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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 151 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $80
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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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Dublin, Ireland
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160 reviews 160 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My wife had the fish. Superb. My steak was a bit dry but otherwise top place. This has a great buzz just food to match.

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Los Angeles
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61 reviews 61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The two of us just had lunch at the restaurant and, while it was good, neither of us would be in a hurry to go back, We had lunch the other day at the same Owner's other restaurant in Laguna (Watermarc) and much preferred that. We liked it better because we thought the menu was more interesting, and because they... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went to this restaurant in Laguna before seeing Pageant of the Masters in Laguna. Since the the restaurant is in the thick of of the tourists that visit Laguna Beach (Laguna is amazing), I didn't expect much. My expectations were unwarranted! The food and service were way above average! Our salmon, chowder, halibut and pasta dishes were all very... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Visiting CA for the first time, was waiting to meet family members and stumbled upon this restaurant. What a surprise!!!! Informal seating placed us adjacent to the sidewalk. Great weather and interesting views. Menu is "quite" extensive, for lunch. I choose the Chipotle Lime Chicken sandwich and my wife had the Grilled Salmon sandwich. Both were outstanding. Should you wish... More

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newport coast
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The food at 230 is creative, delicious and consistent. The halibut entree is so moist and fabulous, the bang bang shrimp and ahi appetizers are so tasty. I would also recommend the shrimp scampi pasta. Request seating on the patio for the finest people watching in Laguna. Their sister restaurant is Watermarc and we would also highly recommend that for... More

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is the second time we have eaten at 230 Forest after having our reservation screwed up by Nick's restaurant on PCH. When we had to leave Nick's, I quickly called 230 Forest hoping they could accommodate a party of 7 on short notice. We were in luck! When I first ate here, I thought this was just a touristy... More

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great, fresh seafood and other non-seafood offerings deliciously prepared around often innovative recipes. On our last visit, we had a seafood salad which was full of shrimp and crab and a wonderful variety of greens, including avocado. We also had the prosciutto wrapped shrimp which were wonderful. And all of this was topped off with a terrific little pastry dessert... More

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new york
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63 reviews 63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Overall I would give this restaurant an excellent rating. Good was very good. But was busy when we went. But that is a mark of a good restaurant. So I would definitely recommend.

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Pasadena, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I had dinner at 230 last night and was completely blown away. I had the double-cut pork chop for the main course and it was easily the best chop I've ever tasted. Thick, tender and unbelievably juicy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! My wife and friends had the scallops, Chilean sea bass and halibut which were all... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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