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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
  • "Nice experience, but it's obvious they seriously water down their well drinks. That is rather insulting."
    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."
    Dined on 9/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "We love this place. Can't beat the beautiful ambience of waves crashing. Good food and service. Always enjoy."
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 9/7/2014
  • "......need to come back to center. The food was too far fusion verses blah. My Crudo appetiser was far better than the salmon entree."
    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."
    Dined on 9/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Wonderful Ocean View; friendly service; delicious meals and selections of beverages... Great place to conducting business social event here!"
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "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
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