Sapphire Laguna
Sapphire Laguna

Sapphire Laguna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sapphirelaguna.com/
  • Phone: 9497159888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    SAPPHIRE LAGUNA RESTAURANT
    Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Intermezzo: Daily, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Spice Plates: from 4:30 p.m.

    Dinner : Nightly, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Open until 11 p.m. on weekends.

    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    SAPPHIRE LAGUNA PANTRY
    Gourmet Shop Hours: Daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Azmin Ghahreman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We invite you to share Sapphire's global cuisine with family and friends, at home or the office. For catering inquiries, please contact Theresa Park or Amanda Nealis at 949.715.0144 or via email: TheresaP@sapphirellc.com and Amandan@sapphirellc.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Sapphire Laguna is pleased to offer your group the opportunity to dine with us. Whether you are celebrating a family milestone or gathering with colleagues, custom menus and reserved seating for your group are easily arranged. Contact Jeff Manning - jeffm@sapphirellc.com
  • Private Party Contact: Jeff Manning (949)715-3355x314
  • Special Events: Discover daily cheese samplings at Sapphire Pantry. (949)715-9889

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brooks
  • Public Transit: Mass transit and the Laguna Beach Shuttle stops are adjacent to the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking in the strucure behind Sapphire Laguna for lunch and dinner guests.
A word from Sapphire Laguna
The cuisine at Sapphire Laguna is characterized by Chef/Owner Azmin Ghahreman's distinctive international style - its cornerstone is the freshest possible local ingredients. The evolving menu changes seasonally - based on what is freshly caught and available from small farms, nearby markets and artisan suppliers.

"When you dine at my restaurants you are traveling through the world's markets with your palate, and you don't even need a passport."

