San Clemente, located on the coast of California in Orange County, is a great weekend getaway from Los Angeles and San Diego. The beautiful downtown area is perfect for shopping and strolling, while the scenic San Clemente Pier is a great spot for admiring colorful sunsets over the Pacific. San Clemente is home to beautiful sandy beaches, museums, attractions and great restaurants. Here are the best things to do in San Clemente. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Places to Visit: Del Mar Street

Places to Visit: Del Mar Street

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Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente is a shopper’s paradise and home to an array of trendy boutiques, designer and brand stores, art galleries, quirky cafés, bustling restaurants and sophisticated wine bars. Fondly known as the beating heart of San Clemente, also known as the ‘Spanish Village by the Sea,’ Del Mar Street is a short walk from the San Clemente Pier and offers a wealth of entertainment both day and night.

Spend the afternoon strolling through the shops where you are bound to find something for the kids at Petit Bonhomme, sports beach wear at Killer Dana and trendy ladies wear at upscale boutiques like Rascal's, Angel Wings and Bliss. Once done, enjoy a light lunch of Mexican at La Siesta or sushi at Del Mar Sushi.

As the sun sets, sip cocktails at one of the many classy wine bars overlooking the bustling street, followed by casual or fine dining at some of the best restaurants in San Clemente. Browse our California weekend getaways guide for more ideas.


Places to Visit: San Clemente Pier

Places to Visit: San Clemente Pier

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Located at the very end of Del Mar Street, The San Clemente Pier is one of the city’s most popular attractions and one of the best California weekend getaways. Surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and crashing waves, the pier and its famous clock tower offer beautiful views of the coastline and the city, during the day and at night.

There are many benches on the pier on which to sit and soak up the stunning views as you listen to the waves crashing on the shore. During the summer months, the sides of the pier are packed with surfers waiting for the perfect wave and sitting in the sunshine and people watching is a favorite pastime of the locals.

Another favorite activity on the pier is fishing, with plenty of fisherman lining the sides. The pier also offers a variety of places to eat from fast food to sit-down dining with lovely sea views. The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar serves fresh seafood and the Oyster Bar is a good place for sundowners. (website link)


San Clemente Coastal Trail

San Clemente Coastal Trail

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Beginning at the North Beach train station and running for five miles south towards San Clemente State Beach, the San Clemente Beach Trail is the perfect way to explore the beautiful San Clemente coastline.

The beach trail passes by many of the beaches in San Clemente, as well as the San Clemente Pier, T-Street, the downtown district and a variety of parks, volleyball courts and many restaurants.

The Beach Trail is pet-friendly and offers pet hygiene stations along the way while several beaches have public restrooms and concessions for two-legged walkers and joggers. The Trail is fantastic at all times of the day with fresh, ocean breezes in the morning and cool starry nights when the sun goes down.

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San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach

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San Clemente State Beach is located at the south end of the city and is one of Orange County’s most popular beach campsites. Stretching between the breaking ocean surf and the foot of a steep bluff for a mile, San Clemente State Beach is surrounded by beautiful ocean, hill and mountain views and enjoys a temperate climate.

San Clemente State Beach offers an array of campsites for motorhomes, caravans and tents overlooking the spectacular beaches of San Onofre with restrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and drinking water.

Activities in the area include cultural and historical sites to explore, an Environmental Learning and Visitors Center with interpretive exhibits and programs, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing and wildlife watching. Reserving campsites is required and is advisable to do so early due to the popularity of the campground. Places to Visit in California

225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, CA 92672


Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens

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Perched on a bluff overlooking the historic San Clemente Pier, the magnificent Casa Romantica celebrates the history, culture and ecology of California. Built in 1927 by a well-known architect of the time, Carl Lindbloom, for the founder of San Clemente Ole Hanson, the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home offers a tangible journey back in time.

Casa Romantica is surrounded by five acres of beautifully landscaped estate gardens that are home to winding trails and walking paths, flowering shrubs, cacti and other endemic species, as well as breathtaking ocean views. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Casa Romantica has been transformed into a multi-purpose museum and function center for the community to enjoy.

