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El Jefe

106 E Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672-3901
+1 949-492-4010
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Overview
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average19%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible0%
2 Oct 2016
“Delicious Authentic Mexican Food”
4 Feb 2017
“Authetic Mexican Experience”
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106 E Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672-3901
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Walk in the door and immediately feel like you're right inside a restaurant found in Old Mexico......and the food is exceptional. This "Mom and Pop" establishment offers it all, especially excellent food at excellent prices!

Thank Doug B
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Mediocre at best. Service is fine. Food is Ok and inexpensive. Nice home town spot, but not a place to make a top spot.

Thank JimW551
Reviewed 30 November 2016

I go here sometimes always alone cause nobody else really trusts the place and if you order anything that isnt fried you might not be fan but as stated above the fish and chips are awesome not just good but awesome. I hear the onion...More

Thank Kelly C
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I was so delighted to find this little Mexican restaurant. So far, we've had their chile relleno, chile verde burrito, pork enchilada, beef taco and guacamole. All were excellent as were their rice and beans. Their homemade salsas are wonderful. I especially like their roasted...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Generally, hole-in-the-wall Mexican eateries in San Clemente are acceptable to good. Not this one !... Stopped for breakfast and ordered 3-4 different things... Huevos , Quesadillas, Tacos. Everything looked tired and tasted weird.... The place is cheap so did not waste much money but left...More

Thank PG13LA
Reviewed 24 June 2016

They specialize in fish and chips and that is what you should order. Have a cheap beer while you are waiting. This is a neighborhood dive and I love it.

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 18 February 2016

I have to admit, I love mexican food but this restaurant serves the best fish and chips I've ever had anywhere. I've been around the world. There is England's world famous fish and chips and then there's El Jefe. I can't stop!!!!! Don't wanna. It's...More

Thank TheTravelB
Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

We stopped in after an afternoon of walking the beach. Our tacos were authentic. The selection of meats is somewhat limited, but it was tasty with simple spicing. Our server was attentive and friendly. The portions were generous, and our total bill was smaller than...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 November 2014

fish and chips are great as are most of their menu items, quick friendly service, fair prices, small place easy to miss just off of Camino Real

Thank Martin M
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Good place for lunch. Food is mediocre but not expensive. I usually have a mexican plate of some sort when here. I come with a friend whop likes it and it is in walking distance of his work.

Thank JimW551
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
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Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 21:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 E Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672-3901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-492-4010
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