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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: Say “I Do,” at this historic, seaside boutique hotel in beautiful Laguna Beach.The restored 1929 icon offers a quintessential Southern California coastal experience with myriad nuptial, reception or private settings like the Rooftop Lounge for ocean views, wine cellar and Spanish courtyard, candlelit K’ya Bistro or the Grand Lobby of La Casa del Camino. Your guests will enjoy chef Craig Connole’s delicious Mediterranean-inspired fare from K'ya Bistro Bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales/Catering (949) 505-5082
  • 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. Steak, Seafood, Chicken, Pasta, Burgers, Snacks, Desserts - all small plates with over 60 menu items making 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
  • "Our waitress - Jayne - ruined this place for us. She tried shamelessly to upsell my wife on a cocktail, and brought out a dish we did not order. Her response? "Oh no, I'm pretty sure you did..." ?!?!? We ate it anyway because I knew it would be tossed if we didn't. But it was not even good - $9 for "Caprese" with 1 piece of Mozz, tiny grape tomatoes, and wilted lettuce. When we asked for the bill so we could go elsewhere, she asked why. My wife told her, and she said "oh no you ordered it; it's right here in my notes..." Wow. This place and Big Fish are the latest victims of the slow gentrification of Laguna."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great tapas menu, specialty cocktails, and of course the rooftop bar! Perfect night. Gotta try the sliders!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "One of the best casual american dining establishments in Laguna Beach with an interesting menu of well conceived and executed items. The portions and prices designed to share. For visitors, the experience can go up several notches if you were to dine early and find a table on the roof deck where the Pacific ocean stretches out in front of you - almost close enough to touch, along with expansive views of the twinkling lights of the Laguna & Newport Beach coastlines."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We have gone to K'ya regularly for many years and find that it is always very,very good. This past Sunday we went and found the three dishes we ordered to be even better they have always been in the past. Kudos to the chef. Wonderful dining. This is our favorite place to eat in Orange County by far."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our salads (Goat Cheese, Fennel & Orange, Organic Gold Beet, Baby Tomato & Feta) and mains (Sumac Salmon, Chicken Tenders) were fresh and delicious. Red wine Sangria and mango and strawberry Mojitos great. Did not need dessert, but couldn't resist trying the Banana bread pudding--yummy. We plan to visit K'ya for dinner again next week!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The fact that all the dishes are very small is not an issue but the fact that they come at very different times is. We got the chips 5 minutes before anything else. We then got the rest of our dishes over the next 10 minutes but you couldn't really enjoy them as you didn't know how much more food was still coming"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Delicious food, fun with the tapas style dining and great Sangria. What more can you ask for? Oh, and it is in a beautiful location."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food is excellent and service is great. It is noisy however and tough to have an intimate conversation."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I liked the restaurant more before the menu change. It used to be a great meal for a reasonable price. Now its just small plates for more money. I dislike when a restaurant so obviously decides to give you less for more. And the noise level is over the top. Its so hard to talk. Before the food and the cost at least made it worth the difficulty talking during dinner. But now I think I will dine elsewhere more often."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great food and prices but don't bother trying to carry on a conversation with anyone hard of hearing."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food was exceptionally good.The service was excellent.They seated us right away.It was a perfect evening with the wife."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We are regulars at K'ya and frequently recommend it to friends. Our last experience on Friday was the worst! We were seated at our reservation time but waited FOREVER for our food. After waiting 45 minutes for our appetizers to arrive, I finally got up to find someone to ask. Plus the portions seemed to be smaller than ever and not as tasty as previous visits. After dessert was served, got up again to find napkins for our use. Our waitress was not even apologetic, she seemed to be frustrated and overworked. Needless to say we won't be returning..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This has been our favorite restaurant for a long time. we come here regularly with/without the kids and used to love the food. Boy, were we shocked when we went here for my birthday on 8/1/14. The prices for most of the items including the kids meals went up at least 50% while the portion size went down by 50%, which is the equivalent of a 100% increase in price for less food. I understand wanting to raise prices but then to decrease portion size at the same time, that is downright greedy. Ex: kids meals went from $6 to $9 and 1/2 the portion size. Small plate flank steak went from $10 to $15 for a teeny tiny portion. We still love the rooftop for drinks and sunset but will not be visiting the K'ya bistro anytime soon again."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "**MAKE RESERVATIONS! The earlier the better!** First time visit with my Girlfriend (her Birthday) and a couple of friends. The food was so good. I definitely recommend the Filet Mignon Medallions and the Cajun Shrimp! We ordered a lot of food and quite a few drinks. When the bill came, I could not believe it. Great value for everything they offer."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Server Jane was attentive but not overbearing. She let us take our time and helped explain the menu to a few first-timers in our group. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered.. Some notables: Bacon wrapped scallops on creamed corn, hibachi salmon with spicy coconut sauce, filet medallions with Demi and blue cheese, you must also try the lobster truffle risotto. Bring lots of $$ because you won't want to stop ordering! The drinks are also bomb, but $14 mojito is a bit steep, but delicious and their house specialty. This place is great, we will be back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was sensational. I was unfortunately just passing through so didn't get a chance to go back or I think this would become my favourite restaurant. The short ribs were the best I've had, and the blue cheese salad was fantastic. My husband has the clam chowder everywhere we go and said this was one of the best. The truffle fries were great but a bridge too far for our stomachs. Great wine list and service. Very noisy when we first arrived but a large group left not long after so tolerable after that."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Gotta go to K'ya for 'Happy Hour' - they have the best drinks and food for happy hour and you can't beat the prices. My husband and I always enjoy K'ya."