~Chef Azmin Ghahreman

Sapphire Laguna reach-in wine vaults house an eclectic collection of wines – more than 900 bottles, emphasizing varietals from around the world. All vintages are stored in temperature-controlled units behind a rustic wall made from actual wine staves. In addition, approximately 25 wines by the glass are available. Menu samples and wine offerings can be found on Sapphire Laguna's website.
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Sapphire Laguna reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (70)scenic view (41)fit for foodies (40)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (30)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (23)hot spot (19)notable wine list (18)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Edward Wong
    Edwarc
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great ocean views from the outdoor patio! Excellent service and good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    MariaM
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Painfully slow service at brunch. Wasn't busy, so I can't blame it in that. Took forever to get anything. Food was good. Beautiful patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing…..
    RobinW
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food, the service, the ambiance…..all of it was amazing. Our waiter took such great care of the six of us….recommending food pairings, wine and beer pairings and desserts! We gave him our full trust….and when he suggested something, we took his suggestion. The chef came to our table to say hi and was so warm and welcoming. What a great way to celebrate a birthday….or anything! Thank you Sapphire!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanted to Love It
    1BaymomVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our service was warm, friendly and helpful. However our meals, three salmon salads and one kale salad were just OK. Spring Mix Greens, such as I purchase from grocery store with an over marinated piece of salmon. Due to over marination, the salmon was soft and mushy in texture. Not one of us ate even half and server never asked why... A birthday lunch so no one wanted to make a big deal... Perhaps in hindsight we should have done so. On the plus side the fries were delicious; crisp, hot and beautifully seasoned! We'll try again and order something else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Porsche
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I've been before and enjoyed it. There were 4 of us and we had a great time. My salmon dish was unremarkable. I would not order it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite of mine
    Russianlove
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Sapphire Laguna is an incredible place for a romantic dinner out - overlooks the ocean, beautiful patio, the food is sublime and a great wine list. My favorite waiter is Bruce - my boyfriend and I let him surprise us with the food and he nails it every time!! Love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although our entrees were good they were overshadowed by the extremely poor service and lack of attention. We were there to celebrate our anniversary. We had to ask for water twice before we got any. Our waitress was rarely seen, and it took 30 minutes to get our appetizer and then an additional 30 minutes for our entree. The only thing that arrived quickly was the bill. We have been to Sapphire before and have enjoyed the meal but after this experience we will not return nor would we recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent menu with many options to choose from, whether you like seafood, meat, vegetarian, etc. Excellent service and great wine list. Our favorite restaurant in laguna beach.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    lagunagem
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Sapphire is our "go to" restaurant for any occasion. We go there fairly often and recommend it to many of our friends. We take out of town guests there every time. The food is always wonderful, the service is always very good and the wine list is notable. We always take our Aussie friends there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looks good on paper
    Petethecat
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The server was excellent But the food just didn't work for me. On recommendation, I got the steamed halibut & my wife got the Branzino. The halibut was over cooked and the flavors didn't meld. It just didn't taste good. I didn't care for the Branzino either. The fish had little taste. It was messy and the skin was soggy. I sent my halibut back (maybe the 5th time ever) I opted for the shrimp & crab linguine. The 4 shrimp were good, but the linguine was a lump of over cooked pasta fused together with a very thick cream sauce. If there was crab in there, it was burred pretty well. I did find the peas though. I couldn't eat the pasta either. In the end I spent $167, had shrimp and 2 martinis for dinner. I won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, busy
    iluvicecream
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were lucky to get in without much of a wait. Saturday night and after we were seated the wait was 45 minutes. It is a very popular spot for the locals. Good indoor atmosphere with a bar and an excellent outdoor patio. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sapphire Laguna-29th Anniversay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were in Laguna this past week for our 29th anniversary. We went to Sapphire's on Saturday, August 23rd for dinner. We both loved our meals, the food was amazing. We go to Laguna Beach several times a year and this was our first time at Sapphire's, it will not be our last.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lele
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food and ambiance was excellent. The busboys were more helpful than the waiter. He was a little distracted and inattentive, especially for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food here was good but not as special as our haughty waiter told us. We will not return here since the waiter had no idea how to make us feel comfortable. It was more about him and how special his restaurant is. My 22 year old son who lives in New York ordered crudo and he asked him if he knew what that was. Buddy, crudo isn't that unique. He also cleared some empty wine glasses and didn't realize I gave my daughter some wine and spilled a little on her and her phone. He didn't apologize or offer to get her more or anything. We eat at a lot of nice restaurants all over the country and this isn't one of them.
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  • Great Place! Loved It...
    Artist
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Went with friends and family and had great food, best service and wonderful chef/owner tending to us…. All in all, couldn't be better. We just went for dinner and left feeling it was a special and memorable night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The poor service ruined the meal.
    Ughxoxo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The bartender was very nice and gave us excellent service. It was when we sat down that things went down hill. Our waiter was awful from the get go. The food was delicious but it couldn't make up for the service. When you spend over $300.00 for dinner you expect to have a good experience. We will not be back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a excellent restaurant for the meals are imaginatively created and well-prepared in a casual yet totally lovely setting. I much prefer the dinner menu as being more interesting menu than the lunch offerings. Some of the lunch items are somewhat conventional, though they are excellent. A favorite lunch item is the sampler box, which changes weekly. It offers variety. Serving sizes are modest. On a busy summer day lunch can mean a fairly long wait once being seated. Fine preparation for meals takes time. Margaritas are outstanding for they are freshly made from scratch, none of the usual bottled lemonade that most bars use. Sapphire recently designed the menu for the Tastes open-air restaurant on Crystal Cruises. A big hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    TeresaT
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great restaurant with amazing service and food. Cute inside and cozy patio outside. Price range should be noted, but for the money, I felt the meal was worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SteveSteveMDVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Went for dinner. All courses were excellent. Great bar as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Was Very Poor Quality
    2Thumbsupordown
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Saturday brunch menu looked great, with many choices. We had fish tacos, fried chicken salad, and eggs benedict. All were poor! Eggs were nothing better than an open faced Egg McMuffin with a lot of sauce, nothing to make it a gourmet standout; fried chicken salad was grossly overcooked and dry, with more overcooked batter than edible chicken; fish tacos had way to much blackened seasoning so they were impossible to eat.
