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About Rocco's Restaurant

Locally owned and operated by local Master Chef Rocco Cobonara, we provide diners with a diverse menu, amazing cooking and extremely affordable prices.

203 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, European

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Sat 430pm -10pm
Sunday 10am- 9pm

Cross Street:
Cabrillo Ave.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 388-7766

Website:
http://www.roccos-restaurant.com/

Catering:
Rocco's can cater your party or event for up to 300 guests

Parking Details:
Street Parking
Parking lot at 407No. El Camino Real

Public Transit:
Bus Stop: No. El Camino Real and Cabillo Ave. 1/2 block from restaurant

Executive Chef:
Rocco Carbonara

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Sunday - 10am - 1pm Bottomless Mimosas
Martini Mondays - All Night
Wednesdays - Veal Deal

Rocco's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Special Occasion (16)
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Authentic (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Cozy (8)
Casual (8)
Romantic (8)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

never had a bad meal yet ! very consistent and delicious ! highly recommend for at least once a week. owners are very friendly!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

We were happy with our visit to Rocco's. The restaurant has a warm ambiance and was busy on Saturday night but not too busy. Rocco has an open kitchen and was busy at work cooking.

We had a group of 6, including two kids. They sat us in a private side room near the bathrooms. It was nice and quiet. We were able to enjoy our friends and the kids were happy having some space.

There is a kids menu which is nice. The menu is well-versed with many good choices. The prices for food and wine are reasonable. We were pleasantly surprised.

The food was good. We had risotto, parpadelle pasta and seafood pasta. Everyone was happy with their dinner.

We will definitely be back and are happy to support Rocco's restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

I always love Roccos’s food! He is a truly gifted chef. The four of us all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Check out the reserve wine menu for some tempting selections. Bravo Rocco

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

An absolutely fantastic dining experience. Small quaint restaurant with high class food at reasonable prices. Service was quick and friendly. This was our first visit and highly recommend it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Consistently good service, food and great ambiance.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

By far my favorite restaurant in San Clemente. This is dining. Great food and great service. I like servers who are personable and relaxed, not like droids. Love the ambiance and energy. Just wonderful overall.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was such a pleasant find ... and experience. After being spurned to 3pm or 9pm by both of the Nick’s in town it was more than apparent it was time to take appetites and wallet elsewhere.
Hallelujah!
Nicely sized, wonderfully staffed, no sense of one imposing on space or time and not a hint of “table turn”. The food is beyond delicious and obviously prepared with great skill and care.
The staff , both bar and table make you feel valued without any sense of pretense at all. So refreshing.
All this in San Clemente. We couldn’t be happier at our discovery ... and at the delight taken in their trade, evident in all those running the restaurant that evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

It can be difficult to find parking, but there are lots on the next block. Smaller, intimate place with bar front and center and open kitchen. Service was attentive. Chicken was a little to pink for us but the crab cake was great as was dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everyone enjoyed their food, and one friend said it may be the best marinara he's ever had. We like to visit Rocco's when we have company because we know we'll get a great meal. And the prices / value are fantastic, so we don't feel badly about letting someone treat us to dinner. It's a little loud...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Veal saltimbocca. Great job!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Found Rocco’s on Yelp and we loved it!!!! Awesome food, fun atmosphere, fantastic staff! We will definitely be back again soon!

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Vegan
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious food and nice atmosphere. The chicken Marsala is especially good-light and so flavorful.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Best food in San Clemente
all dishes were fantastic
Have a drink and appetizer or sit for a 4 course meal

AWESOME

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great find in San Clemente. Excellent food! We tried two of the Cuban inspired entrees and they were excellent!! Looking forward to going back for the pasta.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great place.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I rated 4 stars. I'm pretty picky. The meat was not worth it. the other things, there were five of us, all getting different entrees and appetizers, were very good. the Crab Cake was very good. The Empanadas were very good. Sausage on anything was real good. Pumpkin Ravioli was yummy, my favorite. All the sauces, including for the appetizers were very good and complimented the food well. Without prompting, my server offer sausage on my dish as she saw that was an interest to me. That's good service. The homemade pasta, wide flat was very very good and absorbed the sauce well. The rest of the pastas were just ok, but I'm from jersey and have very high standards for pasta. However, the pasta is just a carrier for the sauce, and as I said their sauces were close to exceptional.

