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1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Ranked #13 of 150 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Continental, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Bird Canyon and Coast Hwy
Description: Terraced above the beach, with waves breaking just 25 feet below, the casually elegant Splashes Restaurant boasts some of California's best views and finest cuisine. Whether seated in the dining room or alfresco on the palm-shaded patio, you'll enjoy American Coastal Cuisine set against a dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
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252 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Gourmet menu, good wine selection and fabulous view. Our waiter was very pleasant and gave us good advice on our wine choice.

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Laguna Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

As a fine dining local resident we stopped going to Splashes a few years ago, when food quality and service dropped. We support Laguna restaurants and try everything again periodically. New chefs and management can come in, we realize. This time---Our friendly server initially asked us if we were visiting, and commented on the color of my husbands skin, -... More

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Ante D, Manager at Splashes, responded to this review

Dear Jann, Thank your for taking the time to review your recent visit to Splashes. I am disappointed to hear that your experience was any less than excellent. Our intentions are not to rely on one-time visitors, but to create experiences that leave our guests excited to return. I'd like to apologize for your server's attentiveness and that your dining... More

Los Angeles, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

One of the pleasures of living in Southern California is being close to the ocean. At Splashes you sit only a few feet from the ocean with an clear view. The food is good although not exceptional. If you are in the area it's worth a visit.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We have been coming to Splashes for more than 25 years and keep coming back for the food, the atmosphere and the view. The minute we sit down at our table, I begin to relax. We typically ask to be seated on the lower level near the window in order to more fully appreciate the crashing waves and the setting... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food was the best seafood I have ever tasted and the view was spectacular. We could see dolphins from our table by the window looking out over the beach at the sunset. The raspberry mojitos were moreish and the service and ambience couldn't be faulted. A perfect meal. 11 out of 10.

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Redlands, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Splashes has always been one of my favorite spots. The restaurant is mostly outdoors with some indoor seating. The venue is at the bottom of the Surf & Sand Hotel which is also my favorite hotel in Laguna Beach. We were seated at a table for four right by the window with the large waves crashing just below us. We... More

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los angeles
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had breakfast at Splashes. The view is wonderful. Maybe we were unlucky to hit a day when the staff was short handed . The service was very slow, in fact the busy waitress forgot us. The yogurt and berries and cappuccino were delicios when they arrived. The eggs came without the spinach. Since this seems to be the only... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
286 reviews 286 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Sorry, but other than the view there is not any quality to the restaurant. The waiter was was nice but seemed to lack sophistication as it relates to food/wine. The food also lacked depth considering the price point. At half the price it would be worthwhile. Don't expect much other than paying for a great view and you will be... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Drinks, food service good. Space interesting. Loud seems the spec could have lighter better atmosphere. Views exceptional

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Thousand Palms
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Besides the beautiful ocean view from your window-side table, the wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable about the cuisine served at "Splashes". It's our go-to restaurant whenever we arrive in Laguna Beach, late lunch, early dinner, or just a cocktail-by-the-sea. Don't miss their fish tacos in the upstairs lounge.

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