Nick's - San Clemente

4.8
906 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails & an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our intimate restaurant features a chic island bar, walls of glass and a spacious covered patio, perfect for people watching. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.
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JS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Diverse menu with good food. Basic wine list with prices at the upper levels. Good service, but very noisy. Difficult to carry on a conversation .

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was twin daughters 16th birthday & Nick’s made it special with cards! Perfect dinner!

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CC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for an afternoon dessert with family. The carrot cake was heavy and had little flavor. The large size of the serving did not make it more appetizing after a few bites. The brownie in the brownie sundae was not sweet enough for the type of cocoa used. What came through was the roasted cocoa, which tasted a little burned. The hot fudge sundae was delicious. Sitting waiting for others to finish their dessert one cannot help but look at the table and its finish. It's uneven, which is fine, but some of the depressions are deep enough to collect . . . things. Given too much time, one begins to wonder what is in there and how the tables are cleaned--or not.

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MR
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality and service. Nicks is a great place for delicious food.

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C
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nick's. I just wish they had a restaurant here in San Diego. The server was gracious, attentive, and professional.

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J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed lunch with friends. Out server was so friendly and professional. Food was very good and we will be back.

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LE
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Chicken pot pie, spinach dip great for sharing, tuna tartare, creamy onion soup, salmon, and the butter cake for dessert. Service was impeccable and the manager very gracious. Will definitely make this a must go restaurant when in the area.

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JN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick's provides a dining experience that checks all the boxes. The ambiance, knowledgeable friendly staff, delicious food prepared and presented in appetizing fashion, beverage selection - a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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LA
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service!
One of our favorite places to go!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had a great time! I went for my birthday and I’m glad I did!!! I had the Spinach Artichoke Dip with the Jalepeño Watermelon Margarita. Then I had the bistro plate with the petite filet, tomato and basil bisque, and bistro salad! Then, we finished it off with the Butter Cake! They also gave me a card. Our server was Derek and he was very kind, attentive, and knowledgeable. He suggested a wonderful Oregon Pinot Noir that paired well with the steak and my friend’s Mahi-Mahi!!! I’ll definitely be back!

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GM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is on-point; comfortable ambiance, great food and drinks, and impeccable service. I highly recommend Nicks San Clemente

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N
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We had a reservation but it took 20 minutes to be seated. Our food took one hour to arrive but everyone else around us was getting their food in a timely manner.
Very disappointing.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day fun

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JD
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food presentations, great service and quality of food served, will make this location a favorite, THX

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SN
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

We usually enjoy our dinning experience, however this experience was different.

Prior to placing our order for three "veggie burgers" we asked the waitress what the patty consisted of, since we noticed it was not listed on the menu. She mentioned that the patty contained black beans. Hearing that, we ordered the burgers not realizing the patties also contained cranberries. After the first bite I asked the waitress if the burgers had cranberries and she mentioned it did, and if allergic, I could get us something else. I said no, assuming that if I did not like it, it would be removed from the bill, but this was not the case. We were charged full price, despite us barely eating half of any of the three burgers. I was expecting her to charge us, but I did expect some sort of compensation all considering.
Additionally, the appetizer we ordered (artichoke dip) was cold, and was returned to the kitchen for re-heating.

On a positive note, the butter cake was amazing!

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RP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Always good. Just gets very noisy. Perhaps some carpet would absorb the sounds

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CF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were phenomenal !!! Nicks San Clemente never disappoints!!!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great food, incredible staff. Great place for business or for making a brilliant first impression.

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p
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Too noisy. Served coffee but had to wait for cream and sugar to long...coffee cooled off : (

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent

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ES
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I absolutely recommend trying out Nick's San Clemente. The food was delicious and the drinks were just right. We shared the shrimp taquitos, California salad, and the fish and chips. I had the jalapeno watermelon margarita, I would go back to Nick's just for that drink. I didn't give this spot the full 5 stars because the service wasn't that attentive and I thought the prices were over-priced. I understand that the location being by the beach ups the prices, but they were a tad steep for what was plated. I also didn't love the ambiance, if you are sitting inside, it's nothing special and a bit dark and not in a romantic way.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sea Bass was great

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DT
Las Vegas
67 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal at Nicks. They never disappoint. Tried the blackened halibut sandwich wrapped in lettuce, rather than a bun. It was delicious. Wish they would add sweet potato fries.

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JW
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service by Alex

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S
Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brought a friend from out of town, really good but still feel the Laguna Beach location has slightly better food, could be just the vibe there.

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R
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

The good news is that our server Kimmie was outstanding. The food was tasty, but not very hot.

The bad news is that the 2 hostesses were rude and actually nasty, making us feel that we should just shut up and wait to be seated, even though it was well past our confirmed reservation time. On top of that, when a larger party came in, with a reservation, they were seated immediately. And we just kept waiting because we were only a party of 2.

The time it took to get our food was very long, and unacceptable.

We chose Nick's to celebrate our 42nd anniversary dinner, and we didn't even receive a complimentary dessert, but rather a greetings card. Bad form!

Even restaurants like Claim Jumper make you feel special with a congratulatory dessert.

Bottom line, we will seriously have to reconsider a return visit to Nick's, which we had always looked forward to in the past.

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JK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was awesome! The manager came over and talked to us about the service dog we had with us.. she was great. Our waitress was great. Food was great! Wine was great! Butter cake was great!

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TC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner at Nicks! First time here and service and food was on point! Alex, our waitress was so nice and even brought their signature dessert and attempted to sing Happy Birthday to me :) Will be back again!

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OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cioppino was delicious. The Ahi appetizer was very good as well.

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very difficult to have a conversation due to the noise level.

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MO
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nick's! Food is great. Our waiter Emmanuel was funny! Host accommodated our request when we asked for a different table. Thank you for a nice evening.

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n
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely day...nice greeting, great table, perfect Bloody Mary, time to enjoy chatter, great food..smoked pepper soup and rib eye melt......kind waitress. AND a birthday card from the staff. Perfect

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting Nick's, but look forward to returning. The food was incredible!!

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MF
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food.
attentive and friendly food server(s).
lively ambiance.
clean & chic facility.
would like to eat there more often, but the price is $$$

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M
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet was cooked to perfection. You must order the warm butter cake with ice cream - absolutely delicious. The service is always on point. I've never had a bad meal at any of the Nick's restaurant.

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I
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicks is Always a delight! Great food and excellent service and attention to special allergy requests are taken seriously!
Nick is the ULTIMATE RESTAURATEUR! ...we will return again and again!!...Hope to meet him one day!😉

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T
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent! Nick's is a go-to restaurant for me.

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PL
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met some friends from LA - it's a good almost-halfway point from Encinitas. I've eaten here before but everything seemed even better. All four of us found the food wonderful (and plentiful). So with the wine, service, and ambiance.

Of note, I'm a cioppino/bouillabaisse/fish stew fan; it's one of my top defaults and order it almost everywhere I eat if some version is on the menu. Nick's cioppino was among the best – if not, THE best – ever!

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K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never had a “bad” experience at Nicks, but this most recent visit was better than any other dining experience we’ve had in a long time. Our server Derek was friendly, understanding, so knowledgeable and not pushy about turning the table. We were able to enjoy a relaxing, long dinner together with family we don’t see often. Derek was attentive and answered all our questions. He even made sure to acknowledge the birthday we were celebrating and made the birthday boy feel very special. I always look forward to dining at Nicks and after having Derek as a server, we will be returning sooner than later! Thank you Derek and Nicks for an unforgettable evening!

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