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Fabulous Dinner Rec Needed- Laguna Beach

We are staying in Laguna for two nights, and are looking for a combo of scenery and fabulous food. I usually prioritize food over anything else, but we are here now and I'm guessing I can find something that meets both requirements.

We are pretty open to type of cuisine, and price. Casual is always preferred but are ready to dress, and we do like california/american, pan asian or latin (ok, anything really)...

Thank you in advance!

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  1. Christine, There are some excellent restaurants along PCH from Newport Beach to Laguna. Just to mention some: Sabatino's, NB - The best sausage to go with great Italian food, 333 Waterfront, NB - mostly small plates, great martinin menu and harbor view, The Quiet Woman, Corona del Mar, Five Crowns, Corona del Mar, Las Brisas, Laguna - Spectacular ocean view and good Mexican food.

    I've never been to a restaurant along PCH that I would consider "formal". Beach area, just about anything goes.

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    1. re: janetms383

      Sabatino's is kind of waterfront, from Newport Blvd. via 31st Street that becomes Lido Park Way (past the Cannery Restaurant) and then turn right (past the guardhouse) onto Shipyard Way - kind or hard to find Sabatino's, but it's close to the water.

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      Sabatino's
      251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

    2. Oh, I wanted to mention Tommy Bahamas. They've recently redone the menu and decor. I had absolutely THE BEST grilled cheese and tomato soup there. The sandwich had 3 cheese and lobster grilled to melty perfection and the tomato soup was handcrafted with heirloom tomatoes. Talk about wonderful comfort food.

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      1. re: janetms383

        They also have these excellent scallop sliders!

      2. French 75 is very good and in Laguna Beach. Las Brisas is pretty good food, but the view is really the feature. Lunch would be a good idea there - - just don't arrive later than about 6pm or you will miss the view. Hush is also highly rated but I cannot speak to that as I have never gone there. A great combo of view and food are the restaurants at the Ritz Carlton, which is just south of LB by only a mile or so (2-3 miles from downtown LB).

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        1. re: MaxCaviar

          The food at the Ritz Carlton is just aweful. It has gone downhill considerably. Was just there less than a month ago. Nothing was good food wise. Plus there is only one restaurant there.

        2. French 75 is good overall, but can be a bit inconsistent (though that may be me ordering different things each time and just hitting & missing).

          Ritz-Carlton is nice, but there's also the ritzy price tag.

          If you're willing to venture a bit south on the PCH, there's also Salt Creek Grille, which was pretty good.

          ~H.C.
          http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

          1. For fine dining, Studio at the Montage or Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis.
            http://www.studiolagunabeach.com/
            http://www.stregismonarchbeach.com/in...

            For more casual, 230 Forest Avenue would be good but it has no view since it's downtown. I haven't been myself, but I've heard the rooftop bar at K'Ya has a great view.
            http://www.kyarestaurant.com/laguna/i...