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The Cliff

577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2405
949-494-3805
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Ranked #32 of 150 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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Arlington, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

If you want that ocean front view dining experience, this is where to eat. I ate here with some of my training mates from work while we were in the area for training. The food was delicious. I order the Lobster & Shrimp Dip for an appetizer and had one of the steak entrees for dinner. The food was great... More

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Carmel, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to dinner at this local site. Views right on the ocean are terrific. Watching surfers right below is great. The place feels a bit touristy, but the food is fine... Not a gourmet meal, but quite good and reasonably priced. Definitely a keeper and worth the visit.

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Chandler
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Sit outside with a beautiful view of ocean. Wait staff excellent. Food prepared nicely and tasty - great salads. We eat here every time we visit Laguna Beach.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

In addition to the pleasant ocean view from the restaurant, moderately priced, there are several small stores include one that sells nothing but Matryoshka dolls of all kinds and sizes and prices.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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121 reviews 121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I gave this restaurant an excellent mostly because the view is so beautiful! We had never been to Laguna before so drove over one evening from Huntington Beach where we were staying. It's a pretty neat town, very artsy. And hilly. Someone recommended this restaurant so we wanted to try it. We didn't have a reservation, I don't even know... More

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This restaurant is a lot nicer than the famous Hotel Laguna down the street, but the view is better, the prices are better, and the service is better. The wait staff are friendly and eager to serve you, there's no rush to turn the table, no long wait, and great food. We liked the mojitos, the halibut was excellent, and... More

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Maryland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This place definitely has some of the most beautiful views in downtown Laguna. Dramatic setting on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific and the beach. We had some drinks and appetizers. The raw Scallops Wasabi was out of this world -- super fresh and delicious. A must try in our book. We found the service to be similar to a few... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Halibut, glass of wine, and an AMAZING sunset! What more can a person ask for... Oh, and a live musician in the background! Did I say AMAZING!?!

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Apple Valley, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Had dinner one evening and watched the sunset. Get there early to get a table. It is a popular place but worth the wait. I will return. The food was great. I need to go back to try more on the menu. The service was good as well.

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ct
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

OK, OK, the view and setting are spectacular - the primary reason that the Cliff is always packed - but the intelligent way to check-in, get the "It'll be a 1 1/2 hour wait, we will call you.", walk around the galleries and lovely shops of downtown Laguna Beach - perfect way to build up the appetite and then, back... More

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