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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

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$$$$
American, Californian, Seafood, Asian
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230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114 (PCH)
949-494-2545
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Today
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 200
    Excellent
  • 92
    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
Best meal all week.

Six of us ordered the salmon salad and cucumber cooler. Delicious. I had avocado on mine with ranch dressing. Slivers of mango are great on it. Wonderful server. The chocolate chip croissant bread pudding with ice cream was the topper. We'd all go back back and order the same thing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Donna C
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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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321 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Six of us ordered the salmon salad and cucumber cooler. Delicious. I had avocado on mine with ranch dressing. Slivers of mango are great on it. Wonderful server. The chocolate chip croissant bread pudding with ice cream was the topper. We'd all go back back and order the same thing.

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San Clemente, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Nice place with good food. I usually have great food here but I think they had an off day the last time I went. I ordered the Fish Tacos and the fish needed more seasoning. All I could taste was the line juice in the slaw. My husband ordered the wedge salad and it was just ok. I would go... More 

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Glendale, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

My husband and I were looking for good food with a friendly ambiance and we found it. The menu is varied and will please any palate. The Caesar salad was delicious, topped with a fresh parmesan crisp. The mixed greens with apples was also very tasty. We both ordered the filet mignon medium rare and it was perfect. It was... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This place has been recommended to us by a Canadian who lived in Laguna Beach & we were lucky to get the last table. It was very lively with a busy bar area too. I can't actually remember what we ate but it was described as modern Californian cuisine & we both enjoyed what we chose. There was a queue... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Cant say enough about the restaurant. great service... the menu items were well thought out... the restaurant design was very comfortable and enhanced our visit. carpaccio, salads, salmon, scallops, new york steak were all fantastic... desserts were also very good. only downside of the meal was the carbonara... they put too many cippolini onions in the pasta.. this really made... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We went there without a booking on a busy Easter weekend but they accommodated us. Many in the US tend to eat earlier so if you don't, it really helps! The accommodation of veggie needs was excellent even though they had basic options was good (removing the meat from dishes etc) and showed freshness. Great evening environment and a fab... More 

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Camarillo, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We visited here once with our small dogs and were allowed to sit at a table at the edge of the patio area. Next time we brought family and we were told we would have to tie them at a parking meter. (Ha!) But when we were able to eat here, we did enjoy the food. There was a nice... More 

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Nipomo, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Incredible bargain for lunch; very reasonable for the area. Great ambiance with a European feel. My only problem is that they dump large amounts of aioli in excellent salmon and chicken. Just a touch would be far better. The service was excellent.

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Charlestown MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We were gallery hopping and encountered a state of hunger. 230 Forest came recommended by a friend so we gave it a try. We shared grilled Brussels sprouts and a sweet salmon salad. Both were outstanding and bolstered us for the afternoon. The wait staff was attentive and prompt. If I am ever again in Laguna Beach I will certainly... More 

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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

After walking around shopping, this was great oasis- Great little patio front and nice interior. Very California- Have craft beers BUT also nice cocktail and wine list! Food presented very well and nice portions- The seafood salad almost made me cry with delight!!!!! Missing it as I type this....Service was professional and friendly- didn't feel rushed and was able to... 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, Californian, Seafood, Asian

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