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Nick's San Clemente

213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
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Ranked #1 of 183 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
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Coto De Caza
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175 reviews 175 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

this was our first time at Nicks.. it wont be the last. the Filet was melting in your mouth. the Cioppino was one of the best I have had - hearty and flavorful. wife had the buttermilk chicken and gravy. very well done all around. the dessert to go for is the butter cake. a 10 out of 10. only... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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176 reviews 176 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is a go to place if you are in San Clemente. The food is amazing and very fresh. Start off with the asparagus fries. I had the ahi sushi salad and it is more than you'd expect: tuna perfectly seared and the redness you'd expect from sashimi grade tuna. The greens are a perfect blend of lettuce, edamame, mango,... More

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San Clemente, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went to Nick's on a Saturday night, with no reservation. Hostess took our name and cell phone number, so that we didn't have to hang out and wait for our table. Because it is located on Del Mar, there is plenty to keep you busy while waiting. We grabbed a drink, at a bar, in a restaurant across the street,... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I always bring visiting family and friends to Nick's. It has a great atmosphere and very comfortable. It's small so make reservations. It's great for lunch or dinner. On a cold winter day they have the fireplace on to add to the comfort. The food is well thought out and very good. The wait staff are excellent and attentive. Great... More

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Newport Beach, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Nicks has in a few short years become the number one restaurant in San Clemente. We were there on a Tuesday night and it was packed. Thankfully we had reservations. The food was great, the service perfect. However, Nick is getting a bit full of himself. My friend's wife who does not drink wanted a diet coke. The only had... More

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Capistrano Beach, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Great food and service. Not overpriced either IMO. Gets pretty crowded so make reservations. One thing to note would be that it can get pretty noisy as there is a bar in the middle of the restaurant and the design of the place creates a lot of reverberation. If you want an intimate conversation on a weekend night forget about... More

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Orange County, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We live very close to San Clemente, and have been to most of the restaurants there. After finally visiting Nicks, we've found a new favorite. Everything from the food, to the service, to the atmosphere was fantastic. We went on a Sunday evening and it was packed. Luckily we had a reservation because there was a pretty good line outside.... More

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Palm Desert, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There are 2 Nick's restaurants in San Clemente. Nick's and South of Nick's which serves Mexican food. Both restaurants were great, good service and great food at a reasonable price

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Lancaster, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We visited this restaurant on the recommendation of family members. In fact, they said it was their favorite restaurant in the area. Three of us arrive for a late lunch around 2 p.m. on a weekday. The restaurant was less than 1/3 full. We were promptly seated and order within a normal time frame. We ordered an appetizer, 2 non-alcoholic... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

While visiting the area we gave Nick's a try on a Sunday night. If you are looking to go during the prime dinner hour you should call ahead for reservations. My wife had the pan roasted salmon and I had the boneless buttermilk chicken. We were both very satisfied with our choices. They switched out the kale for the that... More

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