Is it a coincidence the restaurant gets a good review from the newspaper in which it advertises? I think not ... El Adobe is a good restaurant, but the aura and its history are probably better than the food and service any more ...
The food and the service in the restaurant is great. However, the cocktail lounge frequently has a gang presence who harass other patrons, especially other hispanic patrons who are not gang members; not a friendly/relaxing environment.
This is basically a classic tourist trap. The prices are outrageous even for lunch. The food is adequate but not great. A classic lunch example is the blackened fish tacos for over $13.00 you get two tiny tacos with a very small amount of fish and a little side of refried beans. If there's a special going on like taco tuesday this place might be doable but otherwise avoid it like the plague.
Our sneaky reporters for the Capistrano Independent News slipped in unannounced to sample the food and service at their busiest times.This restaurant has consistently scored a top rating in both departments with an extra nod to the fast table service and attention to requests for additional items (more bread-extra butter and sauce on the side)Not as fast as drive-through but very prompt service on three visits last month(January 2008)
Sure service wasn't the best I've ever had, it wasn't bad though. It was a little awkward when the Flaminco player singer came right up to our table and sang for us... kind of fun.... the food though, never have I had better mexican food!!!! I had the seafood enchiladas.
9-6-09 went to El Adobe last night - if the management reads these things - its time to make the food and service as great as the building itself.
It is unacceptable to have your own workers in their uniforms watching World Cup Soccer and acting up enough to make it uncomfortable and uninviting to even go into your bar. We ate on the front patio and the waitress out there should have been given a medal as the place was understaffed and she had to put up with all of the guys watching the soccer game.
The food was okay at best(Ricardo's down the street is better for the money) and then one of El Adobe's cooks in his El Adobe cook uniform comes outside and sits in an empty table next to us to drink a beer and smoke a cigarette. My wife and I almost left but we finished and then got out of there as soon as we could.
What a beautiful building - This could be a great mexican restaurant again - wake up call guys, please get your place together - sincerely - fellow SJC resident......