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Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nirvanagrille.com
  • Phone: (949) 497-0027
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00-9:00 pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00-11:00 pm
    Closed on Mondays

    Rooftop Bliss Bar (Friday - Sunday 5:00 - 9:00pm)
    Please make a note when making a reservation if you would like to be sat in our upstairs al fresco Rooftop Bliss Bar area.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Lindsay Smith-Rosales
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Call for specific pricing and catering details (949)497-0027. Pick up, Delivery and full service available. Private Rooftop Event Rental Available for Cocktail Receptions and More. Private Interior Dining Room Rental Available with Food and Beverage Minimun. No Rental Fee
  • Private Party Facilities: With a Food & Beverage minimum, you may reserve the entire restaurant for your next special event with a maximum of 80 people. There is no minimum to the amount of people attending. The dining room is available for dinner parties as well as an exterior rooftop patio to entertain for cocktail's and Hors d'ouevres for an additional fee. You may also choose to host a cocktail reception using solely the upstairs rooftop
    We will assist in coordinating a menu paired with wines to meet the Food & Beverage minimum based on the day of the week that you would like to plan your event on.
  • Private Party Contact: Lindsay (949) 637-4708
  • Entertainment: Nirvana Grille features live music on the Bliss Bar Rooftop Patio on Sundays by Anesha Rose.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For any occasion large or small we are here to assist in making your special event perfect. Whether you wish to be indoors or out, we will provide every last detail to make this a truly memorable event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beach & Broadway
  • Public Transit: There is a public transport drop off at the main Laguna Beach depot 100 Yards East of the building.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a lot which is attached to the Broadway side of the center next to the Local OCTA Transit Station for all patrons during business hours. Parking is also available as metered parking on Broadway and Beach in front of and to the South of the building.
A word from Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
Nirvana Grille is a California Bistro located in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach, between Main Beach & the Historic Festival of Arts.

Our philosophy begins at the local level working closely with area growers and the highest quality purveyors to ensure that our predominately organic produce, meat, wild fish & free-range chicken are provided.

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach Reservations
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Diner Reviews
  • "We had 2 gorgeously prepared dinners - seabass and mixed seafood. Dessert was unique too. Not what I would have ever expected, but also delicious - vanilla ice cream with bits of goat cheese and candied apricots :) Highly recommend - especially if you're a foodie."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "What a great place. We were greeted warmly and given a choice of doing Happy Hour drinks and menu or regular dining. We choose the Happy Hour. Wine was very reasonable and the food was very good. The manager made a wonderful suggestion of an item to eat for me that did not have cheese. It was very good. The manager also told us that they have tables upstairs outside. I will definitely eat at Nirvana again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The new summer menu at Nirvana Grill has real appeal. The mushroom soup isn't always on the menu but we lucked out Saturday night. It was delicious as always. Highly recommend the restaurant and the outdoor rooftop dining especially."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to the restaurant because of a 50% off regular prices to Introduce the summer menu. When we got the menu, the prices were the same or very close to what we had seen a week earlier. We were looking for a bargain and had enjoyed their "happy hour" menu the week before. When I asked the waitress about the special we had come for, said it was already reflected in the pricing. The food was good. The promotion wasn't. We paid more than we expected."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Definitely one of the finest dining experiences in Orange County. Our complliments to the owners for their accomplishments."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nirvana Grille is a wonderful restaurant -- we are locals and it is one of our favorites in town. Reservations are a must, particularly in the summer months and on weekends. The housemade goat cheese maple ice cream is indescribably delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is the best. All of the sauces are amaizing. I love this place."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Three of us ordered Grilled Romaine Salad and for an additional charge, a 4 oz. beef filet, weight as noted by the server. The grilled heart of romaine was cut in half with grilled fresh corn, tomatoes and other veggies and was dressed with a very good vinaigrette. My steak portion was 2"x2"x1/2" and was overcooked (medium to MW.) The other steaks were thicker, but they, too, were overcooked. When the server asked how we enjoyed the meal, I told him that the meat was overcooked. He apologized and when he returned with the bill, he had deducted the cost of one glass of wine, which was appreciated. I didn't think it was worth the price we paid for house wine, a heart of romaine salad and a Reese's Peanut cup size portion of filet."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had dinner reservations for the rooftop and arrived on time; however, our reservation was given to someone else an we were told we didn't have one! They gave us a table inside....."