Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

  • 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 / American, Contemporary French, Contemporary 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Studio at Montage Laguna Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (69)special occasion (66)scenic view (66)great for outdoor dining (50)notable wine list (46)fit for foodies (38)good for groups (11)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Service fantastic! Food great! View outstanding!
    JimcaltiusVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This is truly an experience to enjoy for a long time, the service is very special. The food is also wonderful though it didn't quite knock our socks off. I think the busier Studio is the better it is. Will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great french food. Great wines. They grow half the meal in their backyard. You won't like everything but you will learn a little and be better for it. This is art, food and wine at it's best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening.
    JuanitaVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Wonderful evening, great food, awesome service and xpectacular view
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    MVgal
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We dined at the Studio for a birthday celebration. The ambiance, setting, and views were spectacular. The food was amazing, and the service was impeccable. We highly recommend The Studio for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hard to beat
    TheGrandPooBaaVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have dined here twice and both experiences would rank in the top ten of my life. NY, Paris and many other locations come close but at the right time of day and the right time of year, the setting on the edge of the ocean is breathtaking. For foodies - exquisite. Service cannot be beat. If you are not an adventurous diner, save your $ for it is all about the quality. Yet my lady and I could not finish all that was offered and I am not a little person by any stretch of the imagination.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OCLOCALVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday. Despite past experience, this one was very disappointing. We arrived a bit early for a cocktail and requested a certain table - the restaurant was quite empty - only to be told in a cold manner "… we only seat first come first served so I cannot guarantee a table…" even though we were standing there! She then concentrated on her computer in a very officious manner juggling who knows what. She is simply too self-important for the position and provided a very poor start. The venue is beautiful but the food was marginal: the starters were bland and my duck was over-cooked; no one asked why we did not eat it. The wine list extensive and the wait staff are excellent; they made the evening. I will not hurry back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    great service, nice menu, delicious food, love the indoor/outdoor dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buyer beware...sort of
    oldwarrior
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    You may think that this will be a BAD review because of the headline........but it's not. The food is terrific. Cal-French and similar but unique in it's own way to PATINA in Los Angeles. Depending on what is offered that particular night, you'd be hard pressed to find fault with either. But this is about STUDIO...let's stick with them. They have a few obvious advantages: a fantastic ocean view to set any kind of mood, the service is first rate. The bill can add up real quick when you include liquor which could be 25% to the bill. That's the BEWARE part.........otherwise worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impecable service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    One of the best dinner experiences we have ever had
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance
    AverageJoe52
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    From the stunning views of the Pacific to the amazing cuisine, Studio is an incredible experience all together. The staff was accommodating, attentive, friendly and informative. The patio overlooking the cliffs was perfect. Definitely going back for another occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Edlp49
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The support wait staff was amazing. The two people from Vegas who served at the bar were very welcoming and personable. It was my husband's birthday and Chef Craig came to our table, what a wonderful touch! We could taste hints of herbs from their own gardens beside the restaurant. Top that off we incredible cliff and sea views! What's not to like!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the BEST!
    JCarroll
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I am a self proclaimed foodie and have had some phenomenal meals at amazing establishments all over the world, but this definitely is in the top 3 of my best dining experiences ever. I highly recommend going at sunset and sitting outside. Every table outside has a gorgeous view of the pacific. Another strong recommendation is to do the tasting menu with wine pairings. Wine pairings are a must as they were the best I've ever encountered. Wonderful dining establishment; cannot sing it's praises enough! JC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    From beginning to end, this was an eating experience to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LovechocolateVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The view from the patio is outstanding, that's the only reason I would go back there and maybe for the soufflé. I was disappointed with the food, it was very ordinary, the setting looks deceiving. I expected a gourmet meal... Not. My fish was prepared in a way that I would've made it better myself. Sorry. Not happy. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special experience
    LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have dined at studio many times. We've never been disappointed in the creativity of the menu or the attention shown to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A spectacular dining experience
    MrLadwackader
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As first experiences at fine restaurants go, this one will be hard for us to beat. For our 30th anniversary, we had considered dining at Mastro's Ocean Club (one of our favorites in the Newport/Laguna area), but we wanted to try something new. Our service experience at the Montage was terrific, from the greeting we received from the valet, to all our interactions with the servers at Studio. Everyone performed at the top of their game, and the food, the signature cocktails, our wine and our desserts impressed us throughout. This was relaxed decadence, squared. In contrast to most restaurants with spectacular ocean views, Studio could be located in a windowless warehouse in downtown Los Angeles and still impress the most discerning diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always perfect, food exceptional, service impeccable! We always have our special occasion here!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gorgeous Setting/Disappointing Food
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything you would expect: elegant, beautiful, and romantic, with outrageous prices. Portions of dishes are ridiculously small, especially for the price. Pasta was gummy and chewy with 2 small pieces of stringy Dungeness crab. Service was overly solicitous yet inadequate--wait staff person said he'd move an umbrella so the sun wasn't in our eyes yet didn't return until the sun had set; glass of still water kept being refilled with sparkling water; timing of delivery of drinks and dishes was inconsistent...all in all, surprising given the stature/price of the place. Once is enough. Too bad, given the incomparable setting.
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  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fine dining with incredible detail and attention paid to entire experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were very excited to be celebrating our Three Year Anniversary at the Laguna Montage. It's was so beautiful right on the blue Pacific. We ate at two of the other restaurants at the Hotel and they were fabulous. Now we couldn't wait to go to the most expensive of the three. Boy was it. small portions and big prices. The food was good and very fancy but to leave there paying $500.00 for the two of us was a bit much! We did have a glass of an Italian wine that they had the nerve to charge $75.00/glass. Even embracing us over asking if we know the price, before ordering. We can read, but the wines by the glass were very few and very pricey to say the least. Would go back to Hotel, but not to the Studio, Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great except table/chair placement
    xoxorafVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to The Studio for our anniversary celebration and had an absolutely outstanding meal...... the wine list was exceptional and the staff was great. The big drawback for not being able to give 5 stars was the fact that both staff and other guests kept bumping into the back of my chair all evening long even though I was pulled up to the table as close as I could get (too close to really be comfortable actually). Table placement in the restaurant needs to be addressed. I'm really sorry I didn't ask for a different table so I could have completely enjoyed the evening and celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fjb6
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I should have made the reservation early afternoon for the scenic views....my wife and I had a fantastic, wonderful and romantic date....the food was great and service was top rated..we will be back again for sure with friends....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We really enjoyed it- again. Its our special occaison location. Great and attentive service and really good food. Perfect combination. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is very good even though the portions are small. The service is excellent. I had only one complaint. I told the restaurant that I was entertaining VIP clients from out of town and I wanted a good table. I reiterated this when I arrived early at the restaurant and the hostess told me it was a good table. They proceeded to seat us in a distant room by ourselves, when we could've have had a nice table outside and/or a table with a sunset view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wow, the bad reviews were right.
    RaiderfrankVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    disappointing to say the least. the waiter seemed annoyed by us from the time he asked if we wanted our wine opened. Maybe he was upset we brought our own wine. When our food was dropped off, the waiter came by as we were sticking the first bite in our mouth and asked if everything was ok-not how it is done. Unfortunately, by the time we discovered how bad the food was, the waiter was nowhere to be seen; and, didn't return accept to shove the desert menu in our faces. The gentleman clearing our table didn't even bat an eyelash when he was clearing my full plate and I remarked how much my dogs will love my dinner. the beef medallions were bland. Everyone else had the John Dory and remarked it tasted like frozen mahi mahi. buyer beware.
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  • Good, But
    GerryCVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Service, good food, small portions, High prices
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner Ever
    l3houstonVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you are lucky enough to eat here you are already winning but if you can score an outside table looking at the ocean...wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wow! This place is amazing! Let's leave it at that... I was especially impressed with the wine team's knowledge and hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Paul
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS - FANTASTIC SETTING AND THE AMBIANACE IS SUPERB
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service, ambiance
    NedaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I was very pleased with experience. They were attentive and paid attention to details.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OMG - The best!
    NotHard2PleaseVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It was the most wonderful dining experiences we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    SouthOC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I came here to celebrate our anniversary and had the tasting menu. Our experience was wonderful, the food was fabulous, the pairings inspired and adventurous, the service attentive, and the view of the coast line while the sunset was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service, dark room
    Percy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Loved Studio. Prix Fixe menu is a revelation! Wonderful meal and service, but much too dark I. The dinning room. Made it difficult to enjoy the wonderful views.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    EnJoyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Once again we enjoyed an amazing evening at The Studio...we dined al fresco with the setting sun and Pacific Ocean as our backdrop while experiencing culinary perfection under the watchful eye of an expert waitstaff (attentive yet never obtrusive). Absolutely one of the best restaurants in North America!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Amazing!
    asdfVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We go to the Studio a few times a year for special occasions, and always wonder why we don't go there more often. We went for an early dinner on a sunny day, and the views as always were spectacular. Service is the best in Orange County - attentive but not obtrusive, and extremely detailed in knowledge and timing. And the food is incredible. Had the Chef's tasting menu with wine pairings, which is worth it just for the sommelier's descriptions of the wines. Did I mention the view?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 436 reviews are from the Studio at Montage Laguna Beach reviews archive.
  • Laguna
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Studio is always on our list when we travel to Laguna Beach. Never disappointed. Some meals better than others but that's probably the selections we make...we always leave with a sense of well-being.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Everything was excellent food, ambience, service. I would strongly recommend for a great dinner on the water. Only snag was when waiter told us they called ahead to valet and valet didn't get the message.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great night
    TheGrandPooBaaVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had an outside table an hour before sunset and stayed an hour after. The food and wine selections were superb. Dining doesn't get any better than this anywhere we have been in the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impecable
    BeforeBallet
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was wonderful. Everyone was knowledgeably. Great view. Worth the expense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bridefor40years
    Bridefor40years
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at The Studio. We were seated at a table on the terrace just as the sun set, stunning view! . We were never rushed, spent 2 1/2 hours over dinner. I had the beef tenderloin which melted in my mouth. My groom had the duck which he said was equally delicious. After our meal, they brought out a small dessert with Best Wishes on our Anniversary inscribed in chocolate. We were also sent home with two bottles of the Ice Tea my groom had raved about and a loaf of the most delicious cinnamon bread I'd ever had. But wait, it gets better. The valet had our car waiting and on the front seat were 2 Montage hats and a chilled bottle of champagne! The Studio will be an annual anniversary tradition!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.