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“High priced, Extra value”
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Ranked #23 of 168 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Montage Resort Drive & South Pacific Coast Highway
Description: WITH A PANORAMIC OCEANFRONT LOCATION AND MODERN FRENCH CUISINE WITH CALIFORNIA INFLUENCES, STUDIO IS THE PORTRAIT OF BEACHSIDE INDULGENCE A refined and inventive menu reflects masterful attention to detail accented with an elegant, creative touch. Since its debut in early 2003, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach has become a culinary destination for discerning gourmands and oenophiles alike. Set on an oceanfront bluff in the artistic village of Laguna Beach, Studio is designed to captivate the senses. Ocean breezes, panoramic views and lush landscapes create a refreshing sense of place at the water"s edge and a fitting backdrop for the shared enjoyment of fine food and wine.
Summerville, South Carolina
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“High priced, Extra value”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Studio at Montage is definitley a very special occasion restaurant. We were celebrating our 43rd anniversary and were ready for something special and we found it! After reviewing the menu selections, we decided to splurge on the wine tasing menu at approx $200/each. The food was absolutely extraordinary and the wine pairings put everything over the top. On top of that, the moon-lit ocean view from the patio couldn't have given a better ambience. Our waiter and wine steward were also tremendous and seemed to enjoy our enjoyment as much as we did.

Easily the most expensive dinner the two of us have had but also the most enjoyable by far. A real memory.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Tony h
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ToddOrlichGM, General Manager at Studio, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Congratulations on your 43rd anniversary; what an incredible milestone! We were honored to host such a special occasion and hope you will enjoy many more wonderful years together.

Warm regards,

Todd Orlich
General Manager
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Orange County, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Taste of heaven”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Atmosphere. The quality of service enhanced an already superior atmosphere. These folks know how to make your visit perfect.

Visited March 2012
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Corona del Mar, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Studio-Overpriced, but delicious”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Ate at the Studio last night with 3 other people-it was our first time there and we were celebrating a birthday-thought we'd splurge. And splurge we did! All entrees were $55 and designed to be served with an appetizer and first course-both approx. $25 each. The waiter made sure we knew the entrees were small plates (meat about 6 oz) so we should order other items as well. We did-ordered the venison, risotto, asparagus and entrees: swordfish, beef tenderloin (2) and lamb-all were superb! We each had 2 drinks throughout the course of the evening and the final tab was approx. $500 including tip for 4 people. We were satisfied but not stuffed after the meal. They did bring us a "complimentary" birthday dessert that was beautiful and delicious. Overall I like this place but be prepared to take a second out on your house to dine at the Studio. Another way to enjoy the property-go in the afternoon, have a coffee or drink on the patio outside the Studio-watch the sunset, walk around and see the beauty of the property and location-spend maybe $20?

  • Visited November 2012
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Sydney
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Exceptional on all counts”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This restaurant is an absolute must for foodies. It ticks all the boxes: sublime setting and view, exceptional service, and outstanding food. Enjoyed one of the best meals ever here - simply divine!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank SebastianFleming
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fabulous restaurant; Fabulous setting”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

This outstanding restaurant is one of the attractions of Laguna Beach. It is always on our "to do" list whenever we go there. The food and service are always consistently outstanding and we have dined there on several occasions. The four of us had a variety of things including squab, pumpkin soup, crab salad, scallops, duck, and lamb chops. Everything was outstanding. The service is impeccable. The view is also tremendous looking right out on to the Pacific. We ad a beautiful night with our table outside, the waves crashing nearby.
Another memorable evening at this wonderful restaurant. It is worth the trip if you are any where near Laguna Beach/Laguna Nigel. We have eaten all over the U.S. and this ranks in the top 5 % .

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank savvytravelers2
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