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Rocco's Restaurant

4.6
395 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Locally owned and operated by local Master Chef Rocco Cobonara, we provide diners with a diverse menu, amazing cooking and extremely affordable prices.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, European
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Hours of operation
Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(949) 388-7766
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rocco Carbonara
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Catering
Rocco's can cater your party or event for up to 300 guests
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cabrillo Ave.
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Parking details
Street Parking
Parking lot at 407No. El Camino Real
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Public transit
Bus Stop: No. El Camino Real and Cabillo Ave. 1/2 block from restaurant
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Special events & promotions
Sunday - 10am - 1pm Bottomless Mimosas
Martini Mondays - All Night
Wednesdays - Veal Deal
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 395 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent as always

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Fun place. Been there before. A bit noisy but kind of expected it. Rack of lamb outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

It was great! Can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

In a town with many interesting restaurants to try, this is the only place we find ourselves coming back to, several times a month. It’s perfect for a Friday night dinner for two, or meeting friends. Consistently excellent food, service and ambiance and value.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We’ve been wanting to try this place. Our experience would have been better if we had decent service. Our server was horrible. Didn’t even ask us if we wanted a cocktail. Brought water to the table and asked if we were ready to order. I told him cocktails would be nice to start with. After waiting 15min for our cocktails ( the place only had 2 other tables and 3 people at the bar) we ordered appetizers and instead we were brought a cornbread appetizer that had no flavor. We asked for regular bread but our server was too busy chatting with friends to bring it before our dinner. Never going back again. I’ll go next door to The Vine when I’m in that part of town.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food..service..great neighborhood restaurant...good for all occasions

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great time here - the food is always great and the service is just about perfect. Will continue to return.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

A jewel in San Clemente. Try it! Great food, reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Had a loud table near us but chose to ignore. Tastefully decorated. Would go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Had an amazing dinner and Don was very attentive

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Rocco’s exceeded my expectations ! First time there and I must say that it just might be my new favorite restaurant in San Clemente! Food, service, everything was just so good!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always good. Love this place. Loved sitting near the chef this time, watching the action!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

First time trying this restaurant. Food was great. Had an excellent bottle of wine. Service was very good. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Rocco”s restaurant is a sure thing!
Everything is always fantastic!
Thanks Rocco!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wait staff was great, great menu and nice interior. However, too noisy. My husband and I had to yell to talk with each other. Large group seated near door were way too loud.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We've been to this restaurant a number of times, usually save it for when friends/family come to town. The food is excellent - my favorite is the pumpkin ravioli - absolutely spectacular!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This restaurant has a lively, friendly vibe. The serving staff is excellent. Menu is surprisingly broad. My wife enjoyed the Cuban flat iron steak and I had a delicious sea bass. Short but good wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always great to have dinner with friends. It has a fun atmosphere and sometimes the noise level reflects that.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Hidden Gem...great menu & food quality!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Rocco's could not have been better. They arranged a great table for us that worked well with our elderly relative. The food was excellent. The service was perfect - -friendly, timely and efficient. We'll come back for sure. THANK YOU Rocco's

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Every time we dine at Rocco & Bel's restaurant we are never disappointed. The service is great and there are always daily mouth-watering specials. The owners never fail to personally greet our party like welcomed family when we arrive! Don't miss the paella nor the tres leches flan for dessert. Their wine list has enough to please all tastes and have reasonably priced choices either by the glass or bottle. This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem! We always look forward to returning.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food and service were good but ambiance was very poor. We were seated in a room the size of a small janitor closet. The room was located behind the bar, next to restrooms and next to the staff entrance to the kitchen. I recommend Rocco's for the food and service but when making reservations be sure to be very clear you do not want to sit in the broom closet.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Rocco's is one of my favorite local restaurants here in San Clemente. Its alway my "go to" choice when I want to go on a nice date with my wife. The food is great and the service is friendly and prompt.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Very good food! They’re soup is worth the trip! I would like a little better wine list. They should have wines worthy of the food

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Tasty food, well presented, good service and an upbeat atmosphere made for a pleasant evening.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

No one seemed to control greeting and seating. We had requested a table for Valentines Day in the front area and there was one that was vacant. However, we were put in an atmospherically sterile windowless room with poor ventilation control and a bizarre arrangement of tables meant for 3 couples. We should have left at that stage but we stayed hoping the food would make up for it. Unfortunately, the food was only very average and nowhere as good as the last time we ate there. Overall it was not a pleasant experience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great! The food and service was very enjoyable

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Rocco's is a hidden gem! The food is amazing and the flavors are all incredible. The menu combines South American and Italian favorites. The Paella, Aurora Risotto , Filet Mignon and Zuppa Toscana are divine. The ambiance is nice and perfectly lit. The serving staff makes you feel like you stepped into their home. Belkis is always ready to recommend a great wine to go with your evening. And the Tiramisu is life changing. Check this place out!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food & Service is wonderful. Too noisy for a romantic date.

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1.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Crab cake was lousy, Chilean sea bass was not good my wife's shreaded beef was not good beans were not good...service and ambiance were fine.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and service. Had a party of 11 and the restaurant made us feel welcome:)

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

We loved our meals at Rocco's. Shared the ensalada Verde, with apples, craisins, and goat cheese. Delicious! We both had the Veal Saltimbocca, which was tender and delicious, and was served with lovely mashed potatoes and spinach. The sauce was delightful, and generous enough to put on the potatoes. Service was very good, too.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Enjoyed the Tuesday 3 sides special. My Ropa Vieja was outstanding & companion enjoyed the Lamb Chops. Lovely birthday dinner, great service by Joe & would return again.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Best restaurant in San Clemente! Love this place so much!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

This is a gem of a find. I stumbled across this place while shopping and luckily got reservations for the following week. We showed with little knowledge of what we could expect and was pleasantly surprised on all levels. This place was amazing! I am gluten free and surprisingly they had many great choices clearly marked on the menu. I didnt have to explain what "gluten" is - which happens all to often in mainstream places. I also didnt need to special order in order to "make" my item gluten free. I ordered the sea bass and it tasted like butter. Perfectly cooked and the presentation was fabulous. Wine was fantastic, great energy, and everyone was having a wonderful time. I will definitely visit again. That is if I can get a reservations...that can be hard to come by!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Rocco's is consistently good. They have a nice menu with a good selection of very tasty dishes including gluten free options. The restaurant is the perfect size for small groups with that local hometown feel. A real gem in the heart of San Clemente.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Waiters are attentive. Food is great (let them know if you don't like garlic). Nice variety on the menu. Most everyone can find something to their tastes. I tend to rotate between my two favorites. I have one question for the masses... Why do most people under age 35 think they must SCREAM instead of just talk. It is so rude. Just a few loud mouths can really spoil the ambiance of a restaurant. It is usually good at Rocco's, but this last time there was a table of six who screamed. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be screamers. Teach your children to simply speak in a normal voice.

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

there is no host stand when you arrive so guests come in and look like a deer in headlights as there is no one to greet you. It appeared our server might have been serving the whole restaurant... therefore his attitude was a tad short. Soup was cold and we had to ask for a wine bucket for a pricey bottle of wine. when he brought it, the wine bucket was too filled with ice for the wine to sit in. It is quite loud in there but it appears to be good place. Perhaps an off night.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

for the first time it did not meet our expectations. we live in San Clemente and our friends are from Napa. they were vey disappointed.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We were seated right away. Food and service were excellent

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