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Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort
Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.surfandsandresort.com/splashes/
  • Phone: (949) 376-2779
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blue Bird Canyon and Coast Hwy
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $6 validated valet parking and street parking are available
A word from Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort
Terraced above the beach, with waves breaking just 25 feet below, the casually elegant Splashes Restaurant boasts some of California's best views and finest cuisine.

Whether seated in the dining room or alfresco on the palm-shaded patio, you'll enjoy American Coastal Cuisine set against a dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "The combination of food, service and view of the beach and surf made our dining experience fantastic. This place will be a keeper!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Splashes is our special event go-to spot! Always grerat food, excellent service, and an awesome view."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "The day we had lunch at Splashes there were spectacular waves to watch and the sea food salad was equally spectacular."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "The location of Splashes, at the Surf and Sand in Laguna, is terrific. We ate lunch one floor above the beach in a room with open floor to ceiling windows (clear glass railings half way up). The breeze, the crash of the surf and the amazing view of the ocean were marvelous. If it had been 5 degrees warmer, it would have felt just like Hawaii. The food selections on the menu were okay but a little pricey.The food itself was fine. And the service was fine."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Good food limited menu. Cauliflower or asparagus in most things. Pricey but well prepared food. Right near the water. Don't stay unless you get a good table. We were lucky and moved. Reserved months in advance but it didn't seem to matter. We enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Wait staff was attentive, food was fine. We have been here before and returned because of the location and the view of the ocean. The sunset was as spectacular as we remembered from before. Since we were on the veranda the noise level was nominal. Inside it was definitely louder."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "If you love the ocean, you'll love Splashes & if you get seated (as we did) on the lower level, you'll literally feel the 'splash' of the ocean....In a refreshing way. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The tableside lobster bisque was amazing and the asparagus salad was refreshing. The table was split on the swordfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that it was just a bit too fishy. My wise friend we were celebrating said, "If you can see the ocean it's always best to order the fish." While there were other non-seafood choices, we pleasantly stuck with the seafood theme. Service was well-timed and friendly. Mahalo nui loa to Lani & the Splashes Staff for making this a memorable & wonderful evening."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We've been dining at Spashes on and off for many years. Visited this week for dinner on a Wednesday night. Made reservation a week in advance. Arrived and the hostess somewhat rudely said our table wasn't ready and we were free to wait or eat in the bar. We chose to get a drink and wait which turned out to be 25 minutes. Finally our table was ready on the upper floor in front of the glass. Waiter took another fifteen minutes to come by for our order. We started with the ahi appetizer and another drink. Took another 25 minutes with the appetizer and forgot the drinks. Ahi was gross. Water glass had crack in it. I ordered the short ribs for $42 and wife had a compressed something or rather. Both were bland. I can't recommend."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I have dined at Splashes at least 20 times. I take clients, friends and family and had large parties on the side patio over the last 10-12 years. I think that the food selection has become a bit edgy and not always very good. My Client and I both decided to try their hamburger. This is not something I would normally order, but it's the only thing that sounded good. It was not hot when we received it and not all that interesting either. The best part was the French fries. 2 hamburgers and 2 ice teas was $58. I guess we are paying for the location. On a couple of other visits my friends and I who love Brussel sprouts ordered a side of them. They were bitter, dry and burned tasting. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Took family from out of town for Sunday Brunch. Service was friendly but s l o w! Food was not good. Ordered breakfast quesadilla, was supposed to have bacon in it, didn't. Another in our party ordered the seafood salad. High priced and the portion was tiny. Overall not a good experience. Will not go back. The location is beautiful. The kitchen needs to improve. None of us enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I brought down a cake earlier that afternoon for my mom's birthday dinner later that evening as a surprise. The staff was exceptional in accomodating that request of holding it and coordinated bringing it the table without much work on my part! They also went above and beyond with the presentation of serving the cake. The waitstaff and overall staff were very friendly and accomodating. True five star service and attention to detail!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have dined here several times before, but this time was a disappointment. New menu which was not that great, slow service, extremely high prices."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was great, the service was outstanding and the view was amazing. I always love dining at Surf & Sand!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "You cant get much closer to the ocean unless you are swimming in it! The views and sunset were stunning! our meals were very good, dinner was a little slow coming out, but we just soaked in the view a little longer."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The Tweens in our group were so mesmerized by the sight of the crashing waves so close to our table that they forgot to look at their iPhones during the meal! There are few places on the Orange County coast where you can have such great food and service and the sound of the ocean waves so close. Definitely a place to bring your visitors."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Portions were ridiculously small with outrageous pricing..."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We come to Splashes at least once a year, and we love it every time. It's a splurge for us, so if we could afford to go more frequently, we would! This evening was another great meal, with a fantastic view on the patio. We saw dolphin playing in the waves, as we waited for our food; this is always a reminder for me to relax and slow down. Well, here at Splashes, it's so easy to relax. I had the scallops and risotto, and my husband had the salmon. We also shared the brussel sprouts (SO good---really!). I just love the sound of sand on the floors to the elevator, and that nearly every table is cozy and can offer a spectacular view of the sunset. (Go for the sunset, for sure!) As always, Splashes did not disappoint us."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Splashes was absolutely fabulous. Everything was perfect. We had the best table in the restaurant, and it was a lovely evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Splashes is an amazing place. Not only right on the Ocean where you literally can sit in the bar and feel the spray from the surf. But a delightful menu. So many great appetizers and entrées. It is part of the Surf & Sand Resort and a great place for a little romantic overnight combined with dinner. a must see in SoCal."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 4th anniversary here watching the sunset over dinner. This place is very romantic. Hard to describe how beautiful it is to be seated outside, next to the beach, hearing and seeing the waves crash next to you, while you watch the sunset and eat great food. I would highly recommend this for a special occasion dinner. We were visiting from out of town (first time in Orange County) and this was a very special part of our experience."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We recently dined here before attending the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna. We had the most amazing paella that I've ever had. The service was great, and the view of the ocean was magnificent. We will keep coming back!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Loved this place. Has been a great improvement in the food since our last visit. Great chef."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The company was fantastic, the view is beautiful & the wine was superb. Per server suggestion we ordered tuna tartar, lobster bisque & crab cakes. I love steak tartar & feel tuna is bland but this tuna tartar was really good. The rest was just ok. For our entrees: Short ribs were so dry, they tasted like last weeks leftovers & the salmon was inedible. I asked for it med rare & I was told that is how Chef prepares it. It was over cooked, dry, gritty & swimming in this super liquidy, vinegar-type marinade. It was just wrong. On a positive note; the scallops were cooked perfectly. My family & I were very disappointed w the whole experience. We would have rather had cocktails at the bar, enjoy the view & go eat some fish tacos at Taco Loco."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Food is pretty good, not great. Very limited vegetarian options."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Had a "first date" on Saturday night. I't was perfect, Drinks at the bar followed by reservations at the resturant. By the time we had placed our order, my date and I were mistaken for "Honey mooners" . Could have been the chemestry?!?! but mostlikly it was this amazing location."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic in all ways. The food was delicious, ocean waves beautiful to hear, welcome outstanding, and waitress very cordial."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Fine dining amongst beautiful scenery... Dress up or dress causal but do ask for a window! Upstairs seating is preferable to the downstairs cramped alley (with excellent views though) experience. We were late and they still seated us expediently. Our table was the second row downstairs but had a beautiful view. The waiter was superb... professional and fun! Food was prepared as ordered and beautifully presented. The view was at sand level with a long view of the surf. A wide variety of items was offered, seafood, beef and vegetarian. The wine list offers a variety including some nice sparking wines by the glass. ❤️"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The view at the restaurant was great. However, we had a reservation at 2:30 for 10 people to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday. We were looking forward to a relaxing afternoon withe lunch by the beach w/family. It took them 15-20 minutes to seat us. Then when we sat down, they told us they closed the kitchen at 3:30 so they needed our order right away. Nothing like being rushed! If you have someone with a big party don't make reservations an hour before the kitchen closes"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This was our first time here at Splashes at Surf and Sand Resort. I made a reservation for my wife's birthday and got a great time slot before the sunset. We really didn't know what to expect being our first time. Boy were we surprised ! Initially, we got a great seat outside, but they moved us to a better seat next to the window. Oh my gosh....it even got better. The waiter came out and said they had a New York steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus that they had added special for that nights dining ! The ambiance was great, the food was excellent and the service was Five star all the way."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is right on the Pacific Ocean with a fantastic view. Floor to ceiling louvered doors that open up to the sea. The food was presented beautifully but the taste did not match the price. Great service tho so all in all, a positive experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Splashes is an excellent restaurant because of the outstanding view overlooking the ocean with the sounds of crashing waves. The service was outstanding! The food was very good, although it was difficult to focus on it with such an amazing view and wonderful service."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "This is as close as you can get to dining by the ocean. The sunset was beautiful. The service was great as well as the food."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "One of my favorite spots. Amazing beachfront location right on the water. Great food and service. A little pricey but worth the spurge."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We dine out a lot when we travel. Went to four great places this week alone and by far, hands down, bar none this place is THE PLACE to go... Food is great and the view and ambiance is like nothing else short of being at Maui... Seriously, for anyone who enjoys dining out, this is the place to visit....."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We always make it a point to visit Splashes even when we are not staying at the Hotel... Great ambience... Great Food and Service... Sometimes you may want to wait for the perfect table, although there isn't a bad table to be had.,. The Bar scene is also worth the visit... solid pours... We spent 3 nights at the Hotel and only ventured out once for Dinner as we took in the Pageant of the Masters and ate at Tivoli's... The Hotel also provide great room service through Splashes."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Splashes was great,what a beautiful view of Laguna beach!!! Our waitress was nice and well informed. The food was yummy but overpriced. We had the roasted artichoke and brussel sprout appetizer, and scallops and short ribs for dinner. All was well prepared and tasty but not worth $40 a plate. Pretty view!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "You think it would be easy in Laguna to get an ocean view lunch with decent food but way too much of the local fare seems to be burgers and fries rather than fresh fish. I wouldn't call Splashes a great fish place but the view is spectacular, the service was very good and there is a decent selection of choices at lunch. We split some flatbreads and mussels and were very happy. Valet parking was $6 with restaurant validation."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our dinners were delicious and the service was very good. It is an interesting layout for the hotel, bars and restaurants."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It was our anniversary dinner- we were very impressed with everything! Our food, service, ambiance and the view were all spectacular. We will most definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I don't think I've ever gotten better service anywhere else, our waitress nailed it. And the food was AMAZING - short rib, filet and the Brussels sprouts were to die for. And you're sitting right on the beach, can't get much of a better view than that."
    Dined on 7/11/2014