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El Maguey Mexican Restaurant

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31481 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2647
+1 949-493-8681
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07:00 - 21:00
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Orange County, CA
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303 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

When you want a higher echelon of Mexican food, this is a good spot. The menu is extensive and covers the entire culinary repertoire of Mexico. While the prices are higher than most sit down Mexican restaurants, the quality is better and you are able to get dishes that almost nobody else serves - Pollo de Mole, Bistec, etc. The... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent menu, food and service! We eat there once a week. It's a popular restaurant. We also frequent the take-out counter. Favorites are the chili verde (green chili), enchiladas, burritos and tacos.

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Thank GenevieveMc
San Clemente, California
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

12 on a scale of 10! Recommend their Jamaica, their Guacamole, the Camarones al Mojo and their Chicken Mole enchiladas. This place is fresh, tasty and fantastico!!!!!

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Huntington Beach, California
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

After walking around the old town to soak up the ambiance of the days gone by, we looked up for Mexican restaurants. El Maguey popped up and we followed the map to walk there in 8-10 minutes. It is located across from the Mission Basilica. The eatery has two sides - left for sit down service and the right side... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Not too impressed with this place. Stopped by after visiting the Mission. Prices are really expensive for Mexican food. They charge $3 per plate for sharing. So, basically they force everyone to get their expensive dishes. Do not recommend this place.

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Thank otseng
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Recommended to us. We walked from the mission which was nice. Staff seams unorganized. I had the vegetarian tamale and cheese enchilada. Vegetarian tamale are hard to find, unfortunately it wasn't that good. It was piping hot, but the corn was too thick and a bit gummy and the filling was scant. Enchilada and sauce were fine. Beans and rice... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Not a favorable memorable experience both on ambiance and food quality. It will be a while before we return.

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Dana Point, California
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197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

It is relatively expensive for what they serve. Not much of an ambience.. food is not bad but prices are rather steep for just above-average Mexican food. Several better options and value for money in San Juan Capistrano.

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Mission Viejo, California
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

El Maguey is one of the better Mexican restaurants in the area. They have good food that isn't over priced, which is common place in the region. Although some dishes could be more authentic, they are still quite delicious. The biggest problem is the parking, which is not adequate for the businesses in the area.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

If only I could stop getting the same thing every time but the carnitas is soooo tender! I love the carnitas burrito with verde sauce. Their mole is super good too. Really anything is amazing and the family atmosphere is the best!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31481 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2647
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: +1 949-493-8681

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?