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“Rude Host and food not great, location excellent.”

The Cliff Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 168 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch, a fine dining experience or a venue for that special occasion, we have it all with a panoramic 180 degree view of the ocean. Oceanfront, open-air dining and cocktails are available daily at the spectacularly-situated Cliff Restaurant in the quaint Laguna Village artist community at 577 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Rude Host and food not great, location excellent.”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

The waitress was wonderful but the host, a male, was rude and condescending. The Ahi was smothered in too much soy sauce and ice cold along with my bake Potatoe. I was so disappointed as I so kuch wanted to enjoy the meal afyer being treated so rudly by the host. I would oay more to get a better experience and food but I guess they dont care about the locals or they would put more emphasis on their service and quality of food rather than relying on the view and location.

  • Visited August 2013
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Littleton, Colorado
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243 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“You pay for the view, but it is worth it.”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The view is amazing and although you pay a bit extra for it, I do not think it is way overpriced. I though the drinks were expensive but, the food was reasonably priced. The fish tacos tasted fresh and I liked them as they were not covered in sauce. The kids had hamburgers which were HUGE, way to big for kids! I would go back here as the service and food is good and the view is amazing!

  • Visited August 2013
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Laguna Niguel, California
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Local or tourist, you'll get a view to die for”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I always forget this restaurant is here because its not easily seen from the coast highway. Park in valet or take the trolley in summer. There is a bar if you just want to sip a drink and look at the ocean. The specialty drink list is especially creative. The restaurant section has an equally stunning outdoor view of the Laguna coastline. Although places like this draw large crowds, the staff was very gracious helping to take pictures and answer questions. There was no pressure to order quickly and the food, though simple was nicely presented. The wedding area on the grass at the edge of the cliff looked like the perfect venue. This is a place to come sit on outdoor couches , drink wine, and watch the sunset.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great views and fresh”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Food reasonably priced. The food tasty. Most importantly great views. Over a good spot for breakfast or lunch.

Visited August 2013
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Helendale, California
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“great lunch and you cannot beat the view”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

we always stop for lunch when we are in Laguna Beach. Food is really great and the service is too. Fabulous location just 2 blocks south from Main Beach at Laguna Beach. Crab dip was yummy and the salads here never dissappoint :) nice wine list and reasonable prices too :)

  • Visited July 2013
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