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Carbonara Trattoria

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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
11:30 am - 2:00 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, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    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
Delicious traditional Italian food

Amazing service, delicious food and quaint environment. Try the love cup for dessert. Nice selection of wines and full bar

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Charlene R
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San Clemente, California, United States
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Mission Viejo, California
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If restaurants were like real estate and location, location, location was all that mattered this would be a great restaurant. Unfortunately a great restaurant needs more, like great service and food.

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Thank rbcoast
San Clemente, California, United States
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing service, delicious food and quaint environment. Try the love cup for dessert. Nice selection of wines and full bar

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Thank Charlene R
Brea, California
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was 1/2 full, could be noisy when full or with large parties. Stiil the food was some of the best Italian. Not too heavy. Don't be discouraged about the street parking. There is public parking just behind the buildings but you have to drive around the block to get to it. Still, its a shorter walk than if... More 

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Thank Ray S
Dana Point, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

i really wanted to love this place because i just loved the look of the dining room. it felt like nyc. we were a party of six and all had pretty much the same impression: just another red sauce place. the menu was stuck in the 70 and not in a good way. flavors were undistinguished and meats generally overcooked... More 

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Thank bhabower
San Clemente, California
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Great Pasta and Veal dishes - lovely wine options and great service. Nice date night atmosphere with candlelit tables.

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Thank Karen W
San Clemente, California, United States
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Fabulous always! I love trying their specials when I go! I've never been disappointed! This family run business has been around "forever." although we have lost Tony, an icon in our community. It a very special place for a family or couple to dine.

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Thank Debra R
San Clemente, California
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Carbonara's is a nice restaurant tucked in downtown San Clemente's first block. The food used to be very so-so. In the last 6 months I've noticed the quality and variety improve 50%. I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken / pasta meal. It was prepared to my liking and specifications (I'm a picky eater!). The green strawberry balsamic salad was incredibly delicious.... More 

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Thank redgreen13
San Clemente, California
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We each ordered different appetizers and all were excellent. We proceeded with different pasta dishes, which were all done perfectly "al dente". The linguini de Mari" was great, although the mussels were a bit stringy, but the rest was great.

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Thank mcmike2k
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

I've been here several times and the food is excellent and fresh every time. I love their desserts too. The acoustics aren't great though, so you may find yourself yelling to be heard at times.

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Thank MandyandShamus
CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you want a date night..come here! Have an appetizer (my fav is the caprese), a nice glass of wine and relax! Their entrees are delicious! Now that Tony (original owner) has passed his wife Mary is doing a superb job at keeping his dream alive!

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?