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Dinner in Laguna Beach recs?

lsla Jun 1, 2009 11:13 AM

My husband and I will be spending a weekend in Laguna Beach. Looking for a nice dinner spot before we go to Pageant of the Masters. We're really up for anything, any cuisine, and price range, though I'd rather stay away from the astronomical, special occasion restaurants at places like the Montage. We also live at the beach in LA, so ocean view isn't important.
It would be great if it was relatively close to the theater (10 min or less) , which is on Laguna Canyon Rd.
Fire away! Thanks.

  1. 1000steps Jun 1, 2009 11:39 AM

    230 Forest - http://230forestavenue.com/

    Sapphire - http://www.sapphirellc.com/

    Nirvana Grill - http://www.nirvanagrille.com/lagunareservations.html

    Tabu - http://www.tabugrill.com/

    I highly recommend all the above.

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    1. re: 1000steps
      JAB Jun 1, 2009 06:08 PM

      I'll add Brussel's Bistro and Sun Dried Tomato Cafe.

      1. re: JAB
        OCAnn Jun 1, 2009 10:44 PM

        2nd Brussels Bistro & 230 Forest.

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      cls Jun 1, 2009 06:44 PM

      Having just stayed at the Montage Laguna, you're not missing much. (Food wise, the resort is great.)

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        funkyshanna Jun 1, 2009 08:05 PM

        Tabu is one of the best restaurants in LB.

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          candee Jun 1, 2009 08:32 PM

          In a word....Mozambique. My husband and I were in Laguna over the long weekend, went there on the recommendation of some foodie friends of ours, and looooved it. Great food and atmosphere (we sat in front of the fireplace/perfect for the chilly beach night). The cuisine is South African. On Sunday nights they have an off-menu lobster tail and steak special ($20), which I had. That man o' mine had the salmon (served with creamy yukon mashed and al dente asparagus, but you can choose from their numerous side dishes including a mouthwatering and light mac n' cheese with a browned crispy crust ). As an appetizer, we shared their grilled "sampler platter" w/ tiger prawns, sausage, and tandoori chicken skewers served with a spicy peri-peri sauce. If you have room left for dessert (and even when we don't, we do) I recommend the bittersweet chocolate brownie w/ pistachio gelato......or the white chocolate and macadamia nut banana bread pudding. They also have a nice wine selection. We had a truly wonderful experience and I highly recommend it ....

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            Patrick Strader Jun 2, 2009 09:34 PM

            I second Sapphire, plus you can jump on the shuttle from there to the Laguna Bowl. Dizz's is totally unique, Mastros is a bit North, but awesome, the Royal Hawaiian is kitschy, and Kya has an incredible view. I have heard good things about Lumberyard, but haven't been.

            Sapphire Laguna
            1200 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Mastro's Ocean Club
            8112 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657

            Dizz's As Is
            2794 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Royal Hawaiian
            331 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Kya Restaurant and Bar
            1289 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Lumber Yard
            384 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA

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              CinOC Jun 3, 2009 11:12 AM

              Sorrento Grille... order any of Chef Ryan's specials. Had an amazing fresh corn and morel risotto.

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