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Carbonara Trattoria

111 Avenida Del Mar Suite B, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 366-1040
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Ranked #38 of 180 restaurants in San Clemente
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Apr 22, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My husband and I made reservations for this restaurant after recommendations from Casa Tropicana. We were in San Clemente celebrating our one year wedding anniversary and wanted something really romantic and delicious. I'll start from the beginning. We were seated by our waitress and she said she'd be right back to get our drink orders. Well, 10 mins or so... More

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Palm Desert, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Enjoyed a terrific dinner. Veal dishes were excellent. Service was good, and everyone was friendly. So on your next to San Clemente enjoy there food.

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San Clemente, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Love the appetizer that is the mixed seafood in tomato broth and the shrimp diablo. My guests at Always Inn San Clemente like the seafood and steaks with risotto. Love the Carbonara family who runs the restaurant also.

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San Clemente, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Carbonara is a neighborhood favorite - and I love the food but the atmosphere is less then appealing. Bright lights make you feel like your in the interrogation facility as opposed to a romantic Italian restaurant (come guys dim the lights a bit - add some candles and your score increases big time). If your looking for a romantic place... More

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Souderton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A new favorite with fabulous food and an atmosphere to match. The salads were world-class and the service was excellent.

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san clemente ca
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I hope our poor meal is not the norm nowadays. We have been dining at Carbonaras for years and were served a meal that was largely inedible. Salads were old, made of different ingredients despite the fact they were all side salads. Risotto was, well, watery, hard, grey, weird, horrific ... Do you need a recipe and instruction on how... More

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San Clemente, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Went here for Christmas Eve dinner with my son. I love the ambience at Christmas time with the lovely lights on the street. It was jam packed, not really conducive to a nice meal, and weirdly, the TV was on at the bar. You'd think they'd turn it off on Christmas Eve? Service was slow; they didn't have enough staff... More

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Conyers, Georgia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Excellent Italian, Nice atmosphere, wonderful Staff, great service! We have visited this restaurant many times and always excellent food and service. We always go as a large family and they do a wonderful job with children and adults. Pricing is very reasonable and ample parking is a plus. Their Specials are normally a good choice.

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Ventura
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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

My husband had dinner here using a restaurant.com certificate. The food was excellent. I had Pollo Parmesan and my husband had Fettuccini Alfredo with chicken. I got a salad and it was good. My husband had the minestrone soup but didn't care for it. The two types of bread were very good. The chicken in the Parmesan was plump and... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

What a lovely little restaurant! The food was excellent as was the service. The prices are quite reasonable as well.

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