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The Cliff

577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2405
949-494-3805
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Ranked #38 of 151 restaurants in Laguna Beach
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, a fine dining experience or a venue for that special occasion, we have it all with a panoramic 180 degree view of the ocean. Oceanfront, open-air dining and cocktails are available daily at the spectacularly-situated Cliff Restaurant in the quaint Laguna Village artist community at 577 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
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Montreal, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went there especially for the view, and The Cliff view is amazing! You can see the beach and the pacific and a beautiful sunset! I took the fish and chip and it was good, but not the best i ever had. The service was friendly and pleasant.

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Happened upon The Cliff on our way to Dana Point and it looked promising. Took awhile to be seated, and awhile longer to place our order, and awhile longer than that to get our food/drinks, and even awhile longer than that to get our server to check on us (refills, etc.), but the view was terrific!! Food was not memorable,... More

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Palo Alto, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were in the mood for a beach view and The Cliff more than delivered. Sunset over Laguna Beach was beautiful. The food is pretty good, but the view more than delivers looking directly over Main Beach and the Pacific. They don't take reservations but they do have a "call ahead list". The wait was approximately 1 1/2 hours, we... More

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Sydney Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went early on a Friday night and enjoyed watching the sun go down over the ocean - a perfect view. We started with the avocado and salsa with a bag of Havachips which are made locally. Yum. Then I ordered the sea scallops on a bed of spinach and garlic mash - fantastic! We also ordered the pear salad... More

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Oxfordshire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went for early dinner. tables are allocated ona first come, first served basis. Table right by the edge which was great but "happy hour" as advertised only in the bar area. great cocktails at usual O.C. Price and great starter of coconut shrimp. we asked for a pause between courses as I have restriction on how quickly I can... More

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Los Angeles
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I ate lunch here with friends on July 4. Of course, it was a madhouse, very crowded, so they had some issues getting everyone seated and served. In addition, the hostess and both bartenders were unnecessarily rude to us and it was unpleasant. :-( We also heard one of the bartenders talking with people next to us... More

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Kansas city
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had dinner at sunset & the views were amazing. Started with crab cakes that were very good. Husband ordered the shrimp pear salad that was very good & I had the scallops. Scallops were just ok, not seasoned very much & kind of bland. Garlic mash on side was really good. Service was A++.

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san jose
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I actually had lunch here alone and didn't feel like a loser for being there alone. The wait staff were very friendly and upbeat. I had oysters on the half shell, which were to die for, and a Bloody Mary made to perfection! All around great dining experience.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This restaurant is atop the cliffs overlooking Laguna's Main Beach. The fresh offerings are all delicious. It's great to sit outside taking in the sun, or umbrellas offer shade to those wishing for a cooler table. Any time we are close to the area we stop. They do have valet parking, a real plus for this busy area. The shops... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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72 reviews 72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

One of the best lunch settings I have experienced. The view was magnificent. The food was fresh and delicious. The staff was attentive but not overbearing. The drinks were to die for and the valet parking was worth it if you plan on shopping. A top 10 day and it started here!

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