Nick's - San Clemente

4.8
822 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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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

Been to Nick’s many times. Unfortunately our last visit was not the best.

We were seated well after our reservation slot, which is not a big deal as there can be folks who linger at tables.

The two big issues during this visit were extremely slow entree service and secondly, noise level. We waited a good 30-40 minutes after our salads for our entrees to be served.

Given our multiple visits before, we know the noise level is always high but this last visit we had to lean across the table to carry on our conversations with our party.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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JT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and were seated even though our reservation was for half an hour later. Wait staff was patient—old friends catching up did a lot of talking before ordering. Everyone liked what they ordered. Butter cake was out of this world. We will return!

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

Everything was good except the noise in the room can be overbearing. Can ruin a pleasant ambience.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We have been to Nick’s many many times. The food is excellent. This was the first time where service was a concern. She simply had too many tables to be effective.

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

Great food and excellent staff. Grand slam menu and don’t leave without trying the butter cake. It is a bit noisy, thinking they didn’t plan well for the acoustics. But well worth it considering the food.

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

Amazing food and service. Butter cake dessert is a must.

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great environment and amazing service. The food was amazing as well.

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ND
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food! Good service, consistently great fish entrees. Salmon one of the best around..

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a nice lunch. Tamer was our waiter he as awesome. Prime rib sandwich meat was tough. Had a nice card for anniv signed by staff.

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DI
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Interesting flavor combinations and spot on execution. Highly recommended!

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick’s has great food and wonderful friendly service. It is quite noisy though. I would highly recommend.

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SO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food!

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the asparagus fries to the butter and, another great night at Nicks sitting at our favorite hi top. Our server Danielle was wonderful. Plan to be back soon.

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SK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nick’s never disappoints. We brought friends who had never been and now they look forward to going back and trying another menu item. We’ve tried almost everything on the menu and have always enjoyed our meal.

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l
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, an amazing dining experience! We have never had a bad meal here, and that's why we continue to come back...for casual dinners as well as for special occasions like birthdays. Nick's is a family favorite, and this last visit didn't disappoint. We will keep coming back!

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LA
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to unwind and have a drink with friends. Always good service and food.

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N
Los Angeles
143 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding. We both ordered the filet and it was prepared to perfection. The seasonings were excellent. We had an early reservation so not too noisy until we were ready to leave. It was a great dinner and will definitely go back. The service was impeccable.

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CB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were excellent. I usually order the cioppino, which contains a generous amount of fish and shellfish. However, this time I decided to try the Fish & Chips. Although the fish was tasty and perfectly cooked, there were only three small-ish pieces, along with french fries (which are super cheap to produce) and a small salad serving. For the price of the mean, I thought the fish serving was very measly. Next time I want fish & chips I will drive up to Santa Monica Fish in Costa Mesa, where they give you a much more generous size portion - I believe for less money.

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J
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I love Nicks but we had a terrible table! There were four in our party and the table sat three of us in a row like we were at a bus stop. We couldn’t hear each other and we sat facing several tables that was incredibly awkward. Also, since they leave the windows open, the heaters were on high. I was very disappointed!!

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SH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a bit noisy, but worth it. The service is always excellent, the food is to die for and typically a manager comes by to check in on everything. Make a reservation any time you go, this place is always packed!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food.
Great atmosphere.
Very busy Sat night. so we had to wait 15 minutes for our 7:30pm reserved table for 2.
But not bad considering how busy it always is.

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LO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flawless food, impeccable service. Worth the drive!

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N
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Expensive but still loved it. Love the low lighting the location and the warm towels they bring you some clean up after a messy course

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TA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Super loud but not sure what you can do to mitigate it. Great food and service as always.

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff are very attentive and food outstanding

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DD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service , but its so noisy that its difficult yo carry a conversation

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K
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I guess Saturday is not the best day to enjoy Nick’s. The noise level was painful and the food not as good as usual. The service was very attentive

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

No place is perfect, but as a long-time San Clemente local, Nicks is close. Busy Saturday night so super noisy ( expected) Felt that our waiter was stressed- didn’t get our order in quite a timely fashion.... but, it was packed and we tend to be patient and understanding . I just think when he got to our table finally, he should of said something. Food was delicious.

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CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal and the service is always impeccable

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was very good. Staff was friendly and attentive. Great lunch spot, would like to see more of a lunch menu though.

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RD
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. The Scottish Salmon was wonderful and the Fish and Chips very good. DO save room for the Butter Cake, one of the best deserts ever.

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A
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

They really could use a menu change. Other than that it's a nice destination and worth going to.

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AN
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, as always. Service is remarkably efficient and friendly.

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L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good. Very loud. Don’t go there to celebrate a birthday and think once you told hostess about birthday (and they acknowledge and said they would let server know ) that they provide a scoop of ice cream with a candle! While I waited for this as they acknowledged birthday and then questioned the server when it did not arrive she then explained that they do not provide complementary birthday desert. They only provide a very simple card that the staff has signed. Wish they had made that clear. Really a card signed by employees! First restaurant I have ever been to that does not provide a simple birthday desert. The server was then quite embarrassed over this fact that it was not explained to us and brought over desert that they comped.
Need to know this up front.

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w
Minneapolis
54 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nick's is always one of our favorites in San Clemente. The ambiance is warm and lively. Service is both friendly and excellent. The food is great. Good wine list and cocktails. Butter cake for dessert is one of the best desserts anywhere.

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
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 on February 18, 2019
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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