Studio is located within the Montage Resort & Spa. It offers you a delectable French menu blended with Californian influences. Chef Craig Strong ensures that all the seasonal ingredients put to use, are of the finest quality, with splendid wines for company. The A la Carte menu changes daily, but the attention to every aspect of the dish, exquisite pairings of flavors and beautiful presentation remains constant. If you're in the mood to splurge, the Tasting Menu offers a variety of signature dishes, and allows you the opportunity to sample the best on offer. Attention is given to details and services are personalized. So, sit back and enjoy your meal while taking in the panoramic Pacific coastline. A perfect place for a romantic dinner with breathtaking views of the sunset over the ocean.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is a popular spot for the early morning crowd who like to rev up their engines with great coffee and juices. Diners fill up on scrambled eggs, omelettes, scones, muffins or bagels. If you come for lunch you will find sandwiches, pizzas, soups and salads. This place is hugely popular with locals, many of which are regulars here.
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.
Koffee Klatch is easy to miss along Pacific Coast Highway, a chair-filled hallway and small interior space hidden in plain sight. Perfect for a casual get-together, Koffee Klatch's beautiful seating areas are split between a verdant hallway with understated wrought iron tables and a cozy bohemian interior with plush leather couches. A substantial selection of breakfast and lunch items are available on menu in the inevitable event that you linger here much longer than you assumed. A favorite location among Laguna locals, especially the LGBT scene, Koffee Klatch hosts eclectic characters and even more unique conversation.