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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

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$$$$
American, Asian, Seafood, Californian
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230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114 (PCH)
949-494-2545
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Today
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Open 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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  • 188
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Good food

We went here on a Friday night and we had reservations. The tables are very close together which I didn't mind, but just so you are aware. The menu and wine list jwere good. We ended up going with the special that evening. We also had the chocolate soufflé which I was very pleased with - lately... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
hmk24
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Estes Park, Colorado
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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297 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Estes Park, Colorado
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198 reviews 198 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We went here on a Friday night and we had reservations. The tables are very close together which I didn't mind, but just so you are aware. The menu and wine list jwere good. We ended up going with the special that evening. We also had the chocolate soufflé which I was very pleased with - lately whenever I have... More 

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United States
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90 reviews 90 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

With so many options in LB this one was a pleasant find. It's on a popular shopping street in town and offers a few tables that are considered outside seating although the entire restaurant is open at the front because of the amazing weather. The skinny margaritas were delicious and the King Salmon was quite good. The other dishes we... More 

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Del Mar, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We recently had lunch mid-week at 230 Forest. It was as good as all other Trip Advisor excellent reviews had said. We had the Cesar salad, the ahi tostadas and the Maui onion soup. All dishes were wonderful...both in taste and presentation. The Service was excellent and the wines well-priced with a good selection. I would highly recommend this restaurant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We come to laguna every few years for a mini vacation and amazingly always end up eating at 230 Forest. We shared the brussel sprout appetizer, candied salmon salad, and ciopinno. Brussel sprouts are so "done" now, and they were really nice. The salmon salad was delicious, way more than we could finish, but the soup was amazing. The broth... More 

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West Fargo, North Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Great food and wonderful atmosphere! We all had fish tacos and we all enjoyed them! We'd definitely come back!!! Service was wonderful and the plate looked very appetizing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We really enjoyed the food at 230 Forest. Service excellent. Atmosphere very nice. Food and wine selections very good. Food preparation very good. Would done here for dinner also.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This is a charming little restaurant . Salads are outstanding(seared Ahi, crab and shrimp), Maui Onion soup is top drawer, best I have ever had. The Bar is well rounded, excellent martini's and wine list. Nice area to stroll or window shop the boutique's in the village or over to the beach and board walk. You do have to pay... More 

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71 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Serving excellent food such as fish tacos, grilled chicken sandwiches, soups, salads, tropical iced tea- this place is fantastic. Unique decor, open patio. Love this place!

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125 reviews 125 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Service was good. 2 items I would recommend are shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and the pork chop Open air and fun spot on street filled with shops!

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london england
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

First the upsides, the food is very nice although the menu is very limited especially if you don't eat fish. Nice warm fresh bread. Wonderful bread pudding dessert. Good serving staff, very attentive. Now the downsides, they have tried to pack in far too many tables and my table of two was less than 6 inches from the table alongside.... More 

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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
  • Cuisine: American, Asian, Seafood, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?