Chef/Owner Marc Cohen has succeeded in making both 230 Forest and Watermarc premier restaurants. I had dinner at both highly rated restaurants two times. 230 Forest and Watermarc are both within walking distance of each other in downtown Laguna Beach.
I love Laguna Beach's marine layer, June gloom. The sun struggled to appear by noon time almost every day.
I like both of these restaurants for different reasons. They are both among the top 3 restaurants in Laguna Beach. Watermarc is the larger of the two restaurants with a second floor terrace dinning area. My first dinner was downstairs between the outdoor seating and the bar area so a great location for me. My second dinner was the more sedate, but, happy hour casual upstairs overlooking the terrace area.
Watermarc is a mark showing the greatest height. The Watermarc Restaurant is intended to be a dinning experience at its greatest height. The first time I visited Watermarc I truly enjoyed their seafood paella for $34 with maine lobster, shrimp, the larger New Zealand greenlip mussels, calamari, and Linguica. I did not care for the greenlip mussels at either 230 Forest or Watermarc.
During our first dinner we learned about their half price hamburgers before 6pm so we returned for hamburgers. At that time we were seated upstairs
My second dinner was the more sedate, but, happy hour casual upstairs overlooking the terrace area during their happy hour, everyday from 4pm to 6pm [excluding holidays] with $2 off all grazing plates, $2 off all specialty cocktails, $2 off all wines by the glass, $2 off all bottled beer, and finally 1/2 off all burgers.
The burgers are normally $12 including grilled 1/2 Lb. blend of angus chuck, sirloin and short rib served with shoestring fries, cheese for +$2 for white cheddar, gorgonzola, guyere or manchego. The Burrata was an extra $3 for mozzarella, vine ripe tomato and pesto. The Burgundy was +$3 for wild mushrooms and gruyere. I had the delicious duck confit for +$4 with red onion marmalade, bries, aioli, and braised bacon. This was my second duck confit burger. Could this be burger trend in the U.S.? Other burgers are the braised bacon with grilled pineapple and fig jam.or the surf and turf for +$5 with lump crab cake, asparagus, and béarnaise.
We also ordered their house chipswhite with truffle oil, sea salt and garlic aioli for $8. These were potato chips rather than fries at Capitol Grill. I prefer the fries at Capitol Grill rather than these chips.
What is my third favorite you say? Nicks, which is also adjacent to Watermarc, but, I have only been there for brunch so check out my review soon to come.