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Carbonara Trattoria

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111 Avenida Del Mar Ste B, San Clemente, CA 92672-4001
+1 949-366-1040
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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Dana Point, California
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80 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This has to be the best Italian Restaurant with in 50 miles of San Clemente. It is warm and friendly. The service is spot on and the prices are very fair. My wife ordered the Veal Parmigiana and I ordered the Fruits De Mer in red sauce. My wife's dinner was huge and the pasta that came with it was... More 

Thank 4happyfeet
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Went there for dinner & it was not busy. Had to wait a few minutes though since they had no hostess. Noticed new menus but waitress said they were temporary & they still had eggplant Parmesan (which I normally get but wasn't on this menu). We noticed right away that our silverware had big white spots all over it so... More 

Thank SupSoCal
Conyers, Georgia
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130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This used to be a favorite when we visited. They have completely lost concept of good restaurant. Service is terrible, don't pour water, dirty silverware, no salt & pepper, s-l-o-w. Service. Italian restaurant that does not have Ravoli and other main Italian dishes? They act as if they don't care. Never again!

Thank 87vette
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants and could always count on a delicious meal served by attentive staff. Ownership has changed and so has everything else. The delicious ravioli was no longer offered. Salad was an add on. The food was not good nor was the service. They had plenty of wait staff but they spent their... More 

Thank Zoofreak12
San Clemente
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65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

An annual holiday tradition, at Christmas time, with the best gal pal in all the world! Always a good time, with good food, and the best of friends. Luckily, managed to get to Carbonara's early enough to enjoy happy hour drink specials with our meals, which manage to include the three glasses of wine (told you it was a good... More 

Thank Matt H
Laguna Beach, California
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230 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Good Bye forever Carbonara! What a disaster indeed! Pasta served in cold plates. A TV dinner has more taste than this dishes. My Vongole (linguini with clam sauce) was cold, dry and salty. My hubby's lasagna was cold and dry. Service was terrible as we kept asking for utensils, bread, pepper etc etc. Because we had been at Carbonara before,... More 

Thank Kelly R
Cherokee Village, Arkansas
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

I always plan to have dinner at Carbonara. All of their food offerings are excellent. Please leave room for the chocolate mousse dessert.

Thank laketbird
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We love this restaurant! Great food, view, awesome customer service! Intimate setting. We came for our Anniversary and our server gave us a free dessert. How special was that!

Thank Elisa L
Lakewood, California, United States
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Was part of a wedding party & had the rehearsal dinner there. It's a very small place so they arranged to have us outside in the courtyard. We had to wait until evening because they share the outside area with other shops and vendors. It was a little chilly. Food was a set menu but delicious. Service was exceptional.

Thank Gail G
San Clemente, California
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94 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Although we have lived within walked no distance of this restaurant for a couple of years, we had never tried it until last week when we decided to give lunch a shot. We shared a lasagne and a strawberry and cantaloupe salad. Both were great and worthy of a return visit. The focaccia and Italian bread that is served was... More 

Thank wagr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 Avenida Del Mar Ste B, San Clemente, CA 92672-4001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-366-1040

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