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Beach Garden Cafe

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618 1/2 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672-5369
949-498-8145
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful staff, food and LOCATION!

I've eaten at this great cafe a number of times on visits to San Clemente... always look forward to it for the location so near the pier/ocean, the very friendly staff, excellent food, generous portions and good prices. Though it's a tad cozy, it didn't feel cramped. Our waitress, though busy, was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
donbvs
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Tehachapi, California
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Tehachapi, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I've eaten at this great cafe a number of times on visits to San Clemente... always look forward to it for the location so near the pier/ocean, the very friendly staff, excellent food, generous portions and good prices. Though it's a tad cozy, it didn't feel cramped. Our waitress, though busy, was friendly and took the time to answer a... More 

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Thank donbvs
Tucson, Arizona
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This terrific cafe has been closed thanks to an intransigent building owner who refuses to allow replacement of the kitchen hood vent needed to replace the old one. We have been coming here for the past seventeen years and the location, ambiance, quality and friendliness made Beach Garden Cafe the best feature of the San Clemente beach area and the... More 

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2 Thank Philcoa
San Clemente, California, United States
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Love this cafe....great location, great prices, great staff.....unfortunately they are closing after 20 years due to loss of lease and new construction next door!!!

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1 Thank Debbi Ramsey O
East Aurora, NY
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A small place on the beach road, only 25 seats. The food is as good as breakfasts get, and the staff is very efficient and friendly. Delicious coffee. Only negative is they don't serve real maple syrup.

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Thank EA_TRAVELERS
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Love this little place. Our favorite is to sit outside to see the beautiful ocean view and smell the the salt water. friendly staff and good home cooked food affordably priced.

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Thank MARIA G
El Cajon, California
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I ordered the tuna salad and also tried the clam chowder. The chowder was New England style, excellent, very thick and creamy. The tuna salad was a disappointment. The tuna was hardly seasoned and lacked interest and the lettuce was old. Overall, I would return for the soup.

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Thank Jwahl52
Smithtown, New York
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

After a late morning walk along the beach, my wife and I were hungry for something light. We grabbed an outside table at the Beach Garden Cafe, directly across the street to the entrance to the beach and the pier. The menu and friendly casual service reminded me of diners around New York City. I had the ABC omelette -... More 

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Thank ljsamson
Bentonville, Arkansas
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

My wife and 12 day old daughter and I stopped here for lunch. This place is nothing fancy and has a dive diner feel. The fish and chips and chowder was great, with a good view of the beach and ocean. My wife did not like the grilled ham sandwich, but that wouldn't stop us from coming back. A table... More 

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Thank Kalfgd
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

Quick service and very fresh ingredients. The French toast, oatmeal and spinach omelette were all delicious. You can sit outside or in and view the pier and ocean right across the street. Good choice for breakfast

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Thank Roni E
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412 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Our two choices were just OK. Spinach Omelette and Monte Cristo. However the service, location, value and experience were very worthwhile and we can't wait to try other options. Well run operation and will return.

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Thank yogiacomo

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 618 1/2 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672-5369
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-498-8145

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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