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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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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 5
    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
Bravo Italia.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Kelly R
via mobile
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
230 helpful votes 230 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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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