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“Arrogantly priced and so average - in a town filled with great food there's no reason to eat here.”
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Ranked #70 of 168 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Argentinean
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Description: Maro Wood Grill offers organic produce, wood grilled grass fed meats, seasonal, sustainable, spontaneous eatery in Laguna Beach. What's at the market will actually dictate your meal. Chef Debra Sims will serve organic prepared food sourced from local purveyor, in a menu that's updated daily!!!
Newport Beach, California
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Arrogantly priced and so average - in a town filled with great food there's no reason to eat here.”
Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Chose this place based on Yelp stars - mistake #1. Entrees are so unimaginative so we opted for salads with protein. Basically field greens plus fennel (big whoop) in such a lousy vinegarette we has to ask for extra balsamic. The empanadas people rave about were nice but got progressively smaller (why? See photo - not an optical illusion). Wait staff very snobby. In short I'd recommend eating anywhere else.

  • Visited July 2013
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Ireland
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel concierge - we found it mediocre. Poor service - I was still eating my main course when the waiter (the guy with the small pony-tail!) asked if we wanted desert! When we asked what was available he said there was only 1 desert left. We then declined and the waiter immediately produced the bill from his back pocket -he was clearly looking to exit us! We then saw him chatting to some friends who had just arrived and were looking for a table....

We decided to order desert (just to annoy him!) - he told us there was only 1 item left on the desert menu - we checked with another waiter who told us there were other deserts (which we promptly ordered. Quite outrageous behaviour.

Don't visit.

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank Altobelli
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Mission Viejo, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Great meal, great evening”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Sitting on the patio on a warm summers evening is usually enough to make me happy.... But add the amazing food at Maro Wood Grill and the great service and you just can't go wrong. Guests at neighboring tables talking with each other added to a very sociable evening. The place is small so don't expect to get seated without a reservation but its worth it.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Mark B
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San Diego, California
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Charming Argentine Neighborhood Restaurant”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

This small, quaint Laguna Beach restaurant on PCH is delightful, quieter evening with friends. They offer a wonderful wine selection. Both times we've been there, the owner, a young handsome guy and the chef, a pretty, charming "California-Girl type" have greeted us. The service is excellent and the waiters are clearly well trained and knowledgable.

We enjoyed it so much, we returned for a "watch the chef" prepare night with wine pairings from New Zealand. The portions are generous and excellent quality (so not frufru for those who like to feel satisfied, like my husband). They have excellent lamb, salmon and pork dishes plus terrific desserts and coffee. The halibut was OK, a bit dry. It's on PCH, no view of ocean with indoor bar-top seating and outdoor table seating. Prices are comparable to other local restaurants. Also a great place to share a few different types of entrees or appetizers. While it's owned by an Argentine, the chef is not so the food isn't Latin American (based on what I selected).

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank jredwood
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Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
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“Great meal, went back for more.”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

We were in Laguna Beach Aug 2012 and had a great meal. The menu is simple but unique featuring local, organic produce. We loved the gtilled edamame, MAro burger, roasted chicken and desert. We went back for a second evening on our short stay.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Traveleman
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