Sapphire's is perhaps one
Sapphire's is perhaps one of my most favorite restaurants in the world. The food is diverse and well executed. Strong wine list. I want to also praise them for their sensible corkage policy which is that they charge $20.00 for corkage however, they will waive that fee if you buy a bottle from them. This is a win-win in my book. Moreover, the food is very good to outstanding. I've eaten here too many times to count. I've enjoyed indoor and outdoor seating as well as at the bar. I can say that where you sit will not impact your service. Sapphire's wait staff is top notch.
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
First-rate, but somewhat overpriced
This restaurant clearly has an accomplished chef and the menu choices are interesting and expertly prepared, justifying the entree prices in the $30s. Pricing for appetizers and salads in the $10 and up range struck me as excessive, however, as did $12 for a glass of fairly ordinary wine. Readers should probably save this place for a special occasion, but certainly the food is the best in town.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a reservation and still
Had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great local fair in Laguna
Great local fair in Laguna Beach.
I had the Misto Salmon Salad for Sunday Brunch - delicious.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service, the best food
Great service, the best food I've ever had and a beautiful view - what more could you ask for?
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been here a few times
We have been here a few times but this by far was our best experience. The food was on point. We ordered the rib eye and truffle fires and tuna tartare. We had our kids and they had a fantastic kid menu as well as impecable service. This is our new favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went there to celebrate
We went there to celebrate a birthday and the food was excellent. When I read other reviews, they all said fantastic views. I did not find that to be the case. Wish we had know there was outdoor dining because we would have booked a table. A little noisy inside.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good overall menu options.
Very good overall menu options. Starters of rosemary/sea salt potato chips, chicken tikka masala skewers and lamb ravioli were all excellent. Main dish paella was excellent but short rib was very dry to the point of difficult to swallow and root vegetables were undercooked. Dessert rhubarb crumble had good flavor but had consistency of runny applesauce and the crumble was mushy. Bread pudding was very good.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Visit here every time we are
Visit here every time we are in Laguna - excellent food and just a cool, wonderful and scenic gem!
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parents night out
Decided to go last minute, used open table and we were seated immediately when we arrived. Sat at table for 2 against window looking out over patio next to bar. A little noisy since we were next to bar area. I had white asparagus appetizer, wife North African Dumplings. Both were delicious, and together were amazing...dumplings were very mediterranean, rich and full of spices and asparagus was a very "clean" sort of taste. For entree wife had braised short ribs, I had beef tenderloin. Meat on both was great, but root vegatables with short ribs were watery and undercooked, tenderloin sauce was rich but a little overwhelming
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just GREAT in every way...
We have been eating at Sapphire Laguna since it opened. It is one of the best restaurants in OC. Never had a meal that I didn't love.
Patio dining on a warm summer night is the best....a must go to restaurant.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
All of the guests were seated outside for lunch.outside on a lovely day. There are market umbrellas over the tables in the event that the weather is uncomfortable. We asked our server several questions about the menu and it was difficult to understand his response. My friend is hard of hearing and he appeared to be annoyed when he was asked to repeat his answers. The food was very flavorful and presented nicely, but the service was very disappointing! I do not know if they were short servers or whether the kitchen was backed up, but our food did not arrive in a timely manner. I would certainly give the restaurant another chance, because there is no disputing that the food was very good. The pulled pork quesadillas were awesome!
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Burger in town
It's not on the menu but Sapphire's burger is the best in town!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
As shown above,the food was
As shown above,the food was wonderful but the service was poor
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent
While to food was good, our waiter and the rest of the wait staff was amazing.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a Gem!
Love this place. The food is exciting, service wonderful and location is excellent.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've eaten there twice. Both times found the food to be unique, well prepared and professionally served. Wonderful place to dine, among many, in Laguna
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A perfect evening in Laguna Beach
The restaurant is set in a charming open-air collection of shops and galleries on PCH. It's casual, but not sloppy and the food is first rate, with an inventive menu and excellent but not overly solicitous service. We sat outside on the patio, which is noisy because of traffic, but it didn't bother us because the setting is so nice and you could see the ocean and the sunset. The ambience of the fire pits and the table candles and patio lighting kind of wiped out the traffic noise. Thoroughly delicious and enjoyable and best of all, not at all pretentious. Highly recommended.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seafood that came recommended
Great seafood that came recommended by pleasant friendly waiter
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best in Orange County! 5star food & service. Next time I would love to sit on the patio. Nice ocean view.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every way.
Outstanding in every way. From reception through bus boys, waiter, food and afterward at the adjacent cheese shop.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Locals already know!
Azmin(sp?) is already a Laguna legend. Great meals, host, etc. and this guy "gives back" to Laguna folks, non profits, kids, etc.
Locals should be proud of this addition, approx 7 years now!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food combinations
Service was wonderful and food combinations were delicious! Can't beat the view of the water.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing beef tenderloin
Went to restaurant for dinner with a friend. I frequent the restaurant often as i love the food here! We shared the beef tenderloin. It delicious. I highly recommend this entrée. The lobster ravioli are decedent and really add to the flavors of the dish. Sapphire is truly one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna. Usually the service is equally great. The night we went our server was inattentive and it would have effected our dining experience if it weren't for Bruce a very attentive waiter who kept checking on us and covering for her neglect. Ask for Bruce to serve you, he is great!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st time dining experience! Amazing evening! Excellent service and a spot on meal! Dessert to die for... Dark chocolate creme brule.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was in a bit of a hurry. And wasn't starving. So I ordered a grapefruit Cosmo. A salad and lamb dumplings. Service and food very good!!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and ambiance
A little away from the "actual" Laguna beach but its worth the drive.We had to wait for a while even with a reservation but the food was worth the wait! They were very accommodating of our baby and stroller as well. We would definitely go back.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time at Sapphire-----we
Second time at Sapphire-----we really enjoy and will be back.
The only problem: our waiter was very nice and attentive up until the end of the meal; he kind of disappeared for awhile. When he did finally come around again he apologized saying he had to help out another waiter with a big party. Our reservation was for 7:30 p.m.-----we were forty-five minutes early and were seated right away which we were very thankful for because there was no room at the small bar for a before dinner drink.
We will be back however.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Menu and meal and ambiance blended for a perfect experience.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant overall
This is one of our all time favorite restaurants for the food and the ambience. However, we seem to always get seated at one of the tables between the outside and the inside that is in the pathway for everyone. Next time I will be more assertive about which table we get.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our 25th wedding anniversary, and Sapphire was perfect. Food was great, view awesome, and service right up there. I had been here with a friend last year, and decided to take my husband and daughter for our anniversary - so glad I did! I would highly recommend!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Anniversary get away
What a great find on our anniversary service was great and so was the food. Just a lovely evening.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have to say I always start my date nights with one cocktail and I love an imaginative martini and recently on two occasions I had a cucumber ginger martini and now the pumpkin martini and am never disappointed! And I have sent back plenty of drinks that "sounded" good on the menu but these are consistently good. The food is always delicious too! I love the octopus salad and the heirloom beets are some of my favorites along with the black pepper prawns. I highly recommend going here!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
high standards, unpretentious
definitely a neighborhood gem, great food, service and style
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly staff and service, great food, I loved the ambiance.. I'll definitely go back.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is one of the very best restaurants in Orange County!!!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a favorite
Sapphire stays on my list of favorites. I love the varied menu with just enough choices for everyone. I appreciated that they were willing to modify an appetizer for me as I requested. The servers are friendly and professional. Wine list is reasonable. We appreciated the many half-carafe choices.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM