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Cucina Alessa

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234 Forest Avenue, (Cross streets PCH & Forest), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-8222
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Mexican food in Laguna

Enjoy a great Mexican food with verity of tasty dishes in Laguna. You can dine in Mexican décor atmosphere and enjoy their great beers.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Laguna Beach, California
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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213 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Laguna Beach, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Enjoy a great Mexican food with verity of tasty dishes in Laguna. You can dine in Mexican décor atmosphere and enjoy their great beers.

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I've always ordered the Super Iberico appetizer which is pretty pricey but worth it. It used to come with sliced tomatoes, burrata and arugula. Now they've removed everything but the Iberico which is incorrectly sliced and dried out, with a few leaves of arugula scattered about. Not worth it.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Renowned IBERICO, SPANISH SUPER PROSCIUTTO was tiny, overpriced as was small $14.50 glass wine pour.

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Laguna Beach, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Great menu...wonderful pastas, salads, appetizers and wine. Good ambience if the restaurant isn't too busy then it can be noisy. There is a pleasant outdoor patio for seating. If busy, the takeout service is efficient and travels well.

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San Clemente, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My husband likes coming to this restaurant and often brings his clients in for dinners. The last time we went we were seated inside and it was about 5:30 on a weekday. The tables and chairs are so close together that you can barely get in and out of your seat. To me the food is good but nothing that... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stopped by for lunch, ambiance is created more fora dinner spot ,, lunchtime a bit dreary... scallops were only suateed on one side, ( I felt like gordan ramsey wanting to thow it back in there face) salads were overdressed and underseasoned, john dory was so drenched in sauce it could of been basa and we would not of... More 

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Newport Beach, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our family ate at Alessa last week prior to attending a performance at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. We've always had a great experience at all of Alessandro's restaurants, and have met him on several occasions we had our rehearsal dinner at Mare down the street. We ate on the patio, with Jeffrey as our server. Service was terribly slow, we... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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292 reviews 292 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
296 helpful votes 296 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

First off, we had an excellent meal; my wife said her lamb was the best she's ever had. My black ink seafood pasta was good, but it's cuttlefish ink, not squid. I've had better, but no complaint here. As others have said, tables are indeed too close. I suppose it's handy for asking your neighbor about how they like their... More 

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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Perfect location. Great service. Food was fresh and presented well. Nice spot to stop in when your working up an appetite shopping!

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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Downtown Laguna Beach location and a diverse menu that includes fresh seafood with an Italian flair make this place a great option for dinner. Make reservations unless you don't mind a long wait to get in for your meal. Yes, seating is a bit to close for comfort and it is a loud restaurant, but most in Laguna Beach are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 234 Forest Avenue, (Cross streets PCH & Forest), Laguna Beach, CA 92651
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: (949) 497-8222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions

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