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South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican, , Vegetarian Friendly
110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4041
+1 949-481-4545
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“guacamole” (58 reviews)
“pork carnitas” (16 reviews)
Opens in 24 min
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4041
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Having heard good things about this establishment, we booked a table for 4. Really lovely entrance and atrium, and if I had stopped there and left, I would have had a favorable view. Our server, who was new told me unequivocally that I would be...More

Thank Jon F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food at South of Nick's is always great and the service is always good and friendly. Though the food and drinks are a bit pricey for Mexican food and San Clemente in general, it's worth a visit if you haven't been. Try the pork...More

Thank ryantravelor
Reviewed 1 week ago

This upscale Mexican-inspired restaurant is exceptional; surprising; worth seeking out. We visited for a late lunch on a rainy Saturday in the off season. The place was packed. It should be. Everything was perfect (except perhaps the wait). Service and food was flawless. Dishes with...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a friend come visit and decided to take him our for some Mexican food. What should I do, take him to one of my favorite dives with great food or somewhere I myself have not been to, so off to South of Nicks...More

Thank caneguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner and had a great experience. We sat at the bar and had a wonderful dinner. The drinks were tasty. The food was amazing and the Butter Cake as out of this world.

Thank pcall75
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant's selection is not your standard spicy Mexican food. Rather, the meals consist of deep, rich, creative flavors. A little pricey, but worth the splurge.

Thank Denise Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for an early dinner. The tacos were excellent and more than I could eat. Service was prompt and the manager visited every table to ensure everything was to your liking. Be sure to have the Butter Cake for dessert...good for two or more.

Thank mantamoon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything we had to eat was fantastic… The drinks were outstanding… And the service could not have been any better… It’s busy all the time you need a reservation don’t miss it 😎

Thank Pat R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant serves good Mexican food, but the prices, especially for Margaritas, are rather high. The noice makes it impossible to carry on a conversation at a table of even four.

Thank Ahb324
Reviewed 13 February 2018

This restaurant has a nice selection of upscale dishes that are served in an attractive restaurant. Have been there twice however, and would not go again. The waiting time is always way too long, and when you get the food it's more like assembly like...More

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Response from Karen K | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Debra R | Reviewed this property |
I think you'll have to contact them directly. They do have a nice room that you could use for private party.
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11 October 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672-4041
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-481-4545
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"Southern California Mexican" Featuring Prime steaks, seafood, and Mexican favorites. An Orange County favorite for Mexican dining.
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