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South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen + Bar

110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA
+1 949-481-4545
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (53 reviews)
“pork carnitas” (16 reviews)
“refried beans” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
110 N El Camino Real, Corner of Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We happened upon this gem of a joint and had a lovely lunch at the bar! The food is delicious but forget that, the salsa is so amazing, you don't need chips.....just a straw!!!! Lol!! Get there early if you go because the locals keep...More

Thank stephanieweatherford
Reviewed 4 days ago

After all the reviews and comments to reserve seating weeks in advance - it was time to check it out. We arrived at 7:15 pm and got parking right in front of the restaurant. Yet if you are not so lucky it might be a...More

Thank IQeye
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like Mexican food, you will like South of Nicks. Not your standard Mexican restaurant, serves food with a flare. There is almost always a wait. If you want a reservation, call several days early. This in itself is a testament to the restaurant...More

1  Thank Jim S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has a small room that can accommodate 12-14. I knew we were going to Nick's but didn't realize the extent of the surprise. Delicious up scale Mexican fare, fantastic bar, many specialities.Dessert is so yummy, try the butter cake. The ambiance is so...More

1  Thank Diane C
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I arrived at 6PM on a Thursday night and were seated at the bar in the margarita room since there was no seating available in the restaurant. At 7PM seating started to become available in this room. My husband had a skinny...More

1  Thank Cindy I
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here a number of times over the past few months and we would highly recommend this restaurant. Our choices of dinners have included both seafood and meats, every dish has been really outstanding! The drinks have been consistently excellent and the service...More

1  Thank jimandpaco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in San Clemente for only a few hours and a girlfriend suggested we eat here. We started with the chips and guacamole - both yummy and the perfect amount of salt. Overall, the food was delicious and the Sea Bass a la Veracruz...More

2  Thank zarielcreative
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To start they are very popular. We like it because the are flexible with seating arrangements and are very kid friendly. If you have to wait for a seat the waiting area is fantastic, water feature, nice music and plenty of seating. The bar is...More

1  Thank Virgil E E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a day exploring the city, we decided to stop in here for a bite to eat. It was mid afternoon, the place was busy but we waited about 5-10 minutes for a table. The hostess was friendly and seated us quickly. The wait staff...More

1  Thank Wanderlustlove22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are longtime locals and have dined at both Nick's over the past few years. We sat at the bar and each had two margaritas. They were tasty. We decided to order food to go since we were not especially hungry, but knew we would...More

Thank omlil
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11 April 2017|
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Response from Karen K | Reviewed this property |
No idea
26 February 2016|
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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.
11 October 2015|
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Response from MorrisTrave | Reviewed this property |
Cannot answer that- will have to call them
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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
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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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