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Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
  • Address:
    30801 South Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Laguna Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: $50 and over

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.studiolagunabeach.com/
  • Phone: (949) 715-6420
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
  • Executive Chef: Craig Strong
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: For the most cherished celebrations, only private dining will do. Montage Laguna Beach offers a variety of ways to combine the finest Southern California cuisine with an ambiance of complete comfort, privacy and impeccable service.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking ($11 after validation)
A word from Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
With a panoramic oceanfront location and modern French cuisine with California influences, Studio is the portrait of beachside indulgence. A refined and inventive menu reflects masterful attention to detail accented with an elegant, creative touch. Ocean breezes, panoramic views and lush landscapes create a refreshing sense of place at the water’s edge and a fitting backdrop for the shared enjoyment of fine food and wine. Menus include à la carte selections of starters, entrées, cheeses and desserts; and a six-course seasonal prix-fixe Chef’s Tasting Menu. The wine list includes more than 2,200 wine labels, an extensive menu of wines-by-the-glass and suggested wine pairings for each dish. Small plates are also offered at the communal table and the turn-of-the-century bar.
Please note that Studio’s dress code does not permit shorts, tennis shoes, open-toed shoes, athletic or beach wear.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Was expecting a 'wow' experience - in all aspects. Food was disappointing. Best dishes were the hamachi and the crab cavatelli. For the first time in over 10 years, i sent back my entree - a muscovy duck which was gamey and tough. It was quickly exchanged, with no problem for a delicious John Dory. Had exceptional service from Roger. He made everything special. Just didn't have a wow - which for the money - was expected."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant has the best food, service and atmosphere. Great oceanside view. I am a regular at this place. A must try."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were visiting from Boston and wanted a fantastic meal with a spectacular view. Studio delivered and then some. We booked a 645 table so we could enjoy the sunset. I mentioned we were from Boston on Open Table & wanted a view. We were greeted warmly when we arrived & hostess said they had a great table for the couple from Boston. We were seated outside with plenty of heaters to keep us toasty when the sun went down. The service was attentive but not overbearing. They are flexible on the menu and made it clear they would accommodate whatever we wanted. They were helpful with the wine without being snobby. It is a very expensive restaurant. But in my mind worth every penny for a memorable setting, delicious food and top-notch service."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "One of our favorite places for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Service was exceptional. Great staff, great ambience, great wine. Food however was a great disappointment. Taste, quality, tough meats.... Too many food complaints to mention here."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "If you are looking for that one of a kind restaurant in all of Southern California, then the Studio at Montage Laguna Beach is the place for you, your family, friends, etc. The food is superb!! The service is attentive, but not overbearing. The wine list is unbelievable. There is no rush in terms of your dining experience. The setting is breathtaking. The restaurant is located right along the Pacific Ocean at the Montage Resort. You can see the shoreline for miles. At sunset it is almost a religious experience. I took my wife there for her birthday, and they treated her like a queen. One caution though, which is not really a negative. The prices for dinner are relatively high, but worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We love the Montage, and love the Studio - it's always a terrific experience. This Thursday night was no exception. We started with a martini in the upstairs lobby lounge at the hotel, enjoying the piano player, then moved to the Studio for our reservation. The staff were wonderful in greeting us and making us feel like the celebrities we know we are... Chef Craig visited the table before dinner, remembered us, and gave a few suggestions - then sent over three rounds of appetizers as a gift from the kitchen. Everything the four of us ordered was outstanding, the wine list was impeccable, as usual, and we were meant to feel like we had all the time and attention in the world. The Studio is a fabulous restaurant at a beautiful resort."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The setting was picture-perfect and the service was excellent. The food was good but I would stop short of saying it was excellent. The scenery and ambience more than made up for it. Perfect for a romantic special occasion."
    Dined on 5/1/2013
  • "This is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The view is breath taking, the service is perfect and the food was some of the best I've ever had. The staff went the extra mile to make my friend's birthday one we will never forget. You MUST go."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Extremely expensive, but if you don't care about $$$$, it was an outstanding dining experience. Super selection of top notch purveyors of fish, fowl and meat. Beautiful presentation, amazing service, extremely romantic, a view to die for. Would go again for any special occasion!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This restaurant hits it right outta the park! Save for special occasion because it requires a special budget. Fantastic gourmet dining did not miss. Exceptional, experienced service - just right. Don't like the bar in the middle of the main room but the oceanfront room adjacent had nine tables, I believe - very nice. Really, I don't think there's a nicer hotel in all of California. That includes the SF greats as well as Bel Air and BHH. Save first…then ENJOY!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have been to Studio several times over the years and this week's experience was bordering on poor. It began by having my cocktail (a fruity martini) contain olive juice. While a mistake is forgivable, it wasn't until midway through dinner that our server admitted the problem. I'd sent back the cocktail and had it remade. She was annoyed, and at no point ever even apologized. The food was - okay. We both felt it has been far better in the past. I was at Guy Savoy in Vegas this past week and the entire experience was far superior."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The Studio is a perfect place to have a very nice romantic dinner while viewing the ocean, the service is unique and extraordinary. Everyone should go to enjoy the experience ."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Perfect in all ways, service exceptional, food very good, view as good as it gets."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Waiter was extremely helpful in explaining menu items, and assisting us with our selections without "intruding". Sommelier helped us to pick a wine that we both enjoyed. We got the table we requested. The view was great -- and the food was excellent. Can't think of anything else that could possibly have been done to enhance this experience. Well done. Or, more precisely, exceptionally well done."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Very very good restaurant, very delicious food, impressive wine list. The view is a breath taking view ... Very romantic place"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Service was what should be expected from any restaurant, but most recent experience was not the crisp level as seen many times before, from entering the door to the exit. Can only suspect a new manager has taken eye off of best in class service level, a key differentiator for this business. Fortunately the chef is maintaining same high standards."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Good restaurant, a bit overpriced for the menu. They served in 3 courses and I found my second course Duck Confit in ravioli to be below average, A bit dry. The first course, Oysters, was excellent and my 3rd course Lamb was amazing."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I think that Studio has gone through a few chefs and unfortunately this chef doesn't have the 'wow' factor that is needed in a restaurant of this caliber. The service is excellent, although it is a little distracting to have so many people walking and standing around the dining room. The building is beautiful and has a fantastic view when the sun is out. We sat in the main dining room. The lighting is a little funky in there. It casts almost a grey shade that I didn't like. There are other rooms that seemed to have a softer, warm glow."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The event of the weekend. Amazing in so many ways. This truly was the best place in a while. Have been there before. Spectacular food, amazing wine selection and top service. Did a triple bday dinner there and we all left in awe. Attention to detail that so many other wanna-be places lack. A BIG thank you to the entire team at the Studio for creating such a special place! We will be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food and service are excellent. You can't go wrong with anything in the menu. Go early for a pre-dinner drink and enjoy the incredible views."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "It seems only yesterday that the Studio made its debut. Clearly, this is one of the finest dining environments along the west coast. The menu is exciting and creative. The presentations are wonderful and inviting. The service by each staff member is exceptional and professional."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Somehow the servers we encountered at Studio manage to serve exquisite cuisine in a sophisticated setting without seeming pretentious. We especially enjoyed Miguel's personalized recommendations."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I am an international food critic and this was by far the best restaurant experience I have had. Restaurants in Paris and New York do not compare . Complements to the Chef and the waiters. This is a Montage Laguna Beach Gem and all time best for the most critical . Blaise deSouza MD"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "This place easily was the nicest dinning experience I have ever had."