THE 19 BEST Seafood Restaurants in San Clemente, CA - 2024 Restaurantji (2024)


American • $$$

211 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Crispy Jidori Chicken Schnitzel with Maitake Mushrooms

Signature Crispy Meyer Lemon & Honey Duck Wings

Bourbon Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

American Kobe Wine Country Burger

Pork Belly and Brussel Sprouts

Day Aged Bone-In Ribeye Steak


“I rarely write reviews, but my experience here was so phenomenal that I feel it is necessary. Two friends and I went for a leisurely family style dinner and everything we ordered, from the drinks to the appetizers to the entrees, exceeded our expectations. Beyond that, everything came out impossibly fast, our server was stellar, and they gave us a complimentary dessert. I can't wait to go back.“

4.7 Superb334 Reviews



Brussels Bistro

Belgian • $$

218 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Large Cone of Belgian Fries

Beer Sampler Platter

Small Pot of Mussels

Croquettes Tasting

Mushroom Soup With

Bacon Wrapped Brie

Boeuf Bourguignon

Trout Almondine

Brussels Sprouts

Chicken Sandwich

“Another fabulous dining experience at Brussels Bistro. We celebrated my husband's birthday here on the All You Can Eat Mussels night. He was in heaven. Our server, Abby, was excellent and lovely. This restaurant is a true gem in San Clemente.“

4.6 Superb169 Reviews



Seasurf Fish Co

Seafood • $

202 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Lobsta Roll Platter the Bomb

Beer Battered Fish & Chips

North Shore Garlic Shrimp

Mexican Street Corn Elote

Happy Hour Poke Nachos

Fish and Shrimp Tacos

Hawaiian Island Poke

Fish Taco Plate

Spicy Poke Bowl

Happy Hour Tacos

“You order at the counter and the staff will bring your food to you. Fast service, along with delicious and savory flavors. The ahi tuna was well seasoned. There are plenty of hot sauces to pick from. It got pretty busy on a Friday night. Overall - with the fast service, well seasoned food, and variety of options for both seafood and hot sauces, I'd come back and recommend seasurf to others!“

4.6 Superb158 Reviews



South of Nick's San Clemente | Mexican Kitchen + Bar

Mexican • $$

110 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

El Jefe Burrito with Ranchero Beef

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

Maine Lobster Enchiladas

Guacamole for the Table

Enchiladas Divorciadas

Filet Mignon Ranchero

Seafood Chile Relleno

Chicken Tortilla Soup

El Gringo Taco Salad

Tijuana Street Corn

“We celebrated my daughters 20th birthday. The service was amazing. Karcher our waiter was amazing, he was so attentive, explained the menu to us and had some amazing suggestions as well. Everything we ordered from appetizers to the desserts were amazing. Karcher was so thoughtful that upon us mentioning it was my daughters birthday he went above and beyond and brought her dessert with a birthday candle. Thank you so much.. She enjoyed it very much and we all did as well. From the Avina Family thank you South of Nick's - San Clemente for the amazing time. We will definitely return. 4/14/2024 Menu: Taquitos Caseros were tasty, Filet & Grilled Romaine was amazing, chicken flautas were yummy. Chipotle Dusted Sea Bass was my husbands favorite. El Vaquero was also a favorite. the drinks were yummy from the Strawberry lemonade, co*kes, to the corona and the red wine to my favorite the cucumber margarita. :) The setting and the atmosphere was amazing.“

4.5 Superb419 Reviews



Nick's San Clemente

American • $$

213 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The Local Market Salad

San Francisco Cioppino

Original Ribeye Melt

Bacon Deviled Eggs

The Prime Rib Dip

Asparagus Fries

Chicken Pot Pie

“Nick's has excellent service, friendly enthusiastic staff, delicious quality food, and reasonable prices for fairly large serving sizes. Very clean sleek modern design with a lively crowd of customers which at times can make it difficult to hear dinner conversations.“

4.5 Superb369 Reviews




American • $$$

313 N El Camino Real, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Goat Cheese Fondue

Braised Short Rib

Octopus Grilled

Duck Confit

Beet Salad

Fig Salad

“FIG continues to be one of the best restaurants in Orange County. High quality, interesting food choices. Carnivores and diabetics can be very happy with a wide-ranging menu offering many options. An extremely good Caesar Salad that an only be improved with the addition of anchovies (didn't get the memo?) Fish options are uniformly good. One recommendation would be to order each stage of the meal separately (i.e., finish the salad before you order the main course, etc.) You will enjoy it more, and it avoids the sometimes problem of main dishes arriving cold.“

