BeachFire Bar and Grill - San Clemente
BeachFire Bar and Grill - San Clemente

BeachFire Bar and Grill - San Clemente

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.beachfire.com/
  • Phone: 9493663232
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday:5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: John Merlino
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: BeachFire Catering will impress you and your guests with exceptionally fresh menu ideas, presented with style and customized for your event and budget. Our On-Site Special Events Venue at Irons in the Fire at the San Clemente Golf Course offers a real California lifestyle experience with exceptional food and service in a garden setting with ocean views. Spanish Colonial architecture and original plein aire painting collection accent the Hacienda Room with high-ceilings and chandeliers accommodating up to 250 guests. Irons is one of the top Wedding Reception sites in Orange County.
  • Private Party Facilities: Overlooking the lounge, BeachFire"s Mezzanine area upstairs offers private seating for up to 25 guests. Our award-winning patio is perfect for private celebrations for up to 50 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Turner 9493663232
  • Entertainment: The free nightly smooth entertainment is provided by an accomplished list of musical talent that has taken years for owner, Dave Donaldson, to establish. Our lounge also features many high definition televisions with NFL ticket channels offering a quality, classy, sports experience. Free WiFi, Happy Hour, nightly Lounge Specials make BeachFire the fun, lively place to be.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ola Vista
  • Public Transit: OCTA provides a stop in front of the restaurant. You can also take the train and get off at the San Clemente Pier stop. We are right up the hill on Del Mar.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We offer street parking behind and in front of the restaurant, as well as an underground parking garage. There are handicap parking spaces available on the street in the front of the restaurant, and a public parking lot just across the street from the restaurant for more parking.
A word from BeachFire Bar and Grill - San Clemente
Located in the heart of Downtown San Clemente, the original BeachFire serves up flavor and freshness with coastal fusion cuisine, nightly smooth live music and vibrant art floor to ceiling Guests of all ages realize they are part of a unique and exciting experience. BeachFire is more than a restaurant, it's a place to connect in food, fun and spirit.

BeachFire serves up the ultimate Southern California beach lifestyle with award-winning Coastal Fusion cuisine using only the freshest, healthiest food products and ingredients available including organic produce from the 5,000 square foot BeachFire Backyard Garden. We prepare our dishes with respect for our Earth's valuable resources, with hand-crafted sauces and dressings. Our signature Crispy Thai Calamari, Coconut Shrimp, Seared Ahi Salad, Vaquero Burger, and Shoyu Flat Iron steak round out a tasty and fresh menu. Finish your meal by sharing the delectable S'more Cheesecake dessert and enjoying the smooth live music in the lounge

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BeachFire Bar and Grill - San Clemente reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)great for lunch (11)neighborhood gem (11)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (3)fit for foodies (3)romantic (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great Service
    Gjmar
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Seated promptly. Fresh salads. Salmon is tender. Variety of menu choices. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    knela75
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    When we first arrived they had problems with their reservation program and could not confirm our names although I had received a confirmation letter. We didn't wait too long to get a table, and the food was worth the waiting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food ok.
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was ok. Friendly service. Strong smell from the bathroom.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food
    hfiers
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was prepared well and tasty. This restaurant was very understaffed. Had only two waitresses for outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, great food
    DiningBob
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I keep going back to BeachFire Bar & Grill because the food's great and so is the atmosphere. They have a great patio out back for quiet dining on a nice night. Inside, it's more lively, often with live music. The Grilled Chicken and Avocado Melt is my absolute favorite sandwich. I also love the Coconut Shrimp (even if it is kind of pricey for what you get). This is good place for families, friends, and dates.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accepted $50 gift certificate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The restaurant excepted our $50 gift certificate even though we could not activate it nor could the Restaurant management activate it. The online activation is a good idea but it doesn't work very well. Thank you to the management of the restaurant for accepting it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OutandaboutVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A fun place with better than the usual pub food. Great selection of casual menu items. Excellent bar area with good live music at 9:00 on weekends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experience.
    sed8emVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Terrible service. Mediocre food with no seasoning. Stay away.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    SkipVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I ordered the shrimp/lobster tacos. Cold tortillas and the rice tasted funny. I ordered an alcoholic drink and that tasted funny too. When I walked i, three servers just ignored me. I had to interrupt their conversation to get seated.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    Robbie
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Small restaurant with a very good value for money. Prices are very reasonable and the food is ok. The service however was outstanding. It's cool for a casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the BeachFire Bar and Grill - San Clemente reviews archive.
  • not as good as we remembered it
    gjr5
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We picked Beachfire as a mid-point place to meet for dinner--two from Oceanside and two Irvine. We had been there a few times before and thought it a safe bet in terms of food and service. Service was excellent, but food was just ok. The shrimp and scallop scampi was not really scampi--it was smothered in a creamy sauce in a ramekin. The pork chops were thin and tough (though the pineapple sauce was tasty). The best part of the meal was the appetizers: the fried calamari and the tartare were both good. Thankfully, we were given a table in the quiet back part of the restaurant so we could talk; the noise in the front (around the bar especially) was surprisingly loud for a Monday night. Overall, just not as good as in the past.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all good!
    Tourista77VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Ate dinner on the patio on a Sat night in April. Fun and friendly service. Low key vibe. Live music. Loved the calamari with sweet and spicey Thai and wasabi sauce as well as the grilled artichokes, ahi tuna tacos. Want to taste everything on the menu, all house made sauces and dressings! How soon can we go back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beach Fire Grill review
    foodie2
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My friends and I decided to enjoy dinner before going to a play at Cabrillo Playhouse. Since Beach Fire Grill is right up the street from the theater, we decided to give it a try. We sat outside on the patio, and then it started to drizzle. Our server opened an umbrella which helped a lot and we were able to enjoy our dinner. That was about the only outstanding thing she did, however. She didn't bring us water, she seemed to have an attitude when we wanted to sample a particular wine before committing to it, and pretty much ignored us throughout our meal. I'd still recommend Beach Fire Grill and would return myself, but I would make sure I had a different server.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fresh ingredients
    DaraTheExplorer
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wonderful menu created with fresh ingredients. Tastes like the herbs and veggies are grown next door. The ahi tar tar is outstanding. We ordered two for six of us to share as an appetizer. There was nothing left on the plate. The menu is varied and includes fish and chicken sandwiches with a variety of accompaniments, tacos, entrees and other choices. There is something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very friendly service, prompt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    very friendly service, prompt seating and a different varity of food, not the usual "bar food"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Celebration
    Dave
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Celebrating a special birthday but didn't want another chop house - there was food to meet the most gourmet choice and more casual fare as well - and we partaked of both with recommendations from a very hospitable waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, casual, great for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Went here for dinner on Friday evening, with a group of runners, while in the middle of an almost 30-hour, 200-mile running relay. The halibut sandwich, crusted tilapia, chicken avo sandwich, and sweet potato fries were all very nice. Filled us up but was not so greasy that it ruined the rest of our race. We were also concerned about how we looked, but the family-friendly pub atmosphere was fine for both running attire and the other clientele in casual-dressy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food: 5 star -- Entertainment: zero
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We went on a Sunday, intending to have dinner with friends, but left after appetizers (which were EXCELLENT) due to the fact that it was a chilly beach evening, and we could not sit inside. The guitar player in the bar was one of those players who mistakes "loud" for "good". Get a clue and don't keep turning up your amp if people aren't listening. Either they aren't interested (which you probably can't fix), or you aren't that good (which you can -- go home and practice instead of inflicting it on paying customers). As we left we noticed that the place had cleared out pretty well and it was not that late, so this problem may solve itself. Next time we'll just go for lunch...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    volleyponyVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and ambiance. I will definitely go back next time I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • B'day - St. Pat's celebration
    Greg
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Good menu, great food. Seared Ahi app is great, good wine list and nice atmosphere. Service is very good, a little slow when very busy, but not bad. Fish and chips are good and I particularly liked the 'slaw!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday lunch
    lnchevron
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Had a great experience on the outdoor patio with all three generations enjoying the food and atmosphere. We were seated promptly and the wait and support staffs were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Funcouple
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Our first time but for sure it won't be our last. Great service and the food was terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very casual but don't be fooled
    byronrVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This is a place where you will find great service and food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks
    NaranjaVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Beachfire is a fun happy place to have a great drink and dinner. A few things are a little spicy so check it out with the waiter first. Steaks are great and the salads are really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really love this place!
    Jules
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I love dining at the Beachfire! Aside from the staff being so friendly & attentive, the food is consistently outstanding. The walls covered with artwork, and ridiculously cool fireplace always make for a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food with friends
    travelguy09VIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    On the way home and in traffic on the freeway, we decided to make a quick reservation on your website. Very good food and the service was also great. Not the run of the mill food. The seafood was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Prior to having dinner there recently, I had only visited this restaurant once for a drink and appetizer. I will not be going back. The service was below average, the appetizers were bland and the main dishes were not good. I ordered their "signature" (according to the waitress) panko crusted halibut and it was dry and hard. When I told the waitress I wanted to send it back she replied by saying "oh yeah, we've had a lot of people saying it is hard and dry lately." This was the same dish she had recommended moments earlier! My wife ordered the Tilapia which was not good either. All and all, I see this place as more of a bar scene than quality restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is just a comfortable
    luv2walkthebeach
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is just a comfortable place to be. There is something for everybody there. You can sit where it's noisy at the bar or at a quiet table inside or out. The food is amazing and the presentation is even better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor eating
    Mickie
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Seven of us ate outside, away from the high noise & energy level inside. The food was tasty & fresh. It was a great family gathering. Very nice, gracious people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only negative is that
    nicky
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The only negative is that my halibut was overdone, and tough. Otherwise, a fun and enjoyable place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OregoniansNSanDiegans
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    This was our first time here and we will definitely be returning! Our server was Nathan, he was very nice and frequently stopped by the table. He gave some recommendations and told us about some appetizers that can be made into entre size. I recommend the coconut shrimp, it was fried to perfection and had a delicious sauce like I've never tasted before. We also ordered the artichoke app which was delicious. The ahi tuna sandwich was also a favorite in our group. For dessert their homemade s'more is an absolute MUST. The place wasn't huge, but it had a great feel. We came in early evening, perfect time. The lighting was great later on for a romantic date. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Porky
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    New to San Clemente but celebrated 58th anniversary at restaurant dinner. Atmosphere and service made an enjoyable Dinner out. Thoroughly enjoyed my steak and shrimp, likewise my wife with her fish entree. Server was friendly and courteous. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachy feel
    culmum
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We enjoy going out here for a casual dinner... consistent service and food and a fun atmosphere...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    MelissR32
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    The food was awesome, as was the service and the atmosphere. We sat by the fireplace and covering the walls are paintings and photographs from local artists--very cool. The outside seating looked amazing with heat lamps. Overall, a really great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere - poor quality food
    LovesgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Was hoping for a nice meal when paying $20 to $30 for lunch per plate but was very disappointed at the overall quality of the food. The atmosphere was nice and the service was fantastic.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Broad Appeal
    gggirl
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    This restaurant would seem to be able to appeal to a wide range of occasions and people. There were enough choices to satisfy a bar scene goer, a family with children or a dating couple. We fell into the last category and chose from the more creative house specialties. The Caribbean Skirt Steak and the Filet Mignon Medallions were reasonably priced, delicious and nicely presented. The restauranted is located in a quaint and trendy area of San Clemente which would be nice to browse if you were in the area during lunch time. We were there in the evening on a Sunday night specifically because we wanted a more quite dinner but I understand they have live music at various times throughout the week.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went there for dinner with
    tcyz
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Went there for dinner with a group of 8. We were seated and served quickly. Our server was very good and the food was tasty. We were seated in the patio section, but the ambiance on the inside seemed pretty chill and seems like a nice spot for couples or first dates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoor patio
    jmcd
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We had six people on outside patio. At first we didn't think we'd need the heater on, but was happy to have it close after sun set. The food was great and no corkage on the first bottle of wine was an added plus. We will definitely return and request patio seating (you can run to the bar to check sports scores if needed).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Everything was good- food, service, drinks! Calamari appetizer was the bomb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Half way between our house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Half way between our house and their house, it's a perfect meeting point but this time, the service was edgy, hard to get their attention and overall cold. We ordered soup and it didn't arrive before the meal nor were we asked when we would like it. The host and hostess seemed new, and a little nervous but doesn't explain the drop in food presentation or the mediocrity of the meal. I used to love it here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.