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$10 - $15
Seafood, American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed July 23, 2021 via mobile

This is one of our go-to spots when we visit San Clemente. The food and drinks never disappoint. The service is consistently A+. The espresso cocktail and asparagus fries are superb. Also noteworthy are: cheeseburger, veggie burger, and salmon. There is no better loaded baked...potato on Earth; it’s fluffy and soft on the inside and has a crisp outer skin. Absolute perfection. Portions are large and can easily be shared. Only thing newcomers may want to be aware of is that there is usually a line or wait to get a table, so factor in the wait time if you’re really hungry.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 15, 2021 via mobile

Selected to dine here based upon previous reviews. Ambiance was upbeat and energetic. Service was receptive and accommodating. The entrees recommended by our server were very good: cioppino, bistro plate with filet mignon and complimented with a good Manhattan straight up.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed November 16, 2020

My husband and I walked into this place for lunch and we were seated right away! The waiter was very knowledgeable and suggested some excellent wines. I had the roasted red pepper soup to start and it was so good! We ordered the bacon deviled...eggs appetizer and they were to die for! We didn't think we would like them, being slightly fried and all, but it worked! My salad was so good and my husbands burger was delicious! The restaurant's got a hip little atmosphere to it but we didn't let it bother us. Ha ha. Seriously though, this place is amazing! We will eat here again for sure!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed November 16, 2020

Good comfort food, great choices, good prices. Great staff. They extended patio out on street during covid to accommodate guests. Enjoy!!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed October 4, 2020

look I'll be honest its ok. The price does not justify the taste maybe the chef was having a bad day. Their chicken is dry and flavorless. Their portions for the price are depressing 😔. If you want mexican food with real flavor dont go...here you are better off and pollo loco. Plain and simple it will disappoint, now if you want a good looking place maybe a dinner date you are taking out a client this place is high end and made to impress 😉. If you want quality tasting food dont let the look of the place fool you the back of the house is not cutting edge and if you have a full palette flavor profile you will see it the second you bite in. This is an honest review and I hope you take it as such. PS: Service is one of the best and the guacamole is good not out of this world but good.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed May 3, 2020

Outstanding food and setting. Price point higher than other comparables however would encourage taking this in.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed April 12, 2020

We stopped over in San Clemente remembering Nixon who at his time was a rouge and a villain, but a choirboy in comparison to the present guy. Someone recommended Nick's and it was a fine piece of advise. We got a good start when someone...behind us in line for a table (a daughter and her quite elderly mother) brought their own wine for consumption with the meal - they must have spent a lot of money in that restaurant or knew someone. We shared a salad and a San Francisco cioppino and it was a gorgeous meal - relly good and pretty rich, and we had to pass the dessert we had looked much forward to, Warm Butter Cake. Adding much joy to the meal was the waitress who, when getting aware of the fact that we live in Norway, told us she was a big fan of the Norwegian playwright Insen.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 21, 2020 via mobile

After my son graduated from Marine boot camp, this is where he wanted to go. It did not let us down. As always the food and service was spectacular. Our table of 8 was treated well and with food that you tell your friends about.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020

stop for lunch at Nicks San Clemente, the service was (sans fautes) the food was very good and the signature dessert, warm butter cake with ice cream and berry compote was memorable.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 7, 2020

The service was attentive with consistent follow-up on needs. The food was well portioned and had balanced seasoning. What sealed the deal though was the dessert/dessert options. The size of the cake but more importantly the texture and frosting was a perfect balance of being...both moist and creamy - yet not too sweet. Fabulous people and food!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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December 30, 2018|
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Response from sjyancey1321 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I agree with Margaret, it is not dog friendly. There is a restaurant down Del Mar about 50 yrds on the right and it is perfect for dogs. They even have dog water stations available. Sandwiches are great there too... More
December 14, 2018|
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Response from scooter_vista | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry but Nick does not offered Happy Hours, they might offered during Summer Hours.
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Yes, Nick's San Clemente offers takeout services.

Nick's San Clemente is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5