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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

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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
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 231
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 8
    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
popularity well deserved

has been one of the most popular eateries in Laguna for many years -- great location --- patio seats great for people watching -- food is excellent

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Neil K
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Laguna Beach, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
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English first
Laguna Beach, California
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

has been one of the most popular eateries in Laguna for many years -- great location --- patio seats great for people watching -- food is excellent

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Costa Mesa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Always an enjoyable dining experience with delicious selections! It is a small establishment so you may wish to arrive early or request a table near the sidewalk. The food is consistent and satisfying accompanied by a beautiful presentation.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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267 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a fabulous waiter who made our visit memorable. The ice tea was delicious and fruity and we constantly kept getting refills. We started with the shrimp cocktail and it was awesome; next time I will not be sharing the shrimp cocktail. Next came the Chopped Seafood Salad with shrimp and lump crab which we found to be really... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is just a good and reliable place to go. Food is inventive, servers are attentive, everything is always delicious. Reservations needed and well worth it.

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Elkins Park
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Popped in for lunch and were excited to get a table. When the meal highlight is the shoe string fries, you know the rest is good but not up to snuff for a restaurant with this reputation and price. We made a meal out of appetizers and the poke tuna was okay but a touch bland, the lobsters rolls have... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had dinner here before we went to the Pageant of the Masters. We had several appetizers, all very good. We had the salmon as our entree and topped off with a wonderful chocolate desert.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

First visited 16 years ago and had very fond memories. Just returned with the kids while on a CA road trip - and we were prepared to be disappointed as we had such great memories of our last visit 10 years ago. The standard, service and food was as good as it was the last visited and that takes a... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Just what I needed. A fantastic lunch with great service. Loved the seafood salad (and the side of fried onions). Good portions for lunch. Reservations definitely needed for dinners during the summer.

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Dwight, Illinois
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

First time here, so wasn't sure what to order, but we were with some people who have eaten here, so we got some suggestions. I had the Seafood Chop Salad. It was very large, contained lots of shrimp, bits of lobster and just was very tasty. Loved the dressing. My brother had the Fish and Chips and he thought it... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Perhaps the chef had an off night because I was not impressed with our dinner choices. Calamari sauce too sweet. Braised short rib was way too salty. Lobster roll was meh and roll too crunchy ( we are spoiled in the northeast where lobster rolls are hard to beat). Beef satay meat was tasteless unless you eat it with pickled... 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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions
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?