      27941 La Paz Rd Ste E, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

      Avila's El Ranchito
      1305 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651