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hlsess Aug 14, 2013 03:53 PM

heading to this area next week- 1st timer- looking for some good lunch spots and a few nice bars for sunsets .. one nice restaurant a few less $$ ones too.... like most food but nothing too strange!!
read about rooftop lounge and kya's...

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    hlsess Aug 24, 2013 02:17 PM

    Everything's been great! Went to Las Brisas the 1 at night. Just guacomole and salsa. Was tired.
    Dinner last night at 230 Forest Ave- fabulous warm arugula salad and scallops and risotto Then hit Maine room tavern

    Today went to Tivoli at Art A Fair. Had a burger

    Tonight is Sapphire. At 6 then going to Britishmania at the playhouse Anyone been there ?

    Tomorrow I have a reservation at Watermarc but may just go to carmalitas. Going to LA on a tour and POM tomorrow night

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      Thor123 Aug 16, 2013 10:18 AM

      For a really nice romantic dinner, the Loft at Montage is very good. You can sit outside and have a great view too.

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        hlsess Aug 15, 2013 01:32 PM

        thanks for the suggestions! I forgot to mention that i will be alone- saw the Zooloo reviews and it looked like big portions to share....

        right now- looking at The Cliff, Nick's and Beachcomber for lunch

        Dinner- 230 Forrest Ave, Salt Creek Grill- may cancel my reservation and Watermarc and Kya's

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          2intune Aug 15, 2013 02:38 PM

          I find Salt Creek Grill to be atrocious. The bar can be fine with acceptable appetizers, but the dining room is definitely not Chow-worthy. You can do much better with your other options. Also on the higher end is Sapphire, which is consistently good.

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            hlsess Aug 15, 2013 06:52 PM

            I cancelled Salt Creek- - right now thinking kya's, 230 Forrest and Mahe for dinners- have one night still open.... lunches very simple- Nick's, The Cliff and Beachcomber cafe- can I walk to the Cliff from the Inn at LB?

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          mikester Aug 15, 2013 12:05 PM

          I really like Watermarc (small plates, interesting drinks, quite the scene, right on PCH in the heart of the village), Broadway by Amar Santana is also excellent, it's the hot one right now along with 370 Common.

          Brussels Bistro is also consistently good for something a bit different from "what's hot now" (i.e, small plates).

          I think Eva's Caribean, in South Laguna, is still going strong (it's been there for years now but still seems fresh, to me). Also an old stalwart is Diz's As Is, if you want something that is "authentic" to the Laguna Beach / south coast vibe of yesteryear (kind of rustic and rootsy, before the dot-com revolution), this is probably as close as you can get. It's in an old converted house and they serve the food on mismatched china - it's quirky, but good quirky IMO. The food is classic in style, not cutting edge, but it's good.

          For something totally different from the above, check out NEApolitan Pizzeria and Birrieria:

          http://nealaguna.com/

          Wood-fired pizzas and craft beers, what could be bad ?

          Have fun !

          1. JAB Aug 14, 2013 07:36 PM

            Look at 370 Common & Broadway by Amar Santana. Brussels Bistro for more casual.

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              baseballfan Aug 14, 2013 04:30 PM

              For lunch, I like The Cliff restaurant. They have incredible views from almost every table and the bulk of the restaurant is outdoors. Reasonably priced for the area, the food is good but not great. I would recommend the lobster bisque, the tuna salad sandwich and most of their entrée salads.

              We had a nice dinner at Watermarc not too long ago. The food was quite good but beware because the bill added up quickly. The service was on the slow side but we were not in a hurry so it was fine.

              Down in the Dana Point Harbor is Mahe. They don't open until 4 IIRC. I haven't been eaten at that location but have been many times to the Seal Beach location. Great steaks and sushi. The one in Seal has a fun bar with live music and good bar food.

              Parking in Laguna is a big pain. The Cliff has a small lot that I believe is valet and I think they charge something $3 an hour if the restaurant stamps your ticket.

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                Thor123 Aug 14, 2013 04:10 PM

                Cafe Zoolu is super sea food and pretty reasonable.

                http://www.cafezoolu.com/

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                  Ernie Aug 15, 2013 12:07 PM

                  The swordfish at Cafe Zoolu is amazing

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                    Thor123 Aug 15, 2013 12:41 PM

                    And a very large portion.

                2. The Oracle Aug 14, 2013 03:57 PM

                  I had an unexpectedly fantastic meal at Nick's, on my last visit... I'd go back in a heartbeat!

                  http://nicksrestaurants.com/nicks-lag...

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