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Surfin' Chicken

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71 Calle de Industrias, San Clemente, CA 92672-3826
+1 949-498-6603
11:00 - 21:00
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Harbert, Michigan
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Totally authentic Mexican BBQ without the Beamers in the parking lot and braying Mercedes owners shouting about what a good time they are having. Chicken/fish is done perfectly on the grill just like the outdoor stands in Guadalajara. Moderately seasoned. Interesting home made guacamole and sauce recipes. There is nothing not to like here. . . Except finding it .... More 

Thank zippy521
San Diego
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I've never had the ribs, but have thoroughly enjoyed the chicken and fish for many years. Owner is super nice and I always stop in when in the area.

Thank IslandGuySanDiego
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Really, when you walk in its right there in front of your face! They grill the chicken, fish etc. on a grill right at the counter. I managed to bypass that (however good it looked)and went for the salmon because I had been wanting salmon for a couple of days but was not expecting to get it here. And not... More 

Thank DSieckman
Sheridan, Wyoming
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95 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Tucked away in a little strip mall on the ocean side in Interstate 5 is a quaint little diner that specializes in fish and Mexican food. The owner/chef will cook your meal while you watch and socialize with while you meal is prepared to your specifications. He's entertaining and deserving of all the accolades on his walls. There are no... More 

1 Thank William C
San Clemente, California
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145 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

Most come for the chicken, but the "Red Snapper" meal is awesome and comes with tortillas, salad, salsa, rice and beans; it tastes amazing and is VERY LOW priced. ($5.50) The boneless fish filet is prepared over an open grill with delicious seasonings. The tortillas taste home-made and are a favorite. Hot sauces and complimentary pickled jalapeños also available. We... More 

Thank beckyjake123
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

If you walk by Surfing Chicken, you might not stop by as it is definitely not fancy, but you'd be making a big mistake! We order take out at least once a week from there and have never had a bad meal! Big portions, great taste and good prices plus they offer a coupon in the Penny Saver!

Thank jtpat
South Korea
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

I consider myself to be a burrito reviewer of novice-advanced levels, and I'm claiming the Carne Asada at the Surfing Chicken to be of the higher qualities I've consumed. A well portioned burrito with excellent grade Carne Asada Matt and plenty of actually streamed rice and beans. Served with outstanding service!

Thank Jerry M
Stafford, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

We had a take away meal from here while staying at the Holiday Inn Express which is just up the hill from the shop.The chicken was good but the rack of ribs was really lovely.It was a good price too.

Thank jl502
San Clemente, California
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68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013 via mobile

Being "chicken joint" one would think they would specialize in "chicken", right? I was very disappointed to find the chicken is very low quality (likely bought frozen and at a discount). I eat a LOT of chicken and know when it's fresh and of I'm lucky, organic. Bigger breasts, not flat meat. The chicken here was poor; deflated and somewhat... More 

Thank redgreen13
San Clemente, California
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145 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

don't eat chicken but their fish is amazing. so fresh and tasty. Very affordable, great mom and pop, casual, popular with locals.

Thank beckyjake123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Calle de Industrias, San Clemente, CA 92672-3826
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-498-6603

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