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

Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.surfandsandresort.com/splashes/
  • Phone: 9493762779
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (144)great for outdoor dining (113)special occasion (111)romantic (94)fit for foodies (55)great for brunch (44)great for lunch (40)vibrant bar scene (27)notable wine list (26)hot spot (23)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (14)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Scenic Bliss with Fabulous cuisine
    Lschapi
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One of the best places we have ever dined at.Superb view of the raging ocean just feet away together with a unigue and superb meal! Ambiance at its finest!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    LAtoOC
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We ate at Splashes on a Saturday night ~7:30pm. I requested a table outside as close to the water and was glad to see they were able to accommodate us. Overall, fantastic waiter with an excellent knowledge of the drinks, wines, and meals. The ambiance and food was fantastic. Recommend for starters the oysters and ahi tuna tartare. We ordered halibut, salmon, lamb, and surf/turf for main courses - all were excellent. Fantastic place on the water with great food - normally a hard combo to find around here...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OCDiners
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were first told by the valet, they would not park our truck bc it was too big. They continued taking cars after we pulled in. The valet was very rude. Appetizers & dessert disappointing. Main course was okay. Ordered stk & lobster special. Came as stk & shrimp, said they ran out of lobster. They should of told me no lobster prior to bringing it & they should of lowered the price of the meal. Very disappoinnted.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lousy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great view but the food is very disappointing. My first time there with my girl friend for lunch. Salmon is too sweet with very greasy veggie. Old cooking oil, very unhealthy..
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Georgeous Ocean-Front Dining
    OCnative
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Can't beat the view, food or service. Splashes is our go-to special occasion restaurant. Steps from the sand and water. Catalina views. Dazzling sunsets. So Cal dining at its finest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food, service and view were outstanding. Great restaurant for special occasions or just to relax and have a great meal
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    Amy22
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant for celebrating my birthday. I came with a party of five, and was seated at one of the best tables -- lower level. The service was excellent as always, and the food was great. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset, several bottles of wine, and a great meal, including dessert. All in all, a spectacular evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Came here with my sister and the view is great! Menu has a great selection. I want to go back to try their other items. I had the crab and asparagus omelet. It tasted as I expected it to taste. Lol.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the view, not the food
    ParisNanette
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went for brunch this time and we were all very disappointed. We were seated next to the glass barrier so the spectacular view of the waves crashing on the beach just outside is unsurpassed and rare in SoCal. Unfortunately every dish for our party of five was "off". Grass-fed beef burgers were gamey tasting and strong. An omelet was very over salted and uninteresting. One of our party sent food back but as it was a special occasion we didn't want to wait for everyone to get something different. Don't know if this was a one off or a downward trend for what has been a favourite place to celebrate for our family.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wave
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Nice experience, but it's obvious they seriously water down their well drinks. That is rather insulting.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QueenbeeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Absolutely love this restaurant! We came for brunch and the food is incredible, we started with a Bloody Mary, black truffle tator tots and nachos. Everything was excellent, especially the at tentative service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Goldie913
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Stayed at surf and sand and enjoyed splashes for my b day dinner! There was 4 of us and the vibe was great! Good also excellent! We would go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing View, Amazing Food
    JohnB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    From the minute we walked in and hostess Amada welcomed us it was a First Class evening all the way. Amazing views, amazing food and amazing service. This restaurant is one of a kind!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing
    CarlVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice views, but the food was disappointing for the price. The service was poor, the waiter failed to bring us a wine list (we had to ask a secondary server for this and still it took way to much time. Our order was taken incorrectly which further delayed the service. The table was uneven and despite asking twice for help leveling it no help came. The muscle appetizer was terrible (half the muscles were empty shells). The main course was OK but nothing to brag about. All in all very disappointing for the price point.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We love this place. Can't beat the beautiful ambience of waves crashing. Good food and service. Always enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I recently had a business dinner at Splashes for an important customer from out of town. Beautiful evening and all commented on how much they enjoyed the restaurant. One of the few places to have dinner right on the ocean, great views and relatively quiet if you exclude the noise from the roaring surf....food and service were good, the venue exceptional. Not the first time I've been here and never afraid to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Views AND Great Food!
    marlynch
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Honestly, a lot of the restaurants on the coast with stunning views do not have great food, but Splashes consistently has excellent food AND the best up-close ocean views anywhere.....and that it is located in gorgeous Laguna Beach makes it all the better. I love this place! The crab eggs benedict for brunch were amazing....real, beautiful crab on top, and not a crab cake...just luscious crab with a superb sauce. Awesome. And the service was excellent (and so was the cinnamon roll!). They knew of our celebration from my Open Table comments and were very accommodating and personable.....and they let us stay and talk and not feel rushed. What a great day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • too far left.......
    PamelatjVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    ......need to come back to center. The food was too far fusion verses blah. My Crudo appetiser was far better than the salmon entree.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food & Service
    Blondie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were in the mood for steak which was not on the menu. We asked the server if he could ask the cook if they had steak. They did and made a special dinner for us. They made a cheese platter because I am a cheese lover and matched the wine to the cheese they served to us. All the food and wine was excellent. The waiter tended to every need we had. I would definitely recommend Splashes for the service, the ocean views, and the great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Shrimp was good but steak was very tuff and I ordered it medium rare. I can BBQ much better myself. I should have sent it back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cool vibes
    IslandFoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We wanted a waterfront dining option on Laguna Beach & Splashes certainly fit that bill. They were small, quaint & accommodating and the view was spectacular. We ordered grass fed burgers & they were perfectly cooked. Great vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect but expensive night
    Klunky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went here for my birthday dinner. The view can't be beat, and I highly recommend this place for a special occasion dinner. The menu prices can be deceiving. "Market Price" for the paella is $58 . More than we expected for an over-cooked filet and shrimp, with some delicious saffron rice. The view can't be beat though. We had a great time, and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Dining
    WestMeetsEast
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wonderful Ocean View; friendly service; delicious meals and selections of beverages... Great place to conducting business social event here!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What A View
    Delta
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The combination of food, service and view of the beach and surf made our dining experience fantastic. This place will be a keeper!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure...
    gr8time
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Splashes is our special event go-to spot! Always grerat food, excellent service, and an awesome view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caymanmama43VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splashes - on the water
    SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful must have the right seat
    Impressions
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely View of the Sunset
    eliza3939
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectaular SPLASHES!!!
    SoCalJoy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service and food. Good view.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Location - Food??
    Lovegoodfood
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beautiful View
    OCFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was great, the service was outstanding and the view was amazing. I always love dining at Surf & Sand!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Evening
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mesmerizing view
    ParisNanette
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions/ outrageous prices
    FoodcriticVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Portions were ridiculously small with outrageous pricing...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a delight
    Sublime
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate