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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
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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 191
    Excellent
  • 84
    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
One of the Best

One of the best restaurants in Laguna Beach. One of the best interior (and patio) ambiences I have seen in awhile. One of the best appetizers, the eggplant and hummus spread, with delightful tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. One of the best seafood chowders, spicy tomato broth with Alaskan... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Jays911
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Omaha, Nebraska
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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304 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Omaha, Nebraska
Top Contributor
313 reviews 313 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

One of the best restaurants in Laguna Beach. One of the best interior (and patio) ambiences I have seen in awhile. One of the best appetizers, the eggplant and hummus spread, with delightful tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. One of the best seafood chowders, spicy tomato broth with Alaskan halibut, and tons of veggies. One of the best filets I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

We had dinner here, both had fish items---the salmon was particularly good. We were thrilled with what we got. The people watching is outstanding, if you're lucky enough to get a table by the street.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great prices, awesome service. Lunch and dinner menu. We ate here two days in a row. Oysters are fresh and menu has a great variety.

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Expensive like everything else in Laguna Beach, but nice outdoor seating and good food. Lunch for two with a couple of cocktails will cost you $60 but it'll be pretty good. Huge salads, great burgers and sandwiches, all with an upscale twist.

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Tustin, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Went here for lunch, loved the food. Had the seafood chopped which was a very large good salad. My wife had the fish tacos which were also excellent. The french onion soup was good. We also had the crackling shrimp appetizer, which tasted very good, but the breading was a little heavy for my tastes. Will certainly eat here again.

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Benicia,CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us. Very tight tables as with many restaurants of the area. We were seated near the middle near the kitchen. It was ok but the kitchen fan system was very loud and with the music and people talking, we moved to more quiet table. Probably outside seating would have been better. The wait staff is... More 

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Abington, Massachusetts
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127 reviews 127 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We chose this restaurant due to the reviews online. We had a lovely evening, and the food was good, but we had a couple of disappointments. First the good - my husband had a skinny Margarita which they give you the option to add Grand Marnier - he said it was delicious and the best he ever had. The service... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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198 reviews 198 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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101 reviews 101 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?