415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-498-2139, (website link)

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San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach

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San Onofre State Beach is one of California's most famous beaches, welcoming more than 2.5 million visitors per year who come to surf, swim, sunbathe, camp, kayak, fish, and cycle.

Rated as one of the top five most-visited state parks in California, San Onofre State Beach has three distinct areas, namely the San Onofre Bluffs, the San Mateo Campground and the San Onofre Surf Beach. San Onofre Bluffs is popular with swimmers and surfers and offers camping next to the sandstone bluffs.

The campground offers outdoor showers and chemical toilets and all campsites have a fire pit and picnic table. San Mateo Campground lies slightly inland from San Onofre State Beach and offers indoor hot showers, flush toilets and a 1.5-mile nature trail that leads to the world class surfing site known as ‘Trestles Beach.'

San Onofre Surf Beach is for day use only and offers several surf breaks ranging from gentle breaking waves for beginners to one of the world’s most consistent breaks at Trestles.

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Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center

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The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center is a community-based organization that celebrates the sport of surfing.

The center is dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting the heritage of surfing for the appreciation and education of future generations. The center also aims to inspire and encourage people to understand and share their passion and love for surfing.

The Center covers the full spectrum of surfing from its history and development to current trends, and houses significant surfboards and other objects of cultural value as well as awe-inspiring photography.

Serving as a symbolic center for the wave riding culture in the United States, this world-class museum/resource facility also offers educational and outreach programs that support and promote the sport on all levels.

110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-388-0313, (website link)

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San Clemente North Beach

San Clemente North Beach

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Named for being the northernmost beach along the San Clemente Coastline, San Clemente North Beach sits along the San Clemente Beach Trail and offers a variety of activities to enjoy including walking, swimming, picnics, bonfires and cookouts.

Picnic tables and barbecue pits are scattered along the beach, as well as concessions and restrooms and there is a small playground with swings and other equipment for the kids. Located near to the train station at the corner of Pico and El Camino Real, access to the beach is easy with plenty of parking within walking distance. While dogs are not allowed on the beach, they can be walked along the surrounding beach trails.

1725 Avenida Estacion, San Clemente, CA 92672

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Talega Golf Club

Talega Golf Club

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Set high above the hills of San Clemente, Talega Golf Club features par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, a Spanish colonial clubhouse and beautiful views.

Tthe Fred Couples Signature course offers one of the best golfing experiences in Southern California. Established in 2001, Talega features 18-holes, a driving range, a beautiful Spanish colonial clubhouse with a bell tower and village courtyard setting, a restaurant and bar, a pro shop and a gift shop.

Talega Golf Club is home to the Signature Grille and Bar that offers breakfast “on the go” at the Deli every morning, and midday lunch in the dining room or out on the patio. The Signature Grille and its private patio are available for private events and the Grille’s bar serves a variety of libations to accompany the cuisine.

990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, CA 92673, 949-369-6226

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Vine Restaurant

Vine Restaurant

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Offering an unforgettable Wine Country dining experience, VINE Restaurant is home to a rustic, contemporary wine bar, open kitchen and semi-private dining table that can be booked for private events.

The Restaurant offers guests an exceptional dining experience paired with award-winning wines from the Napa Valley and other wine producing regions, with over 25 labels to choose from. Beautifully furnished in warm earthy tones with comfortable seating and soft lighting, VINE’s culinary team creates a menu of dishes made from scratch with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and presented with passion and flair.

Signature dishes include hand-reared meats, freshly caught seafood and handpicked fruit and vegetables, and a diverse selection of beverages ranging from artisan craft beers and handcrafted cocktails to over 25 worldwide wine selections by the glass.

211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-361-2079

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Things to Do in San Clemente: Iva Lee’s

Things to Do in San Clemente: Iva Lee’s

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If it’s cozy, comfort food and a casual, relaxed ambiance that you are looking for, then Iva Lee's is the place to be.

Named after Iva Lee, who was born and raised in the South, the quaint little restaurant serves some of the best Southern food in the county, from fried green tomatoes and jambalaya to sweet potato fries and meatloaf. Open for dinner from Tuesday through Saturday, Iva Lee’s is also the spot to go for laid-back blues and jazz music while you dine on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings.

Pair the incredible cuisine with an array of wines and spirits from the bar menu and top it all off with the signature dessert of homemade bread pudding smothered in Jack Daniel’s sauce.

