Rocco's Restaurant

4.8
507 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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JW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my sister from Maryland to Rocco's last Friday and had an excellent dinner served by an outstanding guy named Don! What a hoot he was! Very attentive to our needs and made some great recommendations for dinner. The food was fantastic, but, we didn't plan well and we were too full for desert...Next time!!! It was pretty busy that night, but everything came out hot and was done just right. Lots of restaurants in town, but Rocco's stands out!

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R
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We totally enjoyed our meal. The food was really great!!! The service was wonderful. The only thing we noticed is the noise level gets higher later in the evening. Which is why we start earlier.

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NA
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the overall atmosphere of the restaurant it was very relaxing. We had a private table in a corner of the room so it wasnt as noisy as if you were seated near the bar. The food was absolutely amazing, especially the crab cake appetizer it was big enough for my partner and I to share. I would recommend the oven roasted salmon filet the way it melts in your mouth! Our waiter made us feel right at home as if he was a friend hosting for us. They were always prompt in noticing when our water glasses were getting low and constantly refilling them fast. We recieved our entrees and appetizers in a very fast time. Our waiter was even kind enough to remember we were celebrating a birthday and added a candle to our dessert which was a nice touch. Will definately be back again!

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for dinner! We highly recommend the Love Cup!

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LK
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. My only concern was they were out of a few items. More specifically Bluecheese for the filet and Ahi. The Ahi I can understand but the bluecheese? Maybe a quick run to the grocery store was in order... With that being said, this is an amazing restaurant.

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R
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Food is beyond great. Portions are good. Service is friendly and fast.

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KB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was great and the whole dinner was fantastic. The only problem was the noise level.

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JG
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time!

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SJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocco’s is a hidden gem in San Clemente. The food is always good, especially the hame made pasta. We also really enjoyed the Caesar Salad with anchovies as well as the special, creamless, cauliflower soup. The atmosphere is very attractive, current, but not stuffy and formal. Our server Eric was very personable and checked in just the right number of times without being annoying. Put this restaurant on your “to do” list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here! The risotto is always delicious! My dad finally branched out and tried a new dish, the seafood pasta, and that became his new favorite. It can get a bit loud but worth it!

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OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Rocco's and we will definitely be back. Very, very good food and service.

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CD
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocco's is a great San Clement gem. The environment is friendly, the service is consistently good and the food is delicious. Their menu items provide a very nice variety of chicken, fish, pork and beef dishes with an Italian flare. Always a great venue for delicious a meal in San Clement.

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w
Minneapolis
55 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've dined at Rocco's a number of times and it's always a very enjoyable experience. The service is very friendly but not in an excessive way, just very nice. The menu is great with many wonderful options. My wife and I enjoyed two different veal dishes that were excellent. The atmosphere is great--very warm and quiet enough that you can have a normal conversation. My only quibble is that the wine list could use a few more choices. Definitely a place we will continue to go back to.

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JB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service!

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocco cooks in an open kitchen....it's amazing to watch as he choreographs his kitchen and produces amazing dishes. Literally the best restaurant in San Clemente!

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t
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday night before 6 it was bustling with lots of people. Happy people, happy Servers, wonderful food. Best place in San Clemente

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CL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Foods were good kinda noisy ,service really good ..friendly

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SC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roccos has wonderful food, great service and a European flair for ambience. They are especially knowledgeable regarding all food allergies/sensitivities and will ensure that special needs are well taken care of. A gem.

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R
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner. My friends loved everything about Rocco's. Will be returning.

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C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at Rocco’s
Celebrating a friends BDay
Mentioned to server very casually
To our surprise a beautiful delicious dessert
appeared at the end of our meal. Totally unexpected
but appreciated

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l
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and amazing service thanks again

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SP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good, but not great. Our friends had the filet, which they really liked. We had salmon & I thought it was overcooked a bit. The short ribs were good, but I've had better

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OT
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Regular patron. Food was very good, as always. Service & Food Prep were very slow this visit. Somewhat surprising, as Rocco was cooking.

