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House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer
House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer
  • Address:
    540 South Coast Highway Suite 200
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Laguna Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.houseofbigfish.com
  • Phone: (949) 715-4500
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH: Saturday-Sunday 11:30am - 4:30pm
    DINNER: Everyday 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 2:30pm - 5:30pm
    BONUS HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Friday 2:30pm-5:30pm
    Buy Any Cocktail, Beer or Wine Off The Dinner Menu & Get Any Food Item Off The Dinner Menu Half Off.

    25% Off Food

    Taco Platters include two tacos, chips and salsa starting at $5, Drink Specials - $6 House Margarita, $8 Skinny Margarita, $4 Mexican Bottled Beers.

    50%off all bottles of wine.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Craig Connole
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beers offers a great variety of seafood for your next private event. For more information please contact Sales & Catering at 949-315-2224 or events@houseofbigfish.com
  • Private Party Facilities: House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer offers several options for your next private event from our indoor patio overlooking the ocean to a complete buyout of our restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa De Angelo (949) 505-5088
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private parties, corporate events, weddings, buyouts available
    To book your next event at House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer contact us at 949-315-2224 or events@houseofbigfish.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Legion/PCH
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Private Parking Structure with Validation.
A word from House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer
House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer is all about the experience. Casual environment in a relaxed seafood house setting, all small plates menu, sustainable fresh fish, healthy farm-to-table offerings, and a large beer selection including great local crafts, specialty cocktails and boutique wines.
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Diner Reviews
  • "this is actually my second time to big fishthe restaurant was very nice the lunch was outstandingbut once again I thought I would try open table and the communication between the restaurant and open table is absolutely etrocious in the respect that there is no communicationso I won't be using open table again I will call them physically"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable meal. Service was very friendly, and when one of our fish dishes came out overcooked, they took it back and replaced it, although it took a while to get the replacement. Enjoyable view overlooking the pacific even though the restaurant was not on the water."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent table location. Superior, attentive waiter. Excellent small plates (calamari, chowder, and ceviche). Average shrimp scampi and yellow tail entrees. Terrible Mahi Mahi (must have been old) The Manager took it off the bill. Would go back for the small plates only."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Food was pretty good, nothing to write home about. We got the Hawaiian poke- very good and one of the fish specials. The service started out great from the moment we walked in but lacked towards the end of the night. We had empty water glasses for the majority of our meal and wanted to order more drinks. For the price I would come back for happy hour but probably not dinner."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We have eaten at big fish many times since they opened. But many fish we enjoy are no longer there and Cat Fish is not what you should make Fish and Chips with. Small portions with increased prices. Very warm in dinning room, must be trying to save money along with their small portions. Will not return again unless things change. To bad was great restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Indoor/outdoor deck best for view of the ocean and sunset. Quiter then indoors but still feel part of the restaurant. Knowledgeable and helpful staff with great attitudes. Fish dishes are creative, flavorful and healthy."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner here! The tabeles were a bit noisy, so we moved to some bar seating along the window and were able to see whales off in the ocean. The macademia nut tilapia with coconut risotto was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "This is a very good choice for food and service. They have an excellent beer selection as well. The clam chowder is great."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This restaurant was fun, with really good food when we initially started coming here about 8 months ago. Our past couple experiences have been disappointing. On one past occasion the kitchen forgot an order and it never came out with the other food. This time, all the food was not brought out at once and one of the party was left waiting . My halibut was inedible. Cold, over cooked and I sent it back. I noticed that people at the next table walked to the kitchen to send a dish back. They remade my halibut and it was better cooked but they drowned this dish in pepper. ( maybe because I sent it back?) service was really slow too."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Love the view and the service. The food was pretty good."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We were seated quickly but it took a few attempts to find someone willing to take our drink order which was delivered incorrectly. Once the food started arriving everything was smooth however. I'd suggest you offer fresh ground pepper for anyone that orders soup, salad, or vegetables. It is a quaint and low-key restaurant and I don't expect 5 star service, but improvement is needed if you want to retain any up-tight Laguna residents."