Where to Eat in Mission Viejo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Frederic Celentano

Mission Viejo (/viˈeɪhoʊ/) is a city in Orange County, California, United States in the Saddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States, and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in its size. Its population as of 2014 was estimated at 96,346.
Things to do in Mission Viejo

1. Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

23600 Rockfield Blvd, Ste 2S, Lake Forest, CA 92630-1624 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 17 - SGD 35 +1 949-951-2611
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 255 reviews

Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

Come enjoy the Italian atmosphere at the Original Peppino's. You can still see the family working at this location: Mom loves greeting you and seating you at your table. Dad, the big flirt, loves to visit with all the customers. Be sure to stop in to Joe's Place, A Martini Bar. Happy Hour is available from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. Watch your favorite sporting events on one of several TV's. If you're lucky, you may even catch Peppino (Joe) mingling with the customers. PEPPINO'S EVENT CATERING Peppino's Catering specializes in great food & plenty of it! Whether you are having a business luncheon for twenty-five or a wedding reception for two hundred, Peppino's will do its best to make your event perfect and worry free. Our goal is to gain friends who will come see us in any of our locations, not only to cater your one time event, moreover to keep you coming back for more. (Please contact a store manager for questions and inquiries about our catering service)

Reviewed By travelrascel - California

Our family tried this place place recently while visiting the Lake Forest area. This restaurant has excellent Italian food especially its pastas and pizzas.They also have some amazing salads and some other unusual but delicious offerings such as their special "sausage rolls". I'd recommend this restaurant for families. If you're a sports nut, you'll also like this place since they have TVs in every corner of the joint and a pretty large bar area. Beware of the service though. The waitress we had was very pushy and you could tell she wanted to turn over her tables quickly. I wasn't done with my entire meal and she took my plate away before I was done.

2. Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

27782 Vista Del Lago, #26, Mission Viejo, CA 92692-1175 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 17 - SGD 35 +1 949-859-9556
Excellent
57%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

Peppino's remodeled restaurant on the Lake. Along with remodeling the kitchen, we have expanded the dining area, added a new full service bar with a waiting lounge and a front patio for dining. The rear-dining terrace has been expanded and offers a beautiful view of Lake Mission Viejo. PEPPINO'S EVENT CATERING Peppino's Catering specializes in great food & plenty of it! Whether you are having a business luncheon for twenty-five or a wedding reception for two hundred, Peppino's will do its best to make your event perfect and worry free. Our goal is to gain friends who will come see us in any of our locations, not only to cater your one time event, moreover to keep you coming back for more. (For more questions about our Catering Service please contact any of the store managers)

Reviewed By Jake S - Mission Viejo, California

If you like Italian, family ambiance and outside seating with a view you found a gold mine! They use unusually large amounts of butter for their food but I think that's why it's so good. Great staff and nice views. I've NEVER had a bad experience here. Even takeout is excellent. I recommend asking for bread on takeout otherwise they won't give it to you. Try everything at least once to see what you like. You'll love it all...

3. In-N-Out Burger

24001 Avenida de La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3147 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 10 +1 800-786-1000
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

In-N-Out Burger

At In-N-Out Burger, quality is everything. Stop by to enjoy our menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and shakes. In-N-Out makes fast food the old fashioned way.

Reviewed By DTPegasus - Dallas, Texas

Because of its close proximity to where we stay on these trips, we use the drive-in. Not once have they let us down. Our order is always perfect, the food is always great, and the staff is always courteous. If you like In-N-Out as we do, this is the place for you.

4. OPAH Restaurant & Bar

26851 Aliso Creek Rd, Ste C, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-5315 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 52 +1 949-360-8822
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 236 reviews

OPAH Restaurant & Bar

At Opah Restaurant & Bar, we serve the finest fresh fish in Orange County. Carefully hand selected each day to deliver the best quality available. Come in and enjoy the menu created by Marc A. Cohen, One of the Best Chef's in Orange County. The menu is exquisite, featuring edible works of art, that look so good the could be on a magazine cover. Dont forget to try one of our signature Award Winning Martinis, or have some wine outside near the fireplace on the patio. We offer live music for our patrons on certain nights as well to add to the dining experience. If you wondering how we came up with the name Opah. It comes from the Hawaiian word for Moonfish, which was once viewed as Good Luck by fisherman, & often given away as a gesture of Good Will.

