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30832 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Montage Resort Drive & Pacific Coast Hwy.)
+1 949-715-9200
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Corona del Mar, California
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wondered in here one day between errands. The food was fabulous and I absolutely loved the decor and ambience of the restaurant. The owner, Gretchen was on the floor (and I'm told is their daily) because the reputation of her business is her priority. The staff was not your typical restaurant staff, they were all dedicated to customer service... More 

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Thank DonnaMee
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Donna, Thank you for taking the time to write this glowing review of your Starfish experience! We are happy to hear you enjoyed everything from the ambiance and service, to each one of your carefully prepared selections. We absolutely handle allergies with the utmost care and consideration, and are glad it shows. Every day we strive to provide the... More 

London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Americans in So Cal are spoiled by quality Asian food. While the standard is high, Starfish has very good food. We ordered family style. Pad thai, wantons, satays, cashew chicken, chicken wraps, etc. Standard fare. I would only suggest that the portions are a bit small, which is rare for most restaurants in America. The Starfish Cooler drink was very... More 

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Thank Ludgatecircus15
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review Starfish Laguna! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your selections and found your service excellent. Lots of passion, knowledge, and dedication go into each and every thing we do here. That definitely goes for the cheesecake! It is a "no bake" cheesecake, so all of the items are whipped separately,... More 

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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seafood Thai curry!! Enough said. Come here now. Order it. Be amazed. Get a picture, because I ate Mine too fast! Bread pudding and caramelized bananas!!! Their version of an old fashioned, is just different enough to make it great.

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Thank Jim B
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Jim! We love this review! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us and the TripAdvisor community. We are extremely proud of our carefully designed Thai curries, tempting libations, and house-made desserts. Glad to hear you enjoyed your selections as much as we do. See you soon! Gretchen and Archie More 

Laguna Beach
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88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this is a great place to try the different flavors of food...They have happy hour everyday which is awesome for 3 to 6

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Thank Khoshid
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! YES! We love this review! Thank you for taking the time to share your information with the public and your feedback with the team here at Starfish Laguna. See you during Opium Hour soon! Gretchen and Archie More 

Plymouth, Minnesota
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner that included the pad tai with tofu(yum!), mussels in a green curry sauce (also yum) and soft shell crab sliders (crab was good but bun was a bit pedestrian). I would recommend!

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Thank Atozz1
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello - Thank you for sharing your feedback with the team here at Starfish Laguna. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your selections and hope to see you back soon to sample more Starfish favorites! Gretchen and Archie More 

Scottsale, AZ
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

There are many great restaurants in Orange County, but Starfish has always been one of our go to places when we stay along the coast. The Happy Hour is one of the best in town and service is always friendly. Food here is amazing and very well priced compared to most places in Laguna Beach. Their menu highlights cuisines across... More 

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1 Thank FCMichiganFans
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to review Starfish Laguna! We are thrilled to hear that you consistently enjoy your entire experience with us, and greatly appreciate your continued patronage. The entire team here at Starfish takes enormous pride in our attentive service, inventive menu, and having one of the "best happy hours in Laguna Beach." We... More 

Chicago, IL
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We sat at the bar as we didn't have a reservation and the place was crowded. The bartenders were great. The dumplings and ribs were to die for! Everything we ate and drank was delicious. It was dark inside but the atmosphere was great. If you're in Laguna Beach you have to go here.

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1 Thank blong14
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your feedback about Starfish Laguna! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the all of your dishes, libations and the atmosphere. Hope to see you back soon! Gretchen and Archie More 

A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We had a lot of fun here! What a place! We were seated at the bar and just ate what was recommended by the waiter. Everything was good! Atmosphere and service were both great too. Have fun, go with the flow:-)

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! We are thrilled to hear you had such a fun time at Starfish Laguna! "Go with the flow" is such good advice for those experiencing Starfish for the first time! Hope to see you again soon! Gretchen and Archie More 

Ladera Ranch, California
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

This place has consistent delicious food especially the halibut in banana leaves and the coconut rice, yummy! The cocktails are also great, my fav are the Buddha's kiss and Tigers blood! Go try it!

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Thank egraff
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for reviewing Starfish Laguna! We are happy to hear you thoroughly enjoy everything each visit. Those libations are delicious! See you soon! Gretchen and Archie More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Star fish is fantastic, the wait staff is very knowledgeable of the menu items and will go off menu for you if you want them/let them... Loved everything they suggested and can't wait to go back.

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Thank Jonathan H
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Jonathan! Here's that response I promised you and Doug :) Thank you so much for taking the time to review Starfish Laguna! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed all of your server's recommendations! We firmly believe in "trusting your server". We hope to see you again soon for more on-, and off-menu selections! Thanks for the shout-out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $36
Cuisine
Sushi, Asian, Thai, Pacific Rim, Chinese, Japanese, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30832 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    (Montage Resort Drive & Pacific Coast Hwy.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-715-9200
Description
The tastefully provocative STARFISH LAGUNA is located directly across from the Montage Resort, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This gem of a restaurant is located in the heart of the Aliso Creek Shopping Center off Pacific Coast Highway, South Laguna Beach. From the moment you enter STARFISH , you will feel transported to an exotic wonderland of Coastal Fusion. The menu features Asian Fusion cuisine, highlighted with ingredients from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan. From delectable fish fresh from the sea, to savory and enticing beef, chicken and vegetable dishes, STARFISH has something to excite every palate. Delightfully unpredictable, the menu will pleasure your palate with tastes of Ginger, Lemon Grass, Thai Basil, Jasmine, Daikon, Thai curries and soy sauces. Summer rolls, pho, udon noodles, coconut rice, wok sauté, ribs and other chef's expressions of American renditions of classic Asian cuisine will be served. Equally as enticing as the menu is the ambience. STARFISH is destined to enchant with exciting contrasts of deep, vivid colors of the sea with those of radiant sunset skies. Tufted banquettes in luminous soft turquoise sensuously welcome guests, while sultry black lacquered tables and chairs complement the lush decor. The elegant, horseshoe-shaped STARFISH bar further welcomes you as it takes center stage. Muddled libations flavored with tarragon, ginger, coconut, lemongrass and mango will be prepared as you observe. Asian mojitos, martinis, sakes, craft and imported beers, and boutique wines are served to excite your palate.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?