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Pros: food was awesome, service was friendly and helpful, great view of the Pacific Ocean. Cons: service was slow, we were there for over 2 hours (however, it seemed like that might have been unusual), it was very loud and difficult to have a conversation with someone right next to you. I would dine there again the next time I'm in town. Make a reservation, it's a Laguna Beach hot spot. We had to make our reservation 2 days in advance. It was worth the wait...the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had party of six. We sat in the outside portion-Noise level was good there. Food and atmosphere were great. We had not been there and we weren't expecting much. Turned out to be a great meal"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Gorgeous view from almost any table. Excellent, knowledgeable and friendly service. Excellent food presentation. Interesting mixed drinks menu. Gluten-free/dairy-free offerings were somewhat limited."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent find especially on half price wine Wednesday. The food fabulos and great service. The sun room was perfect with view of ocean and much quieter than main dining area. Thai calamari and chowder fries a must."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I called ahead to see what fish they had- It was only 7 pm- so how can you be the House of Big Fish and run out of Ono fish on the menu? The server- Emily - was awesome and apologetic. So we ate appetizers, drank wine- but went to another restaurant down the street for fish This is the third time I have been disappointed here since they changed their menu July 4th. The owners also own K'ya that i usually love, but a few weels ago i was there and the food was not very good Are there new owners? Someone is not watching things close enough"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "As always the fish, chowder, and beer were great. The salmon special, while good, was smaller than expected. One issue was that one of our group ordered the Ono, which he claimed was dry. He reordered the same dish and it came out very undercooked even though it took a long time to arrive. He then switched to a burger which not only took so long that it made us late but was still charged on our bill. Service was attentive and knowledgeable ."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Went on Taco Tuesday night. Food took a really long time to arrive. When the seafood tacos (blackened shrimp and fish) did arrive they were flavorless mostly caggage with very little sauce. Would not go back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "How much fun great food, great happy hour specials, and one of Laguna beaches great views!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Nice views on the patio where we were seated. Waiter took our drink orders and that took long. Then we ordered appetizers and dinner and that took awhile as well. At first i thought the delay was a ploy to get us to order another round but i never saw our waiter. Our appetizers finally arrived and as soon as we got them out comes our orders served to us by two other waiters. Now I'm nursing what's left of my 22 ouncer, rushing through my bowl (not cup) of lobster chowder, hoping i get to my lobster meatball risotto before it gets cold. At least our waiter was nice enough to deliver our check and ask the obligatory, "any room for desert?""
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The food was good and priced just right. We had a party of 10 and the service was good. The atmosphere was just what we were looking for."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been to House of Big Fish many times with foreign friends and visitors and is always a great place for casual dining. You can look out over the sea although you are not on the beachside. At the same time the plates are a little smaller and priced accordingly. As such we often have a couple of appetizers before a great piece of fresh Fish and a desert. They have a great beer selection and my wife says the wines by the glass are good also. Well worth a visit"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We've eaten here about 5 times now and always come back because of the food and pricing, but we are always challenged by the service. The restaurant did locate us in the desired back patio area because we had a party of 13, but our (young) waitress was challenged. We requested separate checks (3 total) and she did that, but several of the meals ordered "floated" onto the the wrong checks. A gentleman in our party ordered the yellowtail, but it wasn't prepared as requested. When our waitress went back to the kitchen to correct it she found out that his request was sent to the wrong table and then she learned that there was no more yellowtail by then, so a new selection was made. We still will go back...."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our dinner with friends was everything we hoped for and more. The window table on the patio was overlooking the Pacific Ocean with large opened windows bringing in the ocean breeze was AMAZING. The enclosed patio is more quiet, allowing easy conversation. Our server could not have been more friendly and helpful. At first I was saddened that the menu had shrunk since my last visit and the Southern hush puppies were gone, but the kale salad (which was much healthier) made up for the modification. The filet mignon I ordered was as delicious as the photo on the website. Everyone else ordered fish (Macadamia crusted Tilapia, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Red Snapper) and loved their meal. I will continue to recommend Big Fish for great sunset dining."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing restaurant! Great view, great food, great drinks would definitely go here again!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We have been going here for many years was great. The last two visits were bad so we said maybe it was just us. Six of us went this time waited 15 mins before we called over a waiter to help us. Had to move our table because we could not converse because if the noise from the bar. The menu is now on a paper matt bad sign. Food came after 45 min and asking twice. Waiters too busy with the bar. Truly this place has turned from a restaurant to a bar with food. We will not be back. Three strikes it's out"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It's fun to order the beer tasting option, where you get four choices of beers on tap. The food is pretty good, and the Mexican poke is delicious. However, avoid the calamari with Thai seasoning at all costs. It is a gloppy sweet mess something of a cross between pad Thai and calamari-- yuck. The service is friendly and helpful, if a bit scattered at times."