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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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  • 25
    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
Fantastic Chicken Marsala

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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Lakewood, Washington, USA
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127 reviews 127 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
216 helpful votes 216 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
63 helpful votes 63 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
77 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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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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