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Nick's San Clemente

213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-481-2200
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Ranked #3 of 176 restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
San Clemente, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised by this restaurant last summer after returning from LA & Vegas. The decor and atmosphere were are not like typical SC restaurants. It feels much more upscale, something I would find in LA or Newport. Both the food and drinks were good, and I have no real complaints about them, but i can't remember if they... More

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Dana Point, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Nick's is extremely popular and reservations should be made whether for lunch or dinner- unless you want to sit at the bar. The food, the atmosphere, and the staff are all great! Don't be in a hurry, just go and enjoy- day or night!

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San Clemente, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

One of our favorite places to eat. Moderately priced, excellent food. I love their fried devil eggs. Also excellent salads.

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San Diego
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is our favorite SC spot. We love the Ahi app, dip sandwich, hamburgers, and hot fudge Sunday. We also love the no corkage fee for wine (up to 2 bottles I believe). It is loud enough to bring our toddler and newborn however a little to loud to have adult conversations across the larger tables (acoustic of room). We... More

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OC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Always a long wait, but worth it. A local's secret is to wait at the bar for your table, and ask for the "hot spiced nuts" (FREE!) with your cocktails. They are amazing. Another secret is NO corkage fee if you bring in wine not on their menu! Delicious food choices-great appetizers and dessert too.

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Laguna Woods, CA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We had a late lunch (2:30 pm) and the place was crowded - certainly spoke to its appeal. We started with crispy asparagus as an appetizer. I had the California Ahi Salad. Very generous - with the ahi tuna which was fixed to perfection and complimented with mango, soy beans, pickled onions and more. The dressing was wonderful. My husband... More

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Have eaten at Nicks several times during the past three or so years. Always good food and great service. Very busy place so reservations suggested. You can bring your own bottle of wine with no cork fee for first bottle.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Had lunch here 3 times in 2 weeks! The burgers are delicious... so, too, is the clam chowder & the French dip sandwich. A favorite whenever I'm in San Clemente!

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San Clemente, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I don't think I can share more in my review of Nicks that others have not already. A charming place in downtown San Clemente that is consistently outstanding for quality of food and value. The place is often packed to good to make reservations in advance to avoid unnecessary waits. Even if you do need to wait, what the tell... More

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San Diego, California
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169 reviews 169 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Two of us ate a business lunch sitting on a banquette adjacent to the indoor gas fire feature. The California eclectic menu had a wide selection for most tastes and from light meals to full dinners. Food presentation was world-class, produce was the freshest, and service was friendly and speedy. Surprisingly, for a pretty full and large restaurant, the kitchen... More

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