In 2010, restaurateur and longtime south Orange County resident, Omar Chmait first conceived the idea of a restaurant honoring his Lebanese heritage. Two years later, with the support of his family, he opened The Olives Branch fine Lebanese Cuisine.The Olives Branch bringsthe Lebanese tradition of welcoming guests with endless hospitality, generosity, and delicious handcrafted food to the city of San Juan Capistrano.

Generosity and hospitality are the hallmarks of Lebanese culture, where food, is a celebration of life, with endless varieties and magical tastes. At The Olives Branch, our food and service are refined by these traditions.We take great pride in our food making everything from scratch using only the finest natural ingredients, farm to table handpicked vegetables from local farms, and hand selected meats that come from only the best halal butchery.

We provide an extensive offering of Mezza, entrees, and house-made desserts. Our success is a tribute to our loyal guests who appreciate the importance of serving delicious, handcrafted food in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Our chefs have created a fresh, delicate, authentic menu from recipes that originate from age-old family tradition, and have been re-imagined to provide our guests with the best of today and yesterday. Everything is handcrafted in-house using the finest selection of meats & poultry. The freshest produce brought to us from local sustainable, organic farms.

In order to provide our guests with the very finest meals, we serve only the best sustainable food. The Olives Branch is culinarily distinct, warm, and inviting, from our dining room to the bar featuring only the best Lebanese liquors, wines, and beers, to the Lebanese Art Deco Hookah Lounge. So it is with open hearts, arms, and smiles that we welcome you to The Olives Branch.

Our Mission

At The Olives Branch Mediterranean Grill, you’ll enjoy the freshest, most flavorful entrees made famous by our signature blend of imported/authentic Mediterranean spices.  Our dishes have an abundance of flavor, not calories, and are fitting for anyone following a low calorie diet.

Our Vision

The Olives Branch’s tasty and healthy Mediterranean food is prepared with our own family special recipes, has earned them several food critics’ praise. If you are planning a wedding, a corporate meeting, a dinner party or birthday party, you can count on The Olives Branch for an out of this world exotic catering service which is sure to impress your guests.