San Clemente Bar & Grill
San Clemente has that old school surfer vibe. It's hanging from Day-Glo orange VW bus bolted to a pillar 15-feet in the air, it's illuminating the Elvis shrine and it's sitting at the surfboard coffee tables underneath San Clemente's thatch roof and patio.read more close
Open for more than 20 years, San Clemente has done its part to bring a little heat to Dominical, with classic Mexican dishes, Costa Rican favorites and homemade Spicy Mike's hot sauce – add a dash for a summer day or a dollop for lingering hell fire.
Stop-in for a lesson on the myriad ways to stuff, slice and simmer a tortilla. Appetizers include chips and guacamole, nachos, quesadillas, and tortilla soup, best enjoyed with a salted-rim margarita, $6. For dinner, dig in on the chicken enchiladas, $9, topped with red sauce, drizzled with sour cream and served beside sliced avocado, refried beans and rice; or the equally tantalizing shredded beef taquitos served with a healthy dollop of guacamole, sour cream, a side of pico de gallo, refried beans and rice.
Like any Mexican restaurant worth its weight in refried beans and tortillas, San Clemente makes crispy, golden fried Costa Rican-style prestiños, $4, cut into triangles, flecked with cinnamon, honey and topped with vanilla ice cream. Perhaps in homage to Elvis, San Clemente also serves up banana bread, $3, capped with vanilla ice cream and homemade blackberry syrup with a cherry on top – while it's no peanut butter and banana sandwich, we think Elvis would be impressed.
San Clemente has thatch covered roofs, umbrella checkered patios, antique surf boards dotting the walls, a full bar and a corner of the restaurant devoted to Elvis.
Easy-going (much like the rest of Dominical) servers offer good recommendations.
Appetizers $4-$8; Entrees $6-$8
7 a.m.- 10 p.m.