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“Excellent outside view and food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Splashes

Splashes
1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
9493762779
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Ranked #12 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Continental, Californian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Bird Canyon and Coast Hwy
Description: Terraced above the beach, with waves breaking just 25 feet below, the casually elegant Splashes Restaurant boasts some of California's best views and finest cuisine. Whether seated in the dining room or alfresco on the palm-shaded patio, you'll enjoy American Coastal Cuisine set against a dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent outside view and food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Seven of us dined over the course of a beautiful sunset on crashing surf. A glass wall sheltered us from the cool breeze.

It is somewhat expensive however the service and everyone's food was perfect. I had the short rib which was a somewhat small portion but the taste was fantastic. So was the paella.

Spend and enjoy it.

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English first
Laguna Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
“You are paying for the Fantastic View--that's it.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

As a fine dining local resident we stopped going to Splashes a few years ago, when food quality and service dropped. We support Laguna restaurants and try everything again periodically. New chefs and management can come in, we realize. This time---Our friendly server initially asked us if we were visiting, and commented on the color of my husbands skin, - he's very tan, we said no, we lived in Laguna (for 25 years) During the second course he asked us where we were from and when we were "headed back." We had to send someone else to find him twice for service. He then told us to have a nice stay as we left and to keep out of the sun. The food was 2-3 star dining at best, no originality basic fare, barely warm, and expensive even for Laguna. We don't mind paying for quality but Slashes depends on visitors they won't see soon, which includes these locals. There are better places to fine dine in Laguna --then see the ocean - it's free to see.

Visited June 2014
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Ante D, Manager at Splashes, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Dear Jann,
Thank your for taking the time to review your recent visit to Splashes. I am disappointed to hear that your experience was any less than excellent. Our intentions are not to rely on one-time visitors, but to create experiences that leave our guests excited to return. I'd like to apologize for your server's attentiveness and that your dining experience was not fully satisfying. As a local resident, I would love the opportunity to invite you back. You can reach me directly at 949-376-2758 or adapic@jcresorts.com.
Thank you,
Ante Dapic
Splashes Food & Beverage Director
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Los Angeles, California
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“Good Food Great View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

One of the pleasures of living in Southern California is being close to the ocean. At Splashes you sit only a few feet from the ocean with an clear view. The food is good although not exceptional. If you are in the area it's worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Gorgeous View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We have been coming to Splashes for more than 25 years and keep coming back for the food, the atmosphere and the view. The minute we sit down at our table, I begin to relax. We typically ask to be seated on the lower level near the window in order to more fully appreciate the crashing waves and the setting sun. The service is excellent along with the menu selections. Don't miss Splashes if you are in town for a visit.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing view, food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The food was the best seafood I have ever tasted and the view was spectacular. We could see dolphins from our table by the window looking out over the beach at the sunset. The raspberry mojitos were moreish and the service and ambience couldn't be faulted. A perfect meal. 11 out of 10.

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