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Mare Culinary Lounge
Mare Culinary Lounge

Mare Culinary Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mareculinarylounge.com
  • Phone: (949) 715-9581
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast

    Daily: 7:00am - 1:00pm


    Daily: 10:00am - 3:00pm


    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am


    Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alessandro Pirozzi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering & event planning

    On-site private dining

    Pick-up Party Trays

    Take out Menus

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Late Night Dining


    Alfresco Dining
  • Entertainment: Sunday Brunch Live Jazz Duo 10am - 2pm
    Sunday Dinner Live Jazz Trio 6:30pm - 9:30pm
    Late Night Friday & Saturday Nights - house Music at Mare 10pm - 2am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cleo St
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: If street parking is full, free parking is available to Mare Culinary Lounge guests at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Anns Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
A word from Mare Culinary Lounge
Following the success of the Alessá family of three restaurants, award winning Chef Alessandro Pirozzi opened his new Mare Culinary Lounge in May 2012. Mare, the fourth restaurant in Alessandro Pirozzi’s Culinary Collection, is intimate, chic, and the perfect place to pop into for martinis and scrumptious appetizers. The hip, internationally inspired décor and imaginative cuisine brings haute dining to a piquant new culinary level. Among the recent phenomenal changes on the Laguna Beach dining scene, the most extraordinary was the late spring emergence of Mare Culinary Lounge.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We took a group of 8 people here. Have Luigi order for you. Mamma Mia meatballs, octopus salad, then black ink pasta, Papparadelle Bolognese. Try the llama red wine."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Who would have thought one could find a spot like this in a Holiday Inn? Mare is independently owned and run, and they are proud of what they do. Our server, Luigi, truly made our evening. He is a master at describing dishes in a way that makes your mouth water (we asked him to repeat a few of the specials just to hear his descriptions again :) and throughout the evening, he was both attentive and fun."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed another great lunch at Mare's. We especially like the fact they do not charge a corkage for wine from Laguna Canyon"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service were great but not a place for a romantic dinner. Noisiest restaurant I've been in in a long time. Would maybe go back with a large group."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "But was closed when we arrived for it. Not good. You should never offer and accept reservations when you are closed."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a reservation on the night the hotel/restaurant was hosting a wedding. We were immediately "warned" by our waitress about the slow service and told we could not substitute "anything". We merely wanted a different pasta with one dish. They agreed after asking to see the manager , but then still switched the pasta without telling us and said "sorry we were out of that other pasta". To switch and not tell us , I told the manager, was not acceptable. She bought us a glass of wine and wanted to fix the pasta screw-up....too late, my kids were done! They should not have been open this night if they were unable to provide the service that Alessandro promises.!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was good. Seating was cramped. Parking was horrible - be prepare to pay $10 at the Church parking. There's a discrepancy between what Mare indicates (free) and reality. Service was so so if can get the waitress' attention. Asked for bread twice and never got them."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Ask for Luigi, let him take it from there. He will order for you, pick your wine, and ave you a meal you will long remember!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Living in Southern California, I often have guests from out of State. Mare is becoming my 'go to' restaurant. The ambiance, service, and menu selection are great. Something for everyone. Moderately priced and located in the heart of Laguna Beach with easy parking."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Sister property to Alessi in Laguna , located in the funky Holiday inn, it is a surprising find of adventurous Italian dining."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Although in a Holiday Inn the food was creative, delicious and offered a lot of small plate sharings that made it a fun dining experience for two couples"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "consistently great food. great atmosphere and ambience. been there 10 times and always pleased. this time, a new server was the only negative, but he got "used to us" and by the end of the night was pleasant and helpful. it was extremely crowded and busy the nite we went anything that alessandro touches turns to gold...i highly recommend and will go back often"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Poor service, waited 10 for waitress to arrive. She was apparently pulled from the kitchen when one of the managers noticed we were not be served. Busy boy cleaning restaurant while we ate. Sweeping floor & cleaning windows. Floor was very average. Based on our experience i don't see this restaurant lasting much longer."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I have to admit, when driving up and seeing the restaurant was located inside a Holiday Inn, I almost turned around and went elsewhere. Glad we didn't. The restaurant was very charming and had a very nice outdoor patio/garden eating area. The food was quite delicious- the lemon pasta with lobster was outstanding. I have been to another restaurant by the same owner and expected good things- and this was even better than expected. I had the seabass fish of the day which was exceptional but could not keep my fork out of my sister's lemon pasta with lobster- really delicious. We both had an arugula fennel salad which was also delicious. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Very friendly staff. Chef checked on us. Food excellent! Gluten free pasta available...just tell the server what you want with it of items they stock and chef will make you a killer bowl of pasta without making you feel inferior or bringing undo attention. You will get the same flavorful meal as others at the table. Loved it. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Calamari is so light! Branzino baked in rock salt (order in advance?). Do it! Clams with Squid ink pasta…perfecto. Of course, "tasted" another pasta my friend had, with tiny teardrop red peppers that they "pickle on premises" (POP!?). Worth a trip back just for that little addition to the dish. Told that Chef Alessandro is opening a new restaurant in Corona Del Mar (Pizzoli's?). Looking forward to a new place to taste! "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Delicious food, great service and readily available reservations. The inside was quite noisy though."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "It is right across from the Pacific Edge Hotel where we were staying. Very nice atmosphere with a lovely outdoor patio. Service and food were great!! My daughter and I would dine here again for sure ;-)"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had the calamari, leg of lamb special, John Dory, and halibut. All were excellent and our server suggested two fabulous Italian wines we had never tried. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "There were certain things that were really good, like the pesto sauce to dip your bread in, the two different carpaccio's that we had which were heirloom tomatoes with Burratta cheese and tuna with fennel, but the pizza was not good. The crust was mushy and the sauce too salty. I don't know if they were using a different flour but it was not as good as it was in the past. It also was so loud we could barely hear each other talk. They definitely need to work on that."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The waiter did an excellent job explaining the specials. Both my date and I went for the sea bass. it was tasty if all your looking for is a snack. The ambience was great. I had to have two fish filets, fries and a apple pie later for my second course."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Whatever Chef Alessandro suggests and he'll do it fresh from scratch, do it. He is remarkably talented, passionate and committed."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had a 6:30 reservation but they had us down for 7:30. Since I made it online I had the email confirmation. Our party had 4 ppl and they tried to seat us at a table for 3 ppl? Weird, we didn't fit at this table. She then says OK you can sit over there (the table RIGHT next to the kitchen, with only 3 chairs!) Ok, do you not see there are 4 ppl?? So she pulls up a chair from the empty 4 top table next to us. (There were plenty of 4 top tables open) Our waitress was efficient but one of the most unfriendly servers I have had. The food was very good, the cheese plate was phenomenal but for $250 I like to have enjoyable service. We may go back but there are SO many good restaurants this would not be a place I would specifically recommend."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "As always there food was amazing, I love the fact I know it will always be good"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had heard about Mare and it completely lived up to everything I had been told! I highly recommend for any occasion!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good atmosphere; Comfortable dining experience with responsive server. All the dishes were very tasty, especially, the Chilean Sea Bass with a side of Pesto Gnocchi. Good Wine selection. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We eat at Mare every time we visit Laguna. The food is excellent and on this particular evening we asked for a quiet table and they seated us on the patio. It was cool out but they had many several heaters so we were comfortable. It was very quiet on the patio but inside the restaurant it is pretty noisy. The bruschetta was fantastic and the pesto dipping sauce for the bread was the best we have had! As a side note, we have been here for lunch and brunch and we have never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food at Mare is very good, we went on a day they had a pre fix menu and was disappointed only because we have our favorites that we couldn't order - love the olives - pre fix was too expensive but still yummy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "SERVICE WAS HORRIBLE!!! They acted like we weren't even there!! Food portion was tiny Servers were rude when you were uninformed about the menus items The bill came out to 144$ for 2 people After we left we went and got pizza becuause we felt like we ate nothing What a terrible place Please don't waste your money."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you want a romantic dinner this is your place! If you want the best french toast this is the place! Awesome food, friendly service , great atmosphere. I had gotten married on Valentine's day and we went to Mare Culinary Lounge for dinner reception and it was so memorable. The staff was execeptional the Salmon, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Lasagne, Fettucine everything was perfect."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Chef Alessandro knows how to prepare and serve italian food. This local spot, one of two operated by Alessandro (also Alessa on Forest), is located where you wouldn't expect such a great restaurant - in the Holiday Inn on PCH. Taking over the small hotel restaurant, bar and patio space in this older hotel, Alessandro conjures up his amazing italian food nightly. It's not to be missed. When the weather is fair, the patio seating (inside the 'quad' of the Holiday Inn) is a delightful space given the overall location. The nightly specials are always first-rate, and the service is attentive. The restaurant interior is a bit modern-eclectic, but the food overcomes all."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The place no longer offers a weekend brunch, which has made the location even less busy. Service was sub-par; unlike the first few times I've been here which were excellent. I feel like this place is starting to go downhill."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "This is the first time I have eaten here. The chef came out and spoke with many of the patrons. The server was very attentive and the food was great."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "strangely located in the laguna beach holiday inn, you'd never know it once you're there the food is excellent, the service outstanding luigi the manager really friendly and knowledgable. everything that i have had in the 10 times i've been there has been great. allesandro is a great owner and chef enjoy!!!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The first time my husband I went here it was amazing! Except the service was slow (they really needed an extra server) The food was so tasty that every bite I took was sooo delicious. Unfortunately this second time around it was off. We did have 10 in our party. I tried several of the other dishes and everything just seemed off. I will try this again because I will dream of their eggplant parmesan."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding! The menu is classic Italian but not the heavy, tasteless offerings found at too many "Italian" restaurants. The sauces were light and flavorful. We were a table of 6 and the noise level was such that it was difficult for those on either end of the table to hear. Next time I would be more proactive about our seats."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Best soup I've ever had! Lovely base with vegetables and shredded lamb."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences we have ever had, much less affordable! We usually eat at high end restaurants, but were budget conscious this trip. Which was a blessing, because we found this place. Do t let the price fool you. Best food, best service ever. You will feel special."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Food was fantastic. The service was without question the best service I've ever seen. We simply asked the waiter to have the chef prepare us a fine dinner, and he came out with several wonderful courses. Fantastic experience!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This modern, sleekly decorated restaurant surprised us with how good the food was. The olives, ravioli, and prosciutto plate were outstanding. Nice selection of wines, especially wines from Italy. Service was good, not great. We were there late on Christmas Eve, and most of the staff wanted to go home. We will return."
    Dined on 12/24/2013