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71 Calle de Indistrias, San Clemente, CA 92672
949-498-6603
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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If you walk by Surfing Chicken, you might not stop by as it is definitely not fancy, but you'd be making a big mistake! We order take out at least once a week from there and have never had a bad meal! Big portions, great taste and good prices plus they offer a coupon in the Penny Saver!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2014
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you walk by Surfing Chicken, you might not stop by as it is definitely not fancy, but you'd be making a big mistake! We order take out at least once a week from there and have never had a bad meal! Big portions, great taste and good prices plus they offer a coupon in the Penny Saver!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I consider myself to be a burrito reviewer of novice-advanced levels, and I'm claiming the Carne Asada at the Surfing Chicken to be of the higher qualities I've consumed. A well portioned burrito with excellent grade Carne Asada Matt and plenty of actually streamed rice and beans. Served with outstanding service!

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a take away meal from here while staying at the Holiday Inn Express which is just up the hill from the shop.The chicken was good but the rack of ribs was really lovely.It was a good price too.

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San Clemente, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Being "chicken joint" one would think they would specialize in "chicken", right? I was very disappointed to find the chicken is very low quality (likely bought frozen and at a discount). I eat a LOT of chicken and know when it's fresh and of I'm lucky, organic. Bigger breasts, not flat meat. The chicken here was poor; deflated and somewhat... More 

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San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

don't eat chicken but their fish is amazing. so fresh and tasty. Very affordable, great mom and pop, casual, popular with locals.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Reading through the reviews, we just had to make a stop, since my family LOVES to eat chicken. We went on a Sunday, but it was closed, so we returned the next day. The chicken is INCREDIBLE! Moist, tasty and you get BIG servings, unlike say El Pollo Loco, where you get tiny pieces of chicken. These were monster servings... More 

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Whittier, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

The grilled garlic chicken was great and the ribs were better! The man at the counter was very friendly and made us feel as if we were at a bbq with family. When we got there the place was empty but within minutes people started showing up and he knew them by name. They grill the chicken right in front... More 

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Dana Point, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

It's low key, great chicken, friendly service. I'm looking forward to our next visit to try the fish!!

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

Go for the food. Don't go for the decor, the ambience or the hip factor, because there isn't any. Go for the food. This is my secret place. The food is great, bargain prices, fast and nothing fancy. For 5 cents less than you pay for a sandwich you can get a 4-piece chicken lunch in a white plastic take-out... More 

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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

Ibviously I had to try the chicken...It was great! Seasoned to perfection and you could tell it was cared for. Everything seemed fresh and hip. This was my first time going here and I was very impressed. And will be back next year on my next family trip!

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Additional Information about Surfing Chicken

Address: 71 Calle de Indistrias, San Clemente, CA 92672
Phone Number: 949-498-6603
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 Calle de Indistrias, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-498-6603

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?