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Embarcadero California Bistro

Map & Directions 22332 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
  • New American
  • Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Free, Lot Available


OC Weekly's Description

Embarcadero in Rancho Santa Margarita is San Francisco-inspired, but it’s a not-too-heavy-handed Southern California interpretation of NorCal culture and food. There are Golden Gate motifs and a shimmering nighttime mural of the skyline, with the Transamerica Pyramid smack-dab in the middle. There’s cioppino and clam chowder. Peruse the rest of the menu and realize Embarcadero is not unlike every restaurant that serves modern American cuisine from here to Peoria. It offers a reliable list that includes sliders as part of the appetizers, a Caesar as one of the salads, and a pizza on a finger-thick crust that looks and tastes un-Mozza-like. The rest consists of thick burgers, steak-heavy mains, and something rich made of chocolate and ice cream as one of the desserts.

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  • Steve B. on 08/16/13

    Nice place, good food. The live music is WAY too loud to have a pleasant dinner and the air conditioning is comfortable for an Eskimo,

  • Mike F. on 07/02/12

    Reasonably priced and the drinks are great.

  • Jeremy O. on 12/03/11

    Get the nachos, they are awesome!

  • Marlene E. on 12/21/13

    This is a nice place to relax and enjoy good food and drinks! Clientele is really nice, you always make friends. Matt & Eric are superb bartenders that remember your face & make every visit enjoyable

  • Claudia B. on 09/07/13

    Try the short rib oso bucco style! So tender!

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