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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%
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“guacamole” (54 reviews)
“pork carnitas” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pmAll 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 1 week ago

We went around 2:00 on a Thursday so the restaurant was not crowded and there was no wait. We started with Margaritas. On the smallish side but excellent, very fresh tasting and strong. The skinny margarita was especially good - less sweet and more fresh...More

Thank Ted K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having dinner there tonight. One of my favs in San Clemente. Staff is attentive, food is great. This is my daughters favorites. It her birthday and she chose to celebrate here.

Thank casey2001338
Reviewed 1 week ago

the place does have a nice vibe. That is about the best thing I can say for it. Really expensive. !7 bucks for short rib tacos that were dry and tasteless. From the minute you sit down, they try to upsell you. Waited ten minutes...More

Thank mazdreams
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is beautiful inside. Bar in the middle of the restaurant kind of a muted centerpiece but works well, adds to the classy ambiance. Unfortunately the food was just ok. People seem to come here for the drinks/cocktails. Maybe that can make up for...More

Thank nahlalee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make reservations or try your luck stalking the bar area for open seating. Fun bar scene with menu service. Large portions for a reasonable price.

Thank OragneCountyThor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been there many times. Chilean Sea Bass Entree is all you need to know. Wash it down w/ their skinny margaritas. You'll thank me later

Thank david m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good upscale Mexican, great chips and salsa. Little pricey but good. Great atmosphere and fun vibe

Thank Brenda B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and i go to Nick's and Nick's South on regular basis. They are consistently good hope they bring back the soda refill option back.

Thank Mariam M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to this restaurant about 5 times now. They have good drinks and also offer Mezcal, which is hard to find even in Mexican restaurants. The food is good but is more Southwestern than Mexican, which is o.k. since Mexican food in San Clemente...More

Thank mark d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favorite is their marinated steak, but have never had a bad meal. Their steak salad is spicey, but good too. My boyfriend didn't care for his chili verde because the pork was not cooked in the sauce, just poured over.

Thank Karen G
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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.
Bob L
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
USD 10 - USD 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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