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$10 - $35
Mexican, Southwestern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed September 10, 2020

Outdoor dining only, however, South of Nicks has never lost their touch. Food and service are always impeccable. I can say I have never had a bad meal at any Nicks restaurant. Wine prices are very reasonable, unlike many restaurants. Nick's is always busy, so...reservations are required. GUACAMOLE - Excellent CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP - Excellent CARNE NORTEÑA - Excellent - Nice tender juicy steak CHICKEN FLAUTAS - Excellent SOFT TACO COMBO - ExcellentMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 8, 2020 via mobile

This might be an irrelavant comment for a restaurant but they have the best espresso i had in last several years. I live on Ventura which requires a 2 hours drive to have the same coffee again but i will definetely see the sunset with...a margarita before my perfect espresso very shortlyMore

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 2, 2020

If you are looking for a nice place with great Mexican food, South of Nick's is your best option in Laguna Beach! Great ambiance, the food was delicious and our servers were attentive and kind. We came on a Monday for lunch and had the...filet mignon taquitos, short rib tacos, guacamole, El Dorado margarita, and a Mexican mojito. Everything was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend this place!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 22, 2020 via mobile

Delicious filet mignon ranchero with guacamole, refried beans, onions and peppers! Pina Colada drinks are delicious! Chips with mild, medium and hot salsas. Received chocolate and happy birthdays wishes on my birthday! Great experience, great service!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

This place has good food but the same as most of the Mexican restaurants. The decor is fun, but not enough for the the prices in my opinion. A little noisy. Maybe for a special occasion, but not regularly unless money is no problem.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed February 23, 2020

I stopped in for lunch in February 2020 and had the best carnitas in my 60-year life! Wow was the food good! This is more expensive than most Mexican restaurants but this is well worth the money--the quality of everything from chips & salsa to...Coke on ice to Carnitas with both flour and corn tortillas--was absolutely outstanding! My waiter was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, recommended the carnitas, and he was right on the money. This restaurant is upscale and requires "appropriate attire," and the lunch entree prices ran about $25-30. The portions were generous and the taste was delicious. I'd definitely go here again next time I'm in San Clemente.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 19, 2020 via mobile

Never a disappointment at Nicks....everything is outstanding.... fried chicken is amazing....excellent service.....make reservations even for lunch.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

This is my special treat Mexican restaurant. The best chips, salsa and guacamole, by far. I have tried almost everything on the menu and never been disappointed. The portions are just right, where you not over stuffed, like many Mexican style places.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 2, 2020

We ordered guac, quesadilla and empanadas. Terrible cuts of the "filet mignon" tasted terrible and the grizzle, ugh. Hope you like strong feta like cheese in your empanadas, I am a cheese lover but this was shocking. Has been on my bucket list to go...there. Finally had a chance. Will never go again, i guess we must have ordered the wrong items, the reviews are great. Our food was terrible, left most of it on our plates. The mango tea was good.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 7, 2020

Socal is full of great Mexican food. South of Nick's kicks it up a notch. From food service to presentation to the food it's all a step above. You'll spend a bit extra but it's well worth it. Their house made chips served with 3...salsas are worth the visit alone but save room for some of the best mexican creations you will ever enjoy.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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April 10, 2017|
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Response from ocshelby | Reviewed this property |
No brunch, just the regular menu. We go to fishermans at the pier for brunch and special mimosa pricing.
February 25, 2016|
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Response from DebraR879 | Reviewed this property |
I think you'll have to contact them directly. They do have a nice room that you could use for private party.
October 10, 2015|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
Cannot answer that- will have to call them
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