The food, ambiance and service were very special. I look forward to my next visit.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Whole Package
If you are looking for a romantic seaside restaurant - this is it! The atmosphere was delightful & we could actually hear each other. Difficult to find ambiance like this nowadays. The food was delicious .... oh, and the macaroni & cheese appetizer - incredible! My husband is an aficionado when it comes to mac & cheese, while I am not usually a fan - but this mac & cheese is to die for. I had the beef tenderloin which was prepared perfectly and my honey had the pork chop which did not disappoint. This was our anniversary celebration and it was perfect. We sat outside with an outstanding ocean view, shielded from the wind .... there are heaters which we didn't need. Definitely worth the $$$. There will be a return engagement!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
Spectacular view, wonderful food and great wine! Couldn't ask for a better experience at lunchtime.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location to view the
Great location to view the sunset and have a great meal. Downstairs seating alongside the bar may make you feel that you are in a walkway, but the great service makes up for it.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect night
Everything about this restaurant is perfect, from the setting and listening to the ocean to the desert was perfect. One of the best overall dinning experiences we have had in a while.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Executive Chef David Fune
Executive Chef David Fune mad my dining experience very enjoyable. His use of complex ingredients had my taste buds a buzzing. I would recommend to anyone. A very delightful and delicous dining experience
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
45th anniversary a SMASH at Splash
A perfect evening at Splashes.Lena was the perfect waitress,pleasant, attentive and exceptionally knowledgable. It was a perfect 45th anniversary. The ocean view and sound made for romatic evening. The food was superb, Kudos to chef and his staff for an excellent dinner.
Only negative was parking. After a $300 meal they should completely validate free, not reduce a $20 fee to $6. Seems petty.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing views, food and ambiance! I requested a view of the ocean even though you can pretty much see it from any seat and they gave us the best view there! Outside seating right in front of the water was awesome! The only downer is if you have a party of over 8 they cant hold your reservation unless your staying in the hotel. My party was around 15 and they worked it out and this was a Saturday, very impressed!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved our table..service was just right..2 thumbs up!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
still my favorite lunch spot in LB
The setting is so great you tend to focus on the view of the pounding surf. However the food is really good and consistent. Chef Fune
is a master and makes the menu appealing. I would like to see more variety, and maybe more seasonal specials. He happened to offer a cooking demo later in the afternoon which we attended. It was super, as was our sample of shrimp and corn filled (lightly curried) waffle with arugula salad and poached egg. Go for lunch, walk around, and stay for cocktails.
7/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Chef! The setting is
Great Chef! The setting is spectacular and food was beautifully presented and delicious.
Our only complaint was the lack of attention from the staff and somewhat at times curt server.
We found $25 corkage way to high, especially when it was not offered to be decanted and never poured for us. We had to pour our own wine. We saw the maitre d once when we were finishing up . He should have out in an earlier appearance for a calibre of restaurant such as this.
It took our server longer than normal to appear to take our first drink orders, but that was probably because we were there right at 5.
We will return, but are aware of what to expect.
Hope this helps others.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been coming here for 15 years
We would go to Splashes for the view and knew the food was going to be good. Friday night the food was outstanding!!! The changes to the menu and there must be a new chef........We are now coming back for the food not the view! And I will tell 10 people " need to try Splashes and there new menu......outstanding !!!!!"
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
lunch at the beach
This is one of our all time favorites. We drive at least 1 hour to go to Splashes. Of course we love the beach scene, and sitting on the window watching the waves crash on the sand, and watching people play frisbee, and seeing dogs romp on the beach.
The food is always incredible. We always have good service as well.
Best place in Laguna to eat, and have a gret view.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I brought some friends from out of town there. They were happy to go to a restaurant with such a beautiful setting that they would never have stumbled on otherwise. We all found the food amazing, but the service didn't nit approach the quality if the food or view. The waiter never refilled our water or wine, which were in the ice bucket next to the table. He was always in a rush, and repeated himself several times with questions or comments. For $40 per entreè, we expected better.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and a beautiful setting
The best Beach experience, truly on of the nicest beaches in the world, no exaggeration.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Splashes is not only a top-tier
Splashes is not only a top-tier restaurant but has the best, if not only, unencumbered ocean view in Orange County. You are sitting just above the sand with the Pacific stretching from horizion to horizon before you. Try to be there at sunset. It's spectacular.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for special event
Sunset dinner on the beach, good food great service. Parking is a challenge in the area, but the free valtet helps
I'll be back
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went fur the Brussels sprouts but was disappointed
The recipe had changed and was not good
The salmon was very dry-overcooked.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good. Services
Food was very good. Services was excellent and the ocean side scenery is great for entertaining out of town guests.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best ocean view in Southern
The best ocean view in Southern California, first cabin food, wine and service, not enough superlatives to describe Splashes. Truly one-of-a-kind.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with a view
Splashes has the best view on the Orange county coast. You sit directly above the sand. Our table with a view was fantastic. The food matches the view. The menu includes an interesting appetizer menu as well as main courses. Both of our meals were flavorful, well presented, and delicious. Desserts were creative and a fun way to end the evening. Service was attentive and well paced. A definite reorder!!!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
Our dinner with app and entries was excellent, as was the service and the view. Thanks!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We return to Splashes again and again because it has exceptional food and drink, fantastic service, and a view beyond one's dreams. Eating at sunset to enjoy the scenic Pacific Ocean---ambience you won't find anywhere else. A new chef and a new emphasis on sustainable seafood. It's our favorite place on the beach!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great way to celebrate end
Great way to celebrate end of summer and birthday with friends. the View is spectacular. The food was excellent. Everything was cooked to perfection. We had appetizers and the salmon. The wait staff was very good. It was a very busy evening and the patio is a little crowded but the everything else made up for it.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu has improved with the new chef. We had a lot of fun with our waiter and manager. You can't beat the views.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE HAD RESERVATIONS FOR 4
WE HAD RESERVATIONS FOR 4 BUT SHOWED UP WITH 6 ON A VERY BUSY NIGHT. THE HOSTESS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP FIND US A TABLE AND ACTUALLY SEEMED PERSONALLY HAPPY THAT WE DID! IT WAS AN OUTSTANDING TABLE AND BEAUTIFUL EVENING WITH AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous anniversary dinner
You can hear the waves crash whether you are sitting inside or out. Make your reservations in time to see the sun set over the water. The restaurant was full, so there was a nice buzz, but never too loud. The tuna tartare appetizer was great. My halibut was tasty, but at room temperature; I would have preferred it to be hotter. The service was impecable; our waiter wasn't pushy, but he didn't ignore us either.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time, great brunch, great drinks, great scenic view!!! A wonderful time!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing view and excellent food!
Booking was very easy. The view was impeccable on the outside patio. Small area made it nice and intimate. It took a while to get my morning cocktail but the wait staff was very friendly. The food presentation was good and the flavor was amazing. That was the best French toast ever! My fiance had the eggs benedict which he enjoyed as well. I will def return to this spot!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We could not have had a more perfect experience at Splashes. The food was amazing. The weather was gorgeous and dolphins swam by as we dined. The service was excellent as well. I'll be back!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Million dollar view
The location on the beach is fantastic! The food was very good as was the service. Our server was very friendly too. We'll be back soon!
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Superior by the sea
Tying to find a restaurant with a view in Laguna is fairly easy. Trying to find a restaurant in Laguna with an amazing view, outstanding food, and excellent service, Is a challenge. Splashes ticks all the boxes. The restaurant is cantilevered over the beach. We had a table right by the open doors and could hear waves crashing below while we took in the gorgeous view. Our waitress took excellent care patiently answering all quiestions about the menu and advising accordingly. The food lived up to her description and was excellent, perfectly prepared and presented. My husband said the diver scallops were the best he has had as they were cooked perfectly, neither overlooked rubbery or undercooked. Don't skip dessert, all 4 tried YUM!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent service./great food
Everything wast great from ,the valet parking, The server, The food, The drinks, To wines. I will comeback soon w/my friends. It's a great place to propose ..they help me w/ that to ..;)
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very fortunate that our friends who live in Laguna Beach suggested Splashes for my birthday dinner the night we flew into CA. The staff gave us a wonderful table right beside the glass partition to the beach and the ocean. Almost every table had its own heater, great sound and view of the surf at night. Even saw a pelican riding the waves looking for his dinner, too. Food was incredibly good, as well as the service. Often one finds the places with great locations, have mediocre food as the view sells the restaurant. Not so here. The owners, staff and the chefs have created the best of ALL restaurant worlds, great ambiance, food, and service. On a scale of 1 to 10, this one is an 11! Do Not Miss!!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Despite the fact that two weddings were taking place and there was no parking at the hotel (we had to park 3 blocks away), this is still one of our favorite restaurants. Service was very good. We opted to wait a little longer until a window table was available. When my wife's steak was served, instead of it being rare as she requested, it came medium. Our server was quick to make the correction... providing a wonderful bowl of soup while we waited. When the steak did arrrive, it was perfect.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining on the Beach in Laguna
Watching the moonlight in the surf a rare dining experience. Good service except concierge and bus boys who hurried us away at closing.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
location, location, location
They get away with anything but the view and location overcome any shortcomings. I'm sure that if they had the food and service of a nearby Newport Coast favorite, the price would take me well over $1000 for two. I will return again and again.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food with an even
Fantastic food with an even better ocean view. GREAT service.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, view and expense...
