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Selanne Steak Tavern
Selanne Steak Tavern

Selanne Steak Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.selannesteaktavern.com
  • Phone: (949) 715-9881
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Kitched closes at 9:30PM) ; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am (Kitched closed at 10:00PM)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Severson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering is coming soon!
  • Private Party Facilities: Indoor and outdoor private dining for groups up to 50 persons.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim Shumate (949) 715-9881
  • Entertainment: Please call the restaurant for any entertainment offerings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mountain
  • Public Transit: Within 1 block; seasonal free Laguna Beach shuttle
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking $7.00; street parking (metered until 7:00 pm); free street parking 2 blocks east.
A word from Selanne Steak Tavern
Selanne Steak Tavern, owned by Anaheim Duck great Teemu Selanne and located in a quaint, historical building built in 1934, features an upscale casual neighborhood tavern and a traditional steakhouse. In addition to the best steaks in Orange County, the Tavern offers great burgers, small plates, salads and appetizers as well as an extensive wine list, great specialty cocktails and craft beers.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I Found the menu disappointing for a premier steakhouse restaurant/tavern. There are only 4-5 steaks ranging from $36 (flat iron) to $98 (Lord Stanley Cup). She wanted a rib eye, but it only came in 14 oz. Why not offer 8 oz? Only 2 main course seafood options: 6 oz salmon at $29 and 8 oz halibut at $48. Both poor values. Salmon was good, but portion skimpy. Ordered a few starter courses & sides. Hits: The scallions were delicious. Shrimp prawns likewise, excellent chili sauce. Misses: the signature MAC n cheese was overwhelmingly rich, sodium heavy. Mushrooms tasted salty also. Cozy tavern, but no bar menu items. Kobe burger & fries? Staff generally very good. A hit (ambience) & miss (food) experience. They need to step it up."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "I was truly captured by this restaurant from when we stepped out of our car at the valet stop. No detail has been left out for this dining experience! EVERYTHING was perfect. The ambiance, decor - all beautiful and cozy. The menu has so many choices and fell in love with the soft shell crab soup and my rib eye steak was outstanding! Service was friendly and at a perfect pace to relax for the evening. Definitely at the top of my list of favorites!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The staff from the get-go was attentive and friendly. The bar is great for a drink and an appetizer while you wait for your table. We dined in the "loft" which is upstairs. With 4 separate rooms you have varying atmospheres. Each area had it's own wait staff which made for hands on attention. The breads were delicious (that IS how you judge a great steakhouse after all). I had the tomahawk pork chop and she had the filet. Both were excellent.Dexter was great as well with mini ice cream sandwiches and monkey bread. We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Our steaks were cooked and prepped to perfection, and the meat's butchery was superb - something missing today in most restaurants. The alacarte menu was a bit pricy, but not so much so that we wouldn't come back for a special occasion. We enjoyed the lobster, their great salads, and the mac n cheese - truly a delight. We also had the eggplant side dish, and this missed its mark but management graciously removed it from the bill after we made a suggestion on how to improve the dish. Service from Vito was quite good and attentive, all we could ask for, but his support team needed better direction so that food being delivered was properly placed and all at once rather than in two waves. Overall very good plus."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "At first we were impressed with the 'meet and greet' by the valet and the hostess, but then we had the food and it was superb!! All the staff was well trained, professional, yet personable and the valet even remembered us by name when we left even though it was our first time there!! The mints on the dashboard of the car was over the top. Would go back in a heartbeat. We even bought a gift certificate for some friends so they can experience this dining experience....oh, and Teemu was not there that night...."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This place is amazing! The food, service and ambience are all outstanding."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The Great: Food is amazing. Especially notable: Salmon, snap peas and carrots. Just perfection. Chris our waiter was outstanding. Artwork on the wall just lovely. Banana ice Cream. I won't spoil the genuinely-surprising-surprise left in your vehicle after you valet it - an absolute first for all of us! The Good: Risotto (Everybody else at my table thought it was great, I felt it needed...something else), Monkey Bread Dessert. Not So Good: I appreciate the small divided dining areas but I thought the rooms echoed a lot - so for all of us, it was a bit too loud, everybody trying to talk over everybody."