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Nick's San Clemente

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213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-481-2200
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Great food, and warm hospitality. Whether you are looking for a fireside...
Great food, and warm hospitality. Whether you are looking for a fireside cocktail or a dinner with friends, our carefully chosen menu of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages has a variety of choices to satisfy any appetite. Designed with thoughtful detail, Nick's San Clemente's interior of wood, stone, and jewel like lighting surrounds you in comfort and warmth. A South Orange County Favorite. Enjoy our Patio all year round.
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  • 21
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best spot in town

No better place to get a very nice meal. And, they allow you to bring in your own bottle of wine. The only negative is that it is a bit loud and always crowded

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Kevin K
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San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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San Clemente, California
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

No better place to get a very nice meal. And, they allow you to bring in your own bottle of wine. The only negative is that it is a bit loud and always crowded

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Dana Point, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I've been to Nick's in San Clemente many times. I've ordered probably half the menu items, and it consistently serves very tasty food with excellent service. Nice menu variety from fish to burgers. Excellent salads. Very nice environment, casual during the day.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

try the fried asparagus appetizer, full menu with lots of creative offerings, not a fan of veggie burgers, shared one here and it was incredibly delicious. Great Moscow mule, good craft beer and wine selections.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I have now been here 3 times and love the place. The food is very good and always served hot. The drinks are also very good. The service is top notch and friendly, no matter how busy they are. The manager is attentive and seems to help the staff where ever needed and then visits with the guest when he... More 

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calgary, canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Best prime rib beef dip I have ever had!! Great service, the food is to die for! We went here on Tripadvisor reviews; my teen daughter wanted "American" food type menu (vs Mexican food). It's a little pricey, but well worth it. We are here on vacation, staying in Carlsbad. Can't recommend highly enough!

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Sun City, California
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This place is really good. The service is A+, super friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is cool too. The food was good but could have been a little better. My Ahi Tuna was frozen on the inside. The taste was great but because it was frozen it ruined the plate. Other than that, everything was great. Oh, and I recommend... More 

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

If you leave San Clemente without going to Nick's, you are crazy. The wait can be annoying (make reservations as far ahead as possible!) but it is worth the wait. Their service, drinks and food are really the best in San Clemente (and the surrounding area). The restaurant can be a bit noisy, so if you're looking for a quaint... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

If you go on a Friday/Saturday night, expect to wait. I like going to a late dinner or for lunch. My favorite is the Chilean Sea Bass, but their tri-tip sandwich is to die for too. The Bloody Mary comes with a fried blue cheese olive - yumm and another favorite about this restaurant, small margins of their wine list,... More 

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Irvine, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nicks is a charming restaurant with amazing fresh food on Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente. The restaurant gets busy on the weekends, so make a reservation in advance or stop by, put your name in and enjoy a walk down Avenida Del Mar that is full of shops with character! I enjoy their Ahi Salad and their burgers... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nick's is a great spot. Located right on Del Mar, the windows fully open for people watching. The food is always tasty and the mimosa's and warm butter cake are to die for!!! The downside is it gets very busy so the wait for a table without a reservation (and even with one), can be long.

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Additional Information about Nick's San Clemente

Address: 213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone Number: 949-481-2200
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-481-2200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Great food, and warm hospitality. Whether you are looking for a fireside cocktail or a dinner with friends, our carefully chosen menu of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages has a variety of choices to satisfy any appetite. Designed with thoughtful detail, Nick's San Clemente's interior of wood, stone, and jewel like lighting surrounds you in comfort and warmth. A South Orange County Favorite. Enjoy our Patio all year round.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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