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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

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    Very good
  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
cozy, comfortable Italian

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
booper46
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Dana Point, California
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Arrived on a day when most other restaurants were closed for a holiday. We were hungry and chose this place, despite it being somewhat expensive. The service was excellent, but I felt that the quality of the food was lacking, especially given the price. The bolognese sauce literally tasted like it came from a can; my spouse felt the same... More 

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San Clemente, CA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW via mobile

We've lived in San Clemente for years but never stopped in. Tried it a few months ago and now it's our favorite dinner hangout. There is a warmth and hospitality that is missing from other local restaurants including Nick's, South of Nicks and the Mediterranean Village; the servers remember that you've been there before. The atmosphere is small and intimate.... More 

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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I took a run to Fashion Island for over the top shopping and returned to San Clemente ready for dinner. This Italian eatery was just the spot. I was seated quickly and had constant attention from a friendly waitstaff. William Hill Chardonnay was excellent to accompany my piping hot chicken Marsala. The sauce was just right and didn't overwhelm the... More 

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San Clemente, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Lovely place for Italian food. We eat here quite often, nice atmosphere friendly staff. The food is always well prepared, and creative. Always a fresh special nightly. Wonderful wine beer and mix drinks available. Owners are wonderful people!!!! Love it Bob and Elizabeth

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Ashland, Oregon
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104 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I called for reservations at four in the afternoon and were able to get a table for five pm. We were greeted by a very friendly young woman who seated us at a window table with a nice view of Del Mar street. Our server arrived right away and took our drink orders. I had a glass... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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179 reviews 179 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 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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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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