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Nick's San Clemente

213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
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Ranked #2 of 180 restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
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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89% Recommend
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English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Ate at the bar. Service was good. Wanted fish but the selection was small and they were out of the special.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This, by far, is one of my favorite places to eat in downtown. The only tip: I'd make reservations (very busy on weekends) and try the stuffed deviled eggs and the Moscow Mule!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have eaten our way through San Clemente, and couldn't say enough good about Nick's. Reservations, food, service and all around good was worth putting on our new bucket list.

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Mission Viejo, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were given a gift card from our kids for Nicks in San Clemente, they were booked up until 9pm but they said if we came early about 5pm they would be able to get us in. We are sure glad we did as we had a wonderful meal, my husband had the ribs and I had the sea bass... More

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Folsom, California
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145 reviews 145 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After an eight hour drive from Folsom to San Clemente, we were just driving around the small town streets looking for a place to eat a late dinner (it was almost 10 p.m.) and I thought we might end up at a fast food joint. Luckily, Nick's was open on Avenida Del Mar until 11 so we had time for... More

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Laguna Beach
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Nick's is a great respite in San Clemente. The town is finally catching up to it's Orange County neighbors. For the most part that's good. And Nick's is a part of that experience, as well as, their sister restaurant South of Nick's. We really enjoyed their side-by-side seating near the bar. Great people watching and intimate at the same time.... More

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Las Vegas
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The service was the best we have ever had anywhere! So attentive. The food however wasn't quite what we had expected from all the reviews I saw on Yelp. A bit pricey, but what do you expect for a coast town restaurant. The butter cake however was fantastic.

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San Clemente, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A great place with a great vibe. One of San Clemente's top 5 restaurants, Nick's has excellent customer service, an electric atmosphere and terrific food. Try the Chilean Sea Bass tacos, dynamite. Its typically loud in here so not ideal for intimate conversations, on the other hand you can talk loud and still not be overheard. All told the food... More

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Walmer, Kent
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

During our recent trip to Orange County from the UK, we visited Nick's in San Clemente a few times and loved it. The service is excellent, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is buzzing. Make sure you book and don't be late or they will have given your table away as they are so busy! Only criticism is it's a... More

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Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Incredible food. Try the signature butter cake for dessert--scrumptious. We had braised ribs, a steak and a salad, and all were absolute perfection. The atmosphere is cool and sophisticated, a nice break from the casual beachiness of all the surrounding restaurants. A touch loud, but if you get a table by the sidewalk you get best of both worlds: people... More

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