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23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
+1 949-588-7511
11:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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San Clemente, California
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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, is among the best I've ever had. This is not just generic Middle Eastern, either... More 

Thank Mtnnsky
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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
Lake Forest, California
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3 reviews
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
New York
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
Los angeles
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 start with their home-made hummus, olives, pickled turnip served with pita bread. My favorite main... More 

Thank XiaLosangeles
Redwood City, CA
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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
Lake Forest, California
2 reviews
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
Cambridge, UK
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144 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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 (5:45) so not too concerned. Prompt service, I was looking a a lite meal (having... More 

Thank ashgreen
Aliso Viejo, California
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

From the greetings you always get! To the personal service from all the family members! To the outstanding handmade food! This place has it all!! We always look forward to dining here, Susan & Gus always make us feel welcome and the food is some of the best Lebanese you will find anywhere. We always start with the mixed appetizer... More 

Thank cchrcro
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393 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2015

Situated in a mall near the 5 freeway, the unassuming and fairly bland exterior and interior décor of this restaurant gives little idea of how good the food is. The three of us shared Hummus, Falafel, Fatoush Salad, and Kebbeh which came with pita bread and olives. It seemed like a family run place, and the friendly lady who served... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd Ste 15, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-588-7511

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?