Tavern at the Mission Unveils a Fresh Culinary Adventure!

After a remarkable quarter-century run, the beloved Cedar Creek Inn in downtown San Juan Capistrano has undergone a thrilling transformation, emerging as the all-new Tavern at the Mission, thanks to the vision of renowned restaurateur David Wilhelm. This exciting culinary metamorphosis took place on June 30th, and it’s more than just a change of name and signage; it’s a vibrant reinvention of an old favorite, promising a dining experience like no other.

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David Wilhelm, who took the helm of Cedar Creek Inn in May, brings his culinary expertise to the forefront with an updated menu that showcases his culinary artistry. The reimagined menu features tantalizing delights, including his famed buttermilk fried chicken with delectable thyme gravy and a Comté cheese-topped French onion soup, created with the finest beef and veal stocks. While a fresh breeze of change sweeps through, Wilhelm has kept beloved classics like the Monte Cristo sandwich and the irresistible coconut cake, ensuring that the essence of Cedar Creek Inn remains intact.

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But that’s not all; the Tavern at the Mission is set to undergo a grand transformation in early 2024, promising an inviting, contemporary atmosphere that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces. Picture a modern take on the Santa Barbara Mission, with open and airy interiors featuring elegant cream-colored walls, tasteful lighting, and comfortable seating arrangements. The bar area will pay homage to the city’s cowboy heritage with the addition of dark leather buckskin booths and bar seats, offering a touch of rustic charm.

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One of the most exciting changes is the unification of the restaurant’s sprawling 5,000-square-foot space, creating a harmonious flow throughout. No longer will there be distinct physical compartments; instead, guests can enjoy a seamless view from the bar, across the patio, all the way into the dining room. This transformation will elevate the dining experience to new heights, encouraging patrons to explore and savor every corner of the Tavern at the Mission.

The spacious 3,000-square-foot patio is also in for a rejuvenation, featuring new seating options, enchanting up-lighting for the ash trees, and refreshed landscaping. It’s all about simplicity and contemporary elegance, ensuring that every guest can unwind in style.

For David Wilhelm, the Tavern at the Mission holds a special place as it’s not just another restaurant in his impressive portfolio, which includes gems like Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern in Dana Point and Tavern House Kitchen and Bar in Newport Beach. It’s a personal endeavor set in the heart of the city he calls home.

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Come and be a part of this exciting culinary journey at the Tavern at the Mission, where the past meets the future in a feast for the senses. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Cedar Creek Inn or a newcomer to the scene, there’s something extraordinary waiting for you at the Tavern at the Mission.