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“Nice ambience” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Starfish

Starfish
Ranked #13 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: Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

Located across from the Montage resort, this Asian fusion restaurant offers inventive cuisine incorporating, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, etc.. items into their menu. It's in a strip mall, but don't be fooled by the outside. Inside, the decor is fun and the food is great.

Visited April 2014
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Lake Forest, California
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Brilliant Asian Fusion Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I recently visited Starfish for the first time with her parents, whom are regulars. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful interior, being that it's located in a strip mall. The food was amazing - we tried the pork buns, walnut shrimp, and calamari. The service was very attentive and they have a overly creative bartender. Next stop is the happy hour everyone is talking about.

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San Clemente, California
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Happy Hour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

We enjoyed all of our small plates as well as the unique cocktails. The service was excellent. Will return.

  • Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food, average service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

We arrived early for our reservation and stood in the lobby for 5 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. There was one awkward moment about whether we had made it in time for happy hour (we had), but they made it right.

Very loud in this restaurant, with talking and no music. But we were fine. Nice decor.

Food was great! Lobster tacos, mahi mahi, coconut rice, crab wontons. Yum!

  • Visited February 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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113 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

Small little restaurant--more of a bar, but still nice ambience for a date or small group. Great menu. Great food. Had wonton soup and Mongolian beef.

Visited February 2014
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