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The service and cuisine is the finest in CA. Great wine list and many very reasonable. The crab cavatelli and risotto second course are wonderful. The venison and lamb entrées were as great as any that we have had. The servers are wonderful and the service is very attentive and personable. Staff made an extra special effort to make the birthday very wonderful."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went to the Studio to celebrate a very special occasion and it, for the most part, did not disappoint. We are fans of the chef's tasting menu and decided to try that again-with wine pairings. We are usually blown away by every course. On this trip, we were kind of disappointed by the first two courses-a lobster salad and duck confi ravioli. They were fine-but not the usual fantastic. Next course was spotted sea bass and this one was amazing. The red wine butter sauce was delicious. Next was cheese and the wine pairing for this one blew us away. Good job there. The pork tenderloin course was perfect-cooked in a wonderful sauce and very tender. Dessert was delicious-the perfect ending. All in all very happy. Thanks Studio."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "One of the more spectacular restaurants one is likely to find even in a location like Laguna Beach. We loved the location overlooking the ocean. Exceptional attentive service. The price is significant but one does not go to this kind of place for a bargain. The wine list is spectacular if somewhat pricy. There is such a range that you can find a price worthy bottle without much difficulty. Clearly a special event location."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We went to studio for our anniversary on the recommedationm of freinds and it was everything they had predicted. Great food, outstanding service and attention. It is pricy, but we expected that and it was worth it."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The tasting menu with wine pairings did not just make for an amazing dinner, but it made for an amazing experience as well!! Also, the wait staff couldn't be better. So knowledgable, attentive, and friendly. Can't wait to dine here again!!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Easily one of the best dining experiences in California. Service, menu and execution are impeccable. The moderate noise level is perfect, I don't like eating in a tomb."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Want to make a good first impression? This is the place, but know your wines."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Laguna for one night only and chose this place to dine. It was absolutely breathtaking. The food was remarkable and the view of the ocean is unmatched. My husband got the filet and it was so tender he could cut through it with his fork. I opted for the 5 course option and every dish was outstanding. By far the best restaurant we ate at during our 6 day trip across California, can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Amazing food, amazing service, amazing setting - but very expensive. So much so that the final bill can't help but take away from the experience a tad. Be prepared to pay $115-150pp not including cocktails or wine."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We dined here with 2 other couples during the Holidays and once again enjoyed an amazing meal, great ambience, stellar service...an evening of perfection!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner of grilled tenderloin. The Studio is a quaint building separate from the hotel with views of the Pacific. I had a table at the window but no view since it was dark out. It was a pleasant surprise they served a choice of Fiji or a sparkling water. For bread lovers, they have wonderful hot bread with 3 choices of butter. My favorite was the Meyer lemon garlic. Excellent, excellent service. One server in particular, Eric, was so attentive and courteous. He even gave me a bag of goodies to take home. Some of the lemon butter, coffee cake and a bag of nuts. Even with parking validation from the restaurant, parking was $11."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The food was very mediocre, the food pairing was very week and lacked taste. This last experience was the complete opposite of our lunch dinner there. For the price we will go to another place then to revisit the Studio. So disappointing."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I decided to take my lady there for her birthday. Such an amazing place I wanted nothing more than to spend a romantic night surrounding her with great food and ambiance. That was accomplished and then some, but what was the most special part of the evening was the amount of attention and care she received from the staff. So professional and friendly, it made her feel even more special than she is. I would recommend it to anyone looking for fine dining and experiencing an amazing place."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Last night it was extra special: There was a wedding under the Christmas Tree at the hotel The sunset was incredible The food was great- the home made past me let in my mouth and the venison was tender and very tasty. The dishes were adorned with flowers. The service could not be better and it is friendly and not at all stuffy. While it is expensive, it is unique as it offers a whole package. Food, service, decor are all worth experiencing."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Freshly baked brioche with three types of butter (each expertly explained by the waiter) was just the beginning of a fabulous meal. Ground fennel and almond paste separately served on the plate with perfectly cooked salmon made for an incredible main course. And the desert that featured hot salted caramel poured over a ball of chocolate filled with ice cream. It was heaven. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable, dignified, efficient, and non-intrusive."
    Dined on 11/30/2013