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PUBlic 74

27211 Ortega Hwy. (Rancho Viejo Rd.) Send to Phone
Pleasant gastropub fare in a relaxed environment makes for an alternative hangout to San Juan Capistrano’s tourist area.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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PUBlic 74 Restaurant Review

: This comfortable San Juan Capistrano eatery is situated on Ortega Highway (State Route 74), away from the bustle of the Mission and the city’s touristy main drag. This location helps make the venue an ideal relaxing spot for south Orange County residents. Reclaimed wood, Edison lights, and ceilings with corrugated metal provide a rustic vibe that honors the region’s storied history. The food makes the eatery even more approachable --- executive chef Gerry Kent has crafted a tight menu of New American dishes that are simple yet flavorful. We recommend kicking things off with an order of addicting thyme blue cheese fries or the loaded spinach, artichoke and leek dip bound together by a trio of cheeses and topped with poblano chilies. The Reuben sandwich stuffed with thick slices of hickory roasted corned beef is another must. Consider the Thai-inspired seafood stewed with ginger, lemongrass, and spicy coconut curry as well. The fig bread pudding makes for a nice dessert. Cocktails, wine, and plenty of topnotch craft beers flow from the long bar, including rotating brew selections on nitro.


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