The beer selection was meager. They had a lot of wines, but the one person in our group that wanted wine, wanted a trendy Rose, and there were none. Go for the food.

I'd go back, and will.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Recently went to Rocco's for the first time and had such a lovely experience, we went back again the following weekend. Equally delicious, excellent service, great prices on bottles of wine. We see more Rocco's in our future!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great place and the food was amazing! We ordered the filet mignon risotto and pumpkin ravioli...delicious

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were really pleased with the vegetarian options for appetizers and entrees. Everything was really very good and the cocktails well crafted. The service was a little too attentive with multiple persons coming by to ask the same questions, but everyone was very nice. We had reservations and were seated immediately.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Don't let Rocco's curb appeal turn you away. The inside is lovely, the tables are nicely spaced and the food is delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Loved the Wednesday meal special. Going back next week

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Escargots à la Rocco, with sautéed spinach, are finger licking delicious! Everything we and the family have ordered (pasta al - fresh - salmon, filet mignon fettuccine, seafood pasta, lamb chops, and more), we have enjoyed and loved. Rocco's has become one of our favorite "go-to" places. Service is friendly and excellent all around and no hurrying through the meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Birthday celebration

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Very nice surprise. The food and service were very good. I had the fettuccine with filet mignonette and the wife had veal Marsala.both meals are well worth ordering and we will be going back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great Food and Amazing Service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our first time at Tocco's was a great one. Food was well-prepared with a great presentation. We had the Risotto Aurora which was really delicious. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Delicious!! We split the caprese and a salad and the mignon tips. Totally recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Our go to restaurant for great food and service . Rocco himself prepares the meal with loving care

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love Rocco's can't go wrong Veal "both" are a can't miss

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Love going to Rocco's bc as the food is always the best along with wonderful service.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Menu had great variety. Food presentation was excellent as well as being delicious. Service was good even though restaurant was nearly full

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 1, 2017

This is a regular destination for us and turning into a favourite for a number of reasons, the food is very good, there is a good choice of wine and it is moderately priced, the service is very friendly and it is not that noisy... you can actually have a conversation without shouting at each other!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food was outstanding. Had the seafood paella and penne with sausage. Had burrata as appetizer. Delicious! Good bottle of red blend wine. Too noisy for any real conversation. Took a while to take our order. Then we were charged for another table's meal. Waitress canceled that payment, but forgot to run the card for the right amount. Came outside to look for us and fortunately we were still standing outside. So, food great. Ambiance and service just okay.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 26, 2017

We love Rocco's, and brought friends for their first visit. The food and service was great, but part way through our meal, a group of 4 drunk, LOUD patrons sat near us, and it was impossible to have a conversation. We mentioned it to our server, and to the manager when we were leaving. Very disappointing first impression for our guests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Excellent in all capacities except for noise level. Too loud for good conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Fabulous as always! Great staff ( Debbie and everyone). Fresh food wonderful ambience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Love EVERYTHING Rocco cooks!!!!
What can I say other than I can't wait to go back again! BRAVO

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food is always good but service was slow, extra loud and couldn't hear each other talk. At 7pm, out of specials and ahi appetizer 😩

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Reservation made plus half hour weight, uncomfortable seating, extremely noisey. Bottle of wine gone before dinner. Comped with one extra glass of wine. Food and wine were good! We actually had to ask for our meal 🤣

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Excellent cuisine at reasonable prices. The Tuesday night prix fix for $20 is outstanding. They serve smaller portions, but it's plenty and you don't leave overstuffed.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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