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31111 Rancho Viejo Rd. (Golf Club Dr.) Send to Phone
Old-school San Juan Capistrano restaurant succeeds in its mission to deliver locally inspired contemporary fare and craft cocktails.

Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Harlow's Restaurant Review

: Harlow's is located somewhat off the beaten path, as it’s tucked away a few blocks from the bustle of downtown San Juan Capistrano and the mission. Dark earth tones punctuated by flourishes of red and dangling chandeliers evoke a nineteenth-century French/Cajun vibe. The vintage setting creates an intriguing juxtaposition to executive chef Aaron Anderson’s modern culinary philosophy, one that features products culled from trusted purveyors in seasonal, locally inspired fare. Starters like the tuna tartare with mint, ginger, taro chip and quail egg show Anderson’s knack for updating a traditional dish without forsaking its roots, and his belief in the ingredients shines through in second courses, perhaps the harvest salad of arugula, roasted apples and pears. Mains include such compositions as coffee-chili rack of lamb served atop a gourd purée, foraged mushrooms, and a local berry demi-glace. Desserts --- think beignets served with house-made hazelnut ice cream --- nicely tie into the slight N’awlins feel. The menu isn’t the only place where the marriage of old and new occurs, however; the dimly lit, well-appointed bar is a keen gathering spot to enjoy both prohibition-era favorites and forward-thinking concoctions.


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