Daily’s Sports Grill in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, is the premier sports bar and grill in South Orange County. Mr. Steve Vlahos, the owner of Daily’s Sports Grill on South El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Margarita, and his wife, Carrie, who manages both their Rancho Santa Margarita location and the newly opened San Clemente operation, were overjoyed to finally open their doors in town on September 20, 2020, following a lengthy pandemic delay.
Carrie has been employed with Daily’s Sports Grill in RSM since the establishment’s inception in 1993. During the day, Steve works as the General Manager at Mission Viejo Country Club, where he has been for the past 20 years. He and Carrie, on the other hand, are constantly present at their respective places of business.
One of the primary objectives of the San Clemente restaurant is to establish a presence in the community “where everyone knows your name,” a CHEERS-like ambience that is more than just a bar (note that the word “bar” does not appear in the restaurant’s name). It is also intended to provide a welcome space in a community that is pedestrian-friendly and welcoming to both sports lovers and families.
The structure chosen for their location on the corner of South El Camino Real and Avenida Granada has a long and illustrious history, and it is a popular destination for celebrities. It is an original Ole Hanson edifice, having been constructed in 1930. In reality, glancing at the old photographs that have been framed and hung on a wall inside the building alongside two separate murals showing the past history of the location, it appears that little has changed.
The original wood beam ceilings, large windows, arched front door, and long bar still look much as they did when Academy Award winning actor Victor McLaglen opened his restaurant, The Rendezvous, with the tagline “between Los Angeles and San Diego on U.S. 101, San Clemente, CAL.” The Rendezvous is located between Los Angeles and San Diego on U.S. 101 in San Clemente.
On their way to the Del Mar Racetrack, Hollywood actors and actresses, including such prominent names as John Wayne, Bette Davis, and Clark Gable, would frequently stop in for dinner and cocktails at the Del Mar Hotel. McLaglen had worked with Wayne on a number of films, including The Informer (1935), for which he received an Academy Award for outstanding actor.