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Village Mediterranean Rim

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123 Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Clemente, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant brings international type dining to our doorstep. Much simpler and less costly than exotic travels, but just as enjoyable.

Thank pgmgmsc
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a hidden gem. There aren't many tables and the menu is small but executed with a precision and art that is beyond reproach. The chef knows what he's doing and the service staff are clearly proud of the food. We've never had a bad dish there or a bad meal. It doesn't do a full bar -- wine... More 

Thank Julie J
San Clemente, California
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I've eaten here for several years and never had a bad meal. The menu includes dishes cooked in tajine ccokware, various wild game choices as specials, and an interesting choice of appetizers, soups, fish, and a decent wine list. Make reservations as there is limited seating.

Thank Bob B
Yorba Linda, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

My wife and I stayed in Dana Point for a couple days and we were looking for a nice restaurant for dinner, Out of many, many good possibilities, we chose Village Mediterranean Rim in San Clemente. Good choice! We had maybe the best hummus we've ever tasted---hummus with grilled tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil---a delightful poached pear salad, a... More 

Thank Honoring
San Clemente, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This might be one of san clemente's hidden jewels. Food is insanely good. You would not expect the place to be as good if you just walked in front of it. Unpretentious spot, but legit. Owner is there at the kitchen every day. The only cons is that is kind of warm and loud inside. The restaurant is small and... More 

Thank IzzyBB
San Clemente, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

They are not consistent with their hours. If they are a little slow they will close before their posted hours and you will be out of luck. They do not care and will basically tell you that your out of luck! The food is excellent

Thank DaveSanClemente
Berkeley, California
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84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

this is such a nice place to have in a smaller town - still an elegant dining option with a menu that's not like all the rest! I will admit I would have loved even more spice but the special dishes are made to suit a California fare.....and the salads were equally delicious. we try and make this one of... More 

Thank monalinda2010
Southern California
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2016

I live in San Clemente and this is one of my first choices for a romantic dinner with my husband, or with friends. It is very small, and it can be loud; yet, the food, service, and price point is spot on. We like to eat healthy and the menu here offers us that option. Several fish plates are always... More 

Thank keyze
Quartz Hill, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

My girlfriend and I love trying new dishes, and usually seek out interesting offerings when visiting new places. We walked past this restaurant while strolling up Del Mar, the downtown district of San Clemente. What helped us decide was the unusual combinations offered for the dishes, at fairly affordable ($15 - $30 a plate) prices. Our server was extremely pleasant,... More 

Thank Raymond L
San Clemente, California
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is a small place but the service and food is always a delight. We go there when we have a "date night" or want to take someone who is not from San Clemente. Among the specialties are the tagines which are all delicious. We have never had a bad meal--not even close! A GO TO place when visiting (or... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Greek
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-361-8970

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