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WM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I first time to Rocco's and we were not disappointed. The food was great, the service as well. The only negative thing we might say, and it's more aimed at the dinners than the restaurant, is that it seems it is hard to find a restaurant these days that is on the quiet side! It seems that people are loud and not considerate about those around them who do not want to be forced to listen to their conversations!

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SH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time visiting Rossi’s. Great food and service. Extremely friendly and efficient staff!

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k
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great for a date night or small group of people. Hard to hear conversation when at capacity, but it's a fun environment and people are usually respectful

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Rocco's are spot on, and I can't think of any suggestions for improvement. My only frustration with the restaurant is that you can't just drop by and expect to find a table open. You have to reserve a table days in advance if you want to eat here, especially on a weekend, but it's worth it.

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l
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rocco’s was absolutely fantastic. We will return many times. The service was absolutely terrific. I hope I have this right but I believe our server was Belkis C. based on the receipt. She was terrific. She couldn’t have been better, nicer, attentive and her recommendations were perfect. The food was incredible. I highly recommend the Filet Risotto. It was literally one of the best dinners I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to go back which might actually be tomorrow!

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything superb with outstanding service! Super nice and fun! Great meal!!! Loved the short ribs!!!

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VN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fantastic food, will definitely be coming back!

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j
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine menu are very inviting. The "cornbread" appetizers is always welcomed. Belle, our server is a gem.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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DK
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as usual

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L
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice service. Waiter was extremely friendly and brought us a complementary appetizer, which my son loved. The entrees we chose were delicious. I had the linguine vongole and he had the spicy penne- which he requested to be not too spicy. It was perfect.
The only complaint I have is the loudness. It's a small restaurant. I couldn't hear my son, but clearly heard the booming voices of the other tables. To be fair, it was a Saturday night, but 7:30 pm. Not that late. Maybe they need some soundproofing!
I would go back during the week next time I'm in town to see if it is quieter.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! We were staying in Dana Point for Christmas and this was one of a few places that was open on Christmas Day. We were lucky because it couldn’t have been better. Our appetizers and main courses were excellent. I recommend the pasta with vodka sauce. The best came last as the tres leches was second to none. Service was awesome too. I can’t praise Rocco’s enough.

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D
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This review may be influenced by the day we went, Christmas day, and the amount of people in the restaurant. On the positive side, food ordered was good (the paella) and very good (the filet mignon spaghetti) - good/great flavor and perfect portion size. The service let us down a little. While our server was an entertaining guy, he didn't bring our appetizer and let us waiting for a long time before bringing drinks and water, not to mention the food. I asked about any single malt whisky options and he wasn't aware of them (what is understandable) but he never told me what they had after he mentioned he would check with the bartender. When asked about the appetizer that never made it to the table he said that the ticket "got lost" and didn't offer any other options. We had to ask several times to get a bread basket and olive oil. I don't like to make a conclusion on a restaurant that seems to be very good based only in one visit and in a very particular day. I will try to book it again on a regular day, hoping to get my empanada appetizer next time!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is one of our favorite places in San Clemente, the food is excellent the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the service is also friendly and attentive. We enjoyed Fillet Maxwell - Fillet topped with gorgonzola cheese and wrapped in prosciutto with a balsamic sauce and mashed potatoes and Half Rack of Lamb Chops also with mashed potatoes. One one the best features is that the restaurant is not noisey.

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FR
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine, and service! I would recommend Rocco’s experience to everyone.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Rocco's twice. On our anniversary and on Christmas Eve. Rocco's in now one of our favorite restaurants. The staff is very friendly and professional, and the food is out of this world. With the mix of Italian and Argentinean, pop! Thanks again Rocco's!

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ML
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic - great dishes, priced well. Exactly what we had been looking for! Friendly staff - when couple of the guests at the bar got loud (watching a game), the waiter took the initiative to ask them to keep it down. We will definitely go back to try other items on the menu.

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