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

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  • 19
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  • 3
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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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Lucky_Eddie
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Toronto, Canada
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292 reviews 292 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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Alamo, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I normally LOVE Alessa in Laguna Beach. Been here many times. Last weekend? It was 4:30 pm (for goodness' sake) and the hostess said "do you have a reservation?" They don't take reservations for parties of less than six. She kept trying to place us next to a cramped wall, even though the restaurant was only about 25% full. Finally,... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I loved the bread service, and I hate bread services. It was crisp on the outside, and spongy on the inside and perfect for the herb and oil drizzle. The staff was very friendly, and one of the servers approached me and suffered through my terrible Spanish. My lunch salad was just like the day crisp, clear, and beautiful.

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Mission Viejo
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84 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Very good food, clean, service friendly and attentive. Seating a bit too close for my liking but certainly a place to return too among many other very good eating places.

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Kitchener
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31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My daughter and I visited Laguna Beach and at mid-afternoon we wanted to have something to eat. We searched Trip Advisor for top restaurants in Laguna Beach and the top rated ones were not open. We happened to be near Cucina Alessa and took a look at the menu. It looked great and we were fortunate to be offered an... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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48 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We eat here every year when we are in Laguna Beach. It is right on the main shopping street. It can be a little crowded inside, as they put the tables too close together. We asked for a corner table. The pasta melts in your mouth, and the portions are reasonable. You don't have to waste food if you are... More 

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

came here with my wife for dinner. Waiter was extremely helpful and helped us with our choices . We started off with bread and pesto which was very nice, followed by the waiters recommendation . For me a braised lamb shoulder with pasta and for my wife a John Dory fish with vegetables and roasted potatoes. Both were absolutely fantastic.... More 

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Las Vegas
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6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Amazing place amazing food loved it! Hostess was wonderful.Wait service was awesome! Best lasagna ever! Atmosphere was wonderful. Sat outside and people watched. Very busy that night but still wait was reasonable.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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