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“we stumbled on this place - what a find!”

South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar
Ranked #3 of 229 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 July 8, 2013

We were on our way (driving) from San Diego to LA and we wanted to stop someplace off of I-5 for lunch. We had never been to San Clemente - what a nice, charming town! We drove along the main drag (El Camino Real) and checked Yelp - they had given this place four stars - we decided to give it a try. Everything was top-notch. Everything. The decor is upscale Mexican but the clientele is very casually dressed. The waitstaff is young, attractive, smiling and efficient. Our food was delicious - everything was first-class all the way. Prices are not cheap, but not out-of-line with an upscale restaurant. We liked everything so much, we said to ouselves: next time we visit California, we are staying a few nights in San Clemente and we will definitely be back to South of Nick's.

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Thank 493Ron
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Ate here a few months ago and if you're in the mood for mexican food, this is NOT the place you want to go. Overpriced and the food is just OK. Didn't like to seating area since it was so cramped and loud you couldn't even hear the person next to you. Only went here once, which was enough not to go again.

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Thank L J
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Decided to try South of Nick's after going to Nick's down the street for dinner. This place was pretty good as well, personally I prefer the food at Nick's but this wasn't bad. It seems a little pricey for mexican food but this is not just a burrito with rice and beans. The margaritas here are absolutely excellent!

Thank Eric L
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Since it opened South of Nicks has improved immensely and the food and staff are excellent. We would have no hesitation in recommending it.

Thank rogermb
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

salsa is on point! Margaritas are stellar and the shrimp taquitos appetizer is a must, even good for a dinner plate really. You can also bring in a bottle of wine without a corkage fee, I believe the limit is two. I know a lot of people don't drink wine with Mexican food but it's a nice option to have.
Service is good, but just average really.

Thank neek o
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