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This restaurant came recommended to me by a staff member at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This was by far my favorite place the whole trip to Southern California. We were seated in a screened in porch and the windows were open so it felt like being outside. You had a view of the ocean and mountains, very scenic! Our waitress was friendly, attentive and gave her recommendations. YOU MUST GET THE CHOWDER FRIES! This was shared by the table and gone in no time. We also had the Lobster cakes, good but nothing special. I had the King Crab Cobb salad, customized. I add mustard vinaigrette and almonds and removed the blue cheese and olives. The waitress said it wasn't a problem and my salad came out as ordered!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We have been going to Big Fish for a long time. We still enjoy the atmosphere and service. They redecorated and took some of that old local feel away. The menu was also changed and a few favorites were eliminated (small tapas dishes- hobo bowl, etc) which should be added back. Here is what to try on the new menu - Ahi Poke, Calamari, Seafood Jambalaya, Hamburger, Key Lime Pie and Brownie. The lobster dishes used to be tasty but they changed to a lobster ball which is breaded and now you cannot taste the lobster."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food and extensive beer menu. A little noisy, but wonderful and friendly staff. Nice view from deck."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I found a hair in my food. The waiter Jackson was super apologetic though!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I picked this place because its a great view if you get a window spot to see the sun set and the price is really good. There are lots of expensive spots in Laguna Beach so when you find one that is reasonable and still has the view its great. Wide variety of food and great drinks on the menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is a very casual bar with lots of TV's. then as you walk into the back, there is indoor seating and enclosed patio seating overlooking the pacific. The entrees sized FISH dishes are so reasonable. it is like HAPPY HOUR prices everyday. Where can you get a quality piece of Halibut, Sea Bass, Mahi Mahi or Barramundi with choice of four sauces and 2 sides vegetables for $14.00? Love this place"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Despite indicating we were first time patrons requesting their window/sunset view, our table was not great. We politely asked the manager to be re-seated. He dismissed our request with a "you should have said 'patio'" - as if we'd been there before. No additional offers to accommodate. When we said we'd leave we guessed he didn't care. Apparently customer service is less of a priority than his seating chart. We dine all the time in LA- this was just amateur hour."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had read a lot of bad reviews, but our group decided to still give them a try. We went for lunch and were seated right away. Our waiter was great, friendly and helpful. Loved their menu selection and theirs prices. Our food came out and was Great. Everyone loved what they had ordered. The only thing we did notice was some of the serving sizes were small, not all of them and people had complained about this in previous reviews, but we were ok with it it was only on a couple of the dishes and it is like that at a lot of the resturants down there. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definately go back again"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My family & I went there for Father's Day and had an overall great 1st experience. The staff was friendly and accomadating. We were seated outside near a window at first, but then it got too hot, so we asked our server if he could move us. He came back and mentioned that the other tables inside were reserved, so my husband asked for the manager in which he came over and moved us right away. That is good customer service on that managers part. We were happy it all worked out ,and we could enjoy our dinner after that. We will be back. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A really nice varied menu with lots to choose from. I want to go back just to try other things, and yes the beer is cold!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My ahi salad and coconut shrimp were great, but my husband didn't love his fish and one child didn't like her's either."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had a party of 7, one of us in a wheelchair. Originally made a reservation for 4. Found out the day before the event (Father's Day) that 3 others were joining us (1 in a wheelchair). Called the restaurant and they were super accommodating and nice and gave me no trouble about adding 3 more people! Our reservation was first thing when they opened. They took us promptly and seated us in the covered patio area which had an amazing view of the water. Service was friendly and attentive. And the food was delicious! I have to give specific props to the Lobster Truffle Risotto - it was definitely a table favorite. Will definitely come back! THANK YOU, House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer, for making our celebration a memorable and great one."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "All of my guests ordered fish and seafood as their main entrees, and I ordered the appetizers to share. All of them were fresh and prepared and spiced just right to bring out the natural flavor of the food. Our server was superb, patient with our questions and she gave us enough time without hurrying us as to what to order. The orders and food came out in the right order and at the right time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014