Great gluten free menu
Chef knows how to use fresh herbs to make everything taste delicious--gluten free, vegetarian, or meat/fish.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nirvana Grille is our favorite neighborhood restaurant, and every time we return we are more and more impressed with their scrumptious meals. This time we came with friends who loved the food, and our friends are very much high end restaurant goers. After dinner, into the following day, they reminded us several times how impressed they were with the food. I highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion especially if you appreciate delicious dishes. You cannot go wrong with whatever you choose on the menu; from appetizers to desserts everything is deeelliiiicccious!!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was lovely! Food, service etc all very good. Definitely a place to return to...
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd Time Around
My wife, son and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at Nirvana in Feb 2011 I wanted to surprise my wife with another culinary adventure and included our Laguna Beach friends, who had never been to Nirvana. THe entire staff was amazing, the food was impeccable.
Foodie Nirvana!!....now our Laguna Beach friends will be regulars.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm going to become a regular
The food was outstanding! Everything was super fresh with organic locally grown produce and sustainable, hormone free meats. To be able to get a delicious meal that's healthy in such a warm beautiful setting is perfect! This is our new go to for dinner.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
great night at Nirvana
Food- great, service- great, ambience- great. What more can be said- prices also reasonable and nice place to take your loved one.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can have a conversation!
Great food, nice atmosphere and room to breathe. Had a wonderful dinner with long time friends and we could actually have a wonderful conversation and catch up. A very fine evening.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding! The service matched the food! We will go back for another excellent dinner!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have been here a number of times and usually try something new. We have NEVER been disappointed. The food is amazing. The service is great. We look forward to the next time we get to go!
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ticks all of the boxes
Nirvana Grille gets it right.
Quality ingredients, careful prep, cooked by masterfull chefs, under the leadership of Lindsay, then brought to your table by a professional and well trained wait staff. Also try the Bilss Bar upstairs! Bon Appetite!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first time and not the last
Trying new spots to expand our list of favorites has often proved disappointing. Nirvana did not disappoint. Our server Jim was friendly and attentive. His humor and knowledge of the menu was exceptional. Drinks were great with appetizers of a stuffed Poblano Pepper and a Caprese Salad. Loup de Mer and Salmon entrees arrived quickly, prepared well and served with complimentary sides. Jim made excellent wine suggestions for each entree. We had a nut, chocolate, and salted caramel pie that was light and a perfect finish with espresso and coffee. Nice decor and setting that's quiet enough for conversation. Overall, great evening at a restaurant that now joins our list of regulars - knocking a long term favorite down the rotation.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for our anniversary this year. There seem to be less selection of Tapas or small plates. Too bad, because we really enjoyed them the last few times we were there. Other than that , the food was very good and so was the service. We will return again when the crowds thin out...so after summer.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a 6:15PM reservation during the busy art festival season and were promptly seated. The restaurant decor is understated modern. Just a few blocks from the art festivals. Wait staff was knowledgable about the menu. Service was promopt and efficient. The food was very tasty, espeically the beef stroganoff daily special. We'll return when in the area.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
It is aptly named
Best if both worlds- Freshest natural ang organic ingredients that tastes great!
The rooftop adds to the experience and the service is terrific.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good variety on the menu and
Good variety on the menu and the chef will modify the dish to cater to diner preferences. Good options for vegetarians and vegans.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
eExcellent food especially for those sho prefer organic and eat "clean"
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nirvana Grille has a great new look from a couple of years ago...great bar too. We loved menu---great veggie options too.
