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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, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 201
    Excellent
  • 94
    Very good
  • 18
    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
Amazing food and ambiance

This place was so amazing. Starting with the fresh warm bread and olive tapenade butter, to the barata and shrimp. The BLT wedge salad was a nice twist to the norm with the chunks of bacon and smooth bleu cheese. The ambiance is also very nice. We went for dinner and it was packed.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
deniseandfrancois
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Piscataway, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Piscataway, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place was so amazing. Starting with the fresh warm bread and olive tapenade butter, to the barata and shrimp. The BLT wedge salad was a nice twist to the norm with the chunks of bacon and smooth bleu cheese. The ambiance is also very nice. We went for dinner and it was packed.

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Bellevue, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The food at 230 was excellent, and presented in a very artistic way. The vibe is relaxed, but still feels high end. The shrimp appetizer was so so good! I had the hazelnut crusted halibut which was very yummy. Service was a bit slow, not enough to be irritating but almost.

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Elmsford, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

A very inventive menu across the board - meat, fish, poultry, vegetables were all prepared in a tasty variety of ways and none of the disappointed. Open front makes the place feel very airy, and since its on a side street, not the main drag, street noise was not noticeable.

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NY
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83 reviews 83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

After reading rave reviews we were looking forward to lunch there. However, the experience was extremely disappointing. Perhaps if was an off-afternoon, but there was nothing above average and the service was abysmal. Anyone checking the reviews I write will find them to be detailed and extremely positive. But this was a barely adequate exception. We were seated back by... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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133 reviews 133 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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192 reviews 192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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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: Local cuisine, Bar scene, 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?