Sundried Tomato American Bistro - San Clemente

4.2
138 reviews
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Situated in sunny San Clement, The Sundried Tomato Bistro welcomes guests to enjoy picturesque views, and delicious food on the elegant patio and modern dining room. Decorated with sleek lines, an outdoor fireplace and modern furniture, the patio provides guests with an excellent area to enjoy great food and company in a lovely environment. Inside, the charming dining room offers a mature and comfortable atmosphere for patrons to enjoy. The Sundried Tomato Bistros menu is full of fresh and seasonal delicacies. Specializing in both traditional favorites with a new and creative twist dishes are created with only the highest grade meats and seasonal produce. The Sundried Tomato Bistros menu is extremely rich in variety and serves a multitude of dishes, including panko-crusted crispy calamari, strawberry spinach salad, root beer-marinated baby back ribs and green beans/pancetta/pine nut piccata.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Monday thru Friday 11am-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Sunday 3pm-7pm
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Phone number
(949) 388-5757
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rodrigo Victorino
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Catering
CATERING pick up now available in Talega! Also offering free delivery Monday - Friday. Experience Sundried Tomato Full Service catering with our professional servers & chefs we can prepare everything on-site.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vista Hermosa
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great service. Kid friendly.

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s
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We got there early and they accommodated us understanding that we were in a hurry and had to be somewhere in an hour. We got our appetizers and food very quickly and our waiter was wonderful. She was attentive and knowledgeable. Very good experience with the food and dining experience.

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w
Minneapolis
57 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We ate at Sundried Tomato once about 3 years ago and enjoyed the meal. This time was a different experience. The restaurant was very crowded and the noise level is quite high, which is tolerable if you're prepared for that. Service was fair and the food mediocre. Spring roll appetizers were too crunchy and nearly flavorless. Lamb chops were tasty but the accompanying potatoes were under-cooked and not very tasty. Overall a mediocre dining experience.

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CL
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to go to dinner near the beach, but all of the restaurants there were crowded. So we put in open table and Sundried Tomato came up. I didn't know there was one in San Clemente. It was a bit of a drive inland, but was just what we were looking for. No wait, good food and quiet place that we could visit!

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A
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Britney is the best ever!!

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I
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

14 of us gathered for Sunday brunch. The food. selection was diverse, tasty and well priced.
We were able to hear each other speak as the noise level was just right. The service was right on.

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L
Palm Springs
243 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent brunch choices! We ordered the Omelet with Brie and Carmelized Onions! Delicious!

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s
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I started with the bacon wrapped scallops. They are always very good. I had the shrimp pasta in a cream vodka sauce that was amazing. Very good dining experience for the price.

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UO
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We went for thanksgiving at the last seating, so we felt a bit rushed. The wine did not arrive until we were almost finished our entree. Food was very good.

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

The food wasn't good and wasn't tasty at all, and the ambiance was depressing and dark without any decorations.

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JG
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was decent. The chicken spring rolls are fantastic also the French cat martini is delicious! Calamari had no flavor and artichoke was overlooked.

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SZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

2 hot teas, 4 street tacos (2 plates) and one cobbler with ice cream split, no appetizers and no alcohol = $60.00.

Location is convenient and staying open late is a good feature. I will come back because of the location, but the meal was very expensive for the food we received.

Food tasted good.

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J
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been to this restaurant twice and both times the food was not prepared correctly. My steak was well done instead of medium and my husband's burger was well done instead of medium rare. Not worth the $ they charge. We won't be going back.

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Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had the lamb chops this time and they were great. For an extra 5 bucks, I added a chop. More than enough food. The chops were served with green beans and mashed potatoes. All was very good.

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L
Palm Springs
243 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent in food, ambiance and service. I ordered the Daily Lunch Special which was recommended by our server, Ruben. The Clam Chowder and Lobster Tacos were delicious! Ruben is the best server! Will always return to Sundried Tomato!

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N
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really enjoy the food & service here
Never have to wait very long & the staff is very attentive

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Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Seared Tuna steak over mashed potatoes was phenomenal. I was cooked perfect and a nice portion. I was very hungry and was opting for a steak. But they were out of New York strips. This was a great choice.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We don't live in San Clemente, but were looking on Yelp for a place to meet half with with our north OC family. The reservation was easy to get and the entire evening was a pleasant surprise. The menu was excellent-something for everyone. The outdoor patio was lovely! Our server was knowledgable and attentive! If we lived closer, we'd frequent here often!

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l
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy it here as the service and food are great. We are never disappointed. Its close to home and among our favorite go-to places as the ambience is nice and we always leave happy!

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was my first time dining at Sundried Tomato and it will more than likely be my last. I ordered the chicken and pesto sandwich and it left much to be desired. It is sort of my go to sandwich if I see it on the menu at lunch or early dinner. I don't know how they messed up something as simple as chicken and pesto but they did. My friend had a burger and said it was ok but could get the same quality and taste at a less expensive establishment. We both enjoyed out fries and drink, I had red wine she had a sofa. We ordered the seven layer chocolate cake for dessert and that was good, however the scoop of ice cream on the size was freezer burned. Our service was good, he came around enough to keep us refilled on beverages.
Maybe this place is better if you're just going for drinks and appetizers, but not for a meal.

