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111 Avenida Del Mar Suite B, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 366-1040
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Reservations

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pretty good Italian

I admit we're picky about Italian food. My wife lived in Italy for several years, and we're spoiled by Southern California restaurants that take advantage of the wonderful fresh ingredients available year-round here. Against that backdrop, Carbonara fell short. The pasta (linguini) was precooked... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
David R
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Sterling, Virginia
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Sterling, Virginia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I admit we're picky about Italian food. My wife lived in Italy for several years, and we're spoiled by Southern California restaurants that take advantage of the wonderful fresh ingredients available year-round here. Against that backdrop, Carbonara fell short. The pasta (linguini) was precooked and parboiled, not fresh-cooked. The "steamed veggies" had been sitting in a steam table so long... More 

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Dana Point, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

One of San Clemente's best restaurants, Carbonara has been serving wonderful Italian food for years. On our recent visit, our party enjoyed Salmon (was the special), Spaghetti and Meatballs, Filet with mushrooms and Lamb Chops...all excellent. Oysters to start were amazing, salads were fine if slightly uninspired but server was attentive and no corkage fee for month of January! We... More 

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Orange, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Excellent food and service! Risotto cooked to perfection every time. The food here is consistently great, service as well and the price is right.

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Coronado, California
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170 reviews 170 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Lovely setting for a nice lunch in San Clemente, CA. the service was excellent and the food was delightful. The Love Cup dessert stole the show, however.

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Newick, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

There are alot of Italian eating places in Orange County but this one is outstanding. Large portions, well prepared and a wide selection of traditional food. Baked oyster appetizer is a winner. Veal excellent. Penne arribiata delicious. Very attentive wait staff. Street parking.

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Page, Arizona
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My wife and I were in town for the Battle of the Paddle and had the opportunity to stop in and have dinner here. We were very pleased with both great tasting food and fantastic service. The Veal Piccata was fantastic, some of the very best I have ever had. We will be back for sure

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

One of the best Italian Restaurants in Orange County. We've been several times and it is always wonderful food! Risotto lovers, absolutly fantastic! Prices are reasonable, service excellent and ambience average.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We stumbled across this restaurant. The food was authentic italian & the portions were large! Good value for the amount served. We will definately come back!

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san diego, ca
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92 reviews 92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a solid favorite of locals in San Clemente...Good menu including veal dishes--food is good (not great) but reasonably priced. All entrees come with soup or salad. Can be a little noisy at times, but overall, a pleasant dining experience. We shall return.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The restaurant was selected on the basis that there were many people of all ages plus families all enjoying the food. My wife and I both had the filet minon which were cooked to perfection. Any entre comes with a salad or soup as well so it was good value as well as being excellent food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 111 Avenida Del Mar Suite B, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: (949) 366-1040

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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