Village Mediterranean Rim

123 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente, CA 92672
Critics' Pick


  • Open Tues.-Sun., 5-10 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Village Mediterranean Rim is a Moroccan restaurant in San Clemente. It offers half a dozen tagines starting with one that has a lamb meatloaf simmered with dried apricots, onion marmalade and wine. This is Moroccan food without the employment of any belly dancers or, really, anything that would indicate the restaurant is a Moroccan cuisine specialist. You could argue that Village Mediterranean Rim’s true calling isn’t Moroccan cuisine, but rather game. The kitchen does an antelope tagine, serves a wild boar sausage with ravioli and braises legs of elk. If you walked into the restaurant without reading the menu, you’d think the place was some sort of Italian joint. All around, there are glossy prints of unspecific but idyllic scenes of vineyards and wine bottles. And the space is tiny, hardly the size of the bar area of most restaurants. You’d miss it if you weren’t looking. It’s the kind of restaurant you might discover by accident while window-shopping along San Clemente’s quaint downtown. And when you do find it, if it’s a particularly nice day, you’d choose to dine outside, where there’s a pair of small tables on a slightly elevated balcony bordered by plants. Or if it’s cold, you could take the seats closest to the kitchen — the restaurant is so small, you can actually feel the heat of the stoves warming your back.

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  • Village Mediterranean Rim: Game On!
    Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 4:30 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    There are too few restaurants in Orange County that do tagine. The Moroccan specialty is named after the earthenware pot that functions as both the cooking vessel and the serving plate. The secret and magic of a tagine lies in its m...


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