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We realize there are many great restaurants to choose from in Laguna Beach and we have tried most of them. Somehow, we always find our way back to Nirvana. It is a combination of a lot of reasons. Firstly, we have never been disappointed in the food. It is always fresh and flavorful and beautifully presented. The service is friendly and personable and efficient. There is nothing better than walking into a restaurant and feel genuinely welcomed by the hostess and the servers. We also love the atmosphere. It is intimate and casually elegant with a European flair which we love. Lastly, I love the fact that it is mostly visited by locals and not overrun by tourists."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We were seated quickly and service was excellent. Many unique items on the menu I haven't seen anywhere else. I had the scallops appetizer which was perfectly cooked with a gorgeous sear and a pheomenal sauce. For my entrée I had the black cod which was divine with an amazing sauce, perfectly cooked asparagus and potatoes. This was truly a fine dining experience. An excellent choice for our anniversary dinner. But we'll be going back for regular dates too (It's too good to just save for special occasions). We'll also take out of town friends there whenever we want to show off Laguna cuisine!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I have dined at Nirvana 4 times in the last month and a half. The first three times were spectacular; but, last Friday was not. The service and ambiance were excellent, but the food was average at best."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Their gluten free menu is extensive and delicious, you can really taste that the food is organic, and their staff is very attentive. The night we were there, it took a little too long for my husband's dish to come out after I got mine, but they gave us free desserts to make up for it, even though we hadn't complained about it, because we knew the food was fresh and fresh takes time. We will definitely be coming back with friends!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As always, Nirvana Grill is excellent. On this visit, my wife and I ordered the salmon, and it was prepared perfectly. The best I eaten in a long time. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "It is interesting how you can leave notes through OpenTable and restaurants don't pay attention. I indicated both a history of visiting the restaurant and it being a special occasion. While the night before, at a different restaurant in Laguna, a special dessert and the corkage fee were comp'ed in recognition of a celebration weekend........no such hospitality or courtesy was extended, even though we ordered two glasses of wine from the bar before we opened the bottle we brought with us. This business approach has been consistent by this restaurant over the years. While the service is good, this is more of a business than a warm and personal environment."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Lindsay was such a wonderful server, knowledgeable, sweet & not overbearing. The food was outstanding! Looking forward to coming back! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Nirvana's food is always great! We have a condo a block away and so we always bring friends and family whenever they visit us. They all love the food. Service is okay depending on how busy you are. But the noise is becoming unbearable. I'm not sure if it's your walls but it is loud in there especially when it's full. We continue and will continue to return to Nirvana mainly because of the delicious food."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was very good and so was the service. But it was so noisy that I could hardly stand it! Would not go back for this reason! We were also celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary. Emphasized that when making reservations, to the gal at the front desk when checkingin, and our waitress. There was no acknowledgement of any kind from anyone!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Having been there several times for the fish we decided to try the seitan napoleon. What an amazing dish! Complex with different textures and tastes on a bed of coconut risotto. Truly a delicious, one-of-a-kind treat. The kale salad is fresh and crisp and large enough for 2. The salmon dish was cooked to perfection with just enough rich mashed potatoes. The asparagus spears were crisp and still bright in color. We eat out a lot and Nirvana remains our go-to place for exceptional food. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Nirvana Grille greeted us with a warm smile and had great service and a nice selection of veggie small plate options. My friend and I tried it before going to the Laguna Playhouse and enjoyed sharing a variety of small plates. The sweet potato fries with cinnamon dipping sauce was fabulous and the stuffed chile was melt-in-your-mouth amazing! Great wines! BEWARE - the bread comes out warm with the most delicious butter...you cannot eat just one!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Nirvana Grill has always been consistently wonderful. The service is friendly and efficient and the food is outstandingly flavorful and delicious."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went for Mother's Day brunch. The menu was very limited for breakfast items and pretty expensive for the small portions. One of the staff's ipods played 90's music in the background with explicit lyrics (we were with our 2-year old), while we sat hungry for a while. We would've loved to have some bread, or something to start us off, especially for the price we paid. The food was very good, but there weren't great options for "brunch" and it was really pricey. Would have to give it a shot with a full menu sometime."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a good meal prior to the Laguna Playhouse. My Organic Vegetable Platter was very good. My husband liked his cioppino. He mentioned it was more soupy than usual but the flavor was very good."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "only negative ,hostess(owner ?) not very friendly and a little rude."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Nirvana Grille is a great veg place, very creative. NG has great service. And gets you to theater on time. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent service by our server Oksana and great meal. We had the chimichurri steak and sea bass. For dessert we tried the goat cheese ice cream with strawberries and grand mariner-amazing! Of yes, best sweet potato fries ever. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We have a party of 5 including 1 vegan so this is the perfect place for all of us. Great food selections with a separate Vegan menu. Food was very tasty along with a great wine by the glass list. Organic and natural all the way, High quality healthy gourmet dining for sure!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We had a group of 10 gathered to celebrate 2 milestone birthdays. We were cheerfully greeted at the door and provided a very comfortable and private table. The food and service was also very good. The menu offered some great standard fare and also some interesting twists."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had the gluten free veggie plate with a side of chicken & it was great!!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The steak and fries were amazing, the owner or manager was very kind. We were a few minutes late for our reservation, and they still sat us."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Small, quiet and cozy restaurant. Excellent Sea bass but fair Caesar Salad. Good Minestrone Soup. The waiter was professional and attentive but could have had more personality. Our Hostess was friendly and we were given a private table for 6 in the back. Very nice touch with complimentary deserts for our birthday celebrations. Overall a good dining experience but we were rushed out at the end which put a damper on our celebration."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have dined at this restaurant in the past and loved it so I was very disappointed with my most recent experience. We had the Roasted Poblano Chile small plate, Mini Pulled Chicken Tostadas, caesar salads, filet mignon, and chocolate cake. The small plates were mediocre at best. The salad was terrible..they are trying way to hard to be unique and should stick to a traditional caesar salad. The steak was okay and the chocolate cake was dried out with the exception of the center. . It tasted like it may have been frozen prior. Overall, I am quite unimpressed and will not be returning. If you are looking for a great steakhouse try EnoSteak at the Ritz in Dana Point. Also, Broadway by Amar Santana is another really good one in the area."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Read some past reviews saying the receptionist was rude but she was very pleasant. The wait staff also very good and attentive. The appetizers were large portions (hummus and a poblano chili dish). Pretty decent flavors but nothing incredible. The main course of vegetarian risotto was pretty darn rich but my wife liked it. My sea bass was a very small portion drowning in butter but tasty. The side of veggies was small but fresh. The price for the sea bass was way too much (over thirty dollars). We had apple pie for desert and it was served warm and was also tasty but reminded me of a pie you could get at Coco's. All in all, it wasn't an experience to complain about, but I won't be returning for something like an anniversary."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Overall, the food was very good. We ordered the steak chimichurri and the seitan napoleon - vegan. My bf thoroughly enjoyed the steak which was perfect portion size and cooked correctly. My meal wasn't vegan, it had cheese on it. I didn't send it back because the server was confused from the beginning and overall, not engaged. The restaurant wasn't nearly full as it's winter so I'm not talking a pageant night. After we finished our meals, we didn't get a dessert menu or offer of coffees for about 45 minutes. I looked at it but just was no longer interested so we went for gelato down the street. A sure bet. I want to patronize restaurants that offer vegan meals, and I want them to succeed. This was just too disappointing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "As usual, we enjoyed our meals immensely. I love the delicious vegan options; my boyfriend is never disappointed with the steak & fish options. And our server was great. However, this time, the hostess seemed unwelcoming in general (not specifically to us). And when she attempted friendliness with other patrons, it was forced & awkward. My boyfriend and I commented to each other how they need to find another hostess...then, just as we were preparing to leave, we saw her approach a table next to us. It was clear that she was awkwardly trying to hint for the patrons to leave so she could flip the table. My boyfriend and I were shocked. We left right behind the table that was rushed out...and they told us the hostess was the manager!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great restaurant with good karma. Great food & great service!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Upon first arriving, the manager/owner was at the hostess starion. My husband asked for a booth against the wall. We had an early reservation so the place wasn't crowded. She was quick and rude enough to say (coldly), I'm sorry SIR, but that table is reserved for 4, so it isn't available to YOU!" It was her tone, expression and indignance that immediately soured our dining experience. The food was adequately good and the service was slightly below avaerage. By the way, this place is no longer a health oriented restaurant, as the name implies."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Friendly employees - prompt service - delicious food"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Server Oksana was just as wonderful as ever. Very sweet, charming and professional. She knew the menu and could tell us how great the dishes were since she had tasted them. She was just bright, helpful and very pleasant. Recommend this place highly."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We visit the Laguna area a couple of times a year, and relish our return as much to the area as to Nirvana Grille. The food is always fresh, seasonal and much of it, locally sourced. It is as welcoming to couples on date night as to families. Mains are always excellent, but we've been very happy dining on a selection of salads and small plates, too. Our young son loves the vegetable plate as much as we do, and we aren't vegetarians, although we could happily convert were we to have this place in our neighborhood. It can be a bit loud on weekend evenings, but less so during the week. Staff is pleasant and eager to please. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014