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Big Fish Tavern

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540 South Coast Highway Suite 200, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Legion)
949-715-4500
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Description: House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer – the name says it all. This seafood...
House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer – the name says it all. This seafood savvy neighborhood hotspot boasts an upbeat atmosphere and a straightforward menu of fresh fish perfectly paired with one of the best ice cold beer selections in town. From the clean, vibrant interior to the relaxing ocean views of the wraparound dining patio, BIG FISH is uniquely Laguna Beach.
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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 107
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best fisherman stew!

We had lunch & loved it so came back for dinner. We were craving seafood and had ceviche (huge chunks of lobster), tuna poke, and fisherman stew- they were all fresh & delicious. Our first waiter was very friendly & good but the second one was a girl that seemed uninterested and moody (hence the 4... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
trouthousenogo
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Sunriver, OR
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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and delicious seafood. We went for lunch on a Friday which means you can get happy hour prices and half priced appetisers, cocktails and beers 😃

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Thank Sarah B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed a great dinner at the Big Fish. They advertise themselves as a "gastro pub" and with good cause. We both ordered seafood specials. She had salmon on a cedar plank and I had blackened ono. Both were excellently prepared; crispy on the outside and juicy/ flaky in the middle. The side dishes were also very... More 

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Thank Steve80303
Calistoga, California, United States
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent dishes, wonderful service! Best salmon I've ever eaten. Outstanding food and service. Great oysters. Incredible value for fine food in a lively bar atmosphere.

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Thank Joan B
Sunriver, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch & loved it so came back for dinner. We were craving seafood and had ceviche (huge chunks of lobster), tuna poke, and fisherman stew- they were all fresh & delicious. Our first waiter was very friendly & good but the second one was a girl that seemed uninterested and moody (hence the 4 stars). However, this is... More 

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Thank trouthousenogo
Rocky River, Ohio
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

good spot for a quick lunch ....good location. Service was so-so ...seemed disinterested in a table with 5 kids. great location

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Thank ohiofamily2323
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
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52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

My wife and I loved there food. The atmosphere here is great, especially the bar area. The draft beer is cold and goes well with there yummy food. The staff is friendly and invite you to enjoy.The clam chowder was excellent and all of there seafood is terrific. We loved this restaurant and will bring my four girls back here... More 

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Thank kaatok
Houston
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We ate at this restaurant a couple times, as my wife's son works there. The food is fresh and tasty. Service is good. There are multiple big screen TV's in the bar area, so it is good for watching sports. The restaurant is upstairs, so there is a nice view of the ocean. Even without the family connection, we would... More 

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Thank WoodlandsDoc
Cazenovia, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We visited Laguna Beach recently from New York and asked a number of people where we should eat--we wound up at the Big Fish Tavern. We walked in (four of us) and grabbed a seat at a table in the bar area. We're big happy hour people, so we got going on that menu right away (after our first round... More 

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Thank Foster1224
Klippan, Sweden
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

I loved everything I ate here. Everything from the lobster chowder to the tiny apetizer burgers. The lobster meatballs with risotto was amazing. The environment was a bit loud on a Friday night but hopefully calmer on a weekday.

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Thank Therese W
San Diego
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Arrived about 4:30, quiet, perfect table for the sunset. Clam chowder, fish tacos for the wife and plank salmon for me. OMG, freak'n awesome food. Service pretty good, would we come back.... you bet!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 540 South Coast Highway Suite 200, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    (Legion)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-715-4500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children

Description

House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer – the name says it all. This seafood savvy neighborhood hotspot boasts an upbeat atmosphere and a straightforward menu of fresh fish perfectly paired with one of the best ice cold beer selections in town. From the clean, vibrant interior to the relaxing ocean views of the wraparound dining patio, BIG FISH is uniquely Laguna Beach.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?