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106 E Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672-3901
+1 949-492-4010
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walk in the door and immediately feel like you're right inside a restaurant found in Old Mexico......and the food is exceptional. This "Mom and Pop" establishment offers it all, especially excellent food at excellent prices!

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Thank Doug B
San Clemente, California
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437 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mediocre at best. Service is fine. Food is Ok and inexpensive. Nice home town spot, but not a place to make a top spot.

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Thank JimW551
San Clemente, California, United States
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212 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I go here sometimes always alone cause nobody else really trusts the place and if you order anything that isnt fried you might not be fan but as stated above the fish and chips are awesome not just good but awesome. I hear the onion rings are good too but thats not my thing soooo get a cold beer eat... More 

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Thank Kelly C
San Clemente, California
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195 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

I was so delighted to find this little Mexican restaurant. So far, we've had their chile relleno, chile verde burrito, pork enchilada, beef taco and guacamole. All were excellent as were their rice and beans. Their homemade salsas are wonderful. I especially like their roasted onion salsa and pureed mixed chile salsa. This is now our go-to Mexican restaurant in... More 

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Thank Karen K
Dana Point, California
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253 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Generally, hole-in-the-wall Mexican eateries in San Clemente are acceptable to good. Not this one !... Stopped for breakfast and ordered 3-4 different things... Huevos , Quesadillas, Tacos. Everything looked tired and tasted weird.... The place is cheap so did not waste much money but left disappointed.

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Thank PG13LA
Irvine, California
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161 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

They specialize in fish and chips and that is what you should order. Have a cheap beer while you are waiting. This is a neighborhood dive and I love it.

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Thank Susan R
San Clemente, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

I have to admit, I love mexican food but this restaurant serves the best fish and chips I've ever had anywhere. I've been around the world. There is England's world famous fish and chips and then there's El Jefe. I can't stop!!!!! Don't wanna. It's soooo good. Go, seriously. Doesn't even cost that much for the amount of food they... More 

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Thank TheTravelB
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

We stopped in after an afternoon of walking the beach. Our tacos were authentic. The selection of meats is somewhat limited, but it was tasty with simple spicing. Our server was attentive and friendly. The portions were generous, and our total bill was smaller than I expected to pay for a full meal for three.

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Thank Paul H
San Clemente, California
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

fish and chips are great as are most of their menu items, quick friendly service, fair prices, small place easy to miss just off of Camino Real

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Thank Marty M
San Clemente, California
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437 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

Good place for lunch. Food is mediocre but not expensive. I usually have a mexican plate of some sort when here. I come with a friend whop likes it and it is in walking distance of his work.

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Thank JimW551

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
Monday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 21:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 E Escalones, San Clemente, CA 92672-3901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-492-4010

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