Lumberyard
Lumberyard

Lumberyard

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://lblumberyard.com/
  • Phone: 9497153900
  • 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
197 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (112)fit for foodies (62)great for outdoor dining (61)good for groups (60)special occasion (58)vibrant bar scene (57)great for lunch (53)romantic (28)notable wine list (26)hot spot (25)great for brunch (23)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (16)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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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.
    • Food
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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
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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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before Pageant of the Masters
    jwh727
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very nice dining experience before the Pageant of the Masters. Lumberyard has parking that for an additional fee ($15.00) allows you to park through the Pageant. Very comfortable 15-20 minute to the Festival. Menu varied and everyone of my guests enjoyed the meal and beverages.Good value as well!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love the building!
    LIZZIETHELION
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I've always wanted to try this place, not sure how many years it's been called Lumberyard .....table was nice, service, okay....I mentioned it was an anniversary when i made the reservations, and nothing was done with that....and then i told the server, and he didn't make a big deal of it. It's a short walk to the Pageant of the Masters, or to the beach, so it's well situated. Most were happy with their food. Me, a foodie, I thought the skirt steak was tender, and good, but it tasted a little too peppery to me. The fried zucchini felt like they were from out of box, asparagus, okay-like i said the others enjoyed their food which was one of the finer steaks, the prime rib sandwich, and one of them, skirt steak like me, and liked it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved the entire experience! We were a party of 9 and were treated beautifully ! I particularly liked the texted reminder and was able to text back an addition to the party and get an answer!! Great customer service !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Laguna beach Diamond Restaurant
    OCdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Visited for dinner before a play. The food and service personnel were truly outstanding. The Beef Strogenoff, Meatloaf and Pot Pies were A+ and best we have had in recent memory. Also easy on the budget. Great value. Atmosphere and wine list also exceeded expectations. Reservations and seating was as requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Kneubuhl91
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great! Try the corn bread...it's to die for!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Michelle
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Outstanding menu, something for everyone. Quick service and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience
    Papa
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our meals were prepared to perfection. My wife had the halibut and I had the New York steak. Our waitress Sonja suggested a bottle of wine that completed the meal. We would highly recommend the Lumberyard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LTT8
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a group of 7 that reduced to 6 people and it was no problem. We were taken in on time which was important in order to see a show afterwards. Everyone really liked their food and they were flexible and accommodating with special requests. Overall it was a very nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu
    ImHungry
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent menu lots of choices to satisfy everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pageant Dinner Site
    Robjones755
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had tickets to Pageant of the Masters and wanted a site for dinner before the show. This restaurant is only blocks away, so after reviewing the menu on-line, made a reservation. It worked out great and to our surprise, we really enjoyed the food; especially the Beef Stroganoff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • downtown laguna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    nicely located in the downtown laguna beach area. The food and service was a good experience, the night we went the restaurant was a bit hot inside and they couldn't seem to get it cooled down due to an air conditioning issue. Other than that, we have visited there before and it has always been a nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, attentive service
    Kindafonda
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server (I believe it was Amy) was wonderful. We also enjoyed the ribs, the salmon and the filet of sole. The clam chowder was perhaps the best we've ever had. I personally would have found the inside tables too loud, but the patio seating was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    luvfood
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went to Lumberyard before going to Laguna Playhouse as it was close and had good reviews. We had the calamari and shrimp ceviche appetizers which were very good. For dinner we had shrimp & crab louis salad, fish and chips and the short ribs. All were very good as well. We were inside so the noise level was high. It took alittle time to get drinks and the waiter forgot to bring the wine list and needed to be reminded; otherwise the service was good. We went back for a drink after the show was over and bar was very busy. Drinks are good and has a good wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arthur Garcia
    tortugaEats
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we go to Laguna Beach every 4 months & the Lumberyard has become our go to spot for Lunch. The friendleness of our server Justin D was fantastic. Also the busboy remembered us from our previous visits & his friendly greeting was great. The only slight complaint is that the way you make your onion rings was different than our last 5 visits. But everything else was fantastic
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fancy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were a group of 5 and chose to dine here before the Pageant of the Masters…perfect location and walked right across the street to the show. The service was super friendly and efficient andy the food was super. Lived here for 20 years and never ate at the Lumberyard and was so pleased…will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mauricio
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great place, great location, great food and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We would come back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We loved the old Cedar Creek Inn, but it was getting to look tired. The Lumberyard is a good replacement. It can be a little noisy, but otherwise we enjoyed our food, the service and the general atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud to hear and poor service
    craftycooker
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our friends have met at the Lumberyard every year before heading to the Pageant of the Masters event...this may be our last year because the service was poor, the food was cold and tasted like a fast food joint (but worse), and the noise level was so high, we could not even carry on a conversation. After we had wine at the bar, no one even offered additional drinks with our dinner. Overall, I would recommend going somewhere else and skip this restaurant.
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  • Great evening at the Lumberyard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a delicious meal of oysters, salad, grilled artichokes and petrale sole ... everything was perfectly prepared ... we loved every bite! Our meal was enhanced by our knowledgeable and delightful server. A perfect night out!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.