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Rocco's Restaurant

4.6
374 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem (21)
  • Good for a Date (18)
  • Creative Cuisine (17)
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
Mon - Sat 430pm -10pm
Sunday 10am- 9pm
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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
Business 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 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
What 374 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TheSilverFox (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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ErikM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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vipMike (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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BLYYY (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great! The food and service was very enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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bradm (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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ElsWells (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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NatalieY12 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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CarlsbadDiner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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patti (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We were seated right away. Food and service were excellent

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vipDGW005 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Always a great experience! The food is fantastic and the service is always good . I try to get there at least once a quarter with my girlfriend!

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oldmach (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a wonderful meal. The food was great and the wine selections very good. Unfortunately, the noise level was pretty loud. We will go back, but would request a table ina back room where the noise from the bar would be much less. I would recommend the restaurant with the noted noise level

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

great food, marsala dishes very tasty and loved the escargot

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Always great food and excellent service. Our server was attentive, fun and articulate. The food is always creative and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Wonderful sea bass! Melts in your mouth!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food was delicious friendly service

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Small but quaint restaurant with an interesting menu and consistently great service.

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vipBlahBlahHumbug (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Truthfully the elder vice rating would have been higher but we had the most off putting start to our experience. The blind server was insistent and rude telling me I had no reservation. After multiple times coming back and even after I showed her my OT app which confirmed I had a reservation, I eventually walked over to their seating system and showed her my reservation.

Just rude and argumentative. I nearly left but finally it looked like the Chef came out and told her to seat us.

Food was decent. Bread left a lot to be desired, especially when you actually have to pay for it. Burrata was not as soft and milky as I am accustomed to which is a shame. Pasta was good.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

We had a lovely evening at Rocco’s. I loved the simple but cozy ambience with soft lighting. My husband had the paella, that had more fish and meat than rice. I had a shrimp pasta with a wonderful sauce. My only complaint was the shrimp were small and over done. Our biggest surprise was our dessert. We ordered Creme Brulé but it wasn’t ready so our wonderful waitress, Colleen, suggested the Love Cup. It was an amazing treat,that was a cup made of a thin, crunchy almond brittle filled with chocolate mousse. As we were scraping the last bit of our plate I was searching for the recipe on my phone. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture because it was a work of art!!!!

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Judy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Terrific Pappardelle alla Vodka! Absolutely delicious!

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jimmy (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Our dinners, both had pasta, were creative, tasty and enjoyable.

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