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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: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
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  • 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
Much Improved Italian Restaurant

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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San Clemente, California
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San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

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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San Clemente, California
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

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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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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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This is a wonderful restaurant. Great history, family owned and run. Delicious food with very helpful servers. This is our "go-to" restaurants when we want classic Italian food. This not the "trendy" hot spot; This is a restaurant that for years has been hosting guests to classic food and our dinner last night was no exception. My wife loved the... More 

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We hadn't been to Carbonara for a while and decided to make a return trip. We were not disappointed. I ordered a wonderful fish - halibut and it was fresh and excellent. My husband ordered pasta and that was equally tasty. The service was outstanding and we enjoyed the evening. I noticed many of the reviews indicated that the food... More 

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Dana Point, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I have visited this restaurant many times over several years. The food has always been consistently good. Unfortunately they changed their menu in late 2014. Now, their food is overpriced. The entrees no longer include salads, and prices are well above those of their competitors. For my money, I'll go to other local and equally good, italian restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have eaten in many of the Italian restaurants in the area, and many are quite good, but this restaurant is the real deal. Just like eating in Italy. The menu has so many great choices that I wanted to order a dozen things. Had the Carbonara with spaghetti. I have not had anything that good since we were in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Within a homey- feeling environment, Carbonara offers delicious Italian dishes. For Vongole lovers...red or white...both are prepared perfectly! Soup and/or salad are "A la Carte" You can bring one or two wine bottle(s) of choice at a $15.00 corkage fee. Service excellent.

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Good service, clean, nice old world ambiance, white table cloths, good food and wine and at a fair price, what more can you request? The restaurant is family run and the locals frequent the establishment, the tourists seemed happy too!

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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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