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K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
  • Address:
    1287 South Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Neighborhood:
    Laguna Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Tapas / Small Plates
    Price: $30 and under

K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kyabistro.com
  • Phone: (949) 376-9718
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Sat-Sun 9am-11:30am at The Rooftop Lounge

    Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm at The Rooftop Lounge

    Dinner 4:30pm to Close at K'ya Bistro Bar

    Rooftop 11:30am to 9pm (Sun-Thurs)- 10pm (Fri & Sat)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Craig Connole
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Outside Catering available
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private rooms, Rooftop Lounge, K'ya Bistro restaurant and lobby of hotel La Casa del Camino
  • Private Party Contact: Sales/Catering (949) 497-2446
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment weekends from 6-10pm/Sun 5pm-9pm in the lobby lounge of Hotel La Casa del Camino.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Weddings, Private Parties and Corporate Events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cress Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from K'ya Bistro - Laguna Beach
Coined by locals as the top favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach, K'ya Bistro Bar boasts signature small plate dishes that keep them coming back for more. Located inside the Historic Hotel La Casa del Camino, K'ya offers a diverse menu with a European-Style cuisine, reminiscent of simple Bistro and mediterranean dining. This bustling bistro is a stone's throw from the beach and reflects a lively San Francisco-esque atmosphere. Steaks, Seafood, Chicken, Pastas, Burgers, Desserts - all small plates with every individual menu item $12 or less make this the “ultimate Laguna dining experience!”. Come visit us during Happy Hour Daily 4:30-5:30pm $5 Food and drink specials and Bonus Happy Hour Buy Any Cocktail, Mojitos, Beer or Wine and receive Half Off on Any Food item on the dinner menu. For California casual fare, Hand Muddled Mojitos and the best sunsets in Laguna Beach, with amazing ocean and coastal views visit The Rooftop Lounge located atop La Casa del Camino-rooftoplagunabeach.com Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I would highly recommend K'ya Bistro. It had a charming atmosphere and the food was delicious. We look forward to coming back again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "K'ya is a real find. They serve an eclectic assortment of gourmet food at incredible prices. If you are adventuresome, you will not be disappointed. We went there for the lobster risotto and it was incredible. Also had fresh halibut ($14.00), and multiple appetizers that were great. Upstairs is their Rooftop Bar with incredible views."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Parking - terrible. Hostess - rude. Everything else was almost perfect though. The food and drinks were fantastic and our wait staff was very helpful and accommodating. The lobster risotto is a must - few things in life taste that good. Skip the rooftop bar. It's great for a picture but the staff aren't the friendliest and the drinks are watered down."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I was expecting more given the yelp reviews but it was not great. I have been to the rooftop many times and know it for yummy drinks, ok food and ok service(really its all about the view). K'ya was for the most part the same. Our server Casey was friendly, but the food left a LOT to be desired. My sister and I both had the flavorless, tiny filets that were both over done. The chocolate dessert was also over cooked and the creme brûlée had coddled. I can say on a positive note that the Flat Bread Appetizer, Brussel Sprouts Side Dish and the Strawberry Balsamic Martin were all good."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We came from San Diego and met friends from LA here. The online reservation system was no problem even though me, the reservation maker, was a bit late getting there. The staff was very considerate and extremely patient with our questions about the menu. The food was delicious and savory, more like "small entrees" than true Tapas. The food was delicious, but we saved room for dessert and we were glad we did. The dessert portions were very generous. Afterwards we were able to walk around Laguna Beach and burn off some of the calories. About the only complaint was that it is a bit noisy there and one of my LA friends was kinda quiet, so I had to really lean in to hear him talk."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Menu options for everyone, food was very good. Sat at bar before dinner staff could not have been more accommodating. Dining experience good, a large group behind us were very loud- huh! Our food delivery was not as we requested following our waitress asking us timing preference. Our Mac and Lobster side dish came after half of our entrees were eaten. Ok, but not ideal. Will return soon."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Last Saturday we made a reservation for 7 at K'Ya Bistro. We love this place. Everything was excellent. We sampled many of the items on the menu - meatballs, lobster risotto, short rib, lamp chops were some of the delectable dishes we enjoyed. Can't beat K'ya for value and great food! Not the place to go if you are in the mood for an 8 oz steak!!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Best happy hour we have found in Laguna/Newport Beach area. Food is very good and prices are right."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Usually a great place to eat.....but poor service (forgetting our order, serving cold food, serving half the table's dishes while leaving the other half with nothing) made the experience terrible. We would give it another shot though as other times have been excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We always have fun when we do this happy hour. The food is great and the price is right. We like the portion size and you get to try a lot of things."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great tapas/small plate menu with many selections. The best way to enjoy all the excellent tastes is to order 2 per person and share. The portion sizes are big enough that you will leave full and satisfied. If you want a quiet dinner, request one of the outside front patio tables(there are only 4 or 5 though). Either before or after dinner, have a drink on the rooftop and enjoy the beautiful ocean view/sunset."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food is always good. The service was slow but it was Saturday night. The waitress was great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "OMG, if you want excellent food, look no further. The food is outstanding. I would eat here every day if i could. Since the menu are tapas, small plates, the prices are very reasonable. I suggest this place for any occasion."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "WE'VE BEEN DINING AT KYA FOR MANY YEARS. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS CONSISTANT & AWESOME. I DON'T RECALL EVER HAVING A BAD DISH HERE. THE CONCEPT OF THE SMALL PLATES IS GREAT. THERE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH FOR TWO SO SHARING MANY DIFFERENT DISHES IS A MUST. TRY ANYTHING THAT LOOKS GOOD TO YOU - IT'S REALLY HARD TO GO WRONG HERE. THE SERVICE IS ALWAYS IMPECCABLE AT KYA, FROM THE WAITSTAFF TO THE RUNNERS & SERVERS. AURORA & LAWRENCE ARE BOTH GREAT SERVERS & WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We stopped going to about a year and a half ago after a disastrous dinner when everything came out of the kitchen wrong! The manager, recognizing us as regulars "comped" everything. Having recently heard that Kya was back on track, we returned and were not disappointed."