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“The view is the thing”
Review of The Rooftop Lounge

The Rooftop Lounge
Ranked #9 of 168 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Leave your worries at the door of La Casa del Camino hotel and head up to the roof! A local favorite and a must-see for visitors, The Rooftop Lounge offers a front row seat for a spectacular sunset. Indulge in one of the best happy hours in town, with signature fresh fruit Mojitos and one truly amazing panoramic ocean view while sampling small bites and California casual cuisine.
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The view is the thing”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

One of our favorite drop-in spots, but one that has some very different rules to live by. I didn't give it the top rating because it does take some getting used to. When you have a view this stunning, it's pretty much a "Lord of the Flies" seating situation. Yes, you have to stalk tables, but done correctly, it can be a great way to interact and meet new people. If you expect to sit back and think there are some rules of first come, first served, forget it. Try to hit the slightly off hours and enjoy an Ahi Poke to die for. Need to fill up? The meatballs are surprisingly good. It's not worth the ridiculous $150 table reservation price, something that tells me the management may have locked into "greed" mode. Even so, this place offers a nothing short of spectacular view of Laguna Beach. For tourists, pick your times wisely and enjoy.

  • Visited October 2012
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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Go for the view, but stay for the food and yummy mojitos!!!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Love, love, love! This is the place for the perfect sunset view in Laguna, but there is so much more... the food was far better than I expected and the drinks were not watered down and sooo delicious! thanks for hooking us up Phil! Our waitperson, Diva, was so cute and very good at her job too. Very attentive - we never wanted for anything. If you are looking for a great spot to hang out during the day for a couple of hours and grab a bite, or something of the liquid variety, The Rooftop is the perfect choice. And the gorgeous sunset was OK too ;) Downstairs was another bar with live music. You can't go wrong at The Rooftop!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank domrocsmom
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Beautiful sunsets and lots of cougars, man I love this place”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

I've been here several times, but wanted to write a review about it finally. I was just here the other night. This is a great place to go for any reason really, day drinking, night drinking, anniversary, night out with your pals, etc. It gets crowded, so if you want a table, you've probably got to get there eeeaaaarrrrllllyyyy and either hover, or if you're lucky enough to get one, just squat for hours.

We got there just before sunset. I took my girlfriend there specifically to watch the sunset with a drink, then we were heading somewhere else. Sunsets are amazing from up there, and the atmosphere is just really nice. Even if you're stuck on the PCH side, it's still good. Drinks are expensive, so keep that in mind. Parking is tough, but if you can find a spot within two blocks, you'll be alright.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank garek007
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St. Louis, MO
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful view outweighs average drinks”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

signature mojitos at rooftop were pricey and good but not great. the other patrons were friendly but come early to get a spot.

  • Visited October 2012
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Orange, California
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“Views aplenty but services Sucks!”
Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Great views of the ocean cool people watching , and sunset is beautiful ! But service is just lacking!

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