Lumberyard
Lumberyard

Lumberyard

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lblumberyard.com/
  • Phone: (949) 715-3900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American
  • Executive Chef: Armando Ortega
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in one of the most historic buildings in downtown Laguna Beach, Lumberyard has something for everyone. The restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and is known for its great American food such as rotisserie chicken, steaks, ribs and seafood.
  • Private Party Contact: Cary Redfearn 9497153900

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Lumberyard Parking with validation is located behind the restaurant off of Ocean Ave. Additional parking is available next to City Hall, across the street in "Lumber Yard" Parking Lot for $3.00 Street Parking is usually found up Third St.
A word from Lumberyard
In 1912, at the bend of Forest Avenue, 23 year old Joe Jahraus opened the Laguna Lumber Company, he and his father(cigar maker, first postmaster and real estate agent) built the beautiful French Normandy building that is here today. Prior to the lumberyard opening, building supplies needed to be dragged in by mule or floated in on the tides, and therefore, Laguna Beach had less than three hundred permanent residences. After the lumberyard opened, the area began to grow at unprecedented rates, transforming it from a tent town into a thriving city. Laguna Lumber operated for seventy three years, sixty two of them in this location and its' architecture, influenced by Joe's tour abroad in World War I, is one of the most significant influences on the town's aesthetic. Half timbers, mud walls and shingled roofs grace many of the downtown storefronts and homes throughout the city because of this landmark. Today, 384 Forest is home to Lumberyard - a contemporary American restaurant.
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Lumberyard reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (99)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (60)great for outdoor dining (57)vibrant bar scene (53)special occasion (49)great for lunch (42)hot spot (29)romantic (28)notable wine list (23)great for brunch (19)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (17)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Nice Pre-Theater Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    We had tickets to Laguna Playhouse and tried Lumberyard for the first time. I had clam chowder and mac n cheese. My wife had lobster spring rolls and pear salad. She had wine and I had vodka. A good bar. Drinks came out fast. Food was delicious. Service very friendly and efficient. I get around on crutches and found the access easy and safe.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Benny
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The staff and food were excellent. The Sea Bass is exceptional. The atmosphere is rustic and very nice. It was loud with sporting events on the TVs and children running about from neighboring booths, which gave it a casual ambiance. I will definitely come back, but not when I am seeking a romantic night out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • friendly place
    frose
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Laguna Beach's version of Cheers. been here before and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pumpkin
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Food was okay but not outstanding like we thought it would be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great
    dmardier
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My 6th visit and Lumberyard hasn't let me down. I always know I can't count on having a fabulous experience at Lumberyard. The braised short ribs are absolutely amazing and a great wine selection. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service!
    AleerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I go to the Lumberyard regularly and the food is consistently good. I like the comfortable atmosphere and the variances in the menus, they have great lunch deals, a nice brunch, and excellent dinner choices. It's American comfort food done well. The absolute best aspect of the Lumberyard is the service. I'm lucky enough to have Chad as my server often. Chad is excellent! He's the superstar of the lumberyard because he's always on point, always friendly, and he even says hello when he's not my server. He's great and a major part of the great experience. Thank you, Chad! The Lumberyard is lucky to have you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Falling off?
    WongTong
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I'm not sure what happened, I first tried this place out early 2014 and greatly enjoyed the menu and preparation several times throughout this year. I just took my parents to dinner there this past weekend, and the quality of the food has fallen significantly. The NE clam chowder, which I loved on prior visits, was severely over-seasoned. I'm of Chinese descent and enjoy heat/spice far beyond what euro-descent Americans can handle, but this was barely edible. The Shrimp-Lobster spring rolls had very little shrimp and lobster, but even worse, it was WAY too salty. The meatloaf entree was good, except for the super-salted sauce that was drizzled around the plate. They would have been better off with a plain, savory gravy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dianne
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    As always, site did not disappoint. Had absolutely no complaints. Manager is a hands on person....when our server got bogged down, he was there ready to take our order. No extra wait time...good PR. And food did not disappoint either. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all good ....
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Fabulous menu with fabulous service. We arrived a little late and told the hostess we were trying to make a play at the Laguna Playhouse. The owner walked over and set into motion incredibly quick service! And to top it off, our servers were were wonderful ... our waitress, Emily,had a wonderful smile the entire time we were there! I love their grilled vegetable plate - its the best I have ever had! If I need some protein, they are always willing to suggest something yummy from the grill: chicken, shrimp, or salmon. My husband loves their pasta dish with chicken - its a little rich for me ... but that's why the Lumberyard is so wonderful... there is something for everybody!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beefy dishes
    Player4747VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My wife had the beef stroganouf and I had the boneless beef short ribs. Both were very well done. And we shared the apple mango tart for dessert. The tart was OK, but so sweet that "tart" referred only to the pastry, not the taste. The Lumberyard is a favorite of ours for pre-theater. (Why is it so trendy for restaurants to be so noisy that you have to shout to be heard on the opposite side of the table?)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    itwasgoodVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was surprised by the quality of the food with the diversity of the menu. Everyone had a different entree and everyone praised the food. The service was not as good a s the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent Good Food
    SethVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Similar to like a Houston's type restaurant, but food is good and pretty consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trav4fun
    Trav4fun
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very good food, very good service, we really liked the food selections! The interior is very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $12 Lunches
    AleerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    And they are excellent lunches! They also have a great bar and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luvstocook
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The noise level is too high because of the bar. The food is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegetables on the patio
    Playhousestop
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Ordered the grilled vegetable plate during happy hour. Consisted of a half artichoke, zucchini, roasted tomatoes, spinach, asparagus and a dipping sauce. Mixed drinks not great, glass of wine might be better choice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    foodiefinds
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were referred by a local retail store owner to go to dinner there and we weren't disappointed! The service was excellent and the food was delicious! We were both too full to eat dessert, so we will the next time we come back! It's tucked way back of town, so don't miss it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some good, some bad
    carlsenior
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food is always good and wine list extensive. Noise level is always too high. The booth we were given had a large patch of black tape on my seat. Very low-life for a restaurant in L.B.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shamantha
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Lumberyard never diassapoints it is one of our favorite places to eat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Reasonable Price
    Russ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Lumberyard is a locals favorite. It is also popular because it is walking distance to the Festival grounds. My Crab & Shrimp Louie was excellent, as was the cerviche. We keep returning because the Lumberyard is reliably good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD FOR LUNCH BEFORE MATINEE
    Dinedaily7VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    WE WERE A PARTY OF THREE, BEFORE AN AFTERNOON PLAY AT LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE. GREAT WALKING DISTANCE TO THE THEATER. TWO MEALS WERE GOOD, ONE LESS THAN AVERAGE. IT WAS A TUNA ON SQUASH BREAD. WAY TOO LITTLE TUNA, LOTS OF OTHER FILLERS. WE WOULD GO AGAIN. VERY FEW PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT. HAS A VERY NICE LOOKING BAR. WE DID NOT ORDER AT OR FROM THE BAR.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Sweets123
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fun place, but sometimes they can miss on the meals. Twice now I have had the most over cooked fish, super dry and well done.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bland
    wheels
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My first visit to the lumberyard and now I know why I haven't been there. Not impressed. My kale salad was good but, my parmesan encrusted sole was bland, greasy deep fried yuk. Which was a shame bc the actual fish was fresh and the portion was HUGE I could have eaten it the next night. I do have to say that the service was good and the wine pours exceptional! maybe I just picked the wrong entree :(
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paul
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Attended a play at the Laguna Playhouse. Had dinner before the play with party of 8. Very close to venue. Nice variety on menu. Great service. Overall a very good dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful wild mushroom panini
    skeetersteele
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I've been here several times and have enjoyed it each time. On this visit, I had the wild mushroom panini and would come back again and again for that; it was wonderful. Proximity to the Laguna Playhouse is a real plus.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food44lover
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I TOOK A FRIEND THERE FOR BIRTHDAY DINNER. IT WAS VERY LOVELY. COFFEE AND DINNER WERE VERY GOOD. SERVICE WAS NOT UP TO WHAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. NOT BAD, BUT COULD LHAVVE BEEN BETTER. NEVER OFFERED MORE COFFEE AFTER INITIAL CUP. NOT OFFERED MORE WATER. CHECK WAS LONG TIME COMING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    psokoeats
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Lumberyard ROCKS!!! I've been there three times now and each time I have left absolutely thrilled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch with friend
    Matthew
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Chad was great. Unfortunately we were seated near a noisey family and my friend chose not to move.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laguna Beach Lumberyard
    JMcG
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Restaurant was hot and noisy on Saturday night. We were seated at a booth near patio door away from the bar which helped with the bar noise and hot stuffiness. Waiter talked very quietly. Drinks took forever to come then 1 had to be sent back as overly sweet. Wedge salads were excellent. Entrees were ok. Husband said short ribs were excellent. 1 entrée salad had to be remade to not include Vay shrimp as requested. Overall average experience
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laguna Beach Consistent
    Robaroo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    When in Laguna Beach and not seeking a particular cuisine, the Lumberyard is a great spot with traditional, but unique, options for a variety of tastes. Prior to the Pageant of the Masters this week our group enjoyed the starter field greens salad, the dressing and grapes made for excellent flavor. Popular entree choices were the beef stroganoff, meatloaf and short ribs. Happy hour drink prices made for a relaxing time prior to dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Everytime
    Food4ThoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been to the lumberyard several times now and each time has been great. The food and service are consistently great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Pageant Dining Spot.