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great place for a night out! Great food and good service! A little on the loud side so don't go for a quiet evening. It's a fun place!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We celebrated a Birthday at K'ya and had another delightful experience there! The food and beverages are consistently awesome! And the service is always impeccable -- the wait-staff is always congenial and fun! Thanks for a really wonderful evening - we will be back Very Soon!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The small plate selection makes for a self controlled and eclectic dining experience. Portions can be shared and are tastefully presented. Good chice of tapas at reasonable price. Setting is a bit noisy."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great place to eat. Our waitress was amazing! Food is delicious. Good selection of food and drinks. Our service was fabulous. I highly recommend K'ya."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food. The noise level was really loud, maybe some nice music may add to the overall ambience."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have been in several times before and it's always a good experience!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The menu has so many delicious options to choose from. Chef Craig does an amazing job of keeping all of the dishes fresh and yummy! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The small plates style allows you to sample a variety of foods and share with your friends. Menu is full of decadent choices, but frankly everything is a bit mediocre. If you're a foodie you'll be underwhelmed. They survive on having items like crab coated Mahi Mahi or the Lobster Mac n Cheese. Of course it will be good with those ingredients. But each bite is never actually amazing. Just OK. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My husband and I came here on a sunday evening for our one year anniversary, which I noted on my Open Table reservation. Our server (Lawrence) was upbeat, fun and friendy. Most Of our food came out in a timely manner, however waiting isn't terrible since K'ya has a very energetic vibe. It was not our first time here and every experience has been so different (in a good way). Once we finished dinner, our server offered us free dessert for our anniversary and seemed genuinely happy and excited as he knew the whole Time and had been waiting to surprise us. We were too full but Promised we would be back soon. We ordered a caeser salad, filet mignon tips, lobster risotto and chimichurri salmon and sangria to drink - all 5 stars! 6/1/14"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The wife and I went for our anniversary. We like to go to different places and I found this on the internet. Great food, atmosphere and service. We live very close and will go there again!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great tapas spot with a great rooftop bar on top. All of the food was delicious and the service was great."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Our server, Paul, was great. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Had great recommendations and we were pleased with our selection."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Brought a family member from out of town here and it was a huge hit. Our group of 6 had a number of different items and every one of them was great. Our favorites were the ahi poke, Burrata caprese salad, and the chicken marsala. They also have a great variety of cocktails and the banana bread pudding dessert was excellent. The only thing to be prepared for is that the dining room is very loud (acoustics are poor). But all in all, you cannot go wrong here. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful food, great service, but they really do need to do something about the acoustics."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Used to be the best kept secret in OC but someone spilled the beans and now it is very crowded and noisy. It is still wonderful. I have never had a bad meal there and the happy hour is the best one around. Good service most of the time."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great place to kick back, have a great meal and take friends. Everyone who works there is very polite, helpful and gracious. Food is always excellent and tasty. Great!!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our server Jayne was wonderful. She checked in with us often, made sure the dishes were nut-free (for our daughter who is allergic), offered great suggestions. The food was delicious from the creamy lobster mac n' cheese (my favorite) to the steak tips appetizer. Though a nice and reasonable appetizer, the cheese plate is small and was hard to share among the 5 of us. The salmon was also delicious and we loved the grilled garlic chicken. It is pretty loud there, so difficult to hear each other. Glad we sat near the window that offered a cool city view and acted as a damper to noise."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food in the bistro was AMAZING. It's obvious they have an executive chef. Portions were not over-sized and presentation was good. Server was friendly and attentive, but both hostesses just stood there and looked at us when walked in. No greeting, no welcome, not even a smile from either of them. Without a reservation, we wouldn't have eaten here because of their attitudes. Dining tables are too close together. It's VERY loud when it's busy because all the guests are trying to talk over each other. Rooftop bar has an amazing view but too many people up there at once for it to be enjoyable. It was nearly impossible to walk, let alone order a drink at the bar. Allow reservations on the rooftop and we will be back!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant for a pre-show dinner down in Laguna Beach. It was super neat and the food was excellent. We ordered many small plates for a true family style meal. We all ate a little bit of everything. The staff was very friendly and efficient. I took my parents and they found it a bit loud for their taste, but also enjoyed the food! I would very much recommend having a fun dinner at K'ya Bistro."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Been going once or twice a month for last year... always excellent, fun, terrific, never disappoints..."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "What a great find. We were in Laguna Beach to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and chose to eat at K'Ya. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. We look forward to going back to sample the rest of the menu. My only negative comment was that via Open Table I requested something special to celebrate our 20th anniversary but it was not acknowledged at all, not even a candle in a dessert of which we ordered two."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Very good food and prompt service at reasonable prices. Limited parking on weekends. A little bit noisy. Happy hour a big plus."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Love K'ya & its small plates, fun atmosphere & location in Laguna. You can get fish, steak, chicken, lobster mac/cheese, all uniquely prepared. Always bring new people here - they all love it too!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We don't drink so cannot coment on wine. Food was excellent. Flatiron steak was outstanding. We went on Monday night. The restaurant was not full but the noise level was uncomfortable."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Could not enjoy the food nor the company for the noise level. It was awful. Shouting was the only way to converse. If you want to go to this restaurant, go early--and leave early. 6:30 on this Saturday was obviously already way too late."
    Dined on 5/3/2014