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Selanne's Steak Tavern is our new favorite dining spot in Laguna Beach. We've been half a dozen times, turned on all of foodie friends and everyone loves it every time. Always amazing service, even better food and drinks (the bar tenders are on their game). The corn soft-shell crab soup is so special that it is a must order every time and the truffle risotto is a table staple. Steak, Duck, Lamb, Fish....you can't go wrong. Selanne has four kids and their menu rocks, the fries are so crispy and salty, I end up eating half of my daughters'. The new secret was the heirloom tomato salad, we've all had it, but the olive oil sorbet was genius; cold, sweet, fruity/grassy, an amazing accent to the tomatoes and cheese. Can't wait to be back!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "For a steakhouse our steak was less than desirable and certainly not cooked to our request. The sides were good, not great, and the signature mac and cheese was disappointing. The monkey bread dessert was dry and not gooey and tasty as monkey bread should be. We were there with friends for a 5:15 reservation and were asked to leave our table for a private party that was coming in after us. Not nice, we should have been warned and given a time limit if that was the case when seated. We were still enjoying our wine when asked to leave."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Excellent across the board! Finally a restaurant in Laguna that's on par with NYC restaurants!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Selanne's offers the finest food in Laguna Beach. The staff is attentive and the restaurant is bubblying with energy. I prefer seating upstairs in an elegant, romantic setting."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Tis was very expensive for food that was very good but not that special. Service likewise. We ate early because there was no other times available. No one else was there when we arrived and at the end the place was still empty. Reservations need revamping. Ambience nothing special. Not a warm remarkable experience. W'ont go back. Expected more Teemu."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We were seated in the bar on a small table in the corner and it was extremely loud. If I return to the restaurant I would asked to be seated elsewhere as the bar was very loud and busy, even on a Wednesday night. We felt the food was good but a bit over priced. Service was excellent and the waitress was very knowledgable and gave us some good recommendations. Overall, I would say ask to be seated somewhere other than the bar...I noticed that was where they were trying to seat most of the people, but many of the customers asked to be moved."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The Bone-in Filet Mignon is only one of the gems at this place. What ever you order from their menu will be superb. The service is outstanding and friendly. By far the best steakhouse in SOCAL!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding. We liked it so much on Friday night that we went back on Saturday night. Two different experiences that we enjoyed. The first night we had a reservation at 6:00 se we were sat outside on PCH under a large canopy. It was a very nice quiet sitting. The food was incredible. Filet mignon was excellent. Saturday was later 8:30 . We sat inside next to the Bar. Very energetic, great people. Fun. Food was excellent. Halibut and Salmon with corn. Amazing"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at Selanne's steak and tavern and everyone was very nice and helpful. We had a great time and our celebration was perfect."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Wow! We felt that this was one of the best meals that we have had in a long time. We were also thankful for the kids menu."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Took the wife and older kids and the steak was the best in the OC and the whole experience was awesome!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Everything was really good just really expensive. Would only go again if it was a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Selanne Steak Tavern by its name may be thought of as specializing in steak but my wife had their Halibut which she claimed to be the absolute best Halibut she ever had. She thought the serving was a great size and it was cooked perfectly. We go to many of the finer restaurants in Orange and LA Counties and she almost always orders the Halibut."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a great experience. Food and service were excellent. The most notable part is that the staff is as courteous and humble as Teemu Selanne himself. I walked in with board shorts, tshir & ball cap greeted at the door by who I assume is the manager. He was in a suit jacket. I said "I feel under dressed" without missing a beat he said "no. We're overdressed". Everything was great from the beer salad, steak cooked perfectly & killer deserts. A classic steak house you will enjoy!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Food, service and ambience were excellent. Upstairs room much quieter if that's what you're looking for. Superb steaks cooked to perfection with subtle sauces. Maui onion side a unique addition that complemented the steaks wonderfully. Try the beet "ravioli" starter...very different and tasty (it's not pasta). Overall a very nice experience."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "A great restaurant, lovely comfortable California dining but marketed as a "steakhouse" restaurant. It is a steakhouse but offers selection on its menu that are not true to the steakhouse genre. Unlike steakhouses there are sides or garnishes with your entrée so there isn't a need for ordering a lot of extra side dishes. Delicious!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Staff was friendly. Our waiter, Jerrad was very helpful and friendly - ensured that our meal and evening were great!