Awards and Customer Comments

We were voted as having some of the most Exciting Cuisine in Orange County 2011!

OC Weekly Best Restaurants of 2011


We were voted #2 Best Restaurant in Orange County for 2011!

Dave’s Top 5 Restaurants of 2011


We have been added to the Zagat Survey:

Zagat review of Sol Del Sur Bistro


Some very welcome kudos from Dave Lieberman and the OC Weekly:

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Dave’s Top Five Restaurants for 2010

By Dave Lieberman, Thu., Dec. 16 2010 @ 9:00AM
5. Sol del Sur

Sol del Sur Bistro

This made the list for several reasons: first, it’s some of the most inventive cuisine in Orange County, and people who take risks and succeed ought to be lauded; second, I love to go to restaurants where I can’t replicate the food at home. Even in my most fevered state I couldn’t invent tarragon-Calvados panna cotta with chocolate soup. Finally, it’s in San Juan Capistrano, and the better the food south of the Y, the better off we are as a whole county. 31115 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano; 949-487-5225;

Tina C. from Dana Point says:

OMG, this place is friggin amazing! I can’t wait to back for more. Everything we ordered was exceptional.

Mathew C. from Irvine:

One of the most interesting culinary experiences of my life.  …  it really is a must visit for foodies in the OC – it is unlike anything else here (or even in most of LA)

Mark D. of Costa Mesa:

A gem worth the find. What you have here are artists with a passion for what they do. Sol Del Sur is a Bistro and not a corporate cut-copy-paste but an excellent kitchen lookin’ for the best ingredients at the peak season.

Simmone D of San Juan Capistrano:

I cannot say enough good things about this gem of a restaurant.  Located next to the Marbella Farmers Market, this lovely, intimate bistro combines excellent, flavorful, and unique food creations with leisurely paced service –truly reminiscent of a neighborhood place in a Mediterranean village.

Jessica G. of Laguna Beach:

ndeed a hidden gem!  This menu is insane.  If you like mediterranean food, this is the place to be.  They have a good-sized tapas menu, and it was totally reasonably priced.


What a hidden gem of a restaurant. The food was awesome! Great attention to detail. My tastebuds are still tinglling!!

1 Comment

  1. My wife and I stopped in last week after hearing about the Bistro from friends. We were BLOWN AWAY by the creativity that we found on the menu. Incredible flavors, mouthwatering presentation and a relaxed atmosphere, all served up by the owner himself. My wife is from Italy and runs her own gourmet foods business, so she knows good food. At one point, we just sat and stared at each other while savoring a mouthful of the crispy polenta with mushrooms. We can’t wait to go back for more. Simple yet perfect wine selection. And… the prices are fair. Grab some friends and go bask in the warm glow of the Sol del Sur. Nick & Giuseppina Colucci, SJC

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