May 5, 2017

Best of San Clemente: Top Spots for an Amazing Lunch

San Clemente is one of our favorite Southern California beach towns because of its large offerings of things to do and food to eat. From San Clemente surf lessons, to exploring the San Clemente Pier, picnicking on San Clemente State Beach, and hiking the San Clemente Coastal Trail, there are countless things to do in San Clemente. This week, we are here to share our top picks for the best lunches in this diverse city.

The Riders Club Café
1701 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

With a finely curated menu, The Riders Club Café has perfected the simple burger. Although Riders Club is an unassuming roadside shack, this burger joint whips out San Clemente’s favorite burgers. Choose from a classic patty, veggie patty, or Portobello mushroom, then add an egg, avocado, or chili peppers for $1.25. Stop by for a quick lunch, or order ahead and take it to the beach! This is one of our top picks for a casual day near our San Clemente vacation rentals !

Nick’s San Clemente
213 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

A San Clemente Lunch list would not be complete without mention of Nick’s . Located in Downtown San Clemente, this fan favorite offers top notch customer service and quality dining. Try their Shrimp Taquitos, Butternut Squash Bisque, Fish Sandwich, and Butter Cake. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time—this popular dining location fills up quickly! Overall, Nick’s is our number one choice for a nicer splurge lunch!

Hapa J’s
2016 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Looking for a casual and filling lunch? Hapa J’s provides quality Hawaiian food at reasonable prices. They are most known for their Kalua Pork “Man Fries”—said to provide enough for multiple meals. Although they aren’t known for customer service, Hapa J’s is the place to land a satisfying meal with delicious Hawaiian flavors and still provides decent service alongside delicious food. Beware of giant portions!

Café Mimosa
243 Avenida del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672

Making a reappearance on our blog, Café Mimosa is our choice for that fancy Orange County brunch feeling. This gem offers a variety of more unique brunch options, like the Pork Belly Scramble, Crème Brulee French Toast, Lobster Benedict, and ‘Quack and Cheese’ (Duck confit with brie on a panini with fig jam). Don’t forget to order those mimosas or lattes either! Café Mimosa offers street parking, and crowds are naturally higher on the weekends. If you are looking for a nicer brunch or lunch date location or a self-care sort of day, we think Café Mimosa would be a good choice!

Active Culture-Natural Foods Café
111 S El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Active Culture offers a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options for the food lover and health nut. This is our go-to for those with dietary restrictions. Try their Wholesome Bowl-filled with avocado and eggs, their Acai Bowls, or House Burrito-with plenty of veggies. AC is also budget friendly. With their casual atmosphere, lunch is possible with only $10, making it a winner in our books!

Bread Gallery
1624 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

The Bread Gallery is the hidden gem of this post. With a small storefront and simple menu, the Bread Gallery doesn’t seem like anything special. But it is one of locals’ favorites for a well-done quick lunch. Ingredients are fresh, service is genuine, and food is priced fairly. Try the turkey sandwich- filled with lettuce, onions, spinach, red pepper, cucumber, tomato, cheese, and even apple; and sandwiched between freshly baked bread. Then add a cinnamon croissant to tie it together for the perfect lunch in San Clemente!

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