Rocco's Restaurant

4.7
548 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Locally owned and operated by local Master Chef Rocco Cobonara, we provide diners with a diverse menu, amazing cooking and extremely affordable prices.
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MK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. We’ll go back the next time we are in San Clemente. Cute, quaint and authentic.

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k
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Becoming our favorite "date night" location. Good was of the chain and wine is great value. Lively environment!

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S
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The place is pretty noisy, but the staff accommodated our family and put us to the side in a somewhat separate room. The service was excellent and food very good.

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BO
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in San Clemente. We come here several times a year and always love it. You must try the lobster risotto.

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s
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered Pappardelle with a vodka sauce and a salad. It had home made pasta, which I have to always try. Did not care for the cornbread not the high bar stool type of chairs. But, despite the 2 things I didn't care for, I thought the food was delicious, which is the main thing for me.

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KM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Saturday night... noise level made it hard to talk to our friends. Food and service was awesome.

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SG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocco's is our go to restaurant. The food is awesome and Belle makes everyone feel special.

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JS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On our vacation to the west coast. Rocco's was the only place we went to twice for dinner. We had a great time and spoke with the owner/manager. It was a worth the return trip.

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C
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, service.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, the gluten free noodles werent cooked enough were still stiff but over all the experience was really good for me and my girlfriend.

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k
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great date night in the books---thanks for the AWESOME food and atmosphere!

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EM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Rocco's for a nice dinner. I ordered the rack of lamb and it was very good. Served with spinach and mashed potatoes. The lamb was covered in a very tasty sauce. My husband ordered the veal and it was excellent. My daughter and granddaughter ordered pasta. Also excellent. Presentation was very nice and the staff very friendly.
We started with the escargot the serving was perfect, sauce was great. The escargot were a little small and there was not enough bread to sop up the remaining butter sauce. This was our only disappointment.
We will be back to explore the other items on the menu.
Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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SR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocco's is our "go to" Italian restaurant in San Clemente. Always great food and friendly service.

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TW
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, prices, quality, and service were excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

They have a TV which kills the vibe. Food is mediocre. This is not a high end restaurant.

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JV
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening - double birthday celebration. Highly recommended.

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DC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food was terrific.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It seemed noisy for a mid week early dinner. Food was good but the cocktails were not as good as our first time there.

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CG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The noise level was too high, but not as bad as many similar restaurants in the area. Sound deadening would help.

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R
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We always enjoy the evening at Rocco’s. The food is excellent!!

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D
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don our server was wonderful and professional. The portions and food were excellent. My only complaint was the noise level. Better accoustics would be a suggestion to help with this problem.

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m
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu and variety of dishes. The service and food was outstanding. She had the House Salad & Pumpkin Ravioli. I had the Caesar salad & Pasta Pescatore. It was the best of these Italian dishes that either of us had had in years. Absolutely amazing. Intimate setting and atmosphere for a date or great conversation and food. Thank you!

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CV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great

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SM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When we arrived our table was ready. Our waiter was great! He knew the menu very well and had great recommendations. The wine selection was just OK. The food was delicious! The restaurant was very loud; however, it was Friday night at 6:30.

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CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I give them 5 stars. Thought they would want me to check all 5 boxes and it won't let me change it.

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N
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our group of 5 came to Rocco’s ready to chow down, we weren’t disappointed!

Group’s favorite appetizer was beef tartare-delicious, simple, perfectly seasoned preparation on arugula-the beef was rough cut, not mushy, and very tender, with excellent light dressing. Entrees were generous-my sea bass portion was large , cooked skillfully-outside had delicate char, inside was moist and tender. My friends were very happy with their entrees-filet mignon, papardelle, chicken Marsala.

This restaurant emphasizes uncomplicated but skilled cooking, which lets the high quality ingredients speak for themselves.
There is no hard liquor served, but there is a small well priced wine list-every wine can be had by bottle or glass. Service is friendly and efficient. Overall, Rocco’s is a neighborhood gem that I’ll seek out again next time I’m in San Clemente.

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JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Although not advertised, I usually go for Tuesday dinner special, 3 courses for $20. Some choices are better than others. Home made soups and Caesar salad, YUM! Braised short ribs are tasty - I've had them 3x - but tend to run salty. Chicken Marsala - deli' - can be salty, too.

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SL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food terrific service! Will be headed back soon

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FM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice restaurant, amazing food, friendly service and a great Negroni.

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LW
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice ambiance....would definitely recommend and return!

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JB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is made to order and arrives uniformly hot and tasty. Rocco's special of home made gnocchi with artichokes and arugula in a vodka sauce was outstanding!

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T
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as was the service. especially enjoyed the stuffed artichoke hearts. Servings were well proportioned

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MC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Everything from the food to the service to the ambience was good, but nothing was truly noteworthy.

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OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

We went on a Sunday about 5pm......nice place......UNTIL......a family of 5 local drunks stumbled in and sat at the bar.......drooling all over themselves and getting the full attention of every employee there. Our service was pathetic. First time there and last time there!!

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D
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bob had Chicken Marsala and he said it was the best he had ever had. For a change, I had Vitello Saltimbocca and it was so delicious, I want to return soon and order it again.

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M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful.

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VR
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belle, one of the owners took great care of us as well as her other staff. All of our food choices were spot on and delicious. Great drinks as well.

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w
Minneapolis
56 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great menu with wide variety of choices. Excellent friendly and attentive service. The quality of the food is excellent. There is a full bar and wine list. My only criticism is the wine list is limited.

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b
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Chris. He was such a great waiter. Very personable, helpful snd very attentive. The meals were great and the zucchini soup was amazing! We are repeat customers.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great ambiance. Great service! We always love eating there!

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