Located right on the sand of Crystal Cove, the Beachcomber operates in one of the historic cottages, and features seafood and mixed drinks. The quality of the food and the service is best proved by its popularity: the wait is often two hours, and limited reservations are accepted only on-line. However, a little planning can make the wait hassle free: make the Beachcomber reception the first stop at Crystal Cove, drop in your name and number, then go explore the beach until being called. Don't have 2 hours? Come for an early breakfast – sipping a cup of coffee on the sun deck while looking out at Santa Catalina Island. A perfect way to start your day.
The exterior of the building is a reproduction of Ye Olde Bell, England's oldest Inn located in Hurley-on-Thames, not far from London. The decor resembles an English tavern to match the outside, and the waitresses are dressed in super-sexy outfits straight out of a movie about Merrie Olde England. The clientele is varied and comes to enjoy the good, hearty meat dishes and the interesting atmosphere. The specialties here are roast prime ribs of beef, rack of lamb, duck, veal and fresh seafood. There is a full bar and an award-winning wine list with bottles in every price range.
Enjoy dining on exquisite seafood and steaks from 230 Forest Avenue. This upscale eatery is the brainchild of Mark Cohen, who dishes out contemporary California cuisine with flair. In addition to mouthwatering dishes like Maui onion soup and short rib ravioli, the restaurant also has a famous martini bar that draws a huge crowd. The contemporary, bistro-style decor is accentuated by a rotating display of colorful local art, which gives the venue a cozy ambiance. You can also enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio and bar. Reservations are recommended, so call well in advance.
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.
Located right on the water in Dorman's Oceanfront Inn across from Newport Beach Pier, Oceanfront 21 offers the ultimate in luxury fine dining. Watch the sunset as you indulge in seafood specialties and steak dishes perfectly paired with some of the finest wines from around the world. Complete with pianist, waiters in tuxes and deep leather booths, this is continental cuisine and service at its finest – with prices to match.
Cannery Seafood of the Pacific, as the name suggests, serves quality seafood and sushi too. The Bass Ale-battered fish & chips, Dungeness crab melt sandwich and assorted sushi platter will leave you craving for more. You can have wine by the glass or the bottle while you can dine al fresco. For those who want a bit of adventure in every walk of life, including their meal, the eatery organizes "helicopter private dining" and 'Duffy boat dining.' Banquet facilities, catering for parties and meetings are also available.
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.
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!
This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Orange County or, for that matter, Southern California. The views here are to die for, with the coastline spread out before you. This makes it a popular spot with tourists, who like to take pictures of themselves against the spectacular backdrop. Locals love it too. Most of the entrees are seafood-centric but there is something for everyone. Try the pasta Las Brisas, Bouillabaisse with a half-lobster tail, or scallops in tomato saffron broth. There is a full bar and an extensive wine list with some good medium-priced bottles.
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.