555 North El Camino Real - Suite E, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-361-2855

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Courtney's SandCastle Universal Playground

Courtney's SandCastle Universal Playground

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Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Playground is a universal playground that has been primarily designed for children with physical, mental and sensory disabilities to provide an array of fun and interactive play opportunities for children of all ages.

Named for Courtney Faye Smith, who has been confined to a wheelchair because of a rare muscular degenerative disease, Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Playground aims to improve the quality of life through fostering acceptance, awareness and diversity.

Designed by Richard Fisher, the Playground includes structure such as a simulated 150-square foot ship themed play structure, with a stern wheel and talking tubes, a climbing rock, a mock castle themed play structure with sloping wheelchair accessible ramps and bucket swings. A beautiful Sensory Garden features aromatic plants, bushes and plants, a musical pathway and several interactive water features.

987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92673, 949-940-9246

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Things to Do in San Clemente: Sugar Blossom

Things to Do in San Clemente: Sugar Blossom

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Sugar Blossom is a boutique bakery and shop that sells a variety of sweet treats, pastries and confectionary, including cupcakes, cookies and specialty cakes.

Using only the highest quality ingredients, such as Madagascar bourbon vanilla, Valrhona, and Callebaut chocolates, goods are baked on-site every day and can be ordered for special occasions including weddings, birthdays and baby showers.

Sugar Blossom boasts a vibrant, elegant space, designed by LA-based interior designer Seyie Putsure of Seyie Design, with bright overhead lights to showcase their mouth-watering goods.

204 Avenida Del Mar - Suite F, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-429-5555

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Outlets at San Clemente

Outlets at San Clemente

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Outlets at San Clemente provides a wealth of high-end shopping, dining and other entertainment under one roof. Boasting beautiful views of the ocean off the 5 freeway, the Spanish hacienda-style Outlets at San Clemente features over 45 retailers spanning 500,000 square feet in an impressive outdoor shopping center.

A selection of deluxe services and amenities add to the overall experience. The Outlet Mall offers a range of popular brands and high-end retailers including Under Armour, Levis, Calvin Klein, Nike, Sunglasses Hut and more, as well as fast food establishments and full-service restaurants.

Outlets at San Clemente also offers shoppers state-of-the-art amenities such as complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, pet-friendly cleanup stations, covered/indoor parking, VIP loyalty program with members-only lounge, bag check as well as stroller and wheelchair rentals. The final development will feature up to 70 stores and 12 restaurants, including four eateries with ocean views.

101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa - Suite 190, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-535-2323

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The Cellar

The Cellar

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The Cellar is an artisan cheese shop and eatery in the heart of the famous Del Mar Street that serves a menu of all-American cuisine, consisting of sharing platters, cheese boards and hearty mains. Boasting a cellar-like ambiance with dark woods and a warm and welcoming vibe, The Cellar is more than a cheese shop – it’s a good spot to enjoy good food, wine, live music and of course, cheese.

In addition to offering a wide variety of high-quality cheese, the menu consists of tasty small plates, salads and substantial entrees, such as stacked burgers, mac ‘n cheese, juicy short ribs and perfectly grilled salmon. The Cellar is also a gathering place for locals and visitors alike and hosts a variety of weekly and monthly events throughout the year.

156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-492-3663

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Artifex Brewing Company

Artifex Brewing Company

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Boasting an outdoor patio and indoor seating area next to the fermentation tanks, Artifex Brewery draws a friendly, relaxed crowd (must be 21 to enter.)

The Brewery boasts a beautiful space with subtle but impactful design elements of hand-stained wood panels, custom wood benches and tables as well as windows with flip-up glass panels that create a social bar space and let in the coastal winds. Artifex features some great beers including Hibiscus-This Ale, Afternoon Tea Brown Ale and No Name IPA. Artifex serves an excellent variety of beers on tap. “Food Truck Fridays” are a great time to grab a brew and some good food during happy hour.

919 Calle Amanecer, San Clemente, CA 92673, 949-429-7805

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Things to Do in San Clemente: Billy’s

Things to Do in San Clemente: Billy’s

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Billy’s is an award-winning deli in the heart of San Clemente that serves a variety of delicious deli fare from curated meats and cheeses to freshly prepared salads, homemade soups, fresh seafood, barbecue meats and specialty wines.

