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“Excellent food, service and ambience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar

Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar
611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92673
949-498-6390
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Ranked #6 of 185 Restaurants in San Clemente
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Phoenix
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“Excellent food, service and ambience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

I thought their clam chowder on the restaurant side was excellent. The service was exceptional, and of course the ambience can not be bought! Wonderful hearing and feeling the waves crashing underneath the pier. My son said the steak was excellent, too. The only annoyance was 4 middle age men flirting with the young 21 year old waitress about taking her with them, etc. I was very embarrassed for her and them. She handled it really well, but I think they should have been shown the door! Really pathetic, rude and demeaning to the waitress. It was very obvious she was very uncomfortable. And being nice to their advances. Maybe the management should be aware of this. Not living there, I think we appreciate it more. We live in Phoenix with some incredible restaurants. But not this ambience that I crave! Thank you! Vix

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Orange County, California
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“South Orange County beach dining at its finest.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2008

The Fisherman's is the one of the best seaside dining locations in Southern Orange County in terms of location and view. The food is average to above average, the service is good and the view/ambiance is spectacular.

The restaurant is broken into two parts, Facing the ocean, the bar is to your right and the restaurant is to your left. The main difference is the menu and the fact that you can make a reservation at the restaurant. Even though they are the same restaurant, each side operates a little differently than the other.

Make no mistake about it, people come to the Fisherman for the view. The food on the restaurant side is adequate, and actually fairly priced for the location. On the bar side they have appetizers and lunch time sandwiches and salads, but, being a bar they are largely drink focused. The bar side is very crowded during nice weather and people compete fairly aggressively for the few outside tables on the edge of the pier. (You frequently see people standing and lurking around the outside deck waiting to pounce when you receive your bill).

I live within walking distance of the Fisherman's so I usually stop in for a drink or two to soak in the view and rarely rarely go into the restaurant part. It's always a lot of fun to kick back and watch the waves and people. I recommend getting a nice table at sunset, ordering a drink (Go for the Cotton's, a rum drink with orange & Pineapple juice...hand's down the best they offer!) and just soak in the moment. This is South Orange County at it's best.

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Huntington Beach, California
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“Excellent Location on the Pier”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2008

The Fisherman is your standard restaurant on an ocean pier. There's lots of tables on the patio to enjoy a beautiful Orange County day or the gorgeous San Clemente sunsets.

There are two restaurants, on the right is more casual, serving pub-like foods...fried appetizers, burgers, salads, chowder, etc. On the left is the nicer restaurant serving entrees.

The food is priced a little higher than the the quality that's served, but you're really there for the ambiance and view so just adjust your expectations to not expect fabulous food, but is decent enough to enjoy a loving beachside outing.

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“Good appetizers and a great view.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2008

Good appetizers and a great view.

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“Overhyped, a little expensive but a view that's hard to beat and food that pretty good but probably not great.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

Overhyped, a little expensive but a view that's hard to beat and food that pretty good but probably not great.

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