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Dining In and Around San Clemente, California
Carbonara’s Trattoria - 949.366.1040
An excellent blend of both Northern and Southern Italian Cuisine, the daily specials are delicious, hearty and affordable. On Del Mar in downtown San Clemente, they're open for lunch and dinner with dining room and full bar. Carbonaras' prides themselves with an incredible wine selection. Ask for Mary or Christina and tell him Rick & Sue sent you! Tony and I both opened restaurants together in 1990 and have been friends since. I sold Rick’s Tropicana Bar & Grill in 2005 that once occupied the first floor of our building. Tony & Mary both have wonderful, reasonable menus, great wines and it’s a fantastic place for some wonderful Italian. I always end up ordering the fresh fish special. Sue likes the lasagna. You MUST finish your evening with their world famous Love Cup and a nice Port!
Iva Lee’s Creole Cuisine - 949.361.2855
Pairs live blues and jazz with a wide variety of classic Southern dishes from New Orleans to round out a captivating atmosphere. Eric I think lives behind the bar greeting everyone with a big welcome! You can find Lisa most nights hosting. We think their #1 for their live entertainment! We recommend them to everyone no matter where they dine for after dinner entertainment. Eric has a great wine selection and makes my favorite steak. I love the blue cheese filet minion; I eat it with a spoon! Sue likes their famous pork chops and we both like the jambalaya.
Sonny’s Pizzeria - 949.498.2540
Authentic Italian food served with southern California flair. Julie now runs the restaurant for Sonny. He is still spotted every now and then in the kitchen keeping it real. Sonny’s has to be number one in the city just judging by the popularity of the place. They often have waits, but its well worth it. Julie always gives me a hard time because I always order the same thing, chicken parmesan… my favorite. Sue likes the sausage and peppers, and their anti pasta salad. Beware of the salad dressing, its garlic flavor is killer good, but it’s not a first date kissing dressing.
Fisherman's Restaurant and Oyster Bar - 949.498.6390
Step onto the San Clemente Pier to enjoy a meal of fresh seafood and award-winning chowder. General Manager Bob runs the busiest restaurant in town, how can he miss? The seafood selection is fresh almost daily. They don’t take reservations, but get there in plenty of time and enjoy the bar side on the north. The wait is worth it. They have the best happy hour specials.
Avila’s El Ranchito - 949.498.5000
Mama Avila opens her kitchen with authentic recipes. Victor’s bartenders make the best margaritas in town! We like this spot for the great Mexican style food, plenty, hot, good, and consistent. This is where you can get your grunge on. Don’t miss the carnitas!
Café 207 - 949.369.6304
Now we’re talking intimate, wonderful, attentive, and fantastically prepared dishes by Chef Darin. Owner Pete runs around and fills in helping out his employees where he can, but he runs a mean bar too. They have great wines and offer romance. I die for the fresh seared ahi, and Sue gets the fresh fish special.
Happa J’s - 949.276.6657
Oahhh Brudda…Dis place da kine! If you got da mackin ting for some plenty ono grinds, Dis gonna get em’ go pow! Dem bruddas goin make sura dat when go ovah dare, dey goin broke da mouth, ya? Justin has authentic Hawaiian grinds here! We couldn’t tell you what we love the best. Everything is island style and simply outstanding, from the fish to the sticky rice, they even have local island style beers! Tell em we say, “Aloha Brah!”
BeachFire Bar and Grill - 949.366.3232
Casual, continental fare set in an eclectic, art-infused environment can be found here and offering live music most nights. Dave holds up to the casual beach bar style. The weekend entertainment is geared to the hardy. It’s loud, packed, and happening!
Up the Hill On Historic Avenida Del Mar
You’ll find a selection of some of the finest dining establishments in Orange County
Cafe Calypso - 949.366.9386
For breakfast, lunch or a simple alfresco coffee klatch… an inspired menu, crafted by the chef-owner, offers fresh, healthful salads, wraps, soups and sandwiches and a sweet variety of decadent baked goodies. Catch up with friends over a great cup of joe, beer or glass of wine on their beautiful outdoor patio, complete with fountain.
Enjoy fresh, organic, innovative cuisine, served al fresco.
Cassano’s Pizzeria - 949.361.0512
They deliver great pizza joint with ocean views, a few doors down at 626 Avenida Victoria.
La Galette Creperie
Next door to the hotel, Brenton-style crepe, the best coffee in town, oceanfront with views.
Great food and atmosphere!
Pierside Kitchen and Bar
Dynamic craft beer selection with a fresh, rounded American New menu, emphasis on seafood
Chinese fresh, tasty, great lunch specials.
Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria
Great deep-dish pizzas, zesty pastas, family-friendly.
Enjoy an intimate dinner for two on the El Camino Real (the original California State Highway 1). Featuring wine country-inspired cuisine, a rustic wine bar and an open kitchen.
Billy’s Meats, Seafood and Deli
Before heading to the beach for the afternoon, consider a stop at a local’s favorite for 23 years. House-made salads, fresh baked goods.