El Patio Cafe

El Patio Cafe

El Patio Cafe


One of my favorite Mexican food places in Orange County is Lucy’s El Patio Cafe. I was first introduced to it in the early 90’s by a coworker while working for FedEx. Since then it has been a regular stop for me whenever I am around Capistrano Beach.

El Patio has been around since the 1930’s and is still family owned and operated. The salsa is wonderful, and the recipe a closely guarded secret. In addition to their regular menu, there are daily specials. My personal favorite is on Wednesday, in which they serve chicken asada tacos with mango/papaya salsa.

Festive Decor

Festive Decor


Inside, El Patio has a few booths, and counter, and a couple large tables which seat 8-10. Don’t be afraid to join a large table if there are seats available. At El Patio, everyone is Family. In the evenings and on weekends, the patio is open for dining and celebration.

On any given day when I go in, even if it has been months, I still see other loyal regulars that I used to spend many a lunch with. As I said before, it is like family there, so don’t be surprised if your waitress pulls up a seat next to you while taking your order, or actually engages in a conversation with you. This place is good food by good people.

EL Patio is located at 34226 Doheny Park Road Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 (949) 496-9074
Hours: Lunch-Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Dinner-Tuesday through Saturday 4:30 PM to 8:45 PM
Map Here

2 Comments so far

  1. smellslikevictory on January 13th, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    Because of the astoundingly stupid decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to reject consumer-friendly restaurant health ratings back in December ’08, I now visit the County’s "HCA Food Protection Program" website @ http://www.ocfoodinfo.com before I visit any food service operation.

    The most recent routine inspection report for this restaurant (09/16/2008) reveals seven minor code violations including "FC39 – Evidence of Vermin Activity/Presence of Animals."


  2. Jeff Donaldson (fejsez) on January 13th, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

    I agree that it is a good idea to check the health inspectors site since the ratings cards have been rejected. Almost every restaurant has some minor infractions upon inspection. Most are easily remedied.
    As for the infraction of "FC39 – Evidence of Vermin Activity/Presence of Animals." the report states "Observed 2 old rodent droppings on the floor under the ice machine…No other evidence of an active rodent infestation was observed after conducting a thorough inspection. The droppings were removed and affected surfaces were clean and sanitized immediately. " so I am not to concerned and have never become ill after eating there. That is the best grade I can go by. ;-)



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