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Village Mediterranean Rim

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123 Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
+1 949-361-8970
17:00 - 22:00
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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245 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The restaurant is a small space, but that only adds to the intimate feel of the restaurant. My meal was fantastic! I had a braised antelope short rib in a reduction/sauce with hints of malbec, black cherry, and Moroccan spices (the server said more than 30 different items combined) accompanied by mashed potatoes and wonderful fresh carrots and green beans.... More 

Thank Sharkhunter2010
San Clemente, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Wonderful Lamb Entrees that just melt in your mouth. I didn't try the fish or poultry items. Small restaurant with great waiter service. We went twice in one week. I would highly recommend dining during the week as our Saturday night was very crowded and noisy.

Thank SCGMA2014
San Clemente, CA
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

First class food in an amazingly intimate atmosphere. Great for red meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Suggest ordering the day's special, whatever it is. Usually a great piece of meat in a wine reduction. The Tangines are also spectacular.

Thank Goulee
Fallbrook, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

If you're in San Clemente and up for trying something different - don't miss Village Mediterranean Rim. What my husband and I call a small "hole in the wall" restaurant - you'll find some wonderful, flavorful dishes like Antelope, Lamb or Chicken Tagine. Don't think they always have the antelope available but it's really good. If you're not adventurous they... More 

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Los Angeles
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We were attracted by the several Tagines on the menu, and the rest of the menu sounded fantastic. This is a lovely restaurant in San Clemente with a great ambience and service. The menu is one of the best I have seen. And the Tagines sounded genuine. We started with the Pear salad. Fantastic. And then the Lamb Tagine for... More 

Thank sjfletch52
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

What a surprise to experience this delicious Mediterranean cuisine! The restaurant is intimate and charming-like something you find in Europe. I suggest making a reservation or coming early. Its a great place to be if you are a "foodie." The service was personable and attentive; There is something for everyones taste. We had the Ossobucco(heavenly) Beef Cheeks (heavenly) and Sea... More 

Thank Satoria
Clayotn, OH
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

This is a must visit when in the area and worth a trip from LA and San Diego. We had the lamb shank, lamb osso buck, beef cheek, New Zealand lamb chops and steak with our party. Every meal was incredible and the flavors jumped off the plate. Tried several desert however the ginger cheesecake was top shelf. Bring your... More 

Thank Dave R
San Clemente, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This restaurant brings international type dining to our doorstep. Much simpler and less costly than exotic travels, but just as enjoyable.

Thank pgmgmsc
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a hidden gem. There aren't many tables and the menu is small but executed with a precision and art that is beyond reproach. The chef knows what he's doing and the service staff are clearly proud of the food. We've never had a bad dish there or a bad meal. It doesn't do a full bar -- wine... More 

Thank Julie J
San Clemente, California
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

I've eaten here for several years and never had a bad meal. The menu includes dishes cooked in tajine ccokware, various wild game choices as specials, and an interesting choice of appetizers, soups, fish, and a decent wine list. Make reservations as there is limited seating.

Thank Bob B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, Moroccan, Greek, Middle Eastern
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-361-8970

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