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El Jefe

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106 E. Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They specialize in fish and chips and that is what you should order. Have a cheap beer while you are waiting. This is a neighborhood dive and I love it.

Thank Susan R
San Clemente, California
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I have to admit, I love mexican food but this restaurant serves the best fish and chips I've ever had anywhere. I've been around the world. There is England's world famous fish and chips and then there's El Jefe. I can't stop!!!!! Don't wanna. It's soooo good. Go, seriously. Doesn't even cost that much for the amount of food they... More 

Thank TheTravelB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in after an afternoon of walking the beach. Our tacos were authentic. The selection of meats is somewhat limited, but it was tasty with simple spicing. Our server was attentive and friendly. The portions were generous, and our total bill was smaller than I expected to pay for a full meal for three.

Thank Paul H
San Clemente, California
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

fish and chips are great as are most of their menu items, quick friendly service, fair prices, small place easy to miss just off of Camino Real

Thank Marty M
San Clemente, California
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159 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Good place for lunch. Food is mediocre but not expensive. I usually have a mexican plate of some sort when here. I come with a friend whop likes it and it is in walking distance of his work.

Thank JimW551
san clemente
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a small Mexican food restaurant with great food. Lots of Mexican dishes as well as fish and chips, burgers, and of course cold Corona. The people are great and the cook can take special requests, or if you just order a surprise you will not be disappointed.

Thank scdiner
San Clemente, California, USA
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

EL Jefe is still the best authentic Family-Owned Mexican Restaurant in San Clemente. It's 2013! My boyfriend, NOW husband, and I are still coming here! We've live in San Clemente since 2000 and we're still come here for Taco Tuesday because it is the BEST--much better than La Siesta! Where can you find a fried or grilled FISH tacos less... More 

Thank dafilpsyd
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

See there been diiferent people at different which I noyiced,The service is good even was a slow day,But they need an uplift liftup on their material and decor and the knowledge (glasses)of what they have and the product they serve their guests.Kids sometimes could be less care ful attentive to their task.But this place has the taste for the authentic... More 

Thank Shaiyos472
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Older restaurant, not in the trendy area of town, but friendly, efficient service, good prices, clean (including restrooms). Has it's own parking, which is a plus in that town!

Thank John M
Mission Viejo, California
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160 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Really simple and unassuming restaurant. Food is pretty good and service is quick. Love the machaca. Always come here for Mexican.

Thank betamax12345

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 E. Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-492-4010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?