Nick's - San Clemente

4.8
780 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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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick really understood his role for a couple parents with a toddler trying to have a great time..and you add the amazing suggestions..he and the food were stellar!

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

Nick’s is one of my favorite restaurants and worthy of the drive from San Diego. The food and drinks are delicious and I’ve always had excellent service. I specifically requested a table near the front of the restaurant as I thought it might be quieter than in the middle of the restaurant. Unfortunately, we were seated in the middle of the restaurant and struggled to hear each other speak. Although it is noisy, it won’t stop me from coming!

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OC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous anniversary celebration at a table next to the fireplace. Food and service was excellent. We love the asparagus fries! Have enjoyed the salmon, ribs, fried chicken and burgers here. All outstanding.

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BS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Nick's is consistently good. The servers are always helpful and professional. We love the tables by the window. The crispy chicken sandwich is one of our favorites. Their butter cake is a little piece of Heaven!

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J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for my birthday with my family. The food was great, as was the service. My only complaint is that they don’t offer a free birthday treat. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy or big but it is nice to have something brought out with a candle.

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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fist time at that Nicks location and it was a bad experience. The guest at the table next to me was so loud one couple had to complain to management about them and management did little to solve the issue. After the guests that complained left the restaurant the loud couple from the table continued to be loud.

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JM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Nick"s - it is our dependable " go to". I am a fan of the Cioppino! Service is great - always attentive and timely preparation of food.

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CH
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Being I live in SC, we are frequent diners at Nick's. Always good service, food and drinks very good, sometimes the acoustics make for a very loud ambiance.

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d
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girlfriends Birthday.. what a lovely afternoon..
I made a 12:30 reservation on a Saturday.. the place was jammed.. had no idea it would be so crowded.. we were sat immediately..
We ordered spinach dip to start.. inhaled all the warm salty tortilla chips.. w/a very tasty dip.. ran out of chips and our server came over to tell us she put another order in for more.. we didn’t even have to ask! That’s service!!
Our server was terrific w/menu recommendations.. 2 ordered the French dip sandwich.. out standing and large.. they could only eat half!! I ordered the Asian noodle salad.. I was offered jumbo prawns vs the chicken that was posted on the menu.. I requested prawns.. a bit too much dressing for me on the salad.. but I usually order my dressing on the side.. nevertheless.. salad was fresh and tasty..
Since we were there celebrating a birthday.. we got dessert.. again our server highly recommended the 8 layer lemon cake!! OMG... I wanted to take a slice home.. was practically the best lemon cake I had ever had..
The cake even came w/a birthday card signed by the wait staff team.. we all thought it was such a lovely touch..

I rated my experience a 5!! I rarely do rate so high but I felt they hit every note perfectly..

I came home and raved about the restaurant to my husband.. so guess what.. I booked again so he can go and enjoy the chicken pot pie.. which our server also raved about!!
Me.. I’m going back for the lemon cake!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nick’s is consistently a very very good place to dine.

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KA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We would recommend and will definitely be going back. The food is really good.

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JF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was even better. We had a great time.

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KS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Need to turn music down. Great food excellent service

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GJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Salmon, was outstanding along with the mashed potatoes and kale salad. It was ALL good!

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CP
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had our Valentine’s Day lunch, at Nick’s. We were seated in a booth, which we really like and appreciate it. We had the fried deviled eggs with bacon for an appetizer, which was delicious. I had the Cioppino and my wife had Scottish Salmon. Both were served steaming hot, and also delicious. Nader was our waiter, and he was helpful, knowledgeable and timely. The entire experience exceeded our expectations!

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DW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Nick's. They also take great care in handling my wife's allergies.

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OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great

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RT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wait staff...for me it would be a more enjoyable experience if the noise level were lower..

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have celiac's disease and they were knowledgeable and helpful in preparing safe food for me to eat.

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p
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick's is always reliable for great service and good food.

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious! Great service too.

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SM
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lively place on a Monday night! We had a wonderful dinner here. There were 3 of us and 2 have very specific dietary restrictions that the chef took into consideration beautifully. The Butter Cake is a must! And the artichokes are absolutely delicious. Will definitely return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level reslly high, need some sound dampening.

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LL
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good restaurant choice with great atmosphere and food a bit pricey in some regards, but always good

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WF
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. One of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Early Valentine's Day dinner. Lots of fun. We really appreciated the no corkage fee on the wine we brought. Nice savings. Waiter--great; food--tasty and plentiful; ambience--fun and energetic. Noise level only negative.

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RI
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good fried chicken, good size serving and great service. ipa beer was very good.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great. Rather loud.

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IN
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed when dining at Nick's. Food is varied and delicious; service is top notch; and no corkage on the first bottle of wine is very attractive.

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DE
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and Patrick was excellent.

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BD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several return visits should tell you that we like it

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JB
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant just about anywhere, but especially in San Clemente! Food, ambiance, service...all EXCELLENT!

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JA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were extremely pleased with the service that we received this evening with our family. We appreciated the complimentary items that Oliver offered us as a compensation for the unfortunate dinner experience we had previously. The attention & customer service truly met our expectations...thank you for your efforts in making this evening a positive memory!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place , great food , outstanding service

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nick's is a fantastic place to head if you are in the mood for a heavier meal and good drinks. The food is very tasty but it is definitely heavy so just be prepared when you go there. The service was very attendant and cordial and they were extremely nice in giving us a card knowing that it was our anniversary. The drinks were strong and exactly what we were looking for.

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DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never ever disappointed. Fantastic food and fantastic service!!!!

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CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Limited menu. A bit pricey. Very noisy. Great location. Good food. A little slow on service but very friendly.

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L
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the original location in Laguna but sometimes we drive a little further to San Clemente because it’s bigger and easier to get a table. The food and service never disappoint!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated quickly and excellent service!

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