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Sep 2, 2004 10:21 AM

las brisas laguna beach

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family it taking us here on saturday for lunch- what's the best thing to order or avoid???

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  1. Order bottled beer or some product they are less likely to alter or tamper with. If you must chow down, order the simplest possible items on the menu & pray alot.

    1. Agreed. just get a drink and enjoy the view. The view can be fabulous on a sunny day.

      1. As you may have gathered, Las Brisas is not held highly in the chow field. It is part of the El Torito chain and has gathered the "touristy" quality that is consistently mediocre.

        Order a fresh shrimp appetizer. Their guac is okay. Their menu selections sound good, but the final result is not up to par of other places in the area. Their seafood gets kind of tough when they cook it, but the sole and spinach dish is okay.

        I've mostly been there for large group meetings and am put off by having to pay $25 for a restricted menu and sub-par lunch. Service also suffers, yet a 18% tip is mandatory. Individual dining is a little better.

        Saturday and Sunday are busy days for the patio and full of singles there to party to the view. If it's sunny like it has been, you won't be able to step out there five feet without squishing past someone.

        There are a few window tables inside, but it will get pretty warm if you're right on the window.

        Service is often "touristy" minded.

        Las Brisas is definitely a place to enjoy your dining companions and not expect to be wowed by anything but the view.

        1. Las Brisas: Go for the view, stay for... the view.

          If you must order food--- stick to simple dishes you can specify direction on-- such as, "I'll have the halibut, sauce on the side and please don't overcook the fish." You get the idea.

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          1. re: OCbites

   a laugh out of that! :)

          2. i

            I don't have any specific recommendations for you, but just wanted to say that I think the comments here so far have been a little extreme. I've been to Las Brisas four or five times over the years and always enjoyed it. Maybe it's not culinary innovation, but what I've had has always been good and in no way as avoidable as these other posts would indicate. I do remember a very good cioppino one time and good halibut with garlic mashed another time.

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            1. re: Itslikeimsayin

              Thank you for saying that. Not every place can be culinary nirvana, but Las Brisas is far from poor quality.

              As a metter of fact I generally give the opposite advise: Go eat, where it's less manic than the patio. Most seats in the dining area are pretty good unless they stick you in the back and on the dark platform. At least if you eat you can find someone to get you a drink.

              The food is fine and the view more than makes up for any short-comings. And if one more person tells me to go to Claes for seafood in the Hotel Laguna I'm gonna be sick.

              I've been there a couple of times and it was fine. The final time I will ever go there is when I made reservations for a special evening a month in advance. I asked for a window seat. I was told that they do not reserve window seats but if I got there early they could probably accomodate me. I called about a week later to talk to someone else to see if I could get a window seat and was told they do not reserve window seats. I pressed my luck and thought I could call the day of my reservation and charm them into giving me a window seat. No luck.

              I got there early, lots of open tables. Asked for a window seat, was told they were reserved! But that they would hold them only for 15 minutes and then I could have one. I figured why not? I'm early (and I'm curious who's got the pull to get a window seat). They seat every table within a half hour. There is one window seat left, I ask for it. They say it's reserved. I give them a bunch of attitude and they seat us there. The people it was reserved for came in about a 1/2 hour later. They would have held that table for a hour. It ruined the whole experience and will not patronize them again.

              I want to tell you also, I'm not and embarrassment to look at. My husband thinks I'm kind of cute. My dining companions are pretty sharp too, drive a fancy car. What's the deal with that attitude? If it was Vegas I'd slip them $20 bucks and take a seat. But in Laguna Beach? Their food ain't that great.