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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

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230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114 (PCH)
949-494-2545
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4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun - Fri 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 21
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  • 8
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious and Casual

230 Forest is quickly becoming my go to spot for a good meal and great service. I've been twice in the past week and both times were amazing... First Visit (B-Day Dinner on a Thursday night) - Walked up and made a last minute reservation with the hostess for later in the day (8PM was quickly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
deanvalens
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California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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California
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

230 Forest is quickly becoming my go to spot for a good meal and great service. I've been twice in the past week and both times were amazing... First Visit (B-Day Dinner on a Thursday night) - Walked up and made a last minute reservation with the hostess for later in the day (8PM was quickly confirmed in a friendly... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This was our third visit to the Laguna Beach area, and our third visit to 230 Forest. It is so consistent. We had the short ribs and hazelnut crusted halibut, just terrific! For appetizers we had squash arroncini, kobe kabobs, and crab cakes...everthing was terrific! For dessert we had cheesecake (one of the best I've had in a long time),... More 

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Woodland, California
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This was by far the best dining experience we had in Laguna Beach. Food was superb and the service very good. Highly recommend.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The wine and services was wonderful. However the first steak was over cooked (gray) and the second steak was under-cooked (blue). So the wine and dessert were fantastic. I have always had good meals here so I would not count them out - I just would never try the steak again.

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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

One of our favorite Laguna restaurants. Consistently good food and service. A little noisy and tight. Too many tables with not enough space between them.. We prefer outside dining. Lunch and Dinner are both good.

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Corona del Mar, California, United States
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86 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We love coming to this restaurant, the locals refer to it just as "230". We love to drive down to Laguna from Newport on a sunny day and we always enjoy ourselves sitting on the patio at 230. Whether, we come in for a glass of white wine and a couple appetizers or for dinner like we did Sunday after... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were looking forward to this place because it gets good reviews and it was recommended by our hotel. The food looks great, but it doesn't taste as good as it looks. The Brussel sprouts and fried calamari would both be great if they weren't drenched in sauce. The kale salad wasn't very good, even though all of the ingriedents... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Hidden gem in the middle of the block with convenient parking lots close by and easy 5 minute walk to the beach. Excellent house ice tea, homemade hummus and pita chips along with seared tuna tacos make this an eclectic lunch experience with great Southern Cali people watching.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Dined here for lunch June 2015. I had the salmon on field greens for lunch. The salmon was expertly prepared and the salad was fresh. Service was attentive and good.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

My wife and I took another couple to dinner and found 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant. The Calamari appetizer was the best I have ever had. Every dish was superb. Excellent wait staff, water glass never got empty - a big deal for me. I recommend the bread pudding! A bit pricey, but worth it.

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Additional Information about 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

Address: 230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
Phone Number: 949-494-2545
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm  4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Asian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
    (PCH)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-494-2545

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?