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Mexican Restaurant near Dove Canyon, CA for party

bsydney Jun 13, 2011 07:48 AM

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

  1. ocshooter Jun 13, 2011 09:59 AM

    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

    1. Servorg Jun 13, 2011 07:57 AM

      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

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