Perched on the beautiful hilltop inside the uber cool Pelican Hill Golf Club, Pelican Grill offers you panoramic views of the golf greens and the wide blue Pacific ocean. A delicious farm to table menu highlighting the wood fire stove with specialties like wood-roasted chicken, New York steak and fries, salmon served with shiitake-ginger vinaigrette, and the scallop and shrimp duo. Or try the gourmet pizzas and the signature spicy tortilla soup with shredded chicken, cotija cheese and avocado puree. All these wonderful creations you can see being made in their open kitchen or just head to their chic lounge and catch the game on two huge screens. Pelican also offers an outstanding alfresco dining on their heated terrace with an ocean-view. Unwind with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and groove to the live band music every Thursday through Saturday.
Peter's Gourmade Grill, right on the edge of Tustin, from its opening quickly became a hot spot for delicious gourmet burgers and sandwiches. If you ask anyone what to order at Peter's the answer will be quick: the signature ABC (avocado, bacon and cheddar) Burger. But the menu doesn't stop there, with all kinds of behemoth burger and sandwich combinations like The Rammer, grilled pastrami on top of a burger patty with grilled onions and all the fixings, or the basil chicken sandwich. Aside from things between bread, there are some appetizer, salad and main dish options too, some classic American and some with a Mediterranean or Mexican twist. The grill is in an old gas station so enjoy the unique surroundings as you dig into your meal.
Continue your dreamy vacation at Downtown Disney with a visit to Catal. Fine Mediterranean cuisine served here has hints from France, Italy, Spain and Greece. Get into the groove with paella a la Valencia, duck leg confit and spinach tortellini. The bar serves innovative, themed drinks, tapas, sandwiches and salads. And if you feel like it, you can request a table outdoors. The management announces events seasonally.
Taco Loco is a local favorite and a must for anyone who is visiting and looking for a real taste of Southern California. It has delicious food, tasty brews, and gorgeous views. The blackened chicken nachos will steal your heart and the blackened tofu mushroom burger will have you eagerly awaiting your next visit. The menu is vegetarian and vegan friendly and it is often packed right up until closing on weekends. The tables are all outdoors and for those who are drinking they are enclosed on patios and paired with Paul Frank bar stools. For delicious food and beachside charm it can't be beat; you would be loco not to go.
Serving farm to table, organic food is the motto of this cool California bistro called Nirvana Grille. Nestled in the heart of Laguna Beach, the restaurant offers various dining options from their lovely patio, beautiful rooftop or cozy dining room. The menu changes with the season and some of their signatures are the Pistachio Crusted Chilean Sea Bass and Coffee Crusted Filet Mignon. They have carefully thought vegan, gluten-free and kids menu as well. Enjoy a cocktail or wine from their fully stocked bar. At Nirvana, you will surely get food that so sublime, that you will attain culinary Nirvana!
O Fine Japanese Cuisine - Laguna Beach is the sister restaurant of the Irvine branch. Set in a cozy triangular space with cool blue neon lighting, the restaurant serves lovely Japanese cuisine with a fusion swirl to it. From sushi, sashimi, sukiyaki (hot pot), teriyaki, and California rolls to the creative dishes like Chilean sea bass misoyaki, garlic beef, king crab roll, tempura ice cream and more, you will find every dish deliciously wonderful. They also have fully stocked bar of sake, beer and wine.
All the dishes at Romeo Cucina are the perfect temperature and flavor. Everything is either low-carb or regular diet carb. After spreading the incredibly flavorful Tapenade on the warm bread, an entrée seems almost superfluous. Yet, Lasagnette Graziella and Capellini del Padrino are just a couple of the pasta dishes that should not be missed. Pizza lovers should try their Ai Formaggi. If you enjoy a modern twist of piano play, check with the restaurant for the schedule. - Hoiyin Ip
There is nothing like taking in the Pacific vistas while enjoying a fabulous meal. C'est La Vie Restaurant will make that vision come true with their covered-rooftop patio and authentic French/Californian cuisine. Feeling more adventurous? Have them pack you up a picnic to-go and enjoy it with your toes in the sand. This relaxed and comfortable eatery has been family owned and operated since 1985, and serves up some of the most mouth-watering cuisine and pastries around. The restaurant is conveniently located in the center of Main Beach, near shopping, galleries and parks. Pair some of their impossibly fresh fish with a local wine for a true California dining experience.
Located in a rather charmless shack, the bustling scene and aroma are enough to draw people into La Sirena Grill. As you walk through the outdoor dining area, you'll notice this is a neighborhood hangout place; patrons talk across tables and converse with the staff as if they were neighbors. Organic is the theme, and vegetarians are also in for a treat. Though you cannot go wrong with any order, seafood is not to be missed, and the guacamole is second to none. This is an eco-friendly restaurant that uses biodegradable utensils and eco-containers. They also tirelessly support many environmental organizations and events. - Hoiyin Ip
Lumberyard is situated in one of Laguna Beach's historic buildings and is known for their rotisserie chicken, steaks, ribs and seafood, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, cobb salad, and spaghetti and meatballs. The restaurant makes a viable dining destination due to its close proximity to the Main Beach, The Festival of the Arts, The Laguna Playhouse, The Pageant of the Masters, City Hall, and The Sawdust Festival. Offering various dining options, diners can choose to dine on their lovely patio outside which overlooks the city hall, or in either of the two dining rooms with a fireplace or by a wall of wine. Only the freshest and natural produces are used in the food and some of the signature dishes are the pan seared Pacific sea bass, bourbon-crusted prime ribeye steak and the French dip sandwich. Contemporary yet traditional, the dishes are heartwarming and delightful. Enjoy this vibrant restaurant.