San Clemente Lifestyle  Readers’ Choice Awards

San Clemente has spoken, and across 16 categories, they’ve decided who their local favorites are!

Best Burgers

Biggie’s Burgers  
1017 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Biggie’s Burgers & More offers the best burgers, real shakes with real ingredients (strawberries, Hershey’s chocolate, real vanilla), chicken breast sandwich and salad, chili, curly, thick and thin fries, homemade onion rings, fried zucchini and more. We’ve been in business for 22 years and we are pleased that our customers enjoy our location in San Clemente.”

Best Wine Bar

The Cellar 

156 Av156 Avenida Del Mar

San Clemente, Ca

“Wine, Music, and amazing food: yes, heaven is real.”

At The Cellar, their goal is to offer customers a wide selection of perfectly ripe cheeses in a friendly environment that will entice both a novice and veteran cheese lover. Their primary focus is on artisanal cheese with an emphasis on domestic farmhouse cheeses as well as carefully selected European and international varieties. Quality and season ultimately determine which cheeses they sell. 

Best Dessert

Blackbird Artisan Pie   
111 W Avenida Palizada #15B, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Blackbird Pie is owned and operated by the Hogue Family. Specializing in hand pies, we cook in small batches, and make absolutely everything by hand, from scratch. We hope these pies provide you with the same sense of home and love that they do for us!”

Best Brewery

Pizza Port 
301 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Pizza Port is devoted to total customer satisfaction by providing the highest quality and the best service humanly possible while having too much fun. We take ultimate pride in our standards by offering a completely unique dining and drinking experience. Our goal is only met if we make you happy and you have a great time, EVERY TIME! While we don’t know entirely what’s next for us, we want to continue to brew great beer, make great pizzas, and make new friends. Through all the growth and changes we have seen over the past 30 years, what continues to drive our passion and our mantra still rings true, so cheers to that!”

Best Breakfast

218 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Located in the beautiful South Orange County beach community of San Clemente, Antoine’s Cafe brings you fresh and delicious food in a friendly & fun atmosphere. Come join us and see what makes us a local favorite! Veronique Price is the owner of Antoine’s Cafe. Veronique believes that eating can be a wonderful shared experience that comforts and makes people happy.”

Best Pizza

Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta  
429 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Mama and Ernest Genovese opened their first restaurant on Hollywood Blvd in 1947. All of their children worked in the restaurant, and after 25 years at that location, they decided to move to San Clemente where they had always come to vacation. So along with their children, they opened Ernesto’s Italian Villa, where they served family specialties for over 20 years. Soon after, the children decided to venture out on their own and Sonny opened his now famous Sonny’s Pizza & Pasta, where he and his daughter Julie have been serving his family’s authentic Italian food for 30 years.”

Best Asian Cuisine 

Thai Palace 
1021 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92673

Authentic Thai food and the incredibly friendly staff is what sets Thai Palace apart from the rest. Delicious Thai curries and specialty rice & noodle dishes are packed with flavor, and if you tell them you like it spicy they’ll deliver cuisine with a true kick! For a sincerely Thai eating experience, try Thai Palace, the place our readers say is the best in town.

Best Coffee

Bear Coast   
618 1/2 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, CA 92672

“We find amazing coffee and bring it to the beach. We make all sauces and flavorings in-house. Including our lavender-infused caramel, nutmeg-accented vanilla, and dark chocolate ganache. We also make fresh Almond Milk every single day. We have been inspired by craft industries around us, and wanted to bring this artisan experience to San Clemente!” 

Best Latin/Mexican   

La Siesta 
920 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“La Siesta Mexican Restaurant offers the freshest and most authentic Mexican food and drinks in beautiful San Clemente. With flavor and tradition since 1956, La Siesta is a great place to relax with family and friends. With a large dining area, a fully stocked bar, and an outside patio coming soon, La Siesta offers only the greatest dining experience accompanied by fast friendly service. Whether you are hungry for enchiladas or steak, La Siesta offers a wide variety of fine Mexican dishes served in generous portions with bottomless chips and award-winning salsa.”

Best Fine Dining  

The Vine 
211 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672  

“VINE is an all-encompassing Wine Country dining experience, featuring a Wine Bar, Open Kitchen, and a Semi-Private Dining table in our Wine Room. It offers South Orange County residents a fine dining night out with a complete food and wine experience. VINE is Wine Country Cuisine influenced by the Napa Valley region. Also, the wine selection includes more than 100 bottles – over 25 of which are available by the glass.”

Best Hair Salon

Salon Bleu 
207 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Salon Bleu offers a full range of salon services including haircut, color, highlights, extensions, on-site bridal hair and makeup, and special occasion makeup application.”

Best Veterinarian

SC Veterinarian  
1833 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

“When it comes to medical care for your pet, it is important to trust the people caring for them. San Clemente Veterinary Hospital has been operating at the same location since 1957.”

Best Urgent Care

905 Calle Amanecer #115, San Clemente, CA 92673

“MEDHERO™ is a state-of-the-art advanced urgent care providing medical treatment through a team of professionals trained and supervised by a local Board Certified Emergency Physician. They offer a true alternative to the ER for non-life threatening conditions with our modern walk-in facility located in San Clemente and serving all of South Orange County. They perform high-quality exams utilizing the latest medical technologies, perform in-house X-rays, provide hospital-level medications including IV medication & hydration, and operate our own dispensing pharmacy for medications we commonly prescribe.”

Best Surf Shop

167 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, CA 92672

“Today, Hobie Surfboards and Hobie Surf Shops continue with Hobie’s genius of invention, experimentation, follow-through, and inspired performance. Whether your interests are in our apparel lines, or hand-crafted surfboards, or in the “Back to the Future” stand up paddle boards for recreation, racing, or surfing…a place where not only the surfing and SUP communities can call home, but the greater community can call home as well. A home that promotes the clean living, ocean-oriented lifestyle that Hobie Alter gave us over sixty years ago.”

Best Yoga 
415 E Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672

pure. love. yoga. is committed to offering the highest quality teachers in Orange County. Their team has a true passion for teaching their students from the ancient traditions of yoga. They value serving a beautiful community of humble, authentic humans who share a common belief in the incredible healing powers of yoga. They believe that kindness is not an act but a lifestyle.

Best Dentist

Shoreline Dental Studio 
122 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, CA 92672

Being born and raised in San Clemente, Dr. Ritzau desires to give back to her local community by providing high-quality dental care customized to her patients’ individual needs. Their office is committed to creating an atmosphere of compassion where their patients can feel relaxed and comfortable knowing they are receiving the treatment they can trust.