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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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  • 176
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  • 86
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Excellent!!

It was my first time eating at Nick's although I've lived in San Clemente for several years. Why did I wait so long? The food was excellent!! The restaurant was very busy! We made reservations for a Sunday night just two days before our planned visit and had to take a 4:15 reservation because... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Sylvia H
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San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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291 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Clemente, California
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
363 helpful votes 363 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It was my first time eating at Nick's although I've lived in San Clemente for several years. Why did I wait so long? The food was excellent!! The restaurant was very busy! We made reservations for a Sunday night just two days before our planned visit and had to take a 4:15 reservation because nothing around 5-6 was available!! A... More 

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San Clemente, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nicks is one of our favorite restaurants in San Clemente. The food is always delicious, cooked to perfection with quality ingredients. It can be a little loud in the restaurant and sometimes too cold - however they provide blankets if you want one. All of the servers are amazing-you will not be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I've been to Nick's 3 times in my stay here in San Clemente and I've loved every time. If you're going to go which you should you have to order the butter cream cake

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St Pete Beach
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We were looking for a lunch spot wile in San Clemente and noticed all the good reviews on trip advisor. We decided to give it a try and were glad we did. My wife had the chicken sandwich and I had the blackened fish sandwich. Both were excellent and the fries were good also. The service was excellent. Nick's has... More 

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Sacramento, California
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242 reviews 242 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We stopped in for lunch on our recent visit. We tried some new things this trip. The market salad and champagne dressing were tops, and enough to easily share with the two of us. We also ordered the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, with fries, which was both delicious and huge! The chicken was crispy on the outside and very moist on... More 

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San Clemente, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nick's is always a good place to eat, the fried deviled eggs are great! It is also a great people watching place, check it out!

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San Clemente, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've now eaten at Nick's five times, twice at lunch and three times for dinner. The location, atmosphere and service are all excellent. As others have said, the place is generally packed. The food is reliable and there is a good variety of options in the "general American" sense. I tend to look for healthier options but I want something... More 

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San Clemente, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Started coming here as soon as they opened several years ago as we were fans of there Laguna Beach location. Service is always up to par, water filled, drinks and orders taken correctly and food delivered as expected. The food has always been good from their asparagus fries and bacon deviled eggs to the prime rib dip, sea bass and... More 

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San Clemente, Risaralda, Colombia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not a top ten steak but edible. Great bar and always busy. Have a reservation. I come to Nicks on Del Mar or I go to Vine at the top of the block to the left. Every where else is sub par. Enjoy!

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San Clemente
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The waitstaff is excellent. We have eaten at Nick's several times and everything was superb. They even could accommodate my picky vegan son. The butter cake is not to be missed - very rich so share it. Very popular restaurant so go early or late to avoid a wait.

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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, Entertaining clients

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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?