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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. The location helps make it 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 place 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 sesame chili lime fries or the loaded spinach, artichoke and goat cheese dip topped with caramelized poblano chiles. The Reuben sandwich stuffed with thick slices of hickory roasted corned beef is another must. Consider the Thai shrimp with sweet chili sauce for a nice change of pace. Fried ricotta beignets finished with fresh lemon curd make for a nice dessert. Cocktails, wine and plenty of topnotch craft beers, and rotating brew selections on nitro, flow from the long bar.

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