If I had to find something negative to say about the restaurant, it would be:
1. Candied bacon on maple cheesecake does not work as a dessert.
2. Calling a dish "lobster cioppino," and then serving it in a sauce of about 3 millimeters thick is a misnomer. The dish is more of a "shellfish platter."
3. The price of a meal is as spectacular as the view.
On the positive side:
1. The view is amazing.
2. The food and drink is wonderful.
3. The service is flawless.
In sum, I suppose that the old saying is in force here: "You get what you pay for."
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprised my Husband!
I made a dinner reservation for my Husband's Birthday. Neither one of us had dined at Splashes before and I wanted to surprise him with a 'new' place in Laguna Beach, one of our favorites places. We were greeted with a warm welcome upon arrival and the Hostess wished my Husband a Happy Birthday. We were seated on the lower level of the restaurant near the Bar and had the most gorgeous, front row view of the waves. Our Waiter was very friendly and attentive; he also wished my Husband a Happy Birthday. Our food was delicious but arrived a bit cold. My Husband ordered the 'Special'- Braised Short Ribs, and I had the Salmon. Our Waiter surprised us with a complimentary Crème Brule for my Husband. I would recommend this Restaurant!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view, terrific menu, Gr8 Food
Splashes at Surf and Sand is a terrific place right on the Pacific Ocean. The chef has created a wonderful menu with excellent choices from vegetarian to excellent seafood and steaks. I was dining with a vegetarian and the choices were interesting, flavorful and satisfying.
Service was very good and the view is out of this world. Right on the sand in Laguna Beach. If you are visiting I would highly recommend this restaurant. Enjoy!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friday night dinner
The service and the food was much improved. I know they have a new chef and it's evident in the food and it's presentation. The service is also much improved. The hostess was very accommodating in allowing us our choice of ocean front dining. Wine list was good. We had 4 glasses of wine, a bottle of wine, four entres, desert and the bill with tip was $550. As good as the food was and as beautiful as it is eating dinner on the beach, no dinner for four is worth $550. The valet switched my car lights with from auto to manual so when I got home I left the car lights on and my battery died. This is the second time this has happened at the Surf & Sand.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great location for a romantic
Great location for a romantic dinner. We have been coming to this restaurant for many years. Both food and service were great.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was fabulous...
A wonderful lunch with creative food and a spectacular view.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Splashes was such a happy surprise! We had never been there or even knew about it's existence. The ambience was wonderful-we sat outside closest to the ocean. The waitstaff was professional and courteous. The food was delicious. Now that I know it's there, I will definitely go back and recommend it highly to others!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beach Side Dining
We had a beautiful meal at Splashes. I ordered the crab eggs Benedict which was cooked to perfection. My wife had the salmon which was also quite pleasing. Adding this to the appetizers of crispy waffles and it was a perfect meal. The best aspect of this restaurant is being right on the beach with the ocean less than 20 yards from the dining experience. The worst part of this restaurant was the surprise of ordering water with our meals and then being charged $7.50 for that water...this was definitely a first time experience of being charged for ordering water and not being warned about that.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
up and beyond
Our server and the chef went up and beyond what is expected at a resturant.They made a special meal for us off the menu that was fantastic.That is the type of service that most places do not strive for in todays world.My hat is off to this excellent staff.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
for impressing out-of-towners
First visit to Splashes on a quiet Thursday afternoon for lunch. I requested a nice table for an out-of-town client and myself. We were given a table with spectacular view, treated to delicious food and waited upon by a very professional staff. My client was very impressed with my choice of restaurant. But the great impression came courtesy of Splahes - everything exceeded expectations from start to finish and I will definitely return!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always enjoy our dining experiences at Splashes. The only discomfort I experienced during our last dinner was a food server sliding my bread plate over with the appetizer plate he was placing before me. He should have removed or moved the bread plate with his hands and placed it elsewhere prior to placing the appetizer plate in front of me. This was an akward moment.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our fish was way over done
Our fish was way over done and tasted frozen. I'm hoping we just had one bad night.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM