An Unofficial Guide to a Great Day

From new locations and ventures to established and beloved mom-and-pop places, if you are hungry, San Clemente is a satisfying place to eat. Chances are, you’ve walked by these places, maybe on a daily jaunt to the beach, but if you want to enjoy San Clemente in a fun new way, follow this guide. 

It is said by some nutritionists and trainers that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but perhaps it also establishes the tone for the day. A good way to start your day is at the charming Antoine’s Café. Antoine’s is historic, beloved by the community, and it encapsulates the very best parts of what makes breakfast an all-time classic experience. Try the Eggs Benedict to start your day off well.

After breakfast, spend your time exploring beautiful San Clemente before heading to North Beach for lunch at La Colombiana. This is one of the best-kept secrets around, with intensely delicious South American food. Everything about this restaurant is what is right about food and finding great new places to eat in the city. Check out the entire menu, order some empanadas to start, and be sure to ask your server what the chef special of the day is. It never disappoints.

After a meal like this, it may be time to head to the beach for some down time. After resting or playing for a while, head south to MRK Public for a special dinner treat. This wonderful and whimsical spot offers an ever-rotating menu of deliciously creative dishes. From Dal Makhani, an Indian Spiced Black Lentil Stew with cilantro butter and toast points, to the varying chef specials, such as the 10oz Bone-In Durok Pork Chop with miso-tamarind-peanut glaze served atop sticky rice and stir fried veggies, finished with fresh mint, cilantro, and Thai basil: you will find something to enjoy. The relaxed dining style of MRK Public lends itself to the beach attitude and coastal lifestyle like few other experiences.

As the hour grows late and the sun dips beneath the edge of sight, make your way back to the heart of the village. A San Clemente darling, Vine is one of the nicest places to spend an evening in southern California. The ambience fits well with those who appreciate a good glass of wine paired with a delectable dessert. Try the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Souffle Cake with a red of your choice. 

This is a day that can be lived over and over and changed any number of ways to meet your desires and needs. The beauty of a city like San Clemente is self-evident, but it is the moments we share at the table that shed new light on the truly wonderful locations around us. From long-time establishments, to new spots around town, you can always find a great place to eat in San Clemente! Cheers.

Location info: 

Antoine’s Café: 218 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672-4045

La Colombiana: 1640 N. Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

MRK / Public: 1402 S. EL CAMINO REAL, SAN CLEMENTE, CA 92672

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