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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
Website
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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 197
    Excellent
  • 88
    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
Incredible Bargain for Lunch

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Grognard
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Nipomo, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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314 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Nipomo, California
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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Long Beach, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A lively fun spot for dinner with a great menu and great food offerings, Bar scene was happening and all seemed to be enjoying the night!

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Glen Head, NY
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50 reviews 50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We stopped here without knowing anything about the restaurant and it turned out to be one of the best meals we had traveling all week. Still am thinking about the toasted brie sandwich and eggplant sandwiches. We all enjoyed our meal. Looking forward to going back someday!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Having eaten at the other, more highly ranked Laguna area restaurants (Nick's, Watermarc), I am so surprised this place isn't better reviewed! The food was FANTASTIC. Flavorful, fresh, and distinctive while still feeling approachable and friendly. Great cocktails, great service. Simple yet elegant decor. I absolutely love it here, and wish I didn't live on the other side of the... More 

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San Diego, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Hands down my favorite place for food and drinks in Laguna Beach! If you want to have a great time in Laguna Beach, enjoy a great meal and fantastic drinks, you have to come to 230 Forest Avenue! I try to visit this location every two weeks - when I can escape the perfection of sunny San Diego. FOOD: 5... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

If u want a California casual chic with good food this fits is a bit small so no private conversations but the good for lunch or dinner never disappoints n lots of wine by the glass I love the salad for lunch n homemade hummus with roasted eggplant atop with flatbread anything everything is good deserts are a bit boring... More 

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Oklahoma City, OK USA
Top Contributor
263 reviews 263 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Sometimes dining out on Valentine's Day can be difficult but not here. We were seated immediately and the service was great. The food was well prepared and served at the right pace. No complaints here. My swordfish was good but the scallops ordered by my wife were amazing. Kudos.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Everything I have had here on three separate visits was top notch. This place's food is fresh, delicious and worthy of New York or L.A. Wonderful seafood with Asian accents. I come here every time I'm in Laguna Beach and I'm never disappointed. Small and busy, though so definitely get reservations on weekends.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?