Nick's - San Clemente

4.8
1531 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1531 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CyrusP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was lovely, except they’d run out of espresso, no my desired cappuccino was not fulfilled. Service, food, location, ease, was really great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

65th birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night. Made appointment on open table and we were sat right away. We did get there before the weekend rush.

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vipLaurieW
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Travis was our waiter and he was excellent!

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vipRichardC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olga was our server and did a wonderful job for us. Menu for lunch was very inviting with lots of attractive choices. Two people had the Thai Salad and loved it. One person had ribeye melt with warm potato salad.... delicious and unique. Overall outstanding experince!

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AlanaN
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick's Restaurant never disappoints. Food and service are always great.

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Fresno
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! Good vibe with good food and great service. Classy spot!

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PaulK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The rest of my party was 45 minutes late. The staff took great care of me until they arrived and took great care of us for the rest of our meal.

Excellent service and great food.

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BobE
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and dessert! Well attended by servers.

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CurtH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing! Try any salad, sandwich, appetizer, or entree and you won't be disappointed.

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DonnaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good, my only negative is too much salad dressing on the asian style salad. I should have ordered it on the side.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great service. Delicious food as usual.
All the locations need to improve on their quality of COFFEE.
Pressing a bouton from a machine does NOT make a not even close to descent coffee at all.
Just spoils the great taste from the very delicious Butter cake.
After a nice meal, glass of nice wine and a great dessert, all you need is a strong real coffee.

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BrookeH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out with another couple for husband’s birthday. Butter cake is always a must.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

COVID capacity protocols appear have been completely ignored. Orange County is the “Orange Tier” (50% capacity or 200 people whichever is fewer) on the day of my visit (4/24/21). Every table was filled. Restaurant was at 100% capacity

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was great. The environment, cleanliness, staff, and of course the vibes. My girlfriend and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary of being together as well as my birthday here at this restaurant. Nashwa was very sweet and took good care of us. I didn’t get any of the other waitresses and waiter’s names but they all helped us at one point or another. They told us happy anniversary and even gave us a little greeting card with all their names signed on it thanking us for celebrating our special occasion there. Everything including the bathrooms were very clean. They even brought us hot towels to wipe our hands with after our meal. Very fancy. I love this place and we will definitely be back!

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Matt
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we’ve been to Nick’s it’s been a 5/5. Tonight I had the Prime Rib Dip, one of my personal favorites. Our server suggested adding grilled onions and cheese, and it was the best I’ve ever had. Excellent market salad. My wife loved her fried chicken sandwich. The butter cake is worth going to Nick’s just for dessert. Great service every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 5 year anniversary. We love going to Nick’s for the amazing food... and butter cake!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best servers! Great staff.

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JuliM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the warm butter cake was the topper !! OMG

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jeffk
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

met my daughter from san diego and nicks was half way from there to Newport beach. we had a great time. food was great and ambiance and service was perfect.

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vipSherriE
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fabulous, the perfect place to celebrate my birthday. It was great to be back!!!!

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vipSalmaB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday server was fantastic food was excellent

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Deeds
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nick's is one of my favorite places to go when I meet friends in OC. The food was very good but the noise level was so high that we could barely hear each other talk.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a nice night out.

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KimC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They accommodated an addition to our party at the last minute. The service was excellent, attentive, but not hovering or rushed. 7 people in our party on Easter and every person loved their entree. It was a lovely experience!

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vipLeslieSeverson
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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SherC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Although it wasn’t overly busy, the service wasn’t as top notch as I’d bragged to my friend about, and the eating utensils didn’t look as clean as I would have liked—especially during CoVId. We ordered
two appetizers and we got one of them when our dinner was served. I’ll go back there, but I’ll be careful about setting high expectations with my dining companions.

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DavidB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the Ribeye Sandwich and the chopped side salad was delicious. The best that San Clemente has to offer. 15/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service and great food!

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vipTony
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nick's is a favorite. Grilled salmon, cooked to perfection (I like mine a little well done). Served w/ a warm/sauteed kale salad which was excellent. I passed on the mashed potatoes. My spouse enjoyed a prime rib dip sandwich, also very tasty, served with fries (or other choices). They also make some mean cocktails at Nick's. Looking forward to returning to sit at the bar next time. Our server, Olga, was a real pleasure. Great, enthusiastic attitude.

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JamesG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food and service. Noise level is pretty high.

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vipsuem
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love dining at Nicks. The kale salad with grilled salmon, cioppino and steak are our go-to entrees. And the shrimp taquitos and ahi appetizers are the best! We rarely have room for dessert. Excellent service and nice touches like a bag for your mask at the table and hot towels to clean hands at the end of the meal, round out the experience.

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FredR
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Have always enjoyed dining at Nick's San Clemente. But, like many restaurants, Covid regulations have killed this restaurant. Restaurant operating at 25% capacitly. Staff confused and not attentive. Food quality was good but expensive and the atmosphere disappointing. Won't go back until Covid restrictions lifted and resaurant is operating at 100% capacity.

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KathyH
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation in San Clemente and enjoyed Nick's so much we had dinner there 3 nights. The food was excellent as well as the staff.

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vipPaulJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, the hostess made sure we got the table we wanted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent...food and service were spot on! Had a wonderful evening!

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vipJudy
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I go here at least once a week love love love everything is good

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JoannaF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were told when we arrived that Nick's offers a "90 minute lumch"--which we understood meant no dawdling over that second cup of coffee or beer. But, the wait staff was gracious and leisurely and did not seem to mind that we were there for 100 minutes. It's slightly pricey for lunch--but the food is very good!

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vipmusicman
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant place for lunch on a sunny sunday afternoon. Enjoyed mahi mahi and ribeye sandwiches. Our first trip to San Clemente and Nick's added to the success.

FAQs

Nick's - San Clemente offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 481-2200.

Nick's - San Clemente is rated 4.8 stars by 1531 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.