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“A Diverse Culinary Mecca In Laguna Beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Watermarc Restaurant

Watermarc Restaurant
448 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
9493766272
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Ranked #3 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Laguna Avenue
Las Vegas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“A Diverse Culinary Mecca In Laguna Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The Starters menu was so fantastic we made a meal out of it and will be back for more!

Great atmosphere, upscale vibe and great service. Reservations recommended.

The variety of unique menu items is remarkable. We had the bacon wrapped dates, crab cakes, sizzling shrimp, lamb chops and shishito peppers; all appetizers but hearty enough to make a great meal for two. Plus we had the strawberry shortcake for dessert. Probably the only thing we would not order again were the flash fried shishito peppers only because it's a dish better suited to a larger group... they were good you can only eat so many of them.

All of that, along with two cocktails came to only $99 which is a bargain frankly for this type of restaurant and offerings in Laguna Beach.

Nice wine list and many high-end by the glass offerings via their CRU wine serving / preservation system.

We'll be back!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Clemente
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Better than McDonald's”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The food at the Watermarc was acceptable, but definitely not as good as we were hoping for. The seating was a bit cramped and service not exceptionally personable on the busy Saturday night we ate here. I was intrigued by the Sea Bass with asparagus potato salad, but found myself leaving some of it behind on my plate. Overall, I have to add the Watermarc to the long list of other mediocre Laguna Beach restaurants we've eaten at.

Visited September 2012
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Michigan
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great service and great food!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We went for lunch. My husband had the filet mignon sliders and I went with our waiters recommedation of short rib hoagie. We shared our meals and both were delicious. My husband said that the hoagie was one of the best sandwiches he has ever tasted. The prices were very reasonable for being the #1 restaurant in Laguna. Our waiter was such a foodie, he even had recommendations on what to try at the other restaurants.

Visited September 2012
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Hollywood, California
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“Good but not friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Good food. Innovative and delicious. Tables much too close together though. Service is spotty and can be snooty. They are more impressed with themselves and should pay more attention to the patrons. I felt rushed. But the food is very very good.

Visited September 2012
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Hamersville
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“Not what I expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

When I first walked in, I thought it was much more casual than I expected....and it was casual, but in a great Southern California way! The food was AMAZING! I had blackened salmon and it was absolutely wonderful!

Visited September 2012
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