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South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar

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110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA
+1 949-481-4545
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10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When we were seated the server made sure that the logo on each cocktail napkin was right side up. This attention to detail went thru the entire dinner. Chips and salsa were great, the entrees were all hot and prepared well, the Buttercake dessert was worth the visit by itself. Carne Nortena with steak adobo and a chicken relleno was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most certainly was not worth the $17 for the burrito. Cold food. For this price I should not have to ask for it to be reheated. Service at bar was poor. Not attentive. Inexperienced. No ice in water. Over rated. Was convenient for being open late. Will not be showing up there again.

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Thank Scott S
West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Turned up with no reservation and seating staff gave us a really nice booth in the bar area. Vibrant vibe without being intrusive. Food was really good and not as expensive as we had been led to believe. Unlike uk there is no corkage charge ( for the first bottle) which I shall remember when next visiting. Highly recommended!

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Thank Mark L
Laramie, United States
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food at South of Nick's is spot on and full of flavor and great service. The filet mignon fajitas were phenomenal!! It has great atmosphere and everyone is super friendly. If you are a tequila fan they have every brand you can think of and some once in a lifetime shots as well. Definitely a must have while in... More 

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Thank Rob S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is what happens when someone takes Mexican food the the next level. Delicious! Huge variety of margaritas and sipping tequilas. The shrimp taquito appetizers are amazing. Sea bass, short rib tacos, pork carnitas, the list goes on and on. Extremely popular. Make reservations if possible, otherwise prepare for an hour and a half wait. Or you can eat at... More 

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Thank Bill H
San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Never the wrong place to be. Long wait for excellent food and service. Oldest building in San Clemente. Sara (no H) is my fav and will make your night. Try the Butter cake. I don't like desert, but stuck my fork in it and never looked back. The short rib tacos are melt in your mouth. They know their Tequilas... More 

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Thank Geoffrey M
San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an upscale restaurant with great flair. The strawberry margarita and cucumber margaritas are very good. I had the short rib tacos and they were delicious. This place is expensive, but the ingrediants and service are very very good. The tequila shots are served beautifully, and teh guacomole is very nicely done. The bar area can be a bit... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped at South of Nick's downtown San Clemente on our way to Long Beach. Ordered Pork Carnitas and original Margarita. The meal was served with tortilla chips and two dipping sauces. Both were spiced just right. The Margarita was excellent. My daughter ordered a Strawberry Margarita but got Strawberry Lemonade instead. She was disappointed but we were in a hurry... More 

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here's a recommendation - get the empanadas, cheese, and guacamole appetizers, then order only one dish for the two of you. The appetizers were amazing. The food plates were very good, but very fresh classic high end Mexican.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had lobster enchiladas, quacamole and margaritas. Definitely a restaurant to return to! Service was excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 35
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-481-4545
Description
"Southern California Mexican" Featuring Prime steaks, seafood, and Mexican favorites. An Orange County favorite for Mexican dining.

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Dana Point, California
Pauma Valley, California, United States
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Laguna Niguel, California
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San Clemente, California, United States

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?