Visitors can purchase the food and take it away or enjoy it outside on the comfortable dog-friendly patio that offers comfortable seating in a shady, relaxed setting. The first Sunday of every month sees live music and entertainment for guests’ pleasure.

An outside fresh produce and fruit stand give the deli a French market appeal while a unique selection of craft beers, ales and wines from around the world are available to enjoy on the patio or take away.

111 Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-498-5924

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Antoine’s Cafe

Antoine’s Cafe

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Antoine’s Café is a family-friendly neighborhood café that has been serving San Clemente locals’ breakfast and lunch for more than 15 years. Offering a casual, relaxed setting in which to enjoy delicious, home-cooked food, the small, cozy café is always packed and enjoys a vibrant, bustling ambiance.

Breakfasts include healthy omelets, eggs benedict, French toast or classic bacon and eggs while lunches can be light or hearty with dishes such as homemade soups, fresh salads, juicy burgers and traditional French Croque Monsieur. Freshly brewed gourmet coffee is available all day, along with mimosas with fresh squeezed orange juice. Antoine’s Café is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch.

218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-492-1763

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San Clemente Surf School

San Clemente Surf School

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Learn how to surf and enjoy some of the world’s best waves with the San Clemente Surf School. The SCSS is a year-round school that offers a variety of surfing lessons for all ages and levels from beginner to advanced.

Run by an experienced group of surf instructors, lessons start with 10-15 minutes of land instruction including ocean awareness, wave judgment and surf etiquette, then it’s time to hit the water to practice balancing exercises and paddling before dropping in and riding a wave. Instructors are experienced surfers themselves and trained in lifesaving and CPR. Surfboards and wetsuits are included as part of the lesson.

The SCSS also has a Surf Team program, which encourages learners to continue surfing and improving their skills in a fun, safe environment.

Stewart Surfboards, 2102 S. El Camino Rea, San Clemente, CA 92672, 949-334-7649

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Lost Winds Brewing Company

Lost Winds Brewing Company

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Taste some of the best craft beer San Clemente has to offer at the Lost Winds Brewing Company. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or an occasional drinker, you can find a wide range of beers from light ales to hoppy IPAs to barrel-aged beers. Lost Winds was founded by an award-winning home brewer alongside a classically trained head brewer to bring about world-class beers with quality at the forefront. Their spacious and easy-going taproom perfectly suits the California lifestyle and even offers fun games like shuffleboard and corn hole. Families and pets are welcome, and for food, visitors can find nearby food trucks regularly.

924 Calle Negocio #C, San Clemente, California 92673, Phone: 949-361-5922

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The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar

The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar

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The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar is one of the best spots in San Clemente to get fresh seafood in a spectacular setting. Located in a casual beachside space on the San Clemente Pier with gorgeous ocean views, the restaurant serves a menu of fresh and sustainably-caught seafood including seafood chowders, fish and chips, fish burgers, and fried calamari. Tuck into buckets of steamed clams and calamari, Dungeness crab cocktail, pan-fried oysters, and Cajun ahi, as well as other non-fish dishes like filet mignon, chicken, pasta, and fresh salads. A vibrant bar serves a range of innovative craft libations, great easy-drinking wines, and microbrews on tap, as well as classic cocktails prepared with top-shelf spirits and fresh fruit. The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-498-6390

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Nick's San Clemente

Nick's San Clemente

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Nick's San Clemente is a comfortable, relaxed eatery that serves classic American comfort food and craft cocktails in a bright and airy setting. The intimate restaurant features an exhibition kitchen where diners can watch the team of expert chefs at work, a chic island bar that serves an array of libations, and a spacious covered patio, which is ideal for people-watching. Nick's San Clemente serves contemporary New American cuisine such as gourmet sandwiches, burgers, fresh seafood and fish, prime steaks and lamb chops, market-driven salads, and locally sourced vegetables and herbs. The restaurant also serves sharing plates of bar snacks, inventive cocktails and an extensive wine of casual and vintage labels. Nick's San Clemente is open for lunch and dinner daily.