4.5 Superb203 Reviews



Seafood • $$

611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Oysters on the Halfshell

Clam Chowder Soup

Chicken Sandwich

Shrimp co*cktail

Bucket of Clams

Coconut Shrimp

Seafood Salad

Fish and Chips

Shrimp Tacos

Oyster Bar

“Not exactly the tourist trap we were expecting. Got in with no wait on a weekday. The steak was flavorful and perfectly cooked. The French fries were phenomenal, I had two baskets. Great place to watch the tide or the sunset. Coming here to drink and dine with friends was a great experience.“

4.4 Superb200 Reviews



Riviera Restaurant

American •

2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Lobster Benedict

Avocado Toast

“The food here is pretty good and priced relatively compared to the other nicer restaurants around San Clemente. The chilaquiles were really good and the avocado toast was great as well. The drinks were well made and decently priced. Our only concern/negative feedback would be the staffing. The people are great, kind and wonderful to be around. There were just a few moments where we had to wait a bit longer than necessary due to the bartender(the only one serving) was overwhelmed with the guests. To be fair, there were a couple of larger tables, but an additional server would have made this a 5 star experience. We will definitely be back!Parking: Riviera Restaurant is located inside the San Clemente Inn. Both the Inn and Restaurant share a large parking lot.“

4.4 Superb182 Reviews



Surfin' Chicken Grill

Chicken • $

71 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Lunch Special Chicken Plate

Carne Asada Burrito

Carne Asada Nachos

Half Chicken Plate

Red Snapper Plate

Surfin Chicken

Baby Back Ribs

Whole Chicken

Mahi Tacos


“The food was very good and healthy. I had the two piece chicken (actually cooked on a flame grill) lunch with 4 tortillas, lettuce/salad, beans, and a smooth guac (which I really liked). Tomatillo salsa was very good. Nothing was loaded with salt which is a big deal to me. We’ll be coming back.“

4.5 Superb60 Reviews



Wahoo's Fish Taco

Mexican • $

641 Camino De Los Mares A100, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Maui Onion Rings

Crispy Fish Taco

Fountain Drink

Shrimp Burrito

2 Fish Tacos

Black Beans

Shrimp Bowl

“My wife and I come back to visit a few times a year and this is a must stop. Our favorite guy is always working hard behind the counter. We LOVE the spicy mango margaritas and the ceviche. The fact that they have a dressing bar with cilantro vinaigrette, pico de gallo, jalapeños, salsas, etc. CANT GO WRONG!!“

4.4 Superb45 Reviews



Fratello's Italian Kitchen + Bar

Italian • $$

647 Camino De Los Mares #126, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Pepperoni and Sausage Thick Crust Pizza

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Limone

Chicken Pesto

Garlic Bread

Garlic Toast



Meat Sauce

Cobb Salad

“Great everything here at this restaurant.They have friendly staff and have "gluten free" options for my severe allergic reactions !!!!!So grateful to have options here... And the waiter always checks with the cook!GO HERE.......Thank you“

4.3 Superb54 Reviews



Wow poki San Clemente

Hawaiian • $

1021 Avenida Pico # B, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Poki Salad

Poki Bowl

Poki Wrap



“Was in the area for work and gave this place a try. Nice small dining area. Ten different types of fish to choose from. The large bowls here are 5 scoops of fish compared to the 3 or 4 scoops at other locations, however the fish scoops here are on the smaller side. Very simple and not many topping options. Would like to see more toppings. The fish tasted fresh and althought it was simple it was delicious. Was there around 1pm and it was non stop with customers coming in the door so it seems like a popular place. The price was very fair and was slightly cheaper than most other Poke locations. I enjoyed the food and would give it more visits when in the area.“

4.2 Good25 Reviews



Inka Mama's San Clemente

Peruvian • $$

111 W Avenida Palizada #303, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Saltado Vainitas de Pollo

Tallarin Verde Con Pollo

Chicharron de Pollo

Chaufa De Mariscos

Ajiaco De Mariscos

Green Sauce 12 Oz



“I love Inka Mama's and the phenomenal food, plus the quaint location really makes this a great place to go. The food is extremely flavorful and delicious, and the ambiance is great. Intimate, nicely styled with a missionary design. And the staff are extremely polite and helpful. A tip- ask for their soup options. They are off the menu and really really good. (I love aguadito de pollo and the bean soup.)“

