Nick's - San Clemente

4.8
1464 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
What 1464 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
LS
LindaS
Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zach was great!! Would highly recommend asking for a table in his area.

KB
KevinB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect place for dinner! Will be definitely be back

J
Jonellph
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Return home!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday lunch with friends-sat outside, champagne and a lovely lunch. Great, accommodating service. A rarity these days and very much appreciated.

TO
TiffanyO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick's is our go-to date night restaurant. We can always count on excellent service along with great food and drinks. They never miss!

BB
vipBarbaraB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch there on Saturday and it was a very nice dining experience. The service was excellent and we had a nice corner booth on the patio.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was kind of a rough start with getting a table even though we had a reservation. Not the level of hosting I was accustomed to with Nick’s SC. The manager however, did his best with the crowd he was dealing with and limited seating due to COVID-related safety measures. Once we got our table, the service was impeccable as usual.

EM
ElizabethM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Nick’s!

RW
RobW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, very good food, great personable service. Reservations were on time without waiting

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick’s is always a tier one experience and our favorite restaurant in OC. This location is by far the best.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilean Sea Bass was amazing, wonderful service and felt very safe with Covid precautions and sanitation!

BU
BrianU
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nick’s consistently delivers the best tasting dishes around, we love this place!

JN
JohnN
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent as always!!!

RS
vipRobertS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, and wonderful service as always. Can't go wrong with any selection on the menu.

L
vipLocalhero
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ribs!

f
foodyum
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

"special" maximum 90 minute dining experience - beware

AW
vipAndreaW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch at Nick's and ordered their Bistro Salad with chicken. The freshness and flavors of salad was outstanding. Service was also very good. Always have a fun time at Nick's.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!! Must get the asparagus fries!!! Warm potato salad and ribeye sandwich are top notch!

JN
vipJohnN
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was very excellent. Will go back to this restaurant many times.

B
Beachlover35
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, good quality. I had the fish sandwich, had the veggie burger both were delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food never disappoints.

DB
DeniseB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Food was delicious and fresh. Serve was impecible.

DA
DianaA
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Friendly and attentive service delivering elegant comfort food in a relaxed environment.

m
mary
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My husband was unhappy with his order of steak. For the price, the size of the steak was small and the amount of fries was small.
The service, however, was excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was great as always. Server was not up to the nicks standards that we normally receive when there. Never replaced silverware after appetizer, had to ask multiple times for things. Been trying hard during hard pandemic times to not make servers run and ask for everything at once but still had to make her run a bit when not getting things.

OC
vipOrangeCounty
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emanuel took great care of us! The food at Nick’s is always great.

GL
GaryL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The food, the service, everything about this place I recommend

RJ
vipRJDemman
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They didn't share they had time limits on tables for dining. Understand why, just would have liked that information prior to be seated. Menu was good as was the service. Decent distancing for outdoor/patio dining.

p
plentytosay
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff. The service was awesome and my salad was fresh and so flavorful.

CD
vipCeciliaD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was very good but the portions have definitely shrunk down. Even the Drinks seemed a bit watered down to before, perhaps it was just this one time, but the food is tasty and of good quality overall. I want to give a shout out to Michael B our server who was excellent and attentive. Excellent Service made up for anything else.

BL
BobL
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific as usual. Have never had a bad meal here

VS
VanessaS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience. Food was amazing! Service was phenomenal. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly.

SD
vipStevenD
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing, good food and great service!

DF
vipDustinF
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service and the restaurant was very clean. The staff was extremely friendly, accommodating and hardworking. Please do not close onsite dining. I will continue to patronize regularly if you stay open. These edicts from the governor are ridiculous. I will support your business if you stay open. Nick’s and South of Nick’s are two of my favorite restaurants anywhere, and I have dined at many high end / highly acclaimed restaurants. The level of service and quality of food are consistently top notch.

NM
NadiaM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and you can not go wrong with anything on the menu.
The staff is lovely as well.

LB
LisaB
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this Nick's. And will continue to support this restaurant when we can.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent as usual. Our server was very attentive & gave us plenty of time to visit. Now that it’s winter, I suggest you bring out the heaters at lunchtime as well as dinner. All of us were chilled to the bone by the end of our meal, despite wearing jackets in anticipation of eating out front on the sidewalk.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Supporting our local restaurant (favorite restaurant) before another round of closures.
My favorite place to get ribs (no joking around when they say fall of the bone) and the best boozy coffee cocktail (Spanish Cafe Carajillo). We should have gotten dessert to go!!

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 1464 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.