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Chapter One: the modern local

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227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4862 (3rd)
+1 714-352-2225
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 10:00 - 01:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Santa Ana, California
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93 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

For some reason I expected the food to be a step above bar food but was disappointed that it wasn't. Like it's Gastropub sibling the drinks and ales are better than the food. Will not be back.

Thank Brad S
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Had some terrific food at this downtown hip spot. Santa Ana is really earning a rep for exciting samplings in a warm, friendly atmosphere. At our table we had the super nummy charred cauliflower with some exotic sauce, a beautifully presented grilled apple and butternut squash salad and an AMAZING chocolate lava cake. Nice service, too damn loud (we're old).... More 

Thank Sandi S
Santa Ana, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is the area I basically go to as Sunday nights. great environment and proper preference of beers, along with extraordinary varieties of meals and cocktails. human beings are pleasant and you may enjoy your stay here for certain. super food in a completely unique a part of metropolis. simply proper bar selection. The eating place is quaint yet energetic

Thank Mayra A
Irvine, California
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Good food some times a long wait but worth it, great place for people watching. The weekend Brunch is the best, limited menu wish they offered more egg dishes. But there is Rav Blue, a great jazz, and oldies singer with guitar.

Thank 4buffalo
Santa Ana
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Best place to meet people, great food and cocktails, Sunday Brunch a must with live music and locals hang out and watch people.

Thank N3706BRjamesk
Corona, California
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414 reviews
283 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I picked this restaurant for my birthday celebration with family. The kimchi chicken wings were to die for! The Brussel sprouts were also tasty. My daughter got the best. The tri tip OMG!! I did not care for the butternut gnocchi. I also didnt care for the chicken jidori. They dont have anything really for kids so remember this. The... More 

1 Thank Bonnie C
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Everything was wonderful! The drinks, food and atmosphere. Our waiter was friendly, helpful with suggestions and attentive. I would go again and I live about 45 mins away. We had a party of 9 which was not a problem at all. We tried all the drinks and dessert and shared which was perfect to taste everything. Park across the street... More 

1 Thank Kim T
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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125 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We actually found this place on Trip Advisor and it was very good. I had the Sweet Jalapeno burger and it was delicious. It's served with shoestring fries and their own homemade ketchup. They have a nice variety of beers on tap too. They offer $1 beers on Thursday's with any burger purchase and were going to start Taco Tuesday.... More 

Thank DandRWolfe
Rockford, Illinois
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194 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

I really, really, really wanted to like this place. We thought the concept (restaurant meets old bookstore with small plates) sounded fantastic. We were so, so disappointed. The food was really just subpar. We ordered about 6 small plates to share and the best thing we had was the mac and cheese that we ordered for our child (which, we... More 

Thank tinleyparktraveler
Fullerton, California
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Outstanding! Brunch was excellent, varied and unique menu, intelligent blending of sauces. Fries cooked in duck fat are fantastic!

Thank Linda H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 227 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701-4862
  • Public Transportation: Minutes away from Santa Ana Train Station and Regional Transportation Center. Downtown Santa Ana is located in the center of Orange County, so it is never too far from anybody!
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Santa Ana
  • Phone Number: +1 714-352-2225
A modern local is a new concept that is in a sense, the evolution of a gastropub. A culinary-centric, Public House that celebrates it's "local." Whether it's the seasonal, local, farm-to-table sourcing of our ingredients, the history of the local area, or the local resident that feels their sense of ownership here; Chapter One: the modern local is a product of its ideals and creative style as well as its community and local history. We are humble servants to our guests. Our commitment is to treat every guest like family and ensure that you feel the heart of the pub every time you walk in the door. No pretension, just good food and drink and great company.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?