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“Excellent Everything”

South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar
Ranked #2 of 220 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: "Southern California Mexican" Featuring Prime steaks, seafood, and Mexican favorites. An Orange County favorite for Mexican dining.
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Nick has another gem ! Whether it's friends, family,or date night out, this is a perfect place. Good food, great drinks ( best margarita in town ), nice staff, great bar - something for everybody. The place is very busy because it's very good. The wait can sometimes be a bother, but it's worth the wait.

Thank Tom N
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

They have vegetarian and vegan options. Came here with my parents and they ordered the carnitas and loved them. We ordered guacamole and it was fantastic. My vegetarian burrito was fantastic and they made it chimichanga style for me. I would totally go back. They get slammed for dinner so either go early or make reservations. I heard the hostess saying the wait was 1.5 hours.

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Thank JessicaLeopard
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

First the good - good chips and fabulous salsa, both re-filled with a smile. Outstanding chicken tortilla soup. White rice full of tasty veggies. Nice presentation. Portions generous to large. Prices fair for quality and atmosphere. However, "sweet" Chipotle shrimp were super spicy - only the adventurous diner will appreciate. Snapper Veracruz drowning in sauce. Fried plantain dessert overwhelmed with caramel drizzle and ice cream. Unfortunate techno drum background music in an already noisy space makes relaxation difficult.

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Thank haroldp933
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great food but the prices were rather high. I was surprised to see the total cost at the end of the night. That being said, it is hard to find good southwestern food and South of Nick's is really good.

Thank KathylynneS
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nice modern atmosphere...not your typical Mexican restaurant. Our server was really nice and friendly. Of the food the only thing that I would recommend was the guacamole...it was delicious. The dinner portions were large but only ate a few bites; we were very disappointed and then even more so when we got our check. Knew going in that this was an upscale nice twist on Mexican but the food just didn't live up to that expectation or the price.

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