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“Lost!”

Carbonara Trattoria
Ranked #53 of 229 Restaurants in San Clemente
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This used to be a favorite when we visited. They have completely lost concept of good restaurant. Service is terrible, don't pour water, dirty silverware, no salt & pepper, s-l-o-w. Service. Italian restaurant that does not have Ravoli and other main Italian dishes? They act as if they don't care. Never again!

Thank 87vette
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants and could always count on a delicious meal served by attentive staff. Ownership has changed and so has everything else. The delicious ravioli was no longer offered. Salad was an add on. The food was not good nor was the service. They had plenty of wait staff but they spent their time in the kitchen-cooking possibly. A curtain was draped across one side which made the room drafty. Don't waste your time or money.

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Thank Zoofreak12
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Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

An annual holiday tradition, at Christmas time, with the best gal pal in all the world! Always a good time, with good food, and the best of friends. Luckily, managed to get to Carbonara's early enough to enjoy happy hour drink specials with our meals, which manage to include the three glasses of wine (told you it was a good time!) Dinner started with the Tony Salad, which consists of tomatoes, cucumber, and arugula, and we both added mozzarella cheese which makes the salad simply spectacular. Our server, Connor, was friendly, polite, professional, prompt and made the suggestion about the happy hour prices on the wine, when we were willing to order a bottle. Nice job Connor! Our entrees both consisted of the meat lasagna which was delicious. For dessert we shared a tiramisu with coffees. The place has undergone a change of ownership since last Christmas, whereas the wife of the late original owner, Tony, had sold the restaurant to a cousin, so it still stays all in the family. As such, the new owner has done a slight remodel and added additional outside seating which should be very popular on a warmer Spring or Summer evening. The atmosphere, the food, and the service were so enjoyable that we've already made reservations at Carbonara's for dinner to ring in the New Year!

Thank Matt H
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

Good Bye forever Carbonara! What a disaster indeed! Pasta served in cold plates. A TV dinner has more taste than this dishes. My Vongole (linguini with clam sauce) was cold, dry and salty. My hubby's lasagna was cold and dry. Service was terrible as we kept asking for utensils, bread, pepper etc etc. Because we had been at Carbonara before, we asked if ownership has changed. The answer my friend was blowing in the windy restaurant in a cold night.

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Thank Kelly R
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

I always plan to have dinner at Carbonara. All of their
food offerings are excellent. Please leave room for the
chocolate mousse dessert.

Thank laketbird
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