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Chili Pepper - 22 Reviews - 167 S Main St, Orange, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (714) 639-2840
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Chili Pepper

167 S Main St
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 639-2840
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Chili Pepper - Orange, CA
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WHAT A DELIGHTFUL MEXICAN RESTAURANT!!!!!!! I really cannot stress that enough!!! Adorable decoration,...


I am very perplexed with the reviews I've been reading about this restaurant. Quite frankly, this restaurant is not worthy of a second visit from me. From the get go, I was unde...

Highly reccomend 6/16/2013

This is everything you go to a restaurant for! Nice festive atmosphere, Great Service, really good food,... more

Chili Pepper in Orange, Ca 2/17/2013

WHAT A DELIGHTFUL MEXICAN RESTAURANT!!!!!!! I really cannot stress that enough!!! Adorable decoration,... more

OC's diamond in the rough 12/22/2011

The food is amazing, even more amazed when the bill arrives. The decor is a little overboard for my taste, dodging the muriad of plants and trees is a bit much but keeps the noise level down. Its a little tight in the seating, but worth it in the long run. Would definately recommend this restaurant. The Chicken (Pollo de Mole Pablano) is our favorite. more

Low Price, Decent Food... 8/5/2010

Very average Mexican food.. but my goodness, the prices are low for a sit-down, dine-in, Cadillac serving Mexican restaurant. The place it too ""tight"" for my liking... seems like everywhere you go, you have to squeeze to get through... but that's neither here nor there... at the end of the day, for the PRICE... it's a decent little value for a night out. the parking lot is much like the interior... very tight and compact... more

Yummy Goodness 4/9/2010

I love taking family here from Las Vegas. Las Vegas people always brag about their 99cent breakfasts and $5.00 prime rib dinners. Well - Orange County beats all with this incredible delicious generous Mexican cooking! The prices are great, service is good and there is a home style that does not require dressy dresses and high heels (I'll wear them any ways). Enjoy and treat a friend to a yummy dinner and margarita!!! Pros: Lots and lots of good food Cons: Dinner time can get crowded more

Authentic Mexican Food! A touch of TJ 3/10/2010

What a wonderful find! The fun decor reminds me of family visits to Mexico! The food is realistic portions, authentic tasting and reasonably priced - you can take the wife for a night out or take the entire family for a nice dinner without breaking the bank! You lke burritos & tacos - but your wife wants Lasagna? Order yor drinks and relax - they have it all!! Pros: Price - Atmosphere - Friendly Staff more

Fantastic food & people 3/8/2010

We love Chili Pepper's. The atmosphere is very authentic - the food is great! I love the complimentary little appetizer & the dessert . My husband & I love to come here for dinner after our Sunday hockey games (Anaheim Ducks!) We have had our baby granddaughter with us a few times and find the staff delightful!! Pros: low prices, friendly people, great servce AMAZING FOOD! Cons: there is no changing area for baby in restroom more

Bad Experience 9/18/2009

From the moment I walked in I noticed the vibe, I had my toddler's almost gone sippycup in my hand and the girl at the front practically jumped down my throat telling me I was not allowed to bring in an outside drink, and took it from me and held it at the register. They don't serve chocolate milk for kids? Pros: Food was ok Cons: Bad service more

Amazing Brunch 8/30/2009

Great meal, the Huevos Rancheros Especiales are to die for, you can read more and see a picture on my blog . mrusc96.blogspot(dot)com Pros: Lots of good food, very low price Cons: Not buffet style more

Our tradition 7/10/2009

I have been going here since I975. My kids grew up eating there and celebrating birthdays, etc. The service it great, the food good and the price is amazing. The atmosphere is fun and a bit silly. Alot of the same faces working there from day one. One of our favorite things are the soups. They make some of the most yummy interesting combinations. We always have to try them. The fish is great too! I stopped going for a while because I didn't care for their margarita's but they have a great one right now that they'll only serve 2 to you. I found out why...they kick your butt! And they take good! Pros: great price, great food Cons: margarita's could be better more