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Way over rated. Perhaps the roof top is cool, but the dining room is dark and dull and very unattractive. Impossible to speak without yelling at 8 on a Monday. Food was small plates but not interesting in a way that small plates should be! Flatbread was a total bust on matzoh and the meatballs had BBQ sauce dumped on what tasted like frozen meatballs. So many great restaurants in town, so we found this to be a total disappointment."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "5 of us had a fun family evening at K'Ya Bistro. The food was fantastic - and with 5 of us sharing small plates - the variety was unbelievable. Our server asked if she could organize our choices into "courses". We of course said yes - and she did an excellent job. We had drinks at the Rooftop Lounge at sunset before dinner - so the combination of the two was unbeatable. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had a really good time. Great food, wine, and service. Waiter recommended both wine and food, and everything was delicious. The only minus would be our seats and table. It was not very comfortable. We sat at one of those bar tables, and my boyfriend and his friend are both very tall and were complaining that their back hurt. Next time, we will definitely request to sit at the lower tables. Except for that, everything was great and we will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "What an unforgettable experience! Gorgeous interior, steps to the beach, great food at affordable faire, energetic crowd, and live music. What a perfect place for a date night!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We frequently go there for happy hr. This time, their menu has changed! Selections on happy hr menu for drinks are smaller & our favorite ahi poke is no longer on it (it is now $9). The entree portions are much smaller& prices have gone up. My hubby usually orders the lamb chops. It used to come with Brussels sprouts & potatoes. Now it is just the lamb chops with a bite of mashed potatoes? I'm not sure if other entrees are smaller also. Don't think we would go back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Small bites loaded with flavor. Whenever I'm in Laguna Beach I go to K'ya Bistro. Vibrant scene as we'll."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Having never been before, but following online recommendation , we thoroughly enjoyed most every aspect of the evening. Having come for dinner with friends, we found it vibrant, fun, and extremely enjoyable. The food was excellent, as well as the service. My only request would be to find a quieter spot, as conversation was limited with the noise level so highl. But I definitely plan to go again. Mahalo for your attention to detail."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I am in love with this place! Although a bit loud and crowded, my boyfriend and I had the best experience. Their bacon wrapped dates and medallion steak are amazing! We are definitely coming back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Better than expected small plates in a beach twin where food tends to be less sophisticated. Have a cocktail on the rooftop lounge and watch the sunset then downstairs to dine for a perfect evening!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I can not wait to go back. The food was amazing. I love the small plates concept. Every item I had was superb."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It is worth it just to step into the Casa del Camino Hotel and enter early Laguna Beach history. Small plates are the theme here, which our family enjoys the share experience. The favorites were the Ahi Poke and the scallops. We were there during 1/2 off wine nite so we could splurge some on our bottle of wine. They were out of our first wine choice but the waiter gave us a good recommendation. We always appreciate when the staff has been educated on the wines being served. It was an enjoyable family dinner of sharing,"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is our favorite spot to go when we have company in from out of town or are celebrating a special occasion. We frequently come here on a whim even if there's nothing to celebrate! The food is consistently amazing, and the wait staff are always attentive and personable. K'ya is a must see if you're visiting LB."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great small dish menu, enough to share and interesting options. We had party of 4 with a bottle of wine and it was less than $40 a person"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Having the small plates allowed us to try more of their great food. The banana pecan bread pudding went down easy. The Ahi Poke was melt in your mouth!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The noise level is this restaurant is so loud!!! We have been here before when it wasn't packed -- unfortunately this time it was! Had to yell across the table to be heard AND to be heard by the waiter! Food is always good -- except this time we tried the rosemary chicken and it was AWFUL! VERY dry!!! Worst chicken breast I've ever had. Mentioned it to the waiter and all he did was apologize -- did not take any money off or even comp. a dessert! Oh well! Recommend the upstairs for lunch! Same food, beautiful view and you don't have to put up with the noise level!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We would love this place if the noise level was a few decibel lower. Even when it wasn't full it was noisy. The food is very good, we like the tapas style, the servers where helpful."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As usual Kya Bistro has the best Happy Hour in Laguna. Great food at unbelievable prices. My favorite is the Lobster Risotto and the Cheeseburger is fantastic"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The best food in Laguna beach! A real hidden jewel!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My favorite are the lamb chops cooked to perfection and my friend loved the Tilapia. Great atmosphere and ambiance. We loved it. Would recommend it to anyone. OH and one of the best Caesar Salad's ever.. Don't miss the wonderful pear Martini.. My compliments to the Chef."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. I especially like the small plates. I was able to try different dishes and share them with my friend. The patio bar and view on the rooftop of the hotel is spectacular!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I made a reservation for my birthday dinner with a bunch of friends. Everybody was very happy with the food, and we were seated in the little outdoor patio downstairs, which was lovely. I think some of the other seating areas inside tend to be a bit noisier, but our outside patio was perfect. Only thing I would have liked was if we had been seated sooner...we arrived on time but waited almost a half hour for our table. Granted, the outdoor area is quite small, which is what makes it nice and quiet, so for a group our size they may have had more difficulty in getting all the tables cleared for us, especially if the diners before us were taking their time. Fabulous food and service! Can't wait to try K'ya again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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