Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill

Nominated for: BEST Mexican

Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill 20722 Rose Canyon Road Trabuco Canyon CA (949) 766-6939

Past strip malls and bustling thoroughfares on the outskirts of Rancho Santa Margarita is a narrow road that winds to Trabuco Canyon. The drive from suburbia to Rose Canyon Cantina & Grill takes long enough to make you feel like you could be lost. Just as you begin to look anxiously for opportunities to make a U-turn, a little sign off to the side reassures the hungry that the cantina is just around the corner.
For those of us who reside outside the canyons, a drive to the cantina is a real trip. Nestled beneath towering oaks trees, the eatery sits at the edge of a stream where it smells like - get this - nature. There is something rather charismatic about the dirt parking lot. But the bougainvillea growing up the sides of the Spanish-style building and the twinkle lights wrapped around the trunks and branches of the old oaks are especially inviting.
As one couple from Long Beach put it – “We can get Mexican food any where. But, for us, nothing beats this old historic destination restaurant. It doesn't matter the time of year, we just love to sit in the cantina or patio, meet new friends or see some old ones and while we're there we eat great Mexican food and drink the best Margaritas.”
Rose Canyon Cantina, named after the winding road that leads to it, has a menu with a combination of Mexican and Southwest style cuisine. But before you can decide what to order you have to choose where to sit - the cantina room with bar, the dining room with comfy-looking booths or the amazing patio that, in spring and summer, can mean a two-hour wait. On the bright side, however, the cantina has a full bar with tasty margaritas and quite the selection of tequila.




20722 Rose Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 ~ (949) 766-6939

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27 Tips from Voters

Mark B. on October 16, 2013

Food is good and warm afternoons or evenings on the patio make it better.

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Cheri L. on October 10, 2013

lOve the patio under the Oak Trees!! Owner is the best!!!

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Kathy P. on September 23, 2013

I love to cook and I must say I'm very good at it. With that said, when I don't have the time or I don't want to worry about it, I count on Rosé Canyon. Be it a dinner party for my friends and I or catering a feast for 500 up at the ranch, they always get it done and do it with class. I have asked a lot of my friends at Rose Canyon and they have never let me down. The food is delicious, the atmosphere at the restaurant is priceless, and the staff is extremely professional. They make a mean margarita and chances are if you see me there, your first one is on me. With no reservation, I highly recommend Rose Canyon.

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Don F. on September 9, 2013

Great patio atmosphere, great owners who rove around talking with diners, great food, great dinks, and great overall experience.

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Jeffe A. on November 7, 2012

Great food!

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Terry R. on March 16, 2011

I love Taco Tuesday

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Lisa G. on February 28, 2011

Rose Canyon Cantina is our favorite. The atmosphere, outdoor patio underneath the oak trees, the service (Daniel rocks!), the food...all fantastic. GREAT carnitas, chile rellenos and chicken fajitas. We have even attended fun events such as tequila tasting evenings, cinco de mayo and taco tuesday. Beautiful drive to get there!

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Wendie P. on February 23, 2011

Love this place. It's an OC landmark and I'm so glad the Cox family has kept the tradition alive. Everyone should enjoy the experience.

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George K. on February 23, 2011

Mmmmmmmm

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Nancy M. on February 22, 2011

We love the food, we the atmosphere, we love our friends, we love Sergio and we love Melanie & John and everything else about Roses...that's why we go every week.....For anyone that hasn't checked them out you're missing out!
Joey & George Kupan

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