San Clemente offers many attractions for the traveler but one of the characteristics the city is most known for is its wonderful assortment of restaurants. One of our most popular varieties of local cuisine is Mexican food and San Clemente has no short supply. When exploring San Clemente you'll find everything from hole in the wall cafes (loved by the surfers) with huge, inexpensive burritos to the fine dining of South of Nick’s, a place perfect for a white tablecloth sit down dinner with a glass of wine.
You will not be disappointed with all that you will find here in San Clemente. To get started, take a look look at just a few of our top picks for great local Mexican food:
Cafe Del Sol:
3817 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente
Located about half a mile from Trestles Trail, the walkway down to the world renowned Trestles Beach,
Cafe Del Sol
is a surfer favorite and is always preparing flavorful and fresh, mouthwatering burritos. Visitors love their sauces and salsas, and also the healthy options offered at Cafe Del Sol - this cafe offers not only top-notch Mexican favorites but also features an espresso bar, fresh-pressed juice, and acai bowls. Basically, you can't go wrong with Cafe Del Sol for a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you go there once you will be hooked for a lifetime.
P.S. Cafe Del Sol is just a few blocks from our
vacation rentals in San Clemente, so if you're staying with us at either of these San Clemente vacation rentals, be sure to stop by!
114 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente
No frills, just amazing food! This hole-in-the-wall Mexican Restaurant has consistently prepared delicious burritos, tacos, nachos, and ore for our ever hungry surfers and the many travelers that come through San Clemente. La Tienditas is known for their huge portions, delicious chile rellenos, and affordable prices, making it an especially great choice for traveling families. Order to go, bring your haul of tacos and taquitos home to your vacation rental, and enjoy a feast of authentic Mexican cuisine!
920 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente
Located on the northern side of town,
is a lesser known sit-down Mexican restaurant. At La Siesta you'll find satisfying fare like the cheesy wet burrito smothered in red sauce and accompanied by a large plate of rich beans, alongside La Siesta specialties like the steak or chicken picado or sopes a la cipriano.
This quaint, colorful cocina is a great place for a quiet dinner, and offers excellent service, making your satisfaction their priority. And, if you need to unwind after a long day, La Siesta also features a happy hour menu and an extensive list of margaritas.
204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
If you've driven through the center of San Clemente you've probably seen the welcoming windows and awnings of
Avila's El Ranchito
esting in the heart of San Clemente, Avila's is home to extra tasty Mexican cuisine curated by Victor Avila and his daughter Elyse Avila. The large serving sizes and tasty food at Avila's quickly won them a place as a San Clemente favorite.
Being on the street corner on Del Mar, Avila's El Ranchito has a naturally open and inviting feel that often fills the streets around it with the aroma of simmering albondigas soup, savory enchiladas, and spicy chili verde. Make sure to finish off your meal with the exquisite flan or a crispy strawberry-filled churro! If you are looking for a fabulous and hearty meal, Avila's El Ranchito is the place for you.
P.S. Its central location places Avila's within easy walking distance of many of our San Clemente vacation rentals, so if you're staying with us in San Clemente, be sure to check this place out!
South of Nicks
110 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente
Last but not least, no list of Mexican food in San Clemente would be complete without
South of Nicks
This fine dining restaurant is a favorite among the locals and always has customers. Nick's serves up nothing less than perfection in each of their many savory dishes. Some of Nick's most popular dishes are their Filet Mignon Taquitos, Ribeye Steak, and Grilled Romaine to their Lobster Enchiladas.
The classy atmosphere, impeccable service, and selection of wines and cocktails, make Nick's a great choices for a date night or other special occasion. If you want white tablecloths and high end Mexican food, this is the place for you.
Ready to explore our local cuisine?
If you are not a San Clemente resident but want to try all the south of the border flavors San Clemente has to offer, the best way is to stay like a local at one of our
San Clemente vacation rentals
! If you discover any other local gems during your stay, be sure to let us know!
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