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106 E. Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-492-4010
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good food in authentic style

We stopped in after an afternoon of walking the beach. Our tacos were authentic. The selection of meats is somewhat limited, but it was tasty with simple spicing. Our server was attentive and friendly. The portions were generous, and our total bill was smaller than I expected to pay for a full... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Paul H
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English first
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We stopped in after an afternoon of walking the beach. Our tacos were authentic. The selection of meats is somewhat limited, but it was tasty with simple spicing. Our server was attentive and friendly. The portions were generous, and our total bill was smaller than I expected to pay for a full meal for three.

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San Clemente, California
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

fish and chips are great as are most of their menu items, quick friendly service, fair prices, small place easy to miss just off of Camino Real

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San Clemente, California
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165 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Good place for lunch. Food is mediocre but not expensive. I usually have a mexican plate of some sort when here. I come with a friend whop likes it and it is in walking distance of his work.

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san clemente
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a small Mexican food restaurant with great food. Lots of Mexican dishes as well as fish and chips, burgers, and of course cold Corona. The people are great and the cook can take special requests, or if you just order a surprise you will not be disappointed.

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San Clemente, California, USA
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

EL Jefe is still the best authentic Family-Owned Mexican Restaurant in San Clemente. It's 2013! My boyfriend, NOW husband, and I are still coming here! We've live in San Clemente since 2000 and we're still come here for Taco Tuesday because it is the BEST--much better than La Siesta! Where can you find a fried or grilled FISH tacos less... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

See there been diiferent people at different which I noyiced,The service is good even was a slow day,But they need an uplift liftup on their material and decor and the knowledge (glasses)of what they have and the product they serve their guests.Kids sometimes could be less care ful attentive to their task.But this place has the taste for the authentic... More 

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Golden
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Older restaurant, not in the trendy area of town, but friendly, efficient service, good prices, clean (including restrooms). Has it's own parking, which is a plus in that town!

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Mission Viejo, California
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184 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Really simple and unassuming restaurant. Food is pretty good and service is quick. Love the machaca. Always come here for Mexican.

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Dana Point
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

authentic Mexican food, quaint. Not greasy, very fresh tasting, the fish and chips are fabulous. The soup is also very good, beer on tap.

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san clemente
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We go to El Jefe every monday and enjoy their food selection week after week. They have items not found in many restaurants serving Mexican food. Everything tastes great.

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Additional Information about El Jefe

Address: 106 E. Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone Number: 949-492-4010
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican, American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 106 E. Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-492-4010

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, American
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?