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Best things to do in San Juan Capistrano

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Church
“The Jewel of the Missions founded by Fr Junipero Serra in 1776 along the El Camino Real, from Baja, Mexico up to northern California.”
65 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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“They have everything and lots of it! You'll need an annual membership to have access to the store.”
8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Always pretty easy going, very fun atmosphere, and not just for bikers or cowboys. The quintessential local cowboy bar turns heads at the bras hanging from the ceiling.”
14 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“We love the concerts here and the food isn’t bad either. Intimate space with a low-key vibe offers a full dinner menu, cocktails & a range of performances. It’s a 27 minute walk or a quick 3 minute drive. Tickets typically range $15-$35 bucks per person. Great guitarist Marc Seal is performing here Saturday Feb. 24th @ 8pm for $20, he’s a locals favorite.”
6 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Historic/Great food/Located on oldest residential street in California near the Mission. Decadent Southern-style lunches & brunches with massive Bloody Marys served on a shaded patio.”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“(Lunch/Dinner) - Best tacos in San Clemente/Dana Point. It's a few exits north on the freeway in Dana Point. Just down the street from Doheny.”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beautiful patio, live music, and great food. San Juan Capistrano is a quaint, welcoming town very close to Dana Point”
4 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“They have a full restaurant upstairs. You can head up there to eat or grab a glass of wine to enjoy on the balcony... our favorite secret spot to watch the sunset over San Juan. ”
6 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Charming local coffee shop on Los Rios street. Grab a cup of joe or a latte and take a stroll through the shops and galleries on the oldest residential street in California.”
4 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Authentic Mexican food and traditional ambiance. It's claim to fame is that it was Richard Nixon's favorite restaurant.”
6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“All I can say is sundried tomato soup YUM! Good flavor in the heart of San Juan Capistrano.”
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“BEST smoked ribs this side of Texas(my uncle from Austin says cannot find any better Texan style Ribs) sometimes live country and western music.”
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This Italian restaurant is one of our favorites. Pascuali is from Italy and has owned and run this restaurant since we moved here in 1995. The creme brulee here is our absolute favorite!”
4 locals recommend
Zoo
“Petting zoo and playground. Feed the animals, take a ride on the train or a pony... fun for the entire family!”
6 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Love their food and patio. We visit here once or twice a week. Be sure to try their Zuni rolls and their Coconut Cake! On Mondays Happy Hour in the bar starts at 3:30 and goes all night.”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The best way to go for burgers and fries. Simple menu, great prices. Great for take out.”
4 locals recommend