4.2 Good114 Reviews



Rare Society

Steak House

226 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Caesar Salad with Pecorino Cheese

Banana Forster Cheesecake

Filet Mignon Platter

Petite Filet Mignon

Potatoes Au Gratin

Grilled Artichoke

Fettuccine Alfredo

“Very delicious steak and lobster. Steak platter was a lot better than seafood. The truffle bread & potatoe Lobster Is one of the kind as side dish. We did not like the ravioli because it was too salty. Their service is Good. Parking is a little hassle. Did not find Valet Parking.“

4.2 Good155 Reviews



Fisherman's Galley

Hamburger •

625 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

“Hi, hello, I don't understand the rating for this place because I look forward to eating here every single year my family comes to San Clemente. This spot is basically the "snack shack" on the pier in San Clemente. Our family usually sets up shop on the beach near T-street, but we make the walk over here to grab lunch every day on the beach. The lines sometimes can be a little long, but they go pretty quickly. And ice cream has become such a hot commodity here that they have a separate pickup spot for ice cream. They also have plenty of seating (none in the shade though) so you can either eat your food there or you can take it with you to-go. I always order the cheeseburger and fries. The cheeseburger honestly reminds me of in-n-out and honestly, nothing better than a cheeseburger at the beach! I also LOVE their soft serve ice cream in a cone. I mean, it's $3! And they always stack it. I usually get the chocolate and vanilla swirl. This past time we went, they didn't do the best job in swirling them so I wasn't able to get a photo, but I have gotten good pics of them in the past. Seriously, nothing better than soft serve ice cream on the beach. Like I said, my family and I have been coming here for yeaaaars and it's one of our must-do things.“

3.8 Good16 Reviews



Hawaiian • $$

641 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Chargrilled White Fish Combo

Signature Chargrilled Salmon

Panko Crusted Ahi

Macaroni Salad

Salmon Musubi

Chicken Katsu

Mac Salad


“Love it. I've been to a different location before and when I'm in the area I seek out Nalu's. It is a great casual spot for some good, fresh food. We got a Mahi plate, a panko ahí plate, and a kids chicken plate. The fish were both delicious and my kid devoured the chicken. I also love the mac salad. Will definitely be back to this or other locations. We went on a Friday afternoon and it wasn't crowded at all. Service was very fast.“

4.1 Good56 Reviews




Mexican • $$$

110 S El Camino Real, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Salted Carmel Ice Cream

Hibiscus Ice Cream

Tomahawk Steak

Chile Relleno

Birria De Res

Charred Corn

Halibut Taco

Wagyu Steak

Caqui Salad

Garlic Rice

“This place is AMAZING! Everything on the menu was gluten free, farm fresh, and imaginative. Definitely try a grasshopper when you're there! (and I don't mean the drink.) The staff was super friendly and unpretentious: I felt like I was back in the Midwest. Will definitely be returning for special occasions (because I can't resist dropping all that coin).“

4.1 Good167 Reviews




Seafood • $

101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa Ste 616, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Ultimate Fish Taco

Lobster Roll

Fish & Chips

Power Bowl

Poke Bowl


“One of the food options at The Outlets SC. Set up as a faster food restaurant - order at the counter and food is brought to you. Menu is not expansive but there's a good selection. Food formats are bowls, salads, sandwich/rolls, tacos, and a few specialty/seasonal items. Seafood is the main protein but you can get chicken or beef, plus there is a plant-based option. The sides are unusual but tasty. Brussel sprouts were very good, truffle Parm tots were good but a bit too oil-y, and the cauliflower (battered and deep fried) were too greasy for me. For mains, the poke bowl is very good and healthy, and the lobster roll was really tasty. Looking forward to trying other items.“

3.8 Good61 Reviews



Seafood • $$

610 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente

Customers` Favorites

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque

Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Berry French Toast

Lobster Benedict

Burger and Fries

Clam Chowder

Steak & Eggs




“Always great to come in for brunch, lunch or dinner. We’re always sit at the bar. Mateo and kimmie are always so attentive and makes sure everything is perfect. Great craft beer selections and full bar as well. Endless mimosas are a blast.“

3.7 Good124 Reviews



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