Fishermans Restaurant & Bar on the San
Clemente Pier is a pleasant surprise in more ways than one.
Fishermans Restaurants, 611 Avenida Victoria (on San Clementer
Pier) San Clemente, CA 92672 Call: (949) 498-6390
Where have I been all my lifee?
I've lived no more than a 40 - 50 minute drive from San Clemente (as
the beach stoplights go) and never once have I tried the food at
Fishermans Restaurant on the San Clemente Municipal Pier.
First, let's count the number
of outdoor restaurants on piers in Orange County, California. One.
OK, no big deal. How many piers are there. Five in OC. One in
five isn't too shabby, and thank goodness for the one that does have
this restaurant outdoors. Showing up on a week day around lunch
time, my friend and I got lucky, I am guessing. We sat right down at
a table of our choice outside, complete with the umbrella for shade.
Studying the menu, I was a bit
disappointed that my friend ordered the same thing I did. She seems
to do that unless I suggest we try different items and split them.
It's hard finding people who will do that for my food reviews. So we
both had the Cobb Salad. Not much diversity, but at least I'd
get her opinion about the same meal. Her favorite part about it was
the dressing, though she also likes Ruby's Diner ranch dressing. I
liked the fresh avocado, large section of bleu cheese, and healthy
serving of egg, bacon and meats. The salad was great. That's the end
of the food review, since that's all I had. What can I say? The
lettuce was fresh, yes. Service was efficient, friendly. Price was
affordable. Scenery a dream.
What's best about the
Fishermans (in addition to the history and friendly vibe of locals),
is the atmosphere... and food value. For under $10 I got a decent
meal with a glass of tea, and the most spectacular weather and
scenery in the world.
Some brag about their white
sand beach in Florida, while others like to rub it in that the
islands have clear blue waters, in addition. But we Southern
Californians know that the weather we experience is the best in the
world, no contest. I've been to Hawaii and found my SoCal weather
much better. It's always nice to get home to it...and when you find
these great restaurants to sit around, get waited on, and dine to
the backdrop of the sea, now that's a big wow! Fishermans has two
sections that split off two directions like a T on the San Clemente
Pier. There's indoor dining and a classic wood-grained bar. Old
black and white photos near the restrooms show the early years of
the San Clemente Pier when everyone caught huge fish right off the
Breakfast is served at 8 a.m.
daily (Saturdays only Sept.- mid-June) and includes the classics,
omelettes (over 10 types). Pancakes, waffles, and a brunch selection
with salmon, or one of seven meal salads provide early diners some
When lunch kicks in, you can
pick from over 12 types of fish! Salmon, red snapper, ono,
swordfish, mahi mahi and others are served with chowder or green
salad, fries or rices and sourdough bread loaf. Prices for
fish are around $11 - 22. Pasta, tacos, hamburgers, soup & salad,
fish & chips, veggie platter, and sandwiches offer an incredible
Prices rise on the dinner
menu, that includes an added choice of baked potato. King Crab, New
York Steak, Top Sirloin, Lamb Chops, Pork Chops, Prawns, Pasta and
the Feast are some choices. What's the feast? It is family style
dining for two or more people with choice of Clams, Crabs,
Swordfish, Salmon or Halibut in large portions with the trimmings.
Price is around $25 -35.
Beginning in September, Sunset
dinners are served from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday. They feature a
line-up of fish, chicken, steak or pasta served with salad or soup,
potatoes or rice, vegetables and a scoop of ice cream. Cost is under
Wine, beer and a full cocktail
bar are highlights of this fantastic California experience. Grab a
cocktail and watch the sunset.
Where to stay when you visit
Clemente Hotels range from
budget to condo style accommodations.
Several that have caught our
Sea Horse Resort with some ocean view studio units,
Best Western Casablanca Inn and the really affordable
Best Value Budget Lodge. Most the time you'll find
sufficient availability but there are several special events in the
summer that tend to fill up the hotel space. When that happens, just
look north to Dana Point. It is right down the road.
Dana Point < San Clemente >