213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-481-2200

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Things to Do in San Clemente: Rocco's Restaurant

Things to Do in San Clemente: Rocco's Restaurant

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Rocco's Restaurant is an elevated eatery with an open kitchen and a cozy bar that serves a unique blend of European and Latin cuisine and casual wines. Owned and operated by local Master Chef Rocco Carbonara and his wife Belkis, the casual restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and regional produce such as prime steaks and chops, fresh seafood and fish, fruits, herbs, salads, and vegetables to create delicious dishes. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of fine wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. Rocco's Restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week, and offers catering services.

203 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-388-7766

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Cafe Mimosa

Cafe Mimosa

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Cafe Mimosa is a French-style bistro on Avenida Del Mar known for their variety of mimosas and classic French and New American fare which is served in a cozy and warm setting with a pretty patio. Hailed as one of the best brunch spots in the city, the small eatery serves a menu of brunch favorites like smoked salmon tartines, croissant French toast, chorizo scramble, huevos rancheros Mimosa-style, and their famous smoked paprika eggs benedict. The lunch menu features sublime dishes like classic onion soup, Croque monsieur, duck confit and shrimp with orange butter, and the food is paired with a selection of craft beers and casual wines from France and beyond. Cafe Mimosa is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week.

243 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-481-6780

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Barnoa Wine Bar

Barnoa Wine Bar

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Classy and welcoming, the Barnoa Wine Bar is your go-to space in San Clemente to sample incredible wine offerings while tucking into delectable small-bite dishes that heighten the wine’s flavor profile. Tucked away in the Talega Village Shopping Center, the Barnoa Wine Bar has both indoor and outdoor seating to enjoy various wine and beer selections from the West Coast. Enjoy a tasting flight or go for your favorite bottle while sampling delicious treats from their Bits and Bites Menu such as the Charcuterie Plate, Brie Fondue, Burrata Crostini, and the Mediterranean Plate. The Barnoa Wine Bar also has heartier menu offerings for hungry patrons such as their Pastrami Sliders, Margherita Flatbread, and Meatball Sliders.

381 Via Suerte, San Clemente, California 92673, Phone: 949-388-4378

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Pierside Kitchen and Bar

Pierside Kitchen + Bar is a stylish beach-side café just steps from the water in downtown San Clemente's ‘Pier Bowl’ that serves New American fare, creative cocktails and craft brews on tap. Boasting spectacular ocean views from its stunning seaside locale, Pierside Kitchen + Bar focuses on using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce such as grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood, and organic chicken to create delicious and healthy food for all tastes and dietary requirements. A vibrant bar serves a range of innovative craft libations, great easy-drinking wines, and microbrews on tap, as well as classic cocktails prepared with top-shelf spirits and fresh fruit. Pierside Kitchen + Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

610 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-218-0980

The Cellar

The Cellar is an artisan cheese shop and eatery in the heart of the famous Del Mar Street that serves a menu of all-American cuisine, consisting of sharing platters, cheese boards, and hearty mains. Boasting a cellar-like ambiance with dark woods and a warm and welcoming vibe, The Cellar is more than a cheese shop – it’s an excellent spot to enjoy good food, wine, live music and of course, cheese. In addition to offering a wide variety of high-quality cheese, the menu consists of tasty small plates, salads and substantial entrees, such as stacked burgers, mac ‘n cheese, juicy short ribs, and perfectly grilled salmon. The Cellar is also a gathering place for locals and visitors alike and hosts a variety of weekly and monthly events throughout the year.

156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, California 92672, Phone: 949-492-3663

Fig@313

Enjoy crafted cocktails and fantastic meals from a classical kitchen at Fig@313. With cozy interiors and artfully created dishes, each menu item is sure to please as every offering has been developed with years of fine dining experience. Fig@313 is dedicated to using seasonal and local produce from the top markets in the area. With this armada of fresh produce, Fig@313 creates show-stopping offerings like its Duck Croquettes, Crispy Lamb Belly, Fig Wagyu Burger, and Scottish Salmon. Of course, no meal at Fig@313 is complete without a refreshing and perfectly crafted cocktail to pair. Choose one from their wide menu of beverages to enjoy the best experience at this popular local restaurant.

