Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Jul 17, 2011 11:23 AM

Laguna Beach - Outdoor patio with ocean view

Title says it all...
I'm looking to compile a list of all Laguna Beach establishments that have an *outdoor patio* with an ocean view.

Las Brisas is the most well-known and from what I can piece together from other topics and from surfing the Web, there may be 5 other places that have outdoor patios with ocean views:

* Saphhire
* Beach House
* Mosaic Bar and Grille (at the Montage)
* The Cliff
* The Rooftop Lounge

If anyone can either add to this list or comment on this list, would be greatly appreciated.
Money is no issue. Meal will be lunch or brunch.

I really am not familiar with Laguna...thanks for the help

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. If memory serves, you can eat outdoors with an ocean view at the Surf N Sand and the Ritz Carlton. And if you're willing to go to Balboa island, you'll find something there.

    1. Much more casual, but with an ocean view patio is the Coyote Grill in South Laguna. Also, Splashes at the Surf and Sand.

      Coyote Grill
      31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      2 Replies
      1. re: josephnl

        I could be wrong but is the patio at Coyote Grill extremely small and (more importantly) one that has an obstructed view?

        Also - does Splashes have an outdoor patio or just a window view?

        1. re: JBinOC

          The Coyote Grill patio is small and the view is over homes. Splashes does have outdoor seating which looks directly at the beach and ocean.

          Coyote Grill
          31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      2. Claes Restaurant at the Hotel Laguna.

        1. I believe the House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer also has an ocean view outdoor patio. Not exactly luxurious, but it fits the description. Also, the Beachcomber at Crystal Cove is just short of Laguna Beach and is right on the beach.

          5 Replies
          1. re: 2intune

            Just to put the places on a map...


            The Deck On Laguna Beach at the Pacific edge Hotel does not map
            At the Hotel Laguna, along with Claes', there is the Terrace Cafe
            Rock'nFish has a peek-a-boo view (does not pop up on the map)
            If I recall, the Cottage does as well

            If we include Newport Coast, Javier's has a view across PCH to the ocean.

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

            577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant
            361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Javier's Cantina & Grill
            7832 E Coast Hwy, Newport Coast, CA 92657

            Beachcomber Cafe
            15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657

            Cottage Restaurant
            308 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort
            1555 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Claes' Seafood Etc At Hotel Laguna
            425 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Beach House
            619 Sleepy Hollow Ln, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
            1287 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            Mosaic Bar & Grille
            30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            1. re: ocshooter

              Did you skip Coyote Grill in S. Laguna for any reason? Their food, albeit super casual is good, and they do have a patio with a semi-obstructed ocean view. They are one of the best breakfast-brunch places along the Laguna coast.

              Coyote Grill
              31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

              1. re: josephnl


                Considering oc shooter is one of the few posters for this area, I'm kind of suprised you wouldn't remember his posts. Rough crowd.

                1. re: josephnl

                  I did not forget it, it was already mentioned, qualified, and mapped. I love Coyote for breakfast, but since I practically have to drive past BoD to get there from my place in Orange, and the fam is not into the cheese-y, goo-ey goodness that is the enchiladas and eggs for breakfast, I don't really go any more.

                  1. re: ocshooter

                    I added a place link for The Deck so it'll map now (and it has a website and a menu which I included with the link).

                    The Deck
                    627 Sleepy Hollow Ln, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            2. Are you looking for good food and service or just outdoor patios with ocean views? Las Brisas is notorious for bad service, spotty food quality and long waits. I've had great meals there and bad meals there. We do go back for the view and setting, but not much else.

              Mosaic Bar and Grille is probably the best especially with a "money is no object" pocketbook.

              For casual fun it is hard to beach the Beachcomber.

              2 Replies
              1. re: scottca075

                I appreciate all the input so far.

                Now that we've got a list, the second part is ranking 'em.

                I did quietly imply that I want to avoid Las Brisas.
                Scott, after Mosaic, what would be a couple of other bankable scenic patios?
                I guess after having an unobstructed view, the criteria in descending order would be:
                Food, Comfort (capacity, wait times, parking), and finally Service being last.

                1. re: JBinOC

                  You don't go to the Rooftop Bar for food, though they do serve some items. It is all about having a cocktail and enjoying the view, which I put as the best of the bunch. On a ranking list, I would put Javier's down on the list, though I do like it. During peak times, you probably have a 30 minute wait or so for the patio at Coyote Grill, and it is a peek-a-boo view, but I really enjoy the food (not gourmet) and the bar is a friendly place to wait and have a Bloody Mary or three.

                  I don't know how I failed to put it on, maybe some else did and I missed it, but an obvious choice would be the Beachcomber, IF you can grab a reservation. At Crystal Cove State Beach, they have a big patio right on the beach, with a decent menu that is only a little overpriced. Wait time are long without a reservation, but they are on Open Table.

                  Beachcomber Cafe
                  15 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA 92657