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“Good Food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Starfish

Starfish
Ranked #12 of 169 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $36
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian, Sushi, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Montage Resort Drive & Pacific Coast Hwy.
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.
Laguna Beach, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Went for dinner, the fusion food is good. Really liked the BBQ buns...YUM. Really liked the ambiance. The noise level was bit to high for ym taste couldn't hear the background music. Really nicely decorated! The service was excellent, they really know how to care of the dinners! I would recommend this place, the next time you are in Laguna!

  • Visited August 2013
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Laguna Beach
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Tastier than average!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

We went here last night (8/30) for dinner. This is probably our 4th visit and the food here is mostly a hit. We also like the ambiance - good background music, low lighting, etc.....things that hopefully keep people from bringing in their small children! We started with the Braised BBQ Pork Buns. These are terrific! It's a de-constructed pork bao. We also ordered the Wok Fired Mussels, however this dish was a definite MISS! Good flavor but the curry the mussels came in was a thick & gloppy mess! Like it had been thickened with flour or something. Yuck.

We then ordered the Sambal String Beans (with added beef), which was well balanced between savory heat and a touch of sweetness! Cooked perfectly! We finished with the Mahi Mahi "Hot Fish". It was delicious, however it was a bit off balance, a bit too sweet. Of course that does not mean we didn't finish every bite!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lglilja
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Laguna Beach, California
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2 reviews
“Sunday dinner....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Good night to visit this restaurant. Not as noisy as expected. Excellent drinks, great menu selection, wonderful service and a memorable evening shared with friends.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank AtlazC
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Geneva, Switzerland
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent fusion food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is one of the top restaurants in Laguna Beach. The food is excellent and the service is incredibly good. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and the ambience was awesome! They know how to take care of their guests. I would highly recommend it. It is a place to go when you are in Laguna.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OnlyTop5
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London
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great Asian restaurant opposite Laguna Montage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Staying at Laguna Montage which has excellent restaurants, but very pricey (bit overpriced) and no Asian fare. Starfish directly opposite is great vale for money, authentic Asian cuisine and excellent service.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank 58Martin
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