Pierside Kitchen + Bar

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$30 and under
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American
Pierside Kitchen + Bar is beach bistro located just steps from the water in downtown San Clemente's "Pier Bowl." Pierside offers fresh cuisine, an upscale atmosphere with an unbeatable view and great hospitality. Visit our fun, cozy bar and sample our creative craft libations, great wines, and micro brews on tap. At Pierside Kitchen + Bar, we are passionate about providing the best in food, hospitality, and atmosphere.

Noteworthy Items
Kitchen closes daily from 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Our Patio Tables are non-reservable and sat on a first come first serve basis. Waitlist held at the Host Stand daily.
Dogs are welcomed on the Patio Only.
What 541 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
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3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JG
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great, location was perfect, and staff was attentive and friendly. They made a very sweet accommodation for us so that we could dine together as a larger group despite having our dog with us. Would definitely return!

MM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive, and courteous. He turned down the volume on the speaker behind my head. Much appreciated. He also appeared to really want to see that we enjoyed our meal. We did!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked Taco Tuesday!

AJ
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent seating outside looking right out at the sunset and the pier. Dogs are allowed on the outside portion of the restaurant so be aware that they are around and sometimes want you to pet them, etc. Great cocktails! Great service, and food is tasty!

SV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We showed up at our reservation time and the restaurant was completely closed and locked up for a renovation.

DN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Would have been nice to know that our reservation was not actually valid. Upon arrival, we discovered the restaurant was closed for remodel and had to find another restaurant at the last minute.

MH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed and despite getting two confirmations we showed up to a close restaurant. Staff were inside working but not answering the door. So strange!

JD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked our reservation weeks before only to discover the restaurant was closed for renovations when we showed up on Valentines Day.

DS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed for two weeks! We didn't find out till e got there at the reserved time! Very disappointing.

HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

They weren’t open. They were remodeling but never mentioned that when I made the reservation.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite the website and open table app saying otherwise, Pierside was closed for renovations when we arrived with our out of town visitors. Not Profressional.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sunday brunch
Table was ready when we arrived
Bottomless mimosas were refilled nicely
Food was good
Service outstanding

CR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best place to eat beach front at the SC pier. Go there. - you'll enjoy.

DG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

service was terribly slow. They were closing the next day for a renovation and seemed to be out of everything. Very little vegan options.

GM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, drinks, location, service!

Wonderful location overlooking San Clemente Pier.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was wonderful thank you!

SA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Brunch spot with a lovely view if you get a seat on the patio. Good menu options, great quality.

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food! It was NYE, so service was a bit slower than we've experienced here before. Very noisy but again I think that was NYE related. Overall a Very good experience and we will be back.

D
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a quaint and busy little restaurant with young waiters, across the street from the ocean view. Indoor and outdoor seating. For brunch, I had Short Rib Omelette that was delicious.

TI
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Confirmed our dinner reservation on Monday via text and via telephone directly with Pierside for a special family dinner on Christmas Eve.
Arrived for our reservation to find that the restaurant was closed. No additional contact from the restaurant. Not sure if they have closed permanently or just early that night. At minimum they should have called on 12/24/2019 to let me know OR later this week to apologize.
Proceed with caution....this is typically a pretty good restaurant.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great spot. We had 5 people and they seated us right in view of the ocean. Great service. I got the burger, the others got fish Nd chips. They looked great and a veggie dish was great too.
I recommend if you want a nice cozy spot with American cuisine moderately priced with a view. This is it.

KS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience2

Food and service very good. Would request a table outside next time. The acoustics were not good as we had to talk very loudly as there was so much noise.

OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food with good service in an excellent spot. The view is amazing and the food/drinks are reasonably priced.

DG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute restaurant with an amazing view of the pier! Food was delicious and decently priced. Cocktails are amazing as well (try the Pier Pressure - voted San Clemente's best!). The service was excellent, and they had a live band playing light music.

DL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to go and hang out with family or friends
Go food and good service

TE
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot with nice view of the ocean. Our server could not have been sweeter. Definitely recommend!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delishious food! Great bloody Mary's, their seafood chowder is divine, and that avocado toast, WOW. Plus, gorgeous setting.

JF
Orange County
169 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good place near the San Clemente Pier. Steak & eggs brunch item nicely done

Q
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us enjoyed a bottomless mimosa brunch. The weather was fantastic, the food delicious, and the service wonderful!

D
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The views of the ocean sunset are the draw for this place. We enjoyed trying something new and were pleased with our evening. Service was a bit slow even to get drinks but our waitress was warm and intelligent. It's also possible to eat healthy here (steamed artichoke) while enjoying live music (that girl's voice has the purity of Dolly Parton's sound). We will go back.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son and daughter in law in town

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! Bottomless mimosas on point

PG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservation but when arrived it was closed. Should be someway to tell Open Table they were closed

JG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice casual place right near the Ocean and pier in San Clemente. The fish and chips were mediocre but the other 3 entrees were good.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun,

Great seat by the ocean. Good food and drinks.

Parking came be hard to find after 11am

JG
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met a friend and her 3 year old for breakfast with my 5 month old puppy. My request for a dog friendly table was accommodated, he was given a bowl of water and we had a lovely breakfast. Only bummer was that their coffee machine was broken. Learned that a new o e had been ordered but would think someone would have bought a tea kettle and a few coffee presses and kept the morning brew flowing.

CW
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cody our waiter was great. He was promote, respectful and friendly. We will come back because of him!

BF
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the beet salad with greens and fennel with Ahi Tuna. My husband had the burger with sweet potato fries. We split roasted brussel sprouts which were great too. It's a great restaurant in San Clemente. We will be back.

JB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in San Clemente, good food and service.

DL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to relax and have lunch. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. I would highly recommend Pierside kitchen