Reviewed By rayu - Laguna Niguel, California

After reading all of the glowing reviews, we tried Opah last night. A great disappointment! Starting with lousy service, tasteless bread, dry short ribs, coconut shrimp without coconut, having to ask for butter three times, we won't be coming back for dinner. However, the clam chowder was excellent! We may come back for a bowl of chowder and a glass of wine, but the overpriced tasteless meals? Forget about it.

5. Mother's Market and Kitchen

24165 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Woods, CA 92637-3110 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +1 949-768-6667
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Mother's Market and Kitchen

Reviewed By TinleyResident - Tinley Park, Illinois

Organic eggs, potatoes and toast. You can't beat Mother's sunrise special or the special price! At $2.99, it's the best deal in town. While you're there, shop for some organic produce - always fresh and delicious.

6. Hanna's Restaurant & Bar

22195 El Paseo Ste 110, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688-3952 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 949-709-2300
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 225 reviews

Hanna's Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Dennise W - Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Without a doubt the best fine dining restaurant in RSM. For appetizers, the Ahi Tower is pretty amazing. Even the edamame is exceptionally tasty, with its savory ponzu sauce. Great wines by the glass. I've had the salmon and filet mignon and they were both terrific.

7. Delizie Ristorante & Bar

25380 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692-2907 Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 52 +1 949-855-6866
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 131 reviews

Delizie Ristorante & Bar

Happy Hour from 4pm - 6 pm all appetizers 25% off, Monday - Friday. Well drinks 4.50, beer 3.50, glass of House Chard, Chianti or W Zin 5.00Salvatore Faso, proprietor of Mission Viejo's Piccolino Ristorante on Los Alisos Blvd, expands his innovative cuisine to South Mission Viejo with the opening of Delizie Ristorante & Bar. Delizie, literally "delights" in Sal's native Italian, opens in the location of the former Capriccio Restaurant at 25380 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo.Faso hopes to restore the historic ambiance of the Capricio Restaurant, which served patrons in this location for over twenty years. Delizie offers homemade pastas, imported Italian delicatessens served on butcher blocks, and the freshest fish and meats daily as well as an extensive listing of wines from California and Italy. Delizie also features a full bar and banquet rooms, available for private parties.

Reviewed By Pat B - Laguna Hills, California

My wife and I visited Delizie and we were pleased and have returned since.
The style is authentic Italian, and the service is impeccable. Clearly, the owner watches all tables and ensures that when a wine glass is empty, a water glass is low, that the waiter is there to fill that glass.
The Oso Buco (a special at weekends, apparently) is great. My wife enjoys pasta and she was pleased. We spoiled ourselves with a bottle of champagne, meticulous service and good food.
They have all meats - beef, chicken, seafood. The menu is broad.
Be sure to call for a reservation. I like the window tables - quiet and semi-private.

8. Avila's El Ranchito

24406 Muirlands Blvd, Lake Forest, CA 92630-3920 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 949-855-4989
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Avila's El Ranchito

Reviewed By rayu - Laguna Niguel, California

The food is great - Large portions, Somewhat Pricey. I'd like it better if the prices were 20% less, but the food was tasty. The standard margarita was small.

9. King's Fish House

24001 Avenida de La Carlota, Ste B, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3147 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 949-586-1515
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 268 reviews

King's Fish House

Reviewed By Staidthere - Jakarta, Indonesia

The sign outside King's Fish House says "We are open now." It has changed a bit (not always for the better) since we were last there. The nice private booths that we loved so much have been replaced with tables, and now the whole room seems excessively busy and noisy. The South African lobster tail with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese was delicious and well priced, as always . As we were finishing the main course, a group of 8 people sat next to us, and the additional chatter was so loud that we quickly paid the bill and left without ordering dessert. We hope that one day some of the booths will be reinstated.

10. Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

26952 La Paz Rd, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-3040 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Italian, Pizza Dinner, Drinks, Lunch SGD 12 - SGD 37 +1 949-643-1355
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Peppino's Italian Family Restaurant

Aliso Viejo is our fabulous Pizzeria, a place where you can get gourmet pizzas such as Pizza alla Giuseppe made fresh to order. We also carry a variety of specialty dishes created and served at this location only, such as the extremely popular Pasta Colorado. This location also has a patio for enjoyable outdoor dining.

Reviewed By Bridgetpianos - new jersey

I usually like this restaurant but I ordered the Lemon chicken with mushrooms and olives. I hated in . It had no flavor . It looked like soup. I was so disappointed. The pro was they have a nice patio in the back.i don’t think I will go back bread was good salad so so server was good.

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