Renowned for its beautiful beach breaks, striking sandstone bluffs, and spectacular coastline, San Clemente in Orange County is home to several romantic restaurants that are perfect for celebrating love. Stroll along the Beach Trail and soak up the spectacular sea views and pristine green parks or watch the sunset from the end of the San Clemente Pier which stretches out into the Pacific Ocean.
© Vine Restaurant
VINE is all about wine! 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 diverse selection of beverages ranging from artisan craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and over 25 global wine selections by the glass.
211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-361-2079
© Inka Mama's
Located in Talega Village Center, Inka Mamas is a local chain that serves traditional Peruvian cuisine in a casual, contemporary space. Founded in 2001 by Angela Kisijara and Martha White, Inka Mamas showcases the vibrant and dynamic culinary culture of Peru with an array of bold and vibrant dishes with global influences. Signature dishes are made from age-old family traditions spanning three generations, such as Pescado a lo Chimbotano, Arroz con Mariscos, the Inka Special, and the Lomo Saltado, which is a national favorite of Peru. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of casual wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Talega Village Shopping Center, 821 Via Suerte #104, San Clemente, CA 92673, Phone: 949-369-6262
3.Nick's San Clemente
© Nick's San Clemente
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
© Rocco's Restaurant
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
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
6.Village Mediterranean Rim
© Village Mediterranean Rim
The Village Mediterranean Rim restaurant is an intimate chef-owned bistro on Avenida Del Mar in the heart of San Clemente that serves market-inspired Mediterranean cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. The delightful, friendly eatery offers a delicious seasonally changing menu of sun-kissed Mediterranean fare such as seafood tagine, beef cheeks, crab-stuffed sole, fresh salads, and housemade pasta, along with a decadent flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of casual wines, craft beers and microbrews on tap by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday.
123 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-361-8970
7.Pierside Kitchen and Bar
© Pierside Kitchen + 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
9.The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar
© The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar
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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10.Taka-O Japanese Restaurant
© Taka-O Japanese Restaurant
Taka-O Japanese Restaurant is a restaurant, sushi bar, cocktail lounge, and karaoke bar rolled into one that serves fresh, made-from-scratch sushi and sashimi, hibachi, and tempura. The long-standing restaurant prides itself on its traditional yet progressive menu which features only the freshest seafood, classic rolls, sashimi, nigiri, and specialty rolls, as well as several ramen bowls, poké bowls at lunch and Korean fried chicken. The bar serves a range of libations from Japanese beer to hot and cold sake, and handcrafted cocktails made with sake. Sono Japanese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.
425 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-498-7111
10 Best Restaurants in San Clemente, CA
- Vine Restaurant, Photo: Vine Restaurant
- Inka Mama's, Photo: Inka Mama's
- Nick's San Clemente, Photo: Nick's San Clemente
- Rocco's Restaurant, Photo: Rocco's Restaurant
- Cafe Mimosa, Photo: Ivan/stock.adobe.com
- Village Mediterranean Rim, Photo: Village Mediterranean Rim
- Pierside Kitchen and Bar, Photo: Pierside Kitchen + Bar
- The Cellar, Photo: The Cellar
- The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar, Photo: The Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar
- Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, Photo: Taka-O Japanese Restaurant
- Cover Photo: davit85/stock.adobe.com