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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
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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88% Recommend
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Waiter was good. Maybe a little too solicitous . I really don't care that I chose his favorite ( after I made the selection. Not as a request for suggestions.) Halibut fish sandwich was great. Large. Moist. Lots of flavored spread. Ribeye sandwich was beautiful thick roast beef. Rare as I requested. Onions.great flavor spread. Potato salad with bacon delicious.... More

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Read the great reviews and had to give it try. So glad we did! Definitely needed reservations. Staff very attentive and professional. Had the SeaBass fish tacos which were awesome! Best ever. My husband & I both enjoyed the steak salad. Very fresh ingredients; steak was done perfectly. We came back the next day for the fish tacos because they... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Absolutely delicious! Sat by the bar. Great friendly service by Kathy. Haven't had guacamole this good in a long time. Save room for your entree~ Will be back....

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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

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 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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