Pierside Kitchen + Bar

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$30 and under
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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 510 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding! Bottomless mimosas on point

PG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

JG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun,

Great seat by the ocean. Good food and drinks.

Parking came be hard to find after 11am

JG
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great spot for a very bottomless brunch with a view!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience. A little loud.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location and cocktails.
Service was a bit up and down and our starters arrived 5mins apart. (Think they forgot and then quickly tried to cook it up as we asked twice).
Food was ok but nothing fantastic. In terms of cost though it was fair value given the location.
On the upside the outdoor terrace seating was brilliant and worth waiting for.
Would try it again.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and we loved the acoustic guitar player/singer.

JS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our fav local places. Beautiful location, interior, food! Keeps us coming back.

DJ
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went two nights in a row. Food was great, live music was fun and the service was outstanding!

KS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went there for an early dinner. We made our reservation for 6:00, were seated immediately and the server was at our table within minutes. We were sitting in the area next to the patio and the noise level was fine. it seemed as the other area was quite noisy though. it also looked like it was getting very busy as we were leaving at 7:00ish so I would highly suggest making reservations for dinner.
We had the brussel sprouts and truffle fries for appetizers, both were excellent. We ordered fish and chips and seared ahi for entree's and were very pleased with both. We will definitely be returning to try more menu items. I highly recommend it.

L
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was great. They accommodated for our dog. The staff was very nice.

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic crab for appetizer, decent cocktails to start and delicious fish and chips. The peanut butter mud pie was to die for.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Kind of small though so recommend reservations.

J
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great section and location. Nice interior. Food was great. Service was ‘meh’. Had to flag down the server a few times for refills and the check. The server seemed to have tables throughout the restaurant as opposed to one section; maybe that was it.

DD
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is our 4th time here, as we live down the street, and the first time I have made a reservation. I reserved a table by the window, which I know is not a guarantee, but when we arrived I saw a table opening up, and the hostess was going to sit us way inside, not close to a window, so I asked, I made a reservation with a request for window, and she said that there was another reservation at 730pm that the window table is for, so I asked, why they get it and we don't, and she said they had reserved this table, but still had a reservation for 730, just like us, and we arrived at 725PM. I am not happy because I think the other people maybe had more money or something, but there was no reason why we could not have gotten another table by the window, after I said we could wait. I did not feel we were provided excellent customer service, and we are almost, regular customers here.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Food, Wonderful Service, Amazing View from our table. Will definitely be coming back!!!

OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Had made a reservation and the table was marked and waiting for us. However, between sitting down and having our food delivered to the table took 40 minutes. Way to long for a causal Saturday late morning with ample servers per guest ratio.

OT
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Ocean view and grey ambiance. It’s cool that the train rolls through every so often. Dog friendly patio is a plus

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing!!!! The scallops were to die for. Order the lobster and crab lasagna if they still have it. Incredible.

DE
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great food, Monique was our server. She was fantastic!!!

a
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. My husband & I both had the strawberry arugula salad - I har mine w/chicken & my husband had ahi tuna w:his both were excellent. We split the peanut butter chocolate mud pie /yum!

Nice view of ocean. Definitely ‘lively’ atmosphere :0)

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. Service was excellent!

KR
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great ambiance. Difficult to get that outside seating though.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place with great food & the waiters were on it the whole time!

OT
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place on the water in san Clemente! Food is great, service is awesome and you can't beat the location!.

RM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lively, fun bar/restaurant right by the pier. Oysters & shrimp we great. And the cocktail I tried was delish.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I think noise level was not normal but due to a few loud people. Only one operational restroom which was a bit of a hassle.

JK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was pretty good. The noise level was off putting!
No WiFi.
Good service.

DC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here we really enjoyed the food really enjoy the atmosphere the service is great you always very accommodating for us when we have a large party and it’s one of her favorite restaurants

LS
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good nothing spectacular but service definitely lacking. We waited a hour for breakfast which consisted of pancakes, eggs and bacon. We arrived at a good time with quite a few tables open. Within 15 minutes filled up and most got their orders before us. We were told 4 times your food is coming....hmm. Nice view of pier though.

SW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local spot. Staff is great and food was fresh and tasty. Bartenders made good drinks and I like that they use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for my salty dogs. We’ll be back!

J
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good. Cute little place across from park in downtown San Clemente

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too loud in back of restaurant and food just ok. Price was on high.

OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food.

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