Gypsy Den Restaurant and Night Club in Santa Ana, California


Gypsy Den
Gypsy Den
Gypsy Den Santa Ana is open daily between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and closes 9 p.m. Sunday,  11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 10 p.m. all other nights. Location: 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA. Call: (714) 835-8840.



Leave it to my friend, Barbara to find Gypsy Den. Never mind that she lives in Sacramento and just dropped into Orange County for a meeting. We have this arrangement that she drives me around when I visit her, and I drive her around when she visits me. So Barbara took me on this journey from Irvine where the airport and her hotel were, too  the heart of downtown Santa Ana. The banners announce you are visiting the Artists Village. I've long read about this village but visiting did not yield strong evidence of galleries and shops to visit and look at art.


The artwork does, however, seem apparent on the walls of several clubs and shops, including this very cool spot, Gypsy Den. As you enter the red brick building with ivy growing along its walls, you think to yourself, this is too cool to be Orange County. It looks old, moody, and maybe it actually has some history.


Entering a dark restaurant lit only by the filtered light from sheer curtains draped over windows, the restaurant is filled with a large counter where bakery goods and a menu for sandwiches and foods greets you. Then there's the sign I read that said, "Don't let your friends drink Starbucks."  Oh my gosh! This is Barbara to a tee. That's her saying and her policy, keeping me away from Starbucks coffee to the point of annoyance.


Most everything in Gypsy Den is made from scratch. Sandwiches such as Roasted Eggplant or Cream Cheese & Olive; Vegetable Lasagna, Soft Tacos, Garden Quiche, Scrambled Eggs, Muffins, roasted coffee and desserts such as Creme Brulee, Cheesecake, Carrot Cake and drinks ranging from Italian sodas, a variety of teas, special sodas and coffee blends are some of the temptations that you won't pass up when entering the den of pleasure.


Entertainment turns the daytime half-filled shop into a standing-room-only happening place at night with poetry, bands, singers, guitarists and anything cool and mellow. Twice a week open mic signups give you a shot and showing your musical talent, or you can try to get a gig there.


Gypsy Den Costa Mesa 2930 Bristol in the lab anti-mall, Costa Mesa, CA. Call: ( 714) 549-7012.








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