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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

5
4
3
2
1

4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for a Date (16)
Bar Seating (15)
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Authentic (14)
Special Occasion (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fun (10)
Casual (9)
Worth the Drive (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
People Watching (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined on January 9, 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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We were seated right away. Food and service were excellent

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 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

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

great food, marsala dishes very tasty and loved the escargot

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful sea bass! Melts in your mouth!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food was delicious friendly service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 5, 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!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Terrific Pappardelle alla Vodka! Absolutely delicious!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always a great time at Roccos . Great food and friendly efficient staff. Best restaurant in SC

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Healthy, Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Rocco's Restaurant in San Clemente was a great find. We came from San Diego, our friends from L.A. and met here for dinner. The food was outstanding, with fresh ingredients and good choices. The service was delightful. Although busy, we were able to sit and chat for more than two hours and did not feel rushed. We liked the intimate feel of the place...only wish they had an espresso maching!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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 (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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