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“Fantastic Experience!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nick's San Clemente

Nick's San Clemente
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Ranked #1 of 207 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: 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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3 reviews
“Fantastic Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

From the warm & inviting atmosphere to the incredible food Nick's dinning experience exceed our expectations! After a long fun filled day at Sea World Nick's restaurant was a friendly and warm retreat. The cozy dinning room was filled with incredible scents of delicious entrees. Our dinner of rotisserie chicken and the short ribs were cooked to perfection. Going back tomorrow night in Belmont Shore location. Thanks for a fabulous meal.

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San Clemente, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice downtown addition”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The vibe is great, food is good, appetizers are the best, but there is always a wait. Make sure to have a reservation! Friendly staff and very accommodating!

Visited October 2012
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Dana Point, California
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good food and drinks..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

good food and drinks...sort of a hot spot in sleepy SC. Gets very crowded and they don't take reservations.

Visited July 2012
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Thank dqkitri
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Irvine, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best place in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you can get in, try the fish sandwich! the fried asparagus appetizer seems to be a hit (if you like asparagus). The signature drinks are excellent. I have been here a few times and each time everyone in the group loves everything...we all end up trying each others food and drinks and so far no one has been disappointed. The Laguna Beach location is nosier and more cramped but still very good as well...

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles
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171 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Nice Atmosphere, Mostly Excellent Fare”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We went to Nick’s on a Friday for lunch. The place is open and welcoming and was jam packed with all types. One odd group was a table of ladies who do lunch, outfitted in evening attire and loudly drinking champagne at noon. Service was good, despite the crowd. The wait staff were all very attractive.

We had the Ribeye Melt with sliced ribeye, Swiss, grilled onions on parmesan sourdough. The side was a Thai peanut coleslaw. The ribeye was cooked to perfection with the slices pink in the center. The Thai peanut coleslaw was really good and a nice change. The “parmesan sourdough” is the reason I lowered the overall rating of Nick’s to just average. The bread was so greasy that you could have squeezed it and gobs of grease would have spilled onto the table. It was disgusting.

Another in the party had the Rustic Tuna Salad Sandwich and it was a house baked white albacore which was miles ahead of the Ribeye Melt. Possibly the best tuna sandwich we had ever tasted. The side was a warm potato salad which was delicious.
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We’ll try Nick’s again if we’re in the area, just to try to up our rating by avoiding the Ribeye au Grease.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank FrequentTraveller034
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