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71 Calle de Industrias, San Clemente, CA 92672-3826
949-498-6603
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Carlsbad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

Really, when you walk in its right there in front of your face! They grill the chicken, fish etc. on a grill right at the counter. I managed to bypass that (however good it looked)and went for the salmon because I had been wanting salmon for a couple of days but was not expecting to get it here. And not... More 

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Thank DSieckman
Sheridan, Wyoming
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67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Tucked away in a little strip mall on the ocean side in Interstate 5 is a quaint little diner that specializes in fish and Mexican food. The owner/chef will cook your meal while you watch and socialize with while you meal is prepared to your specifications. He's entertaining and deserving of all the accolades on his walls. There are no... More 

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San Clemente, California
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142 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Most come for the chicken, but the "Red Snapper" meal is awesome and comes with tortillas, salad, salsa, rice and beans; it tastes amazing and is VERY LOW priced. ($5.50) The boneless fish filet is prepared over an open grill with delicious seasonings. The tortillas taste home-made and are a favorite. Hot sauces and complimentary pickled jalapeños also available. We... More 

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Thank beckyjake123
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you walk by Surfing Chicken, you might not stop by as it is definitely not fancy, but you'd be making a big mistake! We order take out at least once a week from there and have never had a bad meal! Big portions, great taste and good prices plus they offer a coupon in the Penny Saver!

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Thank jtpat
South Korea
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

I consider myself to be a burrito reviewer of novice-advanced levels, and I'm claiming the Carne Asada at the Surfing Chicken to be of the higher qualities I've consumed. A well portioned burrito with excellent grade Carne Asada Matt and plenty of actually streamed rice and beans. Served with outstanding service!

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Thank Jerry M
Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a take away meal from here while staying at the Holiday Inn Express which is just up the hill from the shop.The chicken was good but the rack of ribs was really lovely.It was a good price too.

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Thank jl502
San Clemente, California
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Being "chicken joint" one would think they would specialize in "chicken", right? I was very disappointed to find the chicken is very low quality (likely bought frozen and at a discount). I eat a LOT of chicken and know when it's fresh and of I'm lucky, organic. Bigger breasts, not flat meat. The chicken here was poor; deflated and somewhat... More 

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Thank redgreen13
San Clemente, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

don't eat chicken but their fish is amazing. so fresh and tasty. Very affordable, great mom and pop, casual, popular with locals.

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Thank beckyjake123
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Reading through the reviews, we just had to make a stop, since my family LOVES to eat chicken. We went on a Sunday, but it was closed, so we returned the next day. The chicken is INCREDIBLE! Moist, tasty and you get BIG servings, unlike say El Pollo Loco, where you get tiny pieces of chicken. These were monster servings... More 

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Whittier, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

The grilled garlic chicken was great and the ribs were better! The man at the counter was very friendly and made us feel as if we were at a bbq with family. When we got there the place was empty but within minutes people started showing up and he knew them by name. They grill the chicken right in front... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Calle de Industrias, San Clemente, CA 92672-3826
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-498-6603

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