    Since1970
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We picked Lumberyard as our dinner spot before the Pageant of the Masters. We were pleasantly surprised with our choice. The menu had a variety of options. I went with the BBQ Ribs, my wife ordered the Salmon, and my daughter ordered a French Dip Sandwich. My son ordered a petite filet minon off the kids menu! All dishes were excellent. I even tried a couple of their specialty drinks - Omar's Revenge and City Hall - and both were pretty good. After dinner, we made the short stroll down to the Pageant grounds and enjoyed the show.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner Spot for Pageant
    robinhur1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Hi - Went here for dinner before the Pageant of the Masters. Service and food were excellent. Easy walk to the Laguna Art Festival. The chicken penne with tomato vodka sauce was fabulous. Drinks were also excellent. Hadn't been here for many years and restaurant had different owners but the experience was every bit as good as years ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pre-Pageant Dinner!
    ParrotheadDon
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I'm not from the area, so I searched for restaurants near Pageant of the Masters. I found this place and decided to get a reservation for the four of us. Service was excellent, food was fantastic, and everything was reasonably priced. I had the French Dip. I was a little fatty, but overall, a great sandwich. I will definitely be going back to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    ArtFoodFun
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We found this place through Open Table. I based my decision on all of the positive reviews. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We went on a Friday night during Festival season in Laguna so it was crowded. I will say the noise level was quite loud inside so we asked to be seated on the patio and had a perfect evening. The salmon was great and so was the halibut. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good But not Great
    Bmo1146
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating when we had to push our reservation a half hour later due to traffic.. We were seated outside, but inside looked much nicer. Our waiter was nice, but not very attentive.. the house salad was drenched in balsamic dressing and being ice cold was clearly plated early and kept in a fridge so the veggies were all wilted...The entree portions are huge, there were 4 of us and we each ordered one of the fish dishes.. all were decent, my Halibut special especially so.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pageant Convenient & Delicious Too
    Rexland
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Selected Lumberyard for a group of 8 before the Pageant of the Masters - location was perfect. The menu provided a good variety for a group, including recognizable dishes with a bit of a twist. The food was creatively prepared, nicely presented, and delicious. The servers were friendly and professional. We were there for a very early dinner and the noise level was moderate. I would imagine that the noise level would increase as the bar crowd arrives. I would happily return when in Laguna.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food is fantastic
    Takedaily
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    And service great but come prepared to yell if its busy the noise level can be really HIGH!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I chose this restaurant due to ratings, menu and photos I saw online, and proximity to Festival of the Arts. We were two couples there for dinner and we really enjoyed the food and ambience. So glad we went. I had to choose a rating for the noise level, but I honestly don't remember if was quiet or moderate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious
    Jeanette
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I like restaurants with smaller menus. They offer something for everyone and perfect each item. We had the vegetable platter, salmon and short ribs. All were cooked to prefection, seasoned well and came out piping hot. It can get a bit loud in the dining area but the music is kept low so you don't have to yell. For the price point, it was great. Service was polite and knew the menu. Good draft list, fantastic wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.