YUM 4/9/2009

this is my fave place to eat out. for $40 a family of four can eat, get drinks and have appeitzers. the look and decor is fun and silly, and the service is excellent. i have been coming here since 98, and i enjoy bringing my 5 and 2 yr old to eat. it's one of the few places that is NOT stressful to eat out with them. the salsa is amazing and fresh, and i love thier chile verde burritos. Pros: chile verde! Cons: a bit loud/crowded aisles more

A Unique Experience 12/16/2008

Being someone who has been a frequent diner in most of the OC's mexican hot spots, this place was like a breath of fresh air. I was very amused by the decor on both the exterior and interior. Pros: Authentic, safe, friendly and attentive service more

Mediocre 10/1/2008

I am very perplexed with the reviews I've been reading about this restaurant. Quite frankly, this restaurant is not worthy of a second visit from me. From the get go, I was under the impression that the upcoming dining experience would not be satisfying. Judging by the plastic placards advertising spaghetti and meatballs and other ethnic dishes not typically associated with the genre of ""Mexican food"", I knew this restaurant was casting a fishing net to attract all types of taste buds. Poor experience began with being served the standard chips and salsa. Nothing wrong with that. It was expected and I looked forward to it.. What was not expected was the bland, watered salsa. The salsa had cubed ""nopales"" (cactus) and carrots. No salsa, no matter how authentic it claims to be, should have theses items in them. They didn't even bother putting some salt on the guacamole appetizer. That is the easiest thing to improve the taste of guacomle and they haven't figured that out. The margaritas we ordered were just a follow through of the salsa - bland. The restaurant was consistent. The steak and chicken tacos I ordered were tasteless, tough and terrible. I really don't know what some of the reviewers found appealing in the quality of the food for this restaurant. I am always looking for a new/old establishment to find some good tasting food. This place did not fit the bill; even considering how ""reasonable"" their prices are. It's only reasonably priced if the food is decent. Pros: ambience, decor Cons: food is simply not good more

Outstanding Mexican Restaurant 11/12/2007

The Chili Pepper in Orange combines great food with exceptional service and at very reasonable prices. My family has been dining here for many years and the staff always makes us feel at home. They offer a wide variety of menu items and I recommend sampling one of the daily specials which are always sure to please. The Chili Pepper is an extremely family friendly restaurant and is a great place to go for any occasion! Pros: Great food and outstanding service more

As good as it gets 8/4/2007

I've been dining here for many years, willing traveling the 20 miles from home to restaurant, especially on weekends when lunch comes with a huge plate of various fresh fruit. and the end of the meal is topped off by apple rolled in a small tortilla, lightly covered in sugar. Now that i moved 2500 miles away, it's the first place we head for when we arrive in Orange County, eating there 3-4 times in (7) days. more

THE Best Mexican Food in Orange County 1/25/2007

Great Atmoshphere, awesome service. Great food and great drinks. Bring a driver if you plan on having their special maragarita's. Pros: Great food, Great Drinks, Great Service Cons: none. more

Great find 1/11/2007

This place was the best- killer drinks- delicious food- superb service- all around one of the best mexican restaurants that i have ever been to. Pros: Ambience, service, food Cons: none that i can think of more

Great all around to take anybody anytime! 9/11/2006

Service is fab, the food is authentic and they keep it fresh by changing the menu based on time and day. Prices are unbelievably reasonable. I go all the time and Ive gone for lunch with coworkers, dinner with a date, brunch with friends or family. Great for birthdays! Atmosphere is nice for a romantic interlude or just fun with friends. Staff is friendly and helpful. Brunch on the weekends is yummy. Go once youll get hooked! more

colorful experience 2/16/2006

i just went the yesterday with my 2 kids and mom. i was immediate drawn to the decor. it was very relaxing and i felt as if i was in another country:) The prices are sooo reasonable, and the kids were happy because the got a balloon and a desert at the end. i would recommend this restaurant for anyone lookin for a different dining experience and anyone that has children!! Cons: inexpensive, good service, good food more

User review by paulsi 6/6/2005

I have been dinning here for well over 20 years, one of the best Mexican restrurants around. Service is always good and food is very good. more
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  • Hours:

    Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
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