The Coach House is a music venue and restaurant and features internationally-known acts, aspiring artists and cover bands.
Those familiar with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema know the concept of having dinner while watching a show. The Coach House works in a similar manner. This venue has a capacity of nearly 500. Three hundred of the seats available for live events are reserved for diners–these seats are centered on the stage and closer to it.
About The Coach House Venue
Seating is banquet tables that seat about twelve people. There are also some booths along the far side of the venue reserved for dinner patrons. Get there early to request. Non-dinner seating is also banquet tables towards the back of the venue.
There are some tall bar tables, some with chairs and some counter areas in the back as well for drinks while standing. Non-dinner patrons can still order food, appetizers and of course drinks.
There is no dancing area in fact there is a no standing or dancing rule.
The Coach House Tickets
All ages are welcome. The venue requires a two-drink minimum purchase per person. Those age 20 or younger must purchase a $5 drink ticket.
Seats are assigned by The Coach House and cannot be pre-selected. Dinner reservations get you reserved priority seating for the entire evening that is in front of general admission seating and closer to the stage; the earlier you book the better your seats may be. Tickets can be purchased online but you must call or visit the box office for dinner reservations.
Box Office Hours:
Monday – Saturday – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Open until 8:00pm on the nights The Coach House is open for a show
The Coach House Restaurant
The Coach House Menu trends toward the upscale; NY Strip, swordfish, Filet Mignon, and “catch of the day” are common, and there is a $20 minimum required per patron. Reviews of the food are mixed with respect to quality of food and pricing with many recommending to eat elsewhere prior to arriving.
To make a dinner reservation call 949-496-8930 visit The Coach House ticket office.
Dinner reservations require arriving no later than 1 hour after the doors open.
The Coach House Details
Seating Capacity: 480
Parking: Yes, Free (parking lot fills up quickly on crowded nights), street parking available
Address: 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Ride Share: Yes
Dress: Mostly casual, dress up or down
The Coach House Directions
From 5 Freeway North & South
- Take Camino Capistrano Exit
- 5 South Only: Go left at the bottom of the ramp. That will put you on Camino Capistrano.
- 5 North Only: Take the Camino Capistrano Exit and make your first three left turns. That will put you on Camino Capistrano.
- Follow it south approximately 1/2 mile. Just before the first stoplight you come to, we will be on the right hand side in the Esplanade Center.
- Located directly behind the San Juan Tire Center. The Coach House is not on the street frontage.
The Coach House Hotel Lodging Nearby
- Closest Hotel
- Residence Inn Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano
- Hotels a few more minutes away
- Best Western Capistrano Inn
- Best Western Plus Marina Shores Hotel
- DoubleTree Suites Doheny Beach – Dana Point
- Dana Point Marina Inn
- Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection
- Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Performing At The Coach House
Local and regional bands can apply to perform at the Coach House by getting in touch with the Booking Director. You can send demo and band bio materials to:
The Coach House
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Attn: ADAM / Booking
Performing artists are encouraged to allow up to two weeks for a response. You can also call the box office for information on how to submit via email.
A Brief History Of The Coach House
Great venues open and close all the time, but when the Golden Bear Music Hall in Huntington Beach closed in the 1980s, it left a vacuum waiting to be filled in the live music scene.
There are conflicting reports on when The Coach House actually opened. The Coach House official site bio says the venue was opened by Gary Folgner in 1980.
But the L.A. Times reported the venue actually opened in 1986, “with a show by English blues-rocker Robin Trower” and according to the Times it was an “immediate financial success” inspiring a host of imitators and competitors. The Times reports that all the others gave up trying to keep pace with the Coach House. That competition went away in less than a year.
When Coach House doors opened, the idea was originally to use the space as a Country & Western venue. But musically, Coach House shows would expand into jazz and rock and roll.
The official site is a bit thin on details, but as the years went by, Coach House shows became more popular, and more diverse and at times the venue served as a place where new artists could try out their material as well. Today area performers are encouraged to submit demo material for consideration (see above).
See our guide for what to bring to a concert.
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