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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.

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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was memorable- The waitress sweet as can be and easy to talk in a lovely atmosphere ."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "We went to this place upon recommendation from a friend. The food was flavorful, exactly as described in the menu, and cooked well. They pride themselves upon using locally acquired ingredients which only adds to the overall enjoyment of the meal. We started with the soup of the day (cream of mushroom) and the scallop appetizer. Both were delicious. My husband is a big fan of salmon and ordered that. He said the edges were a little well done (broiler probably used to finish off the pesto poured on top) and the flakes were not as big as he enjoys but it was very tasty as well. I got the mushroom ravioli with cream sauce and it hit the spot."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "We come here every year with about 8-10 people and sit upstairs. The big mistake this year is they turned the table towards facing the sun. For the first 30 minutes that side of the table had a very hard time. In years past the table was always perpendicular to the sun which was perfect. Everyone's food was good except for the sun dried tomato pasta. Swimming in sauce which was not too flavorful and where was the sun dried tomato? Our server was very busy ( could have used some help) but she was efficient and got us all we needed and out of there on time."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Finally a restaurant that takes gluten free healthy eating to an art and gives us GF's a full dedicated menu! The menu is inventive, creative, delicious....a GF foodies dream. So why did I give the food only 4 stars? Because neither of the two desserts we indulged on were up to par. Both were served saturated in ice cream. Also the cappuccino machine was broken. Ekk gad. For an inspired restaurant of this caliber, this was a no no."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was 1st rate and the service attentive. My friend had the clam chowder and we shared the burrata heirloom tomato salad. He couldn't get enough of the salad!! Corn and cream plate and roasted pablano were wonderful as well. I had their homemade gelato and ice cream for dessert. They tasted wonderful but i found the lavender/blueberry one too strong for me."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Not great. Food was less than average. Service was less than average. Basically, a disappointment. Would rather eat at home. Nice location if you are going to the Pageant of the Masters."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Nirvana is just as the name implies. The food is always fresh and delicious. Plenty of choices for the vegetarian to the meat lover. It is my "go to" place in Laguna Beach."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Would highly recommend your restaurant to friends."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "What a delightful evening. We are fans of Lindsey and her great restaurant. The food and service are superb. Every bite is complete with great flavor and taste. You can really enjoy the subleties of the different tastes. Beautiful presentation and great service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "great time ...good food service and atmosphere very relaxing"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Staff etiquette leaves much to be desired,for their prices it's better atmosphere and service at The Ritz"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The wine was excellent, and the soup and bread delicious, but the gravy on my lamb rack was superfluous and the vegetables lukewarm, while my wife's pasta was overly spicy. The service was somewhat neglectful, too: we had to ask specifically for bread and butter to be brought, as well as salt and pepper. At these prices, those are not little things. We were disappointed, since we had had no complaints the three times we dined at the old location in Mission Viejo."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I took my friend here for her birthday. She is gluten intolerant and they offer a separate menu that is entirely gluten-free. It has many of their regular items on it (which are gluten-free anyway) as well as slightly adjusted versions of their regular items. In any case, it was an extensive menu and was so nice for her to know that she could order anything she saw on it with no worries. And of course, the quality of the food was phenomenal. She had the stuffed pepper appetizer and the filet mignon main course. I had the scallops appetizer and the black cod main course (also from the gluten-free menu). We both took our bites and said "Nirvana" at the same time. Outstanding dinner."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Hadn't been to this restaurant for a while and it was just as good as in the past. Really like the options of small plates and regular size entrees."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Service was excellent starting with a tour of there upstairs, outdoor dining area, good menu suggestions and very attentive. Having dined here before we were expecting a delicious meal and they surpassed our expectations. Very pleased."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Nice ambience and the service was good, although they are anxious to pick up those plates and I hate to be rushed. The food was just so-so. The kale salad is OK but should be soaked just a bit longer, needs more feta and adding strawberries or something sweet is my suggestion. The salmon was just OK. The chocolate bundt cake and blueberry pie was awesome. Those items with no wine was $100. Sorry, not impressed and would not go back."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have been to Nirvana several times, but hesitate going because a party of two is most likely to be sitting on top of the person next to them. This visit we had 5:30 reservations in hopes of getting a nice booth before Pageant of the Masters, but no such luck. The food is always pretty good, although my appetizer was not quite warm. I think we've decided to cross it off our list due to the undesirable seating."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was our second annual trip to Nirvana. It has become our 'go to' restaurant before the pageant of the masters. The food is wonderful and the service very attentive. We like to sit on the rooftop, but the inside is nice as well. We will be back next year for sure."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "After we went to Laguna's Art Festival, we walked down the street to dine at Nirvana Grille. Nirvana Grille is a local gem that sources and serves the finest quality foods to their guests. They offer a full menu of wonderful food selection. They also have a Hapy Hour menu served in the Lounge area of the Restaurant, that has a number of tasty treats to go with your drink. If you plan to go to Laguna Beach, first go to Nirvana's website to whet your appetite. http://nirvanagrille.com/ Enjoy. You may meet Lindsay, the Chef and Owner of Nirvana."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was our first time at Nirvana Grille and we were totally surprised by the delicious food and wonderful service. We will be back again and again and we will be bringing friends. This is one of the most creatively delicious food restaurants in Orange County!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal. The menu offers a variety of interesting, seasonal dishes that are well-prepared. The service was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My birthday dinner... Service slow and lacking àttention to detail. Took a long time to get drinks, had to ask for water and bread multiple times, got our dinner order wrong and second drink wrong. Will not go backd,"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was delicious. My husband had the rack of lamb and I had asparagus soup and crab cakes. Oh, so good. I like the idea of small plates and regular entrées as well. I also liked the fact that we could hear easily in the restaurant. It was a delightful experience."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Was seated on a two top in a row with other two and four tops and 6" between tables. No privacy of conversation at all, might as well have been dining with them. Asked the hostess to relocate and she was not helpful. Asked the waiter and he said sure and got us re-seated in a better location. The recipes were all included with heavy sauces and the entree's did not need them, they were tasty but not complimentary to the food. My wife had the cod which is a very flavorful fish but was overpowered by the sauce. I had the blackened fish medley which was not very blackened and had a sauce which hid the taste of the fish and any heat from the grilling. Tasty flavor but not enhancing the entrees #"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We have made the Nirvana Grille as an annual experience for dining prior to the Pageant of the Masters performance. This year the food just did not match up to previous experiences. An interesting Fig appetizer was great, but our mains were just not up to the level we expected from this fine dining establishment. We have had great meals before, but all 4 in our group, were not impressed. Think things need to be re-evaluated and a new approach in the kitchen and menu should be taken."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I still like this restaurant, but was disappointed with the service this time around."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Loved the staff and attentive service. Another BIG PLUS - a whole separate menu for vegans - similar tasty dishes just prepared for the special palate. Keep it up! Well worth the visit."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Nice menu choices for any appetite. Attentive but not overbearing service. Our food selections were great."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had my first visit to Nirvana Grille last Wednesday and it was heavenly. I had studied the menu on Yelp and it really seemed like one of the best in food places in Laguna Beach and in this case, my instincts proved correct. My date and I shared two appetizers, a salad and one main course: the crab cakes, the poblano chile, the grilled ceasar and the blackened seafood sampler of scallops, salmon and (sea bass?) and each dish was a wow! We sampled 2 signature cocktails and 2 deserts with our dinner party of 5 and everything was beautiful and delicious. I believe Nirvana Grille is a top tier restaurant in Laguna Beach - I spent $120 for 2 people, not including tip. Liked it so much I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was very good but tables were a bit close to each other. Would for sure recommend this place for a casual dinner"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " Last minute reservations were made at a 7:15 time slot for a Friday night meal. While there is no view and the street approach left doubts, once inside, the atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. We sat in a booth by the window; again no view, just the patio outside which isn't much to look at. I had the Poblano chili started which made the night. This was an absolutely fantastic dish. I followed that up with the sea bass. Again, wonderfully done; this wasn't your usual Chilean sea bass, but a butterflied filet in the skin. Delicious. My wife likes to create her own dishes; ala Sally in "When Harry met Sally". The server and cook were very accommodating and produced great dishes."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent for pre-theater at Laguna Playhouse. The menu is always well executed. The crabcakes were unusually good."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We come from the Pasadena area, and we've been dining here since it opened and from day one the food and service has been outstanding - a vast improvement over our experience under the last owner/operator."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We get to the Pageant of the Masters once a year in Laguna Beach and being form the LA area, we are not too familiar with the area. But this is the ONLY place we dine each year. The service is superb, the food is fresh and delicious, and the restaurant is decorated so nicely."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent delicious food. Excellent Customer Service by our waitress. Great wine/champagne list. Great Drink selections."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Ambience was superb - -we dined on the outdoor patio upstairs - -place had everything we needed to have a very enjoyable dinner - -ended up going the small plates route, which ended up to be a good choice - -ingredients were fresh and flavors delicious"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our recent visit to Nirvana Grille was our first, and it far surpassed any and all expectations. Lovely atmosphere. The food selection was varied and the items we chose (sea bass and filet) were spectacular. The service was personal, friendly and attentive, yet never intrusive. Though we know everyone was working hard behind the scenes, everything about our dining experience was pleasant, memorable and a delicious, unhurried oasis after a busy day. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food here is always good. Lindsay does a great job with the menus and her staff is great at executing day after day. We like the ability to customize our dinner with the addition of a great variety of well prepared proteins. (certainly not your basic "grilled" chicken breast to top a Caesar salad). Small plates are big enough to share. We usually have a couple each as our dinner. Some exceptional items from this past visit: Roasted Poblana Chile with artichoke and spinach - a modern chile relleno, Blue Lump Crab Cakes - great crab texture and not too much binder to hide the crab flavor, Blue Lip Mussels - yum! A nice selection of vegetarian dishes. The non-meat eater in our party appreciated the thoughtful presentation of the Veg Plate."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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