Having the chef owner in the
Having the chef owner in the kitchen, even at lunch time, was a great treat. The food was freshly prepared and served to us immediately. The crab cake was huge and filled with crab, not breadcrumbs. A very small place with only 9 tables. We'll be back!!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Okay, we've been meaning to
Okay, we've been meaning to eat dinner here for a while and finally had the chance. We enjoyed everything about our evening. The service and the food were wonderful. The soup for the evening was broccoli and amazingly had no cream which was great! It's such a small intimate place and we can't wait to go back!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very charming restaurant.
Very charming restaurant. Delicious cuisine and excellent service. Definitely a place we will be returning to and will introduce to friends and family.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty dishes coming out of
Tasty dishes coming out of this kitchen! The food is made with love and pride and one can feel it, taste it in every bite! Our dinner started off with the complimentary arepas, mini corn cakes if you will, light and tasty and served with a cilantro dipping sauce. Venezuelan empanadas stuffed with tuna ( which is based off a family recipe from Rocco's wife's mother) are perfect appetizer size and full of flavor in a light,crispy pastry. We ordered pasta dishes as our entree, the pasta was served perfectly al dente! Pappardelle alla Vodka and Speghetti Lucia were both delish! Ended the meal with a little coffee and a nice tiramisu and went home happy! Very reasonably priced and friendly.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had never been here before and we had a great Time! The food and service was great! We enjoyed our selves soo much we can't wait to go back! Chef Rocco has a gem if a Resturaunt! Fantastic!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
good latin mediterranean spot
Very small restaurant, and we were in a
tiny room with two tables by the rest-
rooms. Standout dish was the veal
saltimbocca. Great, affordable featured
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I loved Roccos! The selection was great, the food was fantastic and the servers were all very friendly and we had great service!! I highly recommend this place! And they validate parking from the lot across the street, so no paying for parking.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Didn't expect such an extensive menu... Made it difficult to select an entree but well worth the struggle... Empandas were great... Typically don't order chicken while eating out but couldn't resist ordering the stuffed chicken breast special... It was well worth the selection... All food was like eating out of my mom's kitchen!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect Mother's Day....
Put it this way....I was planning to do Mother's Day Brunch at Thr Ritz Carltin Laguna Niguel, but because of time and availability I went out on a whim and made a reservation at Rocco's never actually seeing this establishment. It turned out being the perfect Mother's Day Bruch. The service was EXCELLENT and the buffet was very good, and made to order eggs Benedict was the best I had ever had. In addition, it was s smaller eatablishment but very nicely designed. Highly recommend. Definitely fit for foodies!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, good prices
Our 2nd visit to Rocco's...the first time we dined there we had a great table in a small alcove. This time we were seated in the "annex" - a small room of 2 tables near the restrooms and the pathway for servers. Since it was Saturday night and crowded we chose not to wait for another table - would not accept a table in that location again.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Small family dinner
5 Adults celebrated a birthday together for the first time in years. The Honoree was made to feel very special by owners and staff.
Food was delightful and we were served by a favorite staff member. This family gem did not disappoint..
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Excellent salds.
Good food. Excellent salds. Not your regular pastas, etc. Good flavor combinations. Nice wine list. The service was excellent. We were there very early-they had just opened, so there was no one else there, but some came in as we were leaving. Would definitely return.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Salad, pastas and chicken
Salad, pastas and chicken Marsala were delicious. We will return.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cozy, neighborhood spot.
This was the perfect birthday celebration restaurant. We were there on a weeknight, (how can you enjoy a small, cozy restaurant like this when It is noisy and packed to the gills). Tuesday's special included free appetizers, so we ordered the crab cake. It was the best we've had in ages, huge, light and very tasty. Our server was knowledgable about the wine list and gave us a great recommendation. The arugula and Caesar salads were tasty and plentiful. Homemade pasta is devine, so was the veal saltimbocca-- both beautifully plated. Neighborhood gem doesn't begin to describe this place. Service friendly, nice ambiance, too. Well be back for sure.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great variety of food. Reasonable
Great variety of food. Reasonable price. Courteous service
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it everytime...
...but wish they wouldn't start clearing table BEFORE everyone has finished.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Roccos is an excellent neighborhood restaurant. It is small and inviting. The service is wonderful and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I visited Rocco's for our one year anniversary on a Saturday night. I had never visited Rocco's even though I have lived down the street for years. The food is great and authentic Venezuelan as per the waitress. I ordered the stuffed pork chop and I honestly feel it is the best plate I've ever had! Goat cheese, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes was inside the pork chop with mashed potatoes and more spinach on the side. My husband ordered a risotto with sausage, shrimp, octopus, and chicken. He said it reminded him of a jambalaya. We brought our own wine and the corking fee was only $10. Overall we had a great experience and I would recommend Rocco's for special occasions.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I ate at Rocco's last night. First time there but I had read great reviews. Small restaurant but close to the downtown area with a fun, vibrant vibe. We started with the polenta and sausage special-cooked to perfection. Followed by the Caesar salad. Authentic, flavorable dish. We both had the Filetto Maxwell, wrapped in prosciutto. Came with mashed potatoes and spinach. Amazing flavors, seasoned just right and good portions. For dessert, the chef ran out of the regular creme brulee but offered to make us a special chocolate one. Tasty and not too rich! Our waitress, Katherine, was knowledgeable and engaging. Prices were reasonable as well. We had a wonderful evening and will be back again soon. Would recommend to anyone!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fine dining winner!
My wife and I celebrated my 50th birthday there and were completely pleased. We are returning with friends on our next visit to San Clemente. Go and be fulfilled.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rocco's is always good.
Food is always amazing. Featured wine was delicious. I love this place.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Risotto and Pasta
Dined here once before mid-week in the early evening and it was quiet and charming, though the meat entrees were not tender, so disappointing. Came back on a Saturday evening, hoping again for a quiet conversation spot but found, instead, a robust crowd. However, the risotto and arugula salad were very good and this small restaurant has a nice neighborhood ambiance. Right off the I-5, it's midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, so a convenient meeting place for me and friends.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ya gotta love Rocco and this
Ya gotta love Rocco and this place---- the salmon special was over the top yummy!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place and excellent food
This was my first visit to Rocco's. I had read in Orange Coast magazine, a few months ago, about the top chefs in Orange
County & Rocco Carbonaro (?) was one of them so I already knew that I was in for something special.
I had the spaghetti with the fish in a tomato sauce (light) and it was so good. It was served in an unusual bowl with a saucer. My friend had the baked chicken with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. He raved about it. Before this dish, he had salad with the raspberry viniagrette with blue cheese. (The menu says feta cheese).
For dessert, we had chocolate flan which was superb. It was creamy, almost chocolate pudding like.
Rocco's opens at 4:30PM nightly and on 2 nights a week they have entertainment there. Check it out!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden gem
Rocco's is definitely worth a visit. Dined with friends (group of 6) and had a private room - restaurant is small so this room is only space that can accommodate our party. This was my second visit - and it surpassed the first one. Everyone commented on how great the food was, how reasonable the prices, and excellent service. Hubby and I split the lamb (excellent) and the shrimp (I subbed pasta for the mashed potatoes so it was like eating shrimp scampi - yum). Also shared a cesear salad. brought our own wine ($10 corkage). Friends had stuffed pork chop and loved it). Rocco's knows how to season food - unlike many restaurants where the food tastes bland. All said they would definitely come back and thanked me for introducing them to Roccos.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM