Rocco's Restaurant
Rocco's Restaurant

Rocco's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://roccos-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9493887766
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: European, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Rocco's Restaurant
Locally owned and operated by local Master Chef Rocco Cobonara, we provide diners with a diverse menu, amazing cooking and extremely affordable prices.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Rocco's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (8)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)good for groups (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good Restaurant but very noisy
    spierce
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The noise level was very high making it difficult to carry on a conversation with the other couple we went to the restaurant with. The food was very good and so was the service - but I would prefer a place where you can actually hear each other talk.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner at Rocco's
    Darman
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was our first time at Rocco's, and I was very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is very small, but that also made it very intimate and very quiet, which was great for a very nice dinner. The service and food were outstanding. My wife's fish was cooked perfectly and she loved it, while my pasta dish was nice and al dente, and had great flavors. The server recommended a wine and it was also delicious. We have now added Rocco's to our list of favorite restaurants in SoCal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rocco's
    SanClementean
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Overall, food was great, and service was adequate. The seating area is rather small and somewhat oddly laid out, but the table service was adequate as well. Paella was superb as was the porkchops and empanada's.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average at best
    Mauricio
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Booked a table but clearly got the worst one in the house,right by the door which was actively opening and closing,and the guitar player who was about a yard from my ear. The chicken was served quite raw and had to be returned by which time I had finished my meal. Sorry about that was the extent of any apology. The bar was just to my left and seemed to draw a boozy crowd,one woman who was clearly drunk fell to the floor and when she left she collided with our table. Most people seemed to be well known to each other and the staff. The restaurant has potential but right now it seems to be more of a local hangout.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dining at a local restaurant food
    LocalKeith1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a local restaurant with terrific main dishes. The variety of Italian/Latino is extensive. The broccoli soup of the day was amazing. The desserts were good but not of the same quality as the entrees. Compliments to an amazing chef. I feel that it is a wonderful place for parties up to 6. Larger parties create a bit if difficulty due to a small kitchen. Service can be slow for large parties. Have addressed lack of parking with a valet lot that is located down the street. Validation was available for the parking lot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific gem in San Clemente
    G8places
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Rocco's is a family owned place where you feel like you are home. Bell and Rocco are there daily. The food is always a new find. Their wine of the week is great. Bell will help find the right one for you. Go with Rocco's daily special. You will be always amazed. His ability to make a gentle sauce that adds the most exciting flavors. The regular menu is full of gems. The eggplant applitizer is delicate and will make everyone love eggplant. It's my and everyone who had shared with me, favorite. Last week Rocco created a gluten free ravioli stuffed with Yumm served with a mushroom sauce to lick your plate for. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Selections
    DaraTheExplorer
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We visited as a party of 5. Our server made excellent suggestions. The menu selections were nicely customized. The seafood was very fresh. The cheese stuffed pork chop was enjoyed by both teenagers dining with us. The spinach accompaniment was fresh and tast. The risotto dishes were tasty and interesting. We highly recommend both the vanilla and chocolate crime brûlée.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in San Clemente
    DGW005
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I found this restaurant on yelp and the reviews were fabulous. You will not be disappointed!! The service was fantastic and the recommendations were perfect. I would highly recommend and I will return. Try the eggplant appetizer and the choc crime brûlée for dessert!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was the major drawback
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our group was four total. When seated and commenting on how warm it was, our waitress told us "this is the hotest table in the restuarant. After serveral requests to cool things down, we accepted the fact that we would sweat through dinner. Food was good (escargot was excellent), but the experience was misserable, highlighted by our non-resonsive waitress, who we had to ask for things several times before getting a response. Didn't seem like she wanted to be there that night!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in San Clemente
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The sea bass was amazing...melt in your mouth good. The salad was excellent. No so sure about the empanadas...but then I'm not sure about empanadas in general. My husband had the risotto and I was lucky enough to get a bite. It was delicious. We will be back. Our server was warm and friendly which added to our positive experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find!
    PanAmPat
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our neighbors in San Clemente introduced us to this restaurant and we love it. It's very small so reservations are a good idea. It has a Casual but sophisticated atmosphere. The pumpkin ravioli was great. There is a nice private dining area for a group of 6-8.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    PatM
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Rocco's has a great feel, quaint and special. Rocco and Bella do a wonderful job of making you feel welcomed. Food is spectacular. Flavors, quantity, colorful. Definitely coming back to this local place again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find!
    Caleyf
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    So glad we looked on Yelp bc others wrote what a fantastic place this is and they were right! From everything to the appetizers to dessert! Phenomenal find! Thanks, Yelp!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocco's Never Fails
    Dianne
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have been coming here since they opened. Their food is was good and consistent. When we want to have a nice meal experience we think of them. Booked on Open Table at the last minute on a Saturday night and got in!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great little place
    psjack
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food is just delicious. Every time we go, all four of us are very pleased. Last visit we had to wait a while for our reservation and they comped a round of drinks...great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food & service is excellent! The restaurant is extremely noisy it was difficult to have a conversation with our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mrdean
    mrdean
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our first time at Rocco's and it was excellent. Food was crazy good and the service on par. The Chef owner Rocco seemed to handle and touch every plate that goes out and it shows. That is how all chef owners should conduct business when their name is on the door. Great job Rocco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    drinkeatbemerry
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Smaller than I expected so pretty loud inside and they only served beer (very limited) and wine. Appetizers and service were good, though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • donna1
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    It's a small place and was pretty noisy. We were on-time for our reservations and our table wasn't ready. We had to stand in the doorway waiting for the hostess to set up the table, wasn't real crazy about this aspect of our dinner. The food made up for that as it was outstanding. Would definitely go back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocco's, San Clemente, CA
    Trish
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Love this place. Yummy Escargot! Miss the Bone Marrow. Lots of interesting as well as "near" traditional food. Great variety and always interesting specials. The reason for only 4 stars, my shrimp was sadly overcooked even though I asked my server to tell the chef to cook it very little. They would have gladly replaced but we had ordered too much other stuff and decided to let it go. They were very nice about the whole thing. Doubt it will happen again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We found a gem!
    TheMercs
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This place is small but all-around great! The portions are a perfect size and the ambiance is inviting. The food is absolutely delicious and our service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 79 reviews are from the Rocco's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • welcoming family restaurant
    CAandMAVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    People at Rocco's want to please and do a nice job of it. Food is traditional and nicely prepared. The location is in the heart of small shops and restaurants but easily accessed by freeway if you are traveling north or south on I5 and dinner in San Clemente fits your travels!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We have been there several times and have always had a good experience. We have recommended Rocco's to others who have since gone there. They also have given good reports, especially on the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    SCResident
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    One of my favorite places! Make sure you have a reservation as a small number of tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in San Clemente
    sanclemcjVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Chef-owned restaurant, so you know who is making and serving the food. Good food that pleased even my 81-year old mother and her 95-year old husband, who don't like anything too fancy or spicy. Also pleased the more adventurous eaters in the group. Definitely something for everyone; good portions, not overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for casual dining
    joicee10
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Friendly little dining spot. Food was very good and affordable. Wine prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Dianne
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A wonderful place for a quiet dinner - noise at a minimum, soft background music. The escargot was fantastic! Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our mainstay in SC
    RB3Foodie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Rocco's is a great local spot that has great food and enthusiastic service. It gets a little on the loud side, but it isn't unbearable by any means. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice decor, good food
    uoprincess
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Very attentive waiter, risottos were tasty, but salty, empanadas yummy. Wine only. We're taken as soon As we walked in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out in San Clemente
    GregM
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Make sure you make a reservation because Rocco's seems to be always filled. Ambience has a cozy feel. Not a big restaurant but warm and comfortable. Food was great. The Pork chop was to die for. Also the Paella was very good. Service was quick and very friendly. Try Roccos, i am sure you will love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BLASTINGLY LOUD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food is really good, the service is excellent. The wine is notable. But you won't hear a single thing that is said to you by the server or by any of your dinner companions. You will not enjoy your experience here because of the noise level. The era when this was trendy, or cute, or acceptable is over. The restaurant needs to rethink its niche.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a great dinner....great
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    always a great dinner....great service....delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food/noise to loud
    Rita
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    we sat by the bar and it was so hard to hear each other talk. acoustic are not good. The positive is that the food is great. Plan on going there on a less busy time and it should be fine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little gem
    Patty
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We always enjoy an excuse to dine in this gem of a restaurant. Valentine's Day was just such an excuse. We could only get in at 5 o'clock which speaks to the popularity of the establishment. The food was great; excellent special ravioli with duck. Perfectly prepared bass. We always love the caprice salad. Wine recommendation was good. We finished with a creme brûlée. All in all a great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bday Dinner
    Rinkabus
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We had a great experience. Rocco cooks amazing food. We highly recommend this little san clemente gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocco's SC
    TMAG
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great menu selections. Best risotto I have probably ever had. Although I have only been there once, this is probably the best Italian food I have had in Orange County for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd rather keep this gem a secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I almost didn't leave a review, as I don't want others to discover this little gem in San Clemente, but Rocco deserves all the success he has had, and will continue to have. It's not a terribly romantic place, as it is rather small, and loud, but it's a really fun neighborhood gathering place, and everybody walks around and talks to one another, and Rocco always comes by the tables and meets people, saying good bye to them by name when they leave. Food is overwhelming, as I look at the menu and picked so many dishes I wanted to try that I just gave up and told Rocco to make me whatever he wants, off-menu. It was a veal/eggplant/cheese/prociutto layered treat. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will definitely return!
    annmarie
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    THIS WAS OUR FIRST TIME AT ROCCO'S AND WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH OUR EXPERIENCE. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING OTHER ITEMS ON THE MENU.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocco's -- Visit Frequently!
    PatM
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great little place. Atmosphere is excellent! Bella and Rocco do an excellent job and making you feel welcomed, as if you were at home. Food, what else can be said but to use the over-used phrase "to die for". Seafood Risotto, Paella, excellent European and South American flare, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We arrived without a reservation at 6:30p and told they were fully booked the rest of the night, turned away. Subsequently went on Open Table, and to our surprise, there were plenty of openings from 7:30 pm on. When seated we peruse the weak wine list. The server had no idea what he was talking about with regards to our questions on the list. Perhaps the owner should do a better job at educating his staff on the wine list. Hint: then you might sell more wine...After we ordered our appetizer, we waited 10 min. The server returned, took our dinner order and asked if we'd like to start with an appetizer. Huh? During our wine and water glasses went empty without attention from staff. Food, just ok, uninspiring.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate