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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
949-494-2545
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Ranked #7 of 150 restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Asian, Seafood, Californian
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: PCH
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Okay, so it's busy season, but you could hardly move nor could you hear yourself speak! The food was so so and the service, ho hum! Not sure what the fuss was about?

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were in Laguna Beach for the day to have a break from Disneyland. I had eaten in this restaurant once before a couple of years ago so I recommended that we stop here for lunch. My sister, myself and my niece and nephew enjoyed the food so much we decided to return for supper. At lunch, we ate the... More

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San Clemente, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The restaurant was highly recommended by The Ritz Carlton and we were looking forward to a fabulous meal on a beautiful summer night in downtown Laguna Beach. The restaurant was packed and we were thankful we made reservations. The hostess offered us two tables and we decided that we would like the table that needed to be cleaned and on... More

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Salt Lake City
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very hip/trendy decor and vibe. My Ahi with two spicy shrimp was perfect and my Wife also had a great halibut dish. Nice wine pairing list as well.

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Los Angeles
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great drinks & fresh foodie menu. Crowded & noisy, but it's a local favorite as well as a tourist delight.

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Bellevue, Washington
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Another nice place to people watch and enjoy some fabulous food. We love the small plates and the drinks are pretty good too.

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Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Just finished dinner at this wonderful restaurant. Caesar salad, cioppino and dark chocolate bread pudding. The atmosphere is upbeat and the service is great. What's not to like.

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Duvall, WA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

They didn't have our table ready at our reserved time and we ended up waiting for about 45 minutes for a table. That said, it was WORTH the wait. Scallops...sea bass...we all 4 had something different and they were all excellent.

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London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Had an excellent dinner at 230 Forest. I went on a Saturday night with no reservation and they seated me immediately at the bar. I had ahi tostadas to start and sweet potato scallop risotto as a main. Both were excellent. Warm, fresh bread, friendly and attentive service are a few more things you can look forward to. The wine... More

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Jackson, Wyoming, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I have never like to eat oyster in my life. My friend who tasted the oyster in this restaurant highly recommended I try it. Reluctantly I did. And change my view about oyster forever! Now I love oyster! And now I know what a good fresh oyster with the perfect garnish taste like. Just go in and have the oyster!... More

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