313 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, California 92672; Phone: 949-218-4406

Iva Lee’s

Everything about Iva Lee’s is as authentic as it can get. From its Southern and Creole Cuisine to the recipes each dish is founded on, Iva Lee’s is one of the best spots in California to get a taste of true Southern flavor. The recipes that were passed down to Iva Lee, after whom the restaurant is named, have been bequeathed from generation to generation of Southern women and date back to 1640. Get a taste of cuisine in New Orleans style with menu offerings like Salmon Cakes, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Bourbon French Onion Soup, Cornmeal Crusted Catfish, and Jambalaya. Iva Lee’s also offers great desserts like their Vanilla Cheesecake topped with a decadent sea salt caramel sauce, the Key Lime Pie, and Chocolate Mousse Cake.

555 North El Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente, California 92672; Phone: 949-361-2855

Inka Mama San Clemente

Orange County is a melting pot of cuisines, and when it comes to spectacular Peruvian fare, foodies need not look any further than Inka Mama. Established in 2001, Inka Mama has developed strong roots in the community and is a local favorite amongst friends and families who want to bond over a unique and delicious meal. Inka Mama’s menu offerings are characterized by colorful ingredients and vibrant flavors, all of which will leave patrons craving for more. Check out their family-style dishes like the Jalea, floured and deep-fried seafood served with pickles and tomatoes, or the Anticuchos, succulent Ribeye marinated in a stunning blend of spices and garlic. For entrees, visitors can try Inka Mama’s Paella, or specialties like the Verde Pollo, Ribeye Saltado, or Tacu Tacu. 111 West Avenida Palizada, Unit 303, San Clemente, California 92672; Phone: 949-312-2423

Antoine’s Café

Antoine’s Café has been serving hungry diners in San Clemente since 1991. In those years, they’ve made a name for themselves as being the best, after all, they’ve been voted “The Best of San Clemente” for 17 years running – the best breakfast, best coffee, best lunch, best bagels, best burritos, best healthy choices, and more! Owned by Veronique Price, the café finds its culinary roots in her family’s restaurateur history since their time in France. With roots in French cuisine and a love for American café dining, Antoine’s Café serves a unique blend of the two with menu items such as the French Crepe, the New York Crepe, Avocado Tartine, the Breakfast Croissant, Biscuits and Gravy, a ton of bagels, and so much more. 218 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, California 92672; Phone: 949-492-1763

H.H. Cotton’s

The first thing one will notice about H.H. Cotton’s is its vibrant, colorful, and welcoming interiors. The next? It’s spectacular, mouthwatering, and fabulous-looking food. Situated on the historic downtown street of Avenida Del Mar, H.H. Cotton’s offers its patrons a lively and welcoming experience at its full-service restaurant, modern bar, and a few flat-screen televisions for entertainment. H.H. Cotton’s offers a wide menu with cocktails, wines, beer on tap, and other alcoholic beverages, as well as a happy hour menu, a brunch and dinner menu, as well as a private dining menu. From the dinner menu, guests can try unique offerings like the Queso Fundido, Hamilton’s Standard Burger, a variety of tacos, and chef’s specialties like the Hawaiian Huli-Huli salmon, Carnitas Pozole Bowl, and the Steak and Frites. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, California 92672; Phone: 949-945-6616

Flights and Irons Urban Kitchen

For a unique dining experience in San Clemente, Flights and Irons Urban Kitchen is the place to be. Delivering one-of-a-kind dining experiences, Flights and Irons specializes in rustic American wood-fired cooking. Most of their menu is cooked exclusively on cast iron pans as the restaurant believes that it is not only sustainable but also the best way to control temperature. From breakfast to dinner, Flights and Irons has something to offer. Try their wood-fired breakfast skillets such as the Chorizo or California Skillet or dig into lunch or dinner offerings like the fire-roasted Shishito Peppers, Agave and Chipotle Glaze Shrimp, or DD’s Fried Bologna. The best part of the dinner menu is the incredible range of beers that this urban kitchen serves on tap. Enjoy a tasting flight alongside delicious appetizers or find the perfect beer to pair with your meal.

376 Camino de Estrella, San Clemente, California 92672; Phone: 949-388-3991

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