A Pier Experience

 
     
 

 

There are many restaurants in California that have ocean views, but few that have outdoor seating where the waves break underneath you. This may be the only one where you can actually expect to have good food and service -- the Fishermans Restaurant and Bar on the pier at San Clemente in south Orange County.

You can see how the restaurant hangs out over the waves. The bar on the other side of the pier has an equally spectacular setting. This is a great place to bring Southern California visitors. Heat lamps help out if it's chilly.

The menu is quite large, but we enjoyed the eight complete dinners at a special low price from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Everything we had was great. In the lower right you can see the sauteed calamari and fresh vegetables.