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110 N. El Camino Real (Avenida Del Mar) Send to Phone
California-style grill in downtown San Clemente serves feel-good cuisine.


Lunch Tues.-Sun., Dinner nightly
Open late

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Gordon James Grill, San Clemente, CA

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Gordon James Grill Restaurant Review

: This historic building is charming with its white-washed stucco walls, heavy-duty wood beams and romantic lighting. The California grill cuisine here isn't super inventive, but it does bring a fine dining component to this laid back beach town. The simplest appetizer---green beans, lightly breaded and fried to a golden crisp---may be the best. The Hollywood Brown Derby Cobb, made with oakwood-smoked bacon and grilled chicken breast, can easily make a meal. Ditto for the rigatoni pasta or chicken fettuccine. If you're in the mood for meat, we recommend one of the steaks: filet au poivre, prime rib in a petit or large portion or the hand-cut daily selection. Almost everything from the dinner menu, with the exception of the steaks and rack of lamb, appears in a smaller, more simplified portion at lunch.

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