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Nick's San Clemente

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213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4006
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Irvine, California
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78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I drove to San Clemente on a cool, clear afternoon. I had just made reservations for a Saturday lunch, and I am glad we did. They get busy, and there can be a wait without a reservation. During the week, it might be easier to get in without a reservation. We were seated right away inside against... More 

Thank Steve_N_018
San Clemente, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been going to Nick's for some time now and have never been disappointed with a meal. The blackened seabass is a must try for any fish lover and the fried asparagus is a great starter. The atmosphere is loud and lively. The only downfall to Nick's is there is always a wait due to it's popularity. Worth the... More 

Thank Karen D
San Clemente, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere and good food. The only reason not to get 5 stars was the hostess. If you have more patience than I do, your experience will be phenomenal. it is however more of a place for adults than kids.

Thank 817Alex
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47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw that it was rated # 1,and got a recommendation from a local. Wouldn't call it best in town, but haven't been everywhere yet. Great cioppinno and good service

Thank Vicky M
Denver, Colorado
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82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was good, but it is VERY noisy. Could hardly hear the waiter and other members of our party. Too noisy for a family get together, and awful for couples. The wine was very expensive, and the beer choices limited.

Thank David_P_Denver
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in San Clemente for one night and looked up on here where to go... So we went to nicks! Lovely atmosphere, modern clean restaurant. Staff friendly! Cocktails Amazing!! I had the salmon & my partner gd the seafood mix- both were incredible! Then we shared the peanut butter chocolate cake for dessert- was immense! Amazing food - don't... More 

Thank carmentom2014
Laguna Beach, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A companion who lives in SC took me to Nick's. What a great restaurant that's known by all the locals. It's busy at night so you will have a wait, but it's well worth it. You can hang at the bar while you are waiting. I ordered their Bistro filet sampler meal, which was great. Well cooked and tender. Soup... More 

Thank 820crystalb
Carlsbad, California
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated my daughter's birthday here, it's one of the families favorite places to go. Recommend making reservations because it gets really busy. Staff is friendly, professional and knows what they are doing. Drinks are always filled, table is always cleared of debris (my father-in-law loves his sugar packets). They have a great food selection, from fresh seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches... More 

Thank KimAndRobby
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nick's is an absolute favorite for lunch or dinner in San Clemente. The place is always busy but I've usually been able to find room at the bar with little problem. Food is amazing. Staff is super friendly and attentive to customers. It's not inexpensive but certainly worth it. Attire at lunch ranges from formal to flip-flops.

Thank Chaps W
Oceanside, California
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting, "high-end" place. Great menu, great food, excellent service, good location. Extremely interesting interior décor.

Thank Hunter003

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 19494812200
Great food, and warm hospitality. Whether you are looking for a fireside cocktail or a dinner with friends, our carefully chosen menu of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages has a variety of choices to satisfy any appetite. Designed with thoughtful detail, Nick's San Clemente's interior of wood, stone, and jewel like lighting surrounds you in comfort and warmth. A South Orange County Favorite. Enjoy our Patio all year round.

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