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“Fabulous Waterfront Dining”

The Cliff Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 172 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

The Cliff Restaurant offers spectacular views in a casual setting. The menu offerings are diverse, with numerous appetizers, large plentiful salads, burgers, sandwiches and of course a variety of seafood items. On this last visit it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. They do not take reservations, but you can call an hour in advance to be put on a preferred seating list. We called at 1:00, arrived just before 2 and were seated about 20 minutes later. Those who were walk-ins at the same time had a 90 minute wait. The Cliff is set up on a large piece of property that includes 6-8 cottage type artisans shops, so while you're waiting you can wander through them. We had a wonderful server, Connor - he was friendly & made very helpful menu suggestions. We started with their speciality warm crab dip - very yummy and packed with crab. Then we all enjoyed a cup of delicious & hearty clam chowder. We greatly enjoyed our entrees and all of them were very plentiful portions. The coconut shrimp was tender and the mango/papaya sauce for dipping tasty. Two of us had salads and we both added seared ahi to them & were amazed at the large portion of fish & for only $7 up charge. My salad was butter lettuce with pears, dried cranberry, candied pecans & gorgonzola - a party of flavor! The other salad was a spinach salad with strawberries, feta & candied pecans. Considering the amazing locale & the portions we found the pricing to be quite reasonable. I look forward to returning possibly during an evening when they have live music.

Thank CharlaAV711
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

This is one of my favorite places in Laguna Beach. Right on the cliffs above the water. Food is WONDERFUL and the staff is exceptional. They do get VERY busy and it is a small place but so well worth the wait and crowdedness. We took my cousin from Michigan, who has never been to So. Cali and in the middle of the worst winter there ever. She was amazed at everything. Nothing about this place is disappointing!

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Thank Breebarb1
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

The food was just average, but location and views fantastic. We would skip the oysters if offered. Great place to watch the sunset.

1  Thank Bill K
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

First time in this busy area. Looked for a restaurant overlooking the beach. Wow, great view, easy parking($3). Food was excellent and service was very good. My wife and I were pleased with this choice. As an added bonus there were local shops in the vicinity.

Thank Big_Guy23
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Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We were on a family vacation to California was looking for a good outside place to eat on the beach that was a sit down restaurant. We loved this spot beautiful views, great food. Good romantic spot or with family! Only unpleasant issue was the valet who was rude when we pulled in! My husband and I both had the fish and shrimp which was fabulous large fresh seafood with a great breeding! Margaritas were also yummy!

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Thank Tex8405
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