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  • Beautiful Place Really Good Food
    FancyCatVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Walking in the door you immediately notice the exquisite glass light fixtures. The heirloom tomato salad is crisp and tasty with a light, fresh dressing. I was told the halibut was outstanding but it disappeared so fast, no one else at the table got a taste. The steak with lobster ravioli won rave reviews and the whole grilled branzino was delicious. Dessert was dark chocolate crème brulee with a home made marshmallow was yummy but you just have to try the bananas foster bread pudding - OMG.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too leisurely
    SidiG
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great restaurant with very good food, however they detract from the meal by being so slow. When everyone starts looking at their watches wondering where the food is, there is something going on! I am basing this on several visits, so it wasn't just one slow night (which can happen to anyone). I like this place because their patio is very nice and comfortable, the food and service are both good, but the speed of delivery is just that bit too long that it takes away from the overall experience. I understand that when things are cooked from fresh it takes more time, but others perform in a much more timely manner. Really a shame, it forces me to think twice if i want to invite people there, nothing worse than a dragging dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    food was great as well as the scenery, the service was very poor. I felt neglected when every other table was getting very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and ambiance
    okiedokie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is creative and has something for the carnivore to the herbivore. The food is fit for foodies, because of the price it may be a special occasion restaurant for some.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Spot in Laguna Beach
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Sapphire is a fun spot for lunch or dinner! Outside seating is a premium. We sat inside by windows and loved it. The pork loin was outstanding with mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts!! My husband was not happy with the beef tenderloin and lobster ravioli because the beef lacked flavor and the sauce was overpowering. The lobster ravioli was delicious, though. Wine selection was great. Our server suggested a wine after we told him the type of Pinot Noir we liked and he was spot on. Service was a little slow but we weren't in a hurry. We would go back the next time we are visiting Laguna Beach. Reservations are helpful as weekends are busy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely be back
    Viking85
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our first time at Sapphire. When I made my reservation I put in a request for a patio table, but was told they cannot guarantee it. When we arrived for our reservation we were immediately seated at a beautiful patio table even though the restaurant was packed. We were greeted right away by our server who was knowledgeable and attentive though out the whole evening. Service was outstanding and the only reason I did not give the food 5 stars was because I ordered the wrong entrée for myself. I ordered the whole Branzino fish which was clearly noted on the menu, but I did not expect to find as many bones in this fish. It was very tasty, but very difficult to eat. My fault for ordering the fish served whole. I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bruchable
    Brian
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had fantastic Egg's Benedict classic and not so classic combo. Bottle of Schramsberg Champagne and great service from our server Salvatore.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great location for a fun evening. Wonderful food, service and ambiance. You need to go and enjoy this true Laguna Beach gem of a restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious & Inviting
    CjedlerVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Chef Azmin knows how to pair food! Every bite of my salad & entree was savory! Enjoyed a family dinner on the patio which was nice. Kids loved their meals served on fun kid-friendly plates... Loved that touch!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sapphire Laguna
    Sheeby
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I took my daughter there for her 20th birthday dinner. We and a delightful and relaxing dinner. The food was very good. The only critique I have is that the Hamachi Crudo was too spicy for my liking but I'm sure those who don't mind spice would love it. The ambience was lovely and the service was very good as well. We have dined there many times and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very slow service for the amount of staff they had.
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  • Great outdoor dining
    WWeeksVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great spot to eat outside for lunch or dinner. Food and service were both really good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner at Sapphire
    Mattina
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We have enjoyed dinning at Tastes on the Chrystal Serenity cruise ship which is affiliated with Sapphire. We chose dining at Sapphire for this reason. The unique menu offerings are delightful and we were pleased to find our favorite dishes at Sapphire as well. We are fortunate to have Sapphire close to home and will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thescbaguyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We hadn't visited Sapphire Laguna in several years, but fortunately, nothing has changed. It's still a reliable place for tasty, well-prepared, creatively presented food that crosses many international culinary borders. They tend to emphasize seafood (especially fish), which is a good thing, because they're experts at it. Portions tend to be large, so plan accordingly, especially with appetizers. There are several on the menu that are almost too much for one person and would be better shared (e.g., the corn soup). The octopus salad is excellent--some of the tenderest octopus I've ever had, because it's sliced so thin. Main dishes: they have a super paella, and their version of surf and turf is a great beef tenderloin with lobster ravioli.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Lcd1
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everything here is great! Parking is difficult. Excellent vegetarian dish.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to try near Laguna Beach
    WhatisthisVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Sapphire Laguna is a nice little restaurant for outdoor dining in the afternoon.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gotta up their game
    Flavorgossip
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My son and I decided to have an early dinner/late lunch (linner). We were sat beside the service station. When asked if we could sit elsewhere the hostess told us that she expected us earlier and the whole place was reserved for the night. We had a reservation. The food is worth a trip;BUT, we could not get a meal. We were there at 4:30 and after making our decision the waiter took the menu and said that we had to order from the small plate menu. So they could make sliders but not a full sized burger? Our waiter was very nice, very helpful. There was no one on the patio when we left, not packed like the hostess gave as the reason why we could not seat elsewhere. Hopefully they will up their service because the food deserves better.
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  • Food was too weird
    redhead
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The lamb I ordered was good but the chick peas and kale that came with it were prepared strangely and just didn't taste very good. My husband didn't like the fish he ordered.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best corn chowder EVER!
    jeffbo6
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I am a total soup geek and I eagerly tried the corn chowder here and it was off the charts amazing! The corn puree was thick and tasty, had chunks of smoky, thick-cut bacon and Dungeness crab... amazing! Everything else we had was great (we ordered 6 apps for two of us for tasting), but the chowder was the standout. We would love to come back again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was so so
    RebeccaBBinLAVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our waiter raved about the amazing things the chef-owner was creating. We were not amazed at all. Sardine app was pure vinegar. Artichoke salad was mostly frisee. The paella was blah and flavorless, served in a cute copper pan. The only universally liked dish in our party was the fresh tasty corn crab chowder. Cocktails also missed the mark. They have an interesting wine list with fair markups. Seating outside is nice, but PCH traffic noise can be irritating.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate