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Watermarc
Watermarc
  • Address:
    448 S Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Neighborhood:
    Laguna Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Watermarc Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Watermarcrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (949) 376-6272
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 12:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, International
  • Executive Chef: Marc Cohen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Upstairs Terrace seats 40 Guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Lucy Delgadillo (949) 376-6272

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laguna Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A Metered 2 level parking structure right behind our restaurant. After 7 PM is free
A word from Watermarc
Watermarc Restaurant
Wa-ter-marc  (noun): A mark showing the greatest height
Watermarc Restaurant brings together the vision of pairing great food with great beverage.  Lunch and Dinner menus begin with a segment of 26 Grazing Plates, then move forward with more contemporary and traditional menu components. Watermarc blends elements of older, classic foods and beverages,  with contemporary cutting edge cuisines and drinks. Our wine program offers 239 different ways to enjoy remarkable wine with extraordinary food.  Selections represent varietals from around the world, each suited to enjoy with different types of food while grazing.  Our featured Cocktails selections offer ‘Up’, ‘Rocks’, ‘Muddled’ and ‘Sparkling’ Cocktails.   From classics such as ‘Brandy Alexander’ made with traditional French cognac made by the Hardy family, to ‘Fire and Ice’ blending Grey Goose Citrus vodka with jalapenos, cucumber and lime.  Watermarc is located in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant is owned by the same people who own 230 Forest. Both are great choices. The menu is very imaginative and you are provided a number of options such as picking any salad you like and adding whatever meat or fish you would like to add. I had a duck confit burger that was excellent. The other two both had a nicoise salad with Scottish salmon. The service was excellent. Although it was very busy (we had a reservation) we lingered over our meal and did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Love Watermarc! Great every time...in every aspect. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Living in Laguna for 20 years, I'm used to having a great selection of restaurants to conduct my business meetings in. I really enjoyed the experience shown us at Watermarc the other day. It was a key meeting, with a very close business associate of mine, and the food was very good, the service considerate and the environment was that perfect balance of busy enough to be interesting without the decibel level of a railroad station... I recommend it! Marc Cohn is a great chef..."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My husband and I were there with another couple and all of us had amazing food- we all loved it. I had the Seabass (had them put it over polenta), my husband had the Seafood Paella, our friends at the lamb and the Filet 3 ways. We split the Sweet Corn Risotto. Too full for dessert but they didn't have good choices for something chocolate anyway. That's OK because everything else was perfect!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "From the time we walked in, throughout the entire meal - we loved this place. Food was unique and to die for - The Filet Mignon Trio with the Trio of Mashed Potatoes left my husband with a huge smile only to be topped off with the Lunch Box - filled with homemade Ding Dongs and milk! The Chilean Sea Bass was perfect as well. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I dined here with my family on a Saturday night and everything we had was amazing. The bacon wrapped dates and fried goat cheese are a must ! Drink menu is fantastic as well. Service was on point, this is definitely a must if in Laguna beach."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Right on PCH with a tiny view of the ocean, food was fantastic and creative. Fried Goat cheese with a honey drizzle was the favorite appetizer and I had salmon with brocolini that was absolutely perfect. All around - will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Despite a busy evening, Watermarc always makes you feel like you are the only customer. Courteous service matched by a well stocked bar and well prepared food, lots of foodie grazing selections as well as inviting starters and entrees. High marks!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "this was my second dinner at watermarc. the first was a few weeks agi, and i had nothing but positives this time...the server must not have been on her game that nite. didn't remember things, forgot to "celebrate" the birthday that we reminded her of, etc. and the food was not as great this time...the filet 3 ways was only ok so..i will try again and hope for the better"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "What a great night with delicious food, great service, and a place I want to come back to again and again!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The meal was outstanding, happening place, cool servers. Will go there again, again and again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food and service. Had a few apps and the duck burger and salmon. All were delicious'"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday. The hostess greeted us and acknowledged the birthday event, however, there was nothing special done by the server. We were disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This place is quite a gem. We got the table right in front of the open window and could glimpse the ocean. The outdoor upstairs patio from the courtyard looked very cute too. We were there during happy hour (4-6 daily) which is available at all the tables. It's $2 off all grazing plates and alcohol except bottled wine. -strawberry basil hard lemonade: 5 -blueberry coconut mojito :5 -4-grain old fashioned: 4 -free warm French baguette w/ whipped compound butter: 5 -Fried goat cheese: 5 -Calamari & vegetable fritti: 5 -Filet mignon pot pie: 4 -Burratta mozzarella: 5 -Ahi watermelon skewers: 4 Tray was brought to us with half of them missing the watermelon, so we had to have them fix it. Our waiter was attentive, professional, and funny."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We came for my father's 69th Birthday and we were seated immediately by the window which I asked for when I made reservation. Hostess was real nice and our server, Wade was even better. He was very nice and provided a great time for the whole family. THe food was delicious and reasonably priced. It was filled so a little tight but overall ambiance was fun and comfortable. They also brought out a birthday dessert and my father really appreciated it. Thanks again Watermarc and we will be back again next time we visit Laguna!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "From the service to the presentation of perfectly prepared dishes, we were thrilled with this restaurant! My scallops were the best ever (I'm very picky) and the grazing plates of lamb chops and mozzarella were amazing. We look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Restaurants located in the center of touristy towns, such as Laguna Beach, often disappoint, but this was not the case Watermarc. Our party of 4 was seated promptly in the quieter (as requested), upstairs area of the restaurant. Our server was very personable, attentive and appropriately efficient. Food portions were quite generous, and everything was delicious. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "the food is always amazing and the service is fantastic. the ambiance is great and the wine and drink lists have something for everyone. i know there are tons of choices in laguna and the OC - but i keep going back to watermarc."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "we enjoyed our meal at Watermarc. We were out for a relaxed meal with a drink and a glass of wine. We were seated on the second floor with open windows a few tables away. Not too noisy as others have noted. I recommend."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We have season's tickets to Laguna Playhouse and are always trying restaurants in Laguna Beach. We love 230 Forest and Watermarc is owned by the same folks. It was good food, excellent value and service. We let the waiter know we had to leave for the theater and our meal was completed in plenty of time without feeling rushed. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Had heard that it was a noisy restaurant, but upstairs was lovely. Great place to take visitors from out of state."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Watermarc is an awesome restaurant in the middle of the hottest spot in Laguna Beach.Jeremy, the bartender makes the best the best drinks in town and the food is very creative. Every bite was good. Wine is very reasonable as well. Marco.."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food and service at Watermarc is consistently very good!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I'll be blunt, we're food snobs. We have no problem spending money on food but the food had better deliver or we won't be back a second time. Watermarc has been a staple of ours for many years now. Why? The food is fresh, delicious, consistent, creative, the presentation is always great, the service is always fantastic as well. They make some great cocktails and the grazing plates, heck, you don't even need to order a formal dinner plate if you're not in the mood because the grazing plates are so so good! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "This restaurant's decorations were adorable. The restaurant was lively and when you go outside from the side door, you end up at a cozy alley way with lights and shops with a tree house looking building. Loved the outdoor atmosphere. There is not outdoor seating though however. The food was delicious. We ordered from the OC Restaurant Menu. They do not have these items on their normal regular menu though. These special items were good. The steak from this menu was cooked perfectly. Appetizers such as the salmon tartare and oysters three ways were delicious. Perfect amout of food. Definitely would come back for the regular menu next time when i get a chance."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Choices from the Restaurant Week Menu were based on our server, Kevin's spot on recommendations:Oysters 3-Ways (rockefeller • angels on horseback • tempura),Pork Medallions with bacon • sweet & sour cabbage • apple brandy demi-glace and then finally White Chocolate Macadamia Bread Pudding with Pineapple Ice Cream • Kahula Anglaise All 3 of these dishes were superb! Since there were 4 of us, all eating different items from fish to steak, Kevin recommended Frank Family Pinot which was perfect. Kudos to Kevin and the Chef. We were seated on the first floor and right by the bar & people were literally bumping into 2 of use seated near the bar. Also the pathway for the servers so that and the noise, not the best ambience. Ask to sit upstairs."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We were traveling with a large group on a business meeting. Our reservation head count kept increasing as the week went in and you had no problem with changing our reservation 3 times. Your staff was fabulous and the food was prepared and a presented with perfection for the 8 of us. I can't wait to get back to Cali and eat at Watermarc again."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Drove over an hour to get there and it was so worth it. Their filet mignon is amazing, also must try filet mignon three way. Good service & amazing food."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We had an all girls group celebrating 2 birthdays. Service was great. Most of the girls ordered the sea bass which was excellent. I had the oc weekly menu items, also very tasty. Desserts were awesome. We finished all of our food. :)"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Located in downtown Laguna Beach, Watermarc is a great place to dine and people watch in a beautiful locale. The small plates are wonderful to share."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "My husband and I found this restaurant on Yelp. The food was excellent! Not only were the recipes great but the preparation was flawless. Hope to return."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food is incredible, fresh and creative. Wonderful and very attentive service!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, fresh well crafted meals and good service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food and servers were excellent. However, I had confirmed reservations with my finance, and we waited nearly 1hr to be seated. You expect the wait in LA, NYC, not Laguna. Avoid if going out for a romantic night, as this restaurant has more of a nightclub atmosphere. Love nightclubs, just wasn't expecting the nightclub vibe at a great food restaurant. Décor needs to be changed to dampen noise. Kudos to the chef - excellent food and appetizers, but it didn't make up for the long wait and lack of ambience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant many times before. We go back because it's in our neighborhood and we like the food. There are other restaurants we like though so I hate that I had to go through the whole - wait too long thing