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
156 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (142)great for outdoor dining (112)special occasion (104)romantic (85)fit for foodies (55)great for brunch (41)great for lunch (39)vibrant bar scene (24)neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (22)hot spot (19)good for groups (15)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Splashes at Surf & Sand Hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful setting. Servers suggestions/opinions were spot-on. Chilly evening. Initially sat outside but asked to move inside. they graciously moved us inside without a hassle. Exceptional food, view and overall ambiance. Go-to place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood good. Overpriced
    HUGO
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ambiance is unbeatable. Almost IN the Pacific, so close to the shoreline. View exceptional. Very expensive, but value of menu items not at that level. Seafood good. Plate presentation pretentious. Service willing and good. I would recommend only as special occasion restaurant for those not concerned with price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a view
    Sparklesound
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Everything took second seat to the view. Rated noise level as moderate due to the crashing waves.....the very best noise there is! Food? I cant remember exactly what we had - Calamari - good, seafood salad - OK, Tuna tartar - good, mussels - good. Overall - I would recommend you give it a try. Nice selection of wines - had one still and one bubbles
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Ocean View
    JustMe
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Sunday brunch was delicious, but the main reason for choosing Splashes was to have an ocean view - and that was exactly what we got. The waves were crashing almost directly below us without any surrounding buildings to obstruct our view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great restauarnt to take that special person or group to celebrate an occassion or just enjoy a nice dinner. The sunset and sound of crashing waves below create and fastastic relaxing evironment. The food and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Picture perfect
    Highdiver97
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Pete, our server, was helpful and friendly but in a very classy and unobtrusive way.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Laguna Beach Favorite
    AmorCibum
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Superbly attentive and very polite service. Outstanding, creative and very tasty food. An understatedly elegant beach front location. One can't really ask for much more from a dining destination. No wonder the place is a favorite with Laguna residents and tourists alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic View
    marty
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Splashes is properly named -- the surf pounds right up to the restaurant. The cuisine is excellent -- pricey like all "in" restaurants. Ask to sit outside -- an adventure in itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beachfront setting!
    Waikikidiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The beachfront setting is very nice, the waves were breaking right below the restaurant. The noise level can be quite loud if you sit inside, so if the weather is nice, the patio is more desirable for talking to your dinner companions. The waiter was friendly and personable in a professional manner, and the service was efficient. The menu is varied, and the food was very good and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bait and Switch Menu
    OpenTableGuest
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We dined at Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort this evening through Open Table. The view was really awesome. However, I have a problem with the menu's and server's description of the dish I ordered. I ordered a paella dish after hearing that the dish is their "signature" surf and turf dish that includes 3 "jumbo Mexican Prawns". I assumed that "market price" was because of the jumbo prawns. Well, what showed up on the plate were 3 grocery store large shrimp (maybe 31/35 count at best). I was charged in excess of $50 for the dish as well. This was a classic bait and switch, and I probably won't be back to eat any time soon. Also, they charged me 6 bucks to park instead of validating the valet parking after I just dropped $200.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once you get beyond the scenery...
    OCOPINIONATOR
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    ...I'm afraid the food is mediocre. We had friends from out of town and immediately thought of Splashes for the view. Our reservation was for 7:15 and everyone at the table had a taste for steak. The "Special" was comprised of a T-Bone and Prawns...but, can you believe it...at 7:15 THEY WERE ALREADY OUT OF T-BONES???!! 7:15 on a Friday? Out? Talk about poor planning. Furthermore, I went with the Lobster Mac 'n Cheese and felt like I had to jump into the ocean to find some lobster. Next time, just call it Mac 'n Cheese. If my wife and I had come without our guests I would have been far more adamant about my displeasure. But when you drop $300.00 on a meal, I don't think expecting to get what you paid for is too much to ask.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.