Bear Coast: The best place in San Clemente for coffee. Hands down. Located across the street from the pier, we suggest ordering your coffee to-go, and head to the beach. (@bearcoastcoffee)

  • Bobby’s pick: Black Coffee

  • Alli’s pick: Oat Milk Latte

Breakfast

Cafe Mimosa: This charming little French bistro is one of our favorite spots for brunch! Their menu is small (and on the pricier end) - but the quality, service, and ambiance is well worth the price. (@cafemimosasc)

  • Bobby’s pick: Breakfast Sandwich

  • Alli’s pick: Steel Cut Oats

Rose’s Sugar Shack Cafe: Huge portions, friendly service, and a casual, beachy, at-home setting. Perfect place to fill up before a day at the beach!

  • Bobby’s pick: C’ Dragon

  • Alli’s pick: The Surfer

Ellie’s Table: Our mouths are watering just THINKING about Ellie’s table. To die for pastries, sandwiches, coffee and more. But really… the baked goods are the main event. They’re heavenly. The lines can be long (especially on the weekend) but they move quick! (@elliestable)

  • Bobby’s pick: Chocolate Croissant

  • Alli’s pick: Cinnamon Roll

Lunch/Dinner

The Vine: Craft cocktails, a seasonal menu, and an extensive wine bar, all in the most romantic and intimate setting. The Vine is definitely a “special occasion” kind of a spot - and worth a stop, even if just for a drink! (@vinesanclemente)

  • Bobby’s pick: American Kobe Wine Country Burger

  • Alli’s pick: Lemon Verbena Poached Scottish Salmon

South of Nick’s: We are obsessed with this modern Mexican restaurant. So much so, that we celebrate every Christmas Eve there! (No joke, we really do!) Hands down our favorite margaritas. (@southofnicks)

  • Bobby’s pick: The Pork Carnitas. Every time.

  • Alli’s pick: The Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

Pizza Port: Our favorite laid-back pizza spot. Invite your friends, order a few pitchers of beer, and snack on some “Beer Buddies” while you wait for your pizza. Did we just make your Friday night plans? ;) (@pizzaportbrewingco)

  • Bobby’s pick: Meet Extreme Meat

  • Alli’s pick: Pizza Carlsbad

The Riders Club Cafe: They’ve been voted “Best Burger of San Clemente” and we’d have to agree. Everything is made fresh with quality ingredients - and while the burgers are simple, they’re absolutely delicious. (Oh, and it sounds weird- but make sure you get the chocolate pudding. You’ll thank us later.) (@ridersclubcafe)

  • Bobby’s pick: The Burger with cheddar and bacon

  • Alli’s pick: The Burger with the housemade veggie patty and avocado

Pedro’s Tacos: Short on time? This drive-through Mexican chain serves up fresh fish tacos, burritos, taquitos, and more. Great quality for a great price!

  • Bobby’s pick: Bean and Cheese Burrito with Potatoes and Rolled Tacos with Guacamole

  • Alli’s pick: Fish Taco Combo Plate

The Cellar: We love this little wine bar! They have the best wine flights, cheese boards, shared plates, and live music (almost) every night! And their patio is dog-friendly, which makes us love it THAT much more! (@sccellar)

  • Bobby’s pick: Pinot Camp

  • Alli’s pick: Red, White and Frosé

The Vine: Sure, this place is already in our Dinner category - but it belongs here too. Their wine and craft cocktails are some of the very best in Southern California. Even if you don’t eat here, you must stop by for a drink. (@vinesanclemente)

  • Bobby’s pick: One and Done

  • Alli’s pick: English Kiwi

(We’ll be honest, San Clemente doesn’t have the best hotels as some neighboring beach communities. We’d prefer to stay in Dana Point or Laguna Beach - but here’s a few options if you have your heart set on staying in SC.) ;)

Casa Tropicana: You can’t beat the location of this little ten room boutique hotel. It’s clean, quaint, and practically on the water. Oh, and it’s above Bear Coast Coffee - which is reason enough to stay there! (@casatropicana)

CAMP! What’s better than beach camping?! San Clemente State Beach and San Onofre are two great options.

Walk or bike the San Clemente Beach Trail: This picturesque shoreline trail features 2.3 miles of stunning ocean views… It’s our favorite walk to do early in the morning, before all the crowds!

Shop Del Mar Street: Filled with eclectic shops, restaurants, and bars - the opportunities are endless on this cute downtown street!

Our dog Sally LOVES coming with us to San Clemente! Almost every restaurant has a dog-friendly patio (The Cellar and Bear Coast Coffee are some of the best), and San Onofre state beach is pet friendly as well. Sun, sand, and grub… what more could a pup want?!