All over San Clemente, there are different restaurants you can visit that are made for families. But instead of going to the same old place every time you take your family out for a meal. While San Clemente is filled with places to eat, it is always more fun and interesting when you go somewhere that isn’t a chain restaurant. Take your family to one of the best San Clemente restaurants for families and enjoy your time together over good food.
There’s nothing wrong with most chain restaurants but the best food is found at the best San Clemente restaurants for families.
Pierside Kitchen & Bar
When you live in a city with beach access you will most likely find plenty of beachside restaurants. Pierside Kitchen & Bar is one of the best San Clemente restaurants for families located just steps away from the beach. Here, you’ll find a great view as well as meals that are put together with local produce, fresh seafood, and the best meat available.
The Fuel Shack
Ready to try some amazing chicken and waffles? The Fuel Shack has you covered with some amazing chicken and waffles as well as other breakfast options like avocado toast and banana bread. In fact, the goal of the menu is to provide you with the fuel you need in a healthy and delicious way. If you’re looking for a way to start your day then The Fuel Shack is where you want to be.
Hawaii isn’t too far away from the west coast of California but it is not easy to get to and many people don’t experience what Hawaii has to offer. Luckily for us, others have and are even willing to bring those experiences over to San Clemente at one of the best San Clemente restaurants for families, Hapa J’s. Hapa J’s brings things like poke, pipi kaula. If you want to try Hawaiian food without boarding a plane or a ship, Hapa J’s has you covered.
SC Cafe has a reputation for being a dive cafe but the food is far from divey. Instead, you’ll find some amazing dishes like steak and eggs or a benedict dish that you won’t soon forget. The food ranges from standard breakfast offerings to huevos rancheros and beyond. The best part is, the atmosphere is far more relaxed than most places and coming into the cafe with a tank top and some flip flops are totally fine.
When you hear the name of this pizza spot you may have some thoughts. However, this place will surpass your initial thoughts. The pizza is delicious and for parents, beer is always available. There are two levels and each level has a bar for adults. You can even go upstairs and then head out onto the balcony to enjoy your food in the warm San Clemente sun.
H H Cotton’s
H H Cotton’s has been around since 2015 and while young, it is still vibrant with great food, a brilliant atmosphere, and a history that is just as interesting as the food is amazing. The menu brings in a bit of everything with dishes like chicken tenders, Hawaiian Island poke, and lumpia. Those are just a few of the starters though and the best way to discover your favorites is to bring the family here and enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, and even happy hour.
Riders Club Cafe
Riders Club Cafe describes itself as “slow fast food” and that is because this restaurant is trying to combine quality food with budget pricing and more. Quality meats are used in their dishes, fresh produce and some things are even made in-house to ensure its freshness. If you’re looking for a great burger, at affordable prices, and in a place that kids are welcomed, Riders Club Cafe is where you will find it all.
The Shwack Cantina
Welcome to the Shwack Cantina, one of the best San Clemente restaurants for families. Why is it the best? Well, parents can try amazing Mexican inspired dishes and kids will love them too. However, kids can be picky at times and that is why you will also find things like burgers and fries on the menu as well. It is a combination of experiences of American classics as well as Mexican inspired dishes.
There is a generalization that is somewhat correct for southern California cities, that is that surfing is a big deal. Well, surfing isn’t in everyone’s life but it is fun and very prevalent in SoCal. That is why Nomads Canteen serves up what they call “surfer soul food”. With an ocean view deck and some amazing dishes, this canteen is one of the best you will ever try.
The Lobster Shack
Relatively new, the Lobster Shack in San Clemente is one of those restaurants that feels more like a one of a kind place. Even at the best San Clemente restaurants, finding a lobster roll this good is hard. A lot of the food here is seafood, so your kids will have to be able to enjoy that type of food. If they do, they will love the grilled cheese kids roll while you enjoy the shrimp roll.