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My wife, our two children and I recently had dinner on the patio at Selanne's in Laguna Beach during a California vacation. The meal and the experience were truly a highlight of our trip. Everything was top shelf, from the delicious smell when the bread delivered to the table was opened, to the absolutely fantastic desserts. The filets were melt in our mouths good. Our son, the mac and cheese connoisseur, gave the Selanne's version his highest rating! Thanks to the chefs and staff for a wonderful night."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "the food was fabulous and the service was great. I had the halibut with a English pea puree and a mushroom foam, delicious and it went very well together. Dessert to share was the strawberry shortcake popsicle with lemon whip cream. Definitely order and do not share,it is too yummy!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant 5 times in the last 4 months and find that it improves with each visit. The wait staff seems to get better each time, the food prep better, just everything, better. This restaurant is warm and inviting where everyone you encounter makes you feel at home. I love restaurants that have hidden secrets. This last time we asked the waiter, Gary, if the pastry chef had any hidden deserts, something not on the menu. He asked Heather, who offered these incredible little ice cream sandwiches with unique fillings between two home made cookies. They were excellent, elegant and they seemed thought up on the spot yet good enough to permanently be on the menu. This is a gem in OC."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "good food and drink but very expensive even by Orange County standards."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Selanne's Steak Tavern on our 4 Year Anniversary. We had one of the best meals we have had in a long time. I would recommend this to anybody looking to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This restaurant did not disappoint. Had a wonderful experience. The decor is very charming and hip. The food was AH-Mazing. Our waiter made some recommendations and he was spot on. Haven't been this pleasantly surprised by a restaurant in a long time. I will certainly be going back. The patio outside is so the place to sit on a cool summer night."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I brought some out of town friends here and one of them is a chef/ caterer/ event planner. She loved the food and she knows her food! Fun atmosphere, too. We had a great dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Wanted to have a nice dinner for our anniversary and, being a fan of Teemu's, thought we'd try his restaurant. Could only get an early reservation at first but asked if anything later opened up to let us know. They did! We got there a little ahead of our reservation time and waited in the bar. Bar staff was very friendly, in fact all the staff was. We ended up dining on the upstairs outside balcony. Our waiter was Dimitri and was very pleasant and helpful. Food was a little pricey but very good. I had the rack of lamb and my husband had the halibut. We were told that if we wanted sides they were al a carte, but both meals came with enough of a side for us. All in all I would go back again"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was the second time we have dined here and both times were wonderful. The food, service and atmosphere are great - it's just a fun place to be. The only drawback is the advance time needed for a reservation but I guess that comes with the territory of being such a popular place. We think it's worth the wait. If a table is not a requirement the bar can be a fun place to eat and you won't need a reservation."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is our third visit and Selanne Steak Tavern is consistently fantastic. The service and ambiance are amazing and the food is equally incredible. The menu had changed recently and despite the absence of my favorite menu item (I would be ecstatic if the short rib would reappear), I was impressed with the new selections we ordered. The soft shell crab and corn chowder was to die for."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband and I shared the giant Rib Eye for two. It was cooked perfectly and we got to bring the "big ol bone" home. We were seated in a room off to the side of the entrance and loved that we weren't in the middle of a big room--just a few other tables so it felt intimate."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great bar scene. Superb food and wine. Attentive service. Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Took my wife out for a nice dinner and it was amazing! We both loved the location, the service, and the food!! Wonderful dining experience. We will definitely go there again"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Selanne was recommended to me by a dependable friend, and she did not let me down. It is great to find an outstanding steakhouse that is not part of a chain. It seems so rare these days! Selanne's food was superb, steaks cooked to our perfection, and fabulous side dishes too. Good wine by the glass selection. We were seated outdoors, 3 adults, it was quiet and romantic and sexy all in one. Too bad I live in Europe most of the year, but I will be back at Christmas. Can't wait for another dinner at Selanne's..."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The food was really good, large portions. It was a bit expensive. I requested for something little extra, because it was my boyfriends 40th birthday. You couldn't care less. You did absolutely nothing to make our dining just a little bit more special."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "What a gem! Very accommodating to my gluten free low glycemic diet without compromising flavor and selection! Absolutely lovely!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014