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The view has always been unbeatable at the location the Pierside Kitchen and Bar has recently taken over, and now there is food, drink and ambiance to match.
This newest San Clemente eatery welcomes guests with its open doors and the scintillating scents of an uber creative menu. And with a classic, nautical decor, a flowing floor plan, and that crisp ocean breeze blowing through its wide open doors, the San Clemente vibe is definitely seeping in.
One of the first things seen upon entering this newly renovated and spruced up restaurant, is one of the original railroad track signs from the Pier Bowl as well as the framed original track maps set against the whitewashed brick wall. The tables are adorned with hurricane lamps surrounded by nautical rope and holding inside a simple white candle. The renovated bar sits at a 90 degree angle to the ocean, and a large indoor mirror reflects the view, sending light into the back of the restaurant so everyone can enjoy the scenery no matter where they’re seated.
Owners and bothers Keon, Ali, Amir and Bobak Nayebadadash were raised in the restaurant industry. Their dad was also a fellow restaurant owner, so it is no surprise they found themselves going down that same road. Four-years-ago, having jobs not at all related to the food industry, they decided to embark on an endeavor to open a Gastropub in Redondo Beach. Due to the success that restaurant has had, they began to look for another spot on the coast. Through mutual friends, they were introduced to Thomas and Michele Reynolds from Laguna Beach who were also interested in opening a restaurant. They suggested looking in our quaint town, and as soon as the partners saw the space, they instantly knew they had found their spot.
Keeping San Clemente in mind, the partners completely redesigned the space, from the floor plan and the walls to the light fixtures and the bar. The goal was to create an environment where people would feel welcomed and want to keep returning for whatever occasion … to have lunch after a day at the beach, happy hour with some pals, or even for hosting a private party.
With over 14 beers on tap - changed daily- the Nayebdadash brothers have brought a little of the Gastropub concept to the village, serving fine foods along with a variety of unique and high quality beverages. While all of their beers are certainly unique, many of them are from local breweries such as Artifex and Left Coast, both located here in town. They also serve over 30 beers by the bottle, personally and carefully hand-selected for their menu.
But it’s not just about the beer at the Pierside; they have wines from smaller, boutique wineries and custom, handmade culinary cocktails made with fresh pressed juices. The Surfside Sour, a twist on the traditional whiskey sour is mixed with Bourbon, apricot liqueur and fresh lemon juice, and the Scratch Margarita made with mint and serrano pepper-infused simple syrup, are two favorites with the patrons already.
When it comes down to what matters most at any restaurants – it’s really about the food … right? The decor can be beautiful, the atmosphere pleasant, but the food has got to be great - and the Piersides' food is more than that – it’s awesome. Their executive chef, Antonio Roa previously worked at a 5-star hotel and that experience in fine dining has played a role in creating the menu. Taking the concepts of fine dining and melding them with the typical food usually served in pubs, they have created a uniquely delicious menu at the right price point. Their offerings include a great variety of appetizers from baked brie to fresh oysters, and to accompany all that beer they serve several great burgers made with Wagyu beef.
Starting at just $12, you can order one of their five signature burgers in different arrangements - the 2am Burger, served with bacon, jam and a fried egg, might be a great choice after trying one too many beers. And if you’re in the market for an entrée, they offer freshly caught fish, a Surf and Turf selection with filet mignon and chili rubbed shrimp, a lamb shank, and a seafood paella that is like experiencing a delightfully tasty scavenger hunt.
Entertainment by local artists is offered on Saturday nights and brunch, complete with $14 bottomless mimosas, is available on weekends.
Whether you’re looking to grab a wrap after a day at the beach, or to experiencing a night out for a great dinner, this place will always be happening. With great beers, killer cocktails and fine food, Pierside has brought sophistication to the beach … and they wanted to be sure and let you know, it’s ok to drag a little sand in.b
Pierside, 610 Ave. Victoria, 949-218-0908.