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“Yummy and large small plates” 5 of 5 stars
Review of K'ya Bistro

K'ya Bistro
1287 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-376-9718
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Ranked #21 of 131 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $40
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cress Street
Description: K'ya Bistro Bar is located in the historic, coastal La Casa del Camino hotel in the heart of Laguna Beach. With small plates and an emphasis on sharing, K'ya Bistro Bar offers a diverse menu with flavors from the Mediterranean and a local bistro appeal. This bustling bistro is a stone's throw from the beach and reflects a lively San Francisco-esque atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a private table, or have a drink by the fireplace before or after dinner in the comfortable lobby lounge featuring live entertainment.
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Yummy and large small plates”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

After reading many reviews we went to Kya for dinner on Sunday night. We tried to book same night reservations on both Friday and Saturday and they were all full, so book the day before of you can. It was a loud but fun atmosphere. I loved the petite cocktails and the small plates were much larger than I have experienced at other tapas places. It was awesome! My favorites were the beet and feta salad and the bacon wrapped scallops. We left stuffed and didn't break the bank!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Reasonable Portions and Prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

One of the biggest problems I have with restaurants is that they give too large of portions. Kya's does not do that. It has a great variety of entrees running from $10-18. One example is the lamb chops of which there was four! The dessert menu also has some variety and the portions are small enough for one. The drink and wine list is very good.
There are three seating areas: the upstair bar/restaurant which can be quite loud; the bar area which has music but limited seat; and the down stairs which has an outdoor and indoor area.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orange County, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great Oceanside Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

A perfect place to go for delicious food, great atmosphere, and people watching! Love the smaller plates for sharing. The dishes are very creative and reasonably priced. Can't wait to go again! The rooftop is fun too.

  • Visited November 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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Berkeley, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good food, good atmosphere... liked it a lot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

After reading the Laguna Beach restaurant reviews, we settled on K'ya for our Saturday night dinner. We arrived about 6:45 and could not be seated in the restaurant. So we settled for the bar, which was fortunate. Sitting on a comfortable sofa, we got to enjoy live music from a guitar/harmonica player/singer that was right out of the 70's. Very enjoyable. The tuna was very good, and the wine was tasty and well priced. We liked K'ya a lot. It's a do-over for us.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Excellent food with dazzling rooftop views of the Pacific”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The food at Kya is unique and delicious. I had a tofu dish that was excellent. Their appetizers and drinks are a "must". If you're in SoCal, be sure to swing by Kya - the views and atmosphere are worth a trip in itself.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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