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Lumberyard Details

  • 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: American, Steak
  • 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 (949) 715-3900

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "And service great but come prepared to yell if its busy the noise level can be really HIGH!"
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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 !!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the atmosphere was great! Try the corn bread...it's to die for!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Outstanding menu, something for everyone. Quick service and excellent food."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Excellent menu lots of choices to satisfy everyone."
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great place, great location, great food and service."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "As always, we enjoyed the Lumberyard. We got there early to beat the rush. Crab & Shrimp Louie salad is the best!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The spare ribs and beef stroganoff were both outstanding, tender and tasty without being overwhelming with the sauce. Enjoyable atmosphere for both tourist and local visitors. I may return soon from San Diego."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great food and service. The chef there once made salad dressing just for me because he weren't sure that the regular dressing didn't have sugar in it. The pepper appetizer last night was fun and unusual. The sound level inside was unbearably high, though. I'm not sure which way the rating scale above works, but the noise Ievel was unpleasant. Fortunately we were able to eat outside. Lovely evening."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was great. Even though that don't have a specific gluten free menu they were knowledgable and able to ensure I had a safe eating experience. Our party of 8 was served quickly and everyone really enjoyed their food."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Great place to eat before the Pageant of the Masters as it is very close. Food was wonderful, had the cornbread appetizer which was super delicious. Would go back just for that! The Ahi tuna was done to perfection and the combo of flavors very tasty. The fruit cobbler was also not to be missed. Can't wait to go back and try some more items on the menu. Our waitress was wonderful also, very personable and had a smile that lite the place up."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our favorite place to eat in Laguna. Food and service is always top notch!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and venue Service was excellent. Will be back !"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great experience before pagent of the Masters---great service and food was fabulous ----very informative waiter!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Perfectly situated within walking distance to main area of Laguna Beach, including Pageant of the Masters. Delicious seafood and great service."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our party of 7 also ate at Nicks & Las Brisas, which were both rated quite a bit higher than Lumberyard, yet this was our best meal. It was also quieter than Nicks, but of course not a good view like at Las Brisas. But the service was by far better here than at the other two. Although the hostess here had an attitude."
    Dined on 7/30/2014