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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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San Juan Capistrano, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This little Mexican eatery is a bit off the beaten path but well worth looking for. I love the Chile Colorado, as well as the Chile Verde here, but I have had the Carnitas, and the Lingua as well and all are delicious!

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Thank crazyhorseoperations
San Juan Capistrano, California
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the food is very good the various sauces make the trip to El Maguey a real treat. Not only are they tasty, you will find yourself being transported to another land...the "land of delicious." Easy to park and never more than a short wait - most of the time you will walk in and be seated immediately. Prices are... More 

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Thank CoastalPicRick
1 review
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I love this place! I require four things from my favorite Mexican food locations....great salsa, carnival, ceviche and fish tacos. El Maguey hits it out of the park on all 4!!

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Thank Randy F
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

There were 6 of us family members who met for lunch after visiting the Mission. Can't say enough about the food and service. A cut above most Mexican restaurants I've experienced with very fresh, tasty and quality food and all at a fair price. We especially loved the chunky guacamole, carnitas and fajitas. The 30-somethings raved about the mango margaritas.

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Thank LisaStPaul
San Clemente, California
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245 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Came here with the family for dinner for the first time in a while. Things have not changed here and the food is still just as good as always. The sales is the perfect amount of spice and their cheese and chorizo appetizer is amazing. Well worth a visit for some tasty Mexican food while in San Juan, they also... More 

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Thank Dooz85
Orange County, CA
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342 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
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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Thank scphil21
San Juan Capistrano, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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
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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Thank k20hoyboy
Huntington Beach, California
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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Thank Slow_Mustang
Atlanta, Georgia
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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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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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?