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34226 Doheny Park Rd, Dana Point, CA 92624-1111
+1 949-496-9074
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
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Dana Point, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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71 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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123 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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211 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
2 of 5 bubbles 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
Dana Point, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2010

I always eating at el patio resturante,good atmosphere,and service is great,and the food will make you wanting to come back more often to this local spot.good choice to eat here

1 Thank Capokid29
San Clemente
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182 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2009

Known by the locals as ‘Lucy’s’, Lucy began serving her Mexican style dishes in the late 1930's. She passed on a few years back, but you’ll still find her family in the kitchen preparing her authentic Mexican cuisine. Share a table, make yourself comfortable and order up a cold beer. El Patio has the charm of a small eatery in... More 

2 Thank CalifBeachBum

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Mexican, Spanish
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?