La Cave has been thriving for 50 years, opened on Valentine's day in 1962. This subterranean gem has been popular for its fine steaks and seafood, vibrant lounge with live music, DJs, dancing and more. So it doesn’t matter if its a dimly lit cellar because it is great escapade from the daily grind to dine and unwind. Here's to La Cave, uncork the bubbly!
Brussels Bistro brings a bit of Belgium to Laguna Beach. Sample traditional dishes like Belgian fries, stuffed crepes, cheese croquettes, North Sea Shrimp and more. And what would a Belgian restaurant be without beer? A wide variety of bottled and draught brews are offered, including favorites such as Hoegaarden and Chimay.
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.
The Anthill Pub on the UC Irvine campus has a a great drink selection and amazing pub food menu. If you're not sure what to order the fire ants dish, buffalo popcorn chicken with Louisiana hot sauce and blue cheese dipping sauce, is especially good. The rotating beer menu is carefully curated and has one of the best selections in all of Irvine - the fact that this is on a college campus is a recipe for an interesting atmosphere. Live music and other events are held here often.
This is Orange County's favorite spot for authentic soul food. It is a small space packed with a lot of punch. Get ready to taste some of the best, most down-home food of your life, all while enjoying the live jazz and blues and a great decor. The clientele is varied, but most everyone is relaxed and open to new tastes and new friends. Southern soul food rules here; your palate will be blown away by soul meatloaf, Cajun gumbo, shrimp Creole, soul burgers with garlic mustard sauce, chicken-sausage gumbo, blackened fish, fried chicken, and more.
This Irish pub has a penchant for comedy. Every Thursday night is comedy night with some of the best comedians in southern California gracing the stage. Admission is free before 8:30p so get there early, order a few rounds of Guinness, and get ready to enjoy an evening of riotous laughs. It is equally enjoyable other nights of the week with sports on the tube, live Irish music, and tasty appetizers. It might become your home away from home.
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!
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.
For tropical dining on the South Orange County coast, head to The Deck. This waterfront restaurant is the first of its kind on Laguna Beach. On the menu are seafood specialties from the freshest coastal fare like Oysters on the half shell, Pan roasted Alaskan Halibut and Tuna Nicoise Tartine. Unwind with a cocktail on tap or draft beer selection in view of the beautiful ocean.
Mozambique Restaurant and Coastal Lounge allows you to experience the exotic splendor of Mozambique right here at Laguna Beach. The restaurant bombards your senses with a fine platter of coastal delicacies cooked with traditional spices that tempt and delight ones senses. Choose from delicious custom-made omelets, crunchy waffles with sauce, succulent steaks and lard laden sausages for a hearty brunch at this restaurant. Take your pick from Peri-Peri chicken, Charred tuna, crispy salads, spicy African curries and seafood for dinner. Down it all with one of the fine wines on their menu even as the taste of chocolate raspberry gateau lingers on your taste buds. The Shebeen lounge has its own tantalizing menu to please you while their cocktails make you want to come back for more! special events, theme nights and live gigs keep the spirits up! Check website for more details and Shebeen Lounge hours.
Part of the upscale Mastro's steakhouse chains, Mastro's Ocean Club - Newport Beach exudes charisma with dramatic interiors, many dining options and a vibrant piano bar lounge. Starting with the Mastro Room & Patio which is an elegant dining room with a beautiful of the ocean and a fire pit patio is ideal for private parties or special occasions, moving onto the Catalina Room, this is a semi private room opposite to the courtyard and overseeing the ocean. Finally the main dining room called the Lighthouse Room & Patio, with operable angular windows and an enclosed patio with magnificent ocean-view of the Great Pacific is an absolute divine setting for your dining. The la carte menu features mostly seafood such as the Seared Ahi Tuna, Boston Clam Chowder, Irish Salmon, Chilean Seabass Ponzu and more. With nightly dancing and live entertainment in the Piano Bar, gorgeous food, breathtaking views and delectable drinks, Mastro's is worth your money.