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106 E. Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-492-4010
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Ranked #68 of 185 Restaurants in San Clemente
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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  • English first
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English first
San Clemente, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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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 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

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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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012 via mobile

And I won't eat here. Tried to twice...same results. Bleh! Need more? The service was so laid back they barely know you came in the door. Food just unimpressive.

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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: American, Mexican

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