By Samantha Hammer
31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
Mission Grill sits in the historic heart of the city, where visitors and locals enjoy a delicious dining experience with a perfect view of the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. Steps away are the Los Rios Historic District and the San Juan Capistrano train depot.
Owner John Gillotti is a fourth generation restaurateur with success built on his personal philosophy providing superior guest services, serving natural delicious foods and offering a comfortable dining experience.
“It takes years of thought, education, working knowledge and the right people to create the complete package for success,” Gillotti said.
Mission Grill offers homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily with an American-Mexican mix of specialties that have been created through Gillotti’s joy for cooking. To add splendor to his establishment, he invited a local celebrity chef Rahm Fama from the Ritz Carlton to provide instruction in nouvelle cuisine techniques and inspire creativity in his kitchen staff.
From the gorgonzola bacon burger and chorizo burger to calamari or salmon tacos, menu choices run from traditional to innovative. Speaking of traditional, Mission Grill is a great place to enjoy Mexican specialties such as menudo and posole. Other fan favorites include homemade salsa with chips, calamari steak fries with marinara and pulled barbecue pork burgers.
Shaded umbrella tables overlooking the hills of San Juan Capistrano offers a perfect outdoor setting for the enjoyment of hand crafted cocktails, beer, wine and dessert specials served daily.
A kids’ menu and custom catering are also available.
Mission Grill was honored with the 2014 Business of the Year award from the San Juan Chamber of Commerce.
PRICE RANGE: $2.50 – $8.25
PAYMENT ACCEPTED: Cash and credit cards
HOURS: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.