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SC
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I just love their lamb burger! Everything is always wonderful rarely do we have to wait to get in, love this place!

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Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Server was a little slow but very nice and courteous. We got our wine before our water and bread. Had to ask twice for water. Don't like that. We had the bacon wrapped scallops as an appetizer. Had the New York strip Special with mashed potatoes and asparagus. It was excellent. I love the peppercorn sauce they put on it. Wife had the seared tuna as usual. Had a side salad but got the wrong one. We ordered the ceasar and got the mixed greens. Rather than wait to get the right one, she just ate it. He apologized, but he should have taken it off our bill. My son had the ultimate burger for Hamburger week. Very good! We always love this place but it was a little off this night.

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Palm Springs
243 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Ruben, was fabulous! We were a group of 14 Tennis Ladies there for lunch! Service was perfect as always. Food is always consistently good. It's great to have a Sundried Tomato in San Clemente!

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l
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite go-to place when we are not up to cooking or have something going on and want to have a fun time out where we know the service will be good and the food great.

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L
Palm Springs
243 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the Brie & carmelized onion Omelet! Delicious and served with slice avocado and roasted potatoes. The Brunch Menu is wonderful. Highly recommend!

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p
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought I was going to be disappointed since this was not located by the beach. We were pleasantly surprised. Light breeze on a very hot day, made us a fresh pot of coffee instead of giving us the bottom of the pot. I was disappointed at the price of just a regular cup of coffee...$3.50!..we ate off the brunch menu and had a fried egg sandwich which was exceptionally good....cooked just right and our servers were great.

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Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my mother to Sundried for a last minute dinner. She had the lamb chops at 25 dollars. Only two chops. but for 5 dollars more you can add a chop. I liked that because two is not enough. She loved it and it satisfied her appetite. As always, everything else was wonderful. The scallop and poke appetizers are amazing.

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DL
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and the service was fantastic. We arrived during happy hour so we enjoyed half off a great bottle of wine also!

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OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When it's too hot to cook we head to ST. The happy hour menu is available restaurant wide until 7:00 pm and there is a nice selection of appetizers and smaller entrees. The staff have always been friendly and professional.
P.S. If it's cold and rainy this is a great place too. The tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich will warm you up.

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l
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we feel like going out locally this is among the first picks! We always have good food, the location is nice AND the service is always always exceptional!!!

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L
Orange County
109 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Whenever at the last minute neither one of us wants to cook dinner, we are lucky to have Sundried Tomato almost in our back yard. The food is always very good. We prefer to eat outside as inside the TVs are all on and the bar is noisy. The server and kitchen staff is always VERY good about avoiding onions due to allergy one of us has. Great deals on small plates during Happy Hour.

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The family got together for father's day. We sat on the patio and Brittany was our server. She memorized our orders for 5 people and got all of them and our little requests (dressing on the side) right! Food and ambiance were great too! I will definitely be back.

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DD
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been to Sundried Tomato several times and are always pleased. The menu offers quite a variety of unique meals that are always so delicious! And it's a great place for a big group to meet. We've met here often for family birthday celebrations.

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had dinner and lunch at Sun Dried and its now open for brunch on the weekends. The food is great.

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l
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here you can always expect excellent attention, excellent food and overall inexpensive and great dining experience! You can go outside if you like which is always nice AND Happy Hour is throughout the restaurant so you don't necessarily have to be at the bar, which is great!

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S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We found this place via OpenTable, as we'd planned to be in San Clemente but knew no restaurants there. We weren't expecting it to be in the midst of a small mall and worried the place might not be special enough. (We were taking relatives to supper.) But it was perfect! The food was delicious, from the salmon with quinoa to the mac and cheese for the child to the signature burger with the works. We tried the sinful homemade potato chips for an appetizer, and shared two desserts--the crème brulée sampler and the . . . was it? . . . caramel cake--both too much for one person but both delicious. The service was lovely. We would certainly recommend it.

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l
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place always offers good food and outstanding service . It never fails to provide an overall excellent dining experience. It's a GREAT Go-To place!!!

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Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came here for their Mother's Day brunch buffet. There was a nice variety of food. Most of the choices were winners, especially the pasta salad, cream cheeses for the bagels, crab cake egg item and desserts. The french toast and waffles were tasteless, even with syrup, fruit and whipped cream! They did have some delays in keeping items stocked, but overall it was a pleasant time. It would be nice if a non alcoholic beverage would be included in the price.

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OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour has great options and value. We like that they offer organic chicken. Lots of vegetarian options, too. Service is usually good, though there has been the rare occasion where we get a slow server.

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N
Orange County
208 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice spot to have a casual dinner. We had grilled cheese and tomato soup with potato chips as a starter.

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