The salmon was delicious, with a yummy pesto. The grilled scallops were sweet and tender and my friend raved about the French lentils. A fabulous dining experience prior to the Pageant of the Masters!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found this restaurant by
I found this restaurant by researching online. It was my husbands birthday and we are so happy that I picked this one! We are vegetarian, and although this is not a vegetarian restaurant, there were so many wonderful choices in every category. Creatively and delightfully prepared and presented. I think everyone around us was enjoying their meal too. I heartily recommend Nirvana Grill to everyone. It was just delightful.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pre Pageant of the Masters dinner
We loved dining at the Nirvana Grille prior to attending the Pageant of th Masters. I took a client of mine and his wife, and we all raved about the food, service, and ambiance. Saul, our attendant was right....the choppinno (the fish soup) was the dish of choice that night, for all of us! It was marvelous, full of flavor, and lots of fish. Thank you very much!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nirvana is indeed Nirvana for Food
Excellent food at Nirvana. Fresh, organic, amazing. I the Loup de Mer Sea Bass and it was exceptional. I have not had sea bass this good since I was in Provence. My dinner companion had the Salmon with basil sauce - and I tasted it - the best salmon I have ever tasted. We finished with the goat cheese ice cream which my friend said was superb with wine. We also shared the salted caramel ice cream. Amazing. The service was great. Location is in Laguna just up from Main Beach. We went to the Pageant of the Master's after. It was a wonderful evening. I highly recommend Nirvana Cafe.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wide selection of well executed vegetarian dishes - looking forward to my next visti
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat on the roof top area. Nice outside dining, group of six. Not too noisy, good for conversation. Good wine by the glass. Everyone loved their food. One of the better restaurants I've been to in Laguna.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, excellent
Excellent service, excellent food-everything came out hot and perfectly done as ordered. Son loved his hot french fries and warm bread. The Wine menu needs a definite update though. I ordred 3 bottles of wine and not one came out as described on the menu, finally i gave up. I mean seriously they brought out a 2010 instead of the list 2006 of Zin, that's not more that just a recent update...guess the manager just left and that's why the waiter said it wasn't updated. Besides the wine challenge, everything was fantasttic.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Both the ambiance and the
Both the ambiance and the food were exceptional. Lindsay the owner stopped by the table several times to make sure everything was just right. The evening was exceptional.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner for all of us
We were a party of four. We each ordered different entrees (fish, lamb, and steak). Everybody said his/her meal was outstanding. Service was attentive and fun. Try either the french fries or the sweet potato fries as an appetizer. They were both very tasty. I prefer the sweet potato fries but both are good.
We took our own wine. Corkage was $20 per bottle. However, they have a good wine list and a variety of red and white offerings. Can't go wrong either way.
Looking forward to a repeat visit.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once A Year
Just before our annual evening at the Pageant of the Masters we begin our evening at the Nirvana Grille. If we lived closer we would come more often to visit. This was our 11th year and our dining experience is excellent as usual
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit to this restaurant, although we have been visiting Laguna for a long time and truly enjoy the restaurants we've been to... so when we decided to venture out we were pleasantly surprised... The food was DELICIOUS and the service wonderful ...so the evening prior to our Laguna Playhouse performance.. Was excellent ... The prices are a bit higher than some of the other locations but I am sure it's because of the organic ingredients they use... itvwas well worth it... to close off the evening we enjoyed a trio of their Geleto... Especially loved the vanilla goat cheese ...yum!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I (Mel) am a vegetarian. Brad is an omnivore. Both of us our foodies. Nirvana's menu was perfect for us, offering many carnivorous and veggie-centric dishes. We agreed that the tastiest thing of the night was the stuffed poblano (artichokes, cheese, and gooey naughtiness!). To be clear, we both were in the clean plate club with our other dishes as well. Only complaint: hostess was not friendly and seemed half asleep...I would definitely be more careful who represented my restaurant. But overall, this was a total neighborhood find!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had one of the best dinners ever in Laguna Beach----buratta and heirloom tomato salad drizzled with balsamic vinegrette with a side of blackened salmon. So healthy and so delicious! Plan on going back on a regular basis!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vegan and gluten free friendly,
Vegan and gluten free friendly, but with traditional dishes too so there is something for everyone. Organic and fresh ingredients at reasonable prices. Very high quality, great tasting food. We loved our dinner here!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Five Star Food & Service
I have been going to Nirvana for about 5 years. The food and service continue to be excellent.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Find Nirvana at Nirvana Grille
The service was professional & personable, & the food was extremely satiating. This is a lovely place to have dinner and the only bad thing we could say is that the city is hard to move about in during the summer. (Well, who doesn't want to be this close to the beach!) We had the grilled Caesar salad,which was intersting~but you really need to like olives because they are an important part of the dressing. the scallops were perfectly cooked as was the small plate of corn with cojito cheese and creme friache. My husband had the ciopannio (sp?) special which he said was, "one of the best he's ever had." he loved the grilled bread which came with the bowl. All told, the evening was lovely. Always a favorite spot to have an interesting meal.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jim the waiter, a longtime vegan, enthusiastically guided this new vegan to a wonderful meal. The homemade seitan was delicious broiled. It was a great place to celebrate our 33rd anniversary!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was Nirvana
The wait staff was helpful and prompt and the filets we ordered were perfect and tasty. No problem splitting the heirloom and mozzarella salad (very yummy). I was in walking distance to the Pageant of the Masters so we will remember this place the next time. You won't be disappointed!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nirvana Grille - GREAT dining!
I was late for my reservation but the hostess didn't make me feel guilty or embarrassed. She very politely said they were expecting me and found me a nice spot upstairs for outdoor dining. I had been at the Sawdust festival down the street and she even let me bring my lawn chair upstairs! I don't recall a lot of vegetarian options but what I got - cheesy risotto with broccoli was incredibly delicious.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Must Stop In Laguna Beach
Great food at this Laguna Beach gem. it can rival any restaurant in any big city.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new local favorite!
This is one of the best little restaurants I've ever been to. Little - because it is - probably not a good choice for a large group. But the food was amazing! I had the scallops, with the grilled romaine/ceasar salad. Venture to say it was the best caesar salad I've ever had (without the bacon). The scallops literally melted in your mouth, and the asparagus was as tender, all the way through as ever. My date had the Blackened Seitan - it was to die for (seriously). The staff is friendly - everyone helps, takes time to chat ... I think I sat with an empty glass of wine for a bit, but that's the only complaint. it happens. A bit higher priced, but definitely worth it -- not tiny plates, but super high-quality food & a cozy atmosphere.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
All four of us had outstanding meals, from drinks to dessert. The portions were quite large. The wine list has some very nice and resonably priced wines. Well worth a visit.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food - veg friendly!
Enjoyed an open table reservation before the Pagent of the Masters on Saturday night, and was delighted with this find. We started with a selection from the solid wine list (noticed other diners had tasty looking cocktails as well) as we perused the menu. As a vegan, it can be hard to find more upscale restaurants - but I had multiple options here. I settled on the Napolean (which they made vegan for me - decided mostly because the mashed potatoes that came with the veggie platter were NOT vegan) and I was not disappointed. In fact, I may have licked the plate. :) It was a stack of veggies over amazing risotto and a nice slice of seitan. My date really enjoyed his fish as well. Friendly servers, great food, wonderful evening!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific food. Very busy when
Terrific food. Very busy when we dined and the wait between courses was a bit too long.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent saffron shrimp risotto. Very nice staff. Slow service. But to be fair, everyone in the restaurant was trying to finish in time for the same 8:30pm performance.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss the cheese & meats plate
It's on the table, not the menu and it's FAB. Food and drinks are great, service was excellent. Thanks Ben.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Breath of fresh air
It is rare to find a restaurant that cares about the quality of food as much the chef at Nirvana Grill. They have take extra effort to bring quality and delicious together. Our party of nine was seated comfortably for a smaller restaurant. Jim (who served us)made our celebration a memorable event. I have never been disappointed after eating there several times. The Risotto is the best I have ever had....and deserts to die for. Although they serve all varieties of food ,if you are a vegetarian and want gourmet food...Nirvana is the place to go.
Would go back again and again.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice, but pricey and disappointing
On our first few visits to Nirvana Grille, we dined on the rooftop and had amazing evenings. The last few times we have been there the roof was closed, and dining inside is a letdown by comparison. I understand the roof is only open on weekends, but Laguna was packed with tourists mid-week and the weather was superb. This is a destination for folks familiar with the place.
Our dinner inside was delicious, as always. The evening hit a snag when our bottle of wine turned out to be twice as expensive as expected, due to the wine list of "half bottle" prices. Be aware of what you're ordering as their is no recourse to be had. But the goat cheese ice cream was outrageous!
So, good, yes; but there are other good—outdoor— options to explore.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impressed our friends.
Two couples had a wide variety of appetizers and dishes from vegetarian to filet mignon. The mussels were outstanding but the spinach salad wasn't warm and was over dressed in a heavy cloying dressing (my only disappointment). The scallops and chicken tostadas were as expected. Our friends couldn't stop raving about their chicken and the medallions duo. The vegetable plate was another big hit. Many other interesting choices will have to wait for next time.
Service was helpful and attentive -- couldn't ask for more.
Very good beer selection and many creative cocktails. Try the basil, ginger, lime "martini" for a refreshing change. Excellent wine list but with very aggressive pricing. Prefer to bring our own and pay the stiff $20 corkage fee.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Park, Eat & Walk
Intimate dining in the heart of Laguna Beach. Easy parking. Good food. Nice wine list. Great place to eat, leave your car and walk around town or the theatre.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We live up in Fullerton and
We live up in Fullerton and love to come down and go to Nirvana. We have never been disappointed in ANYTHING there. Food is outstanding, service great, and the atmosphere is perfect. So glad you exist!!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative, inspired food!
Honestly, one of my better restaurant meals in a long time. Wonderful flavors put together in a stylish appealing manner. Would recommend this restaurant. Each bite had the "yum" factor. Kudos to the chef.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food & vegan menu options. Great for a healthy meal that is still feels like a treat.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Healthy Food
I enjoy taking friends and clients here for dinner as Chef Lindsay creates good, healthy food that appeals to every palate. Kudos to Lindsay's mom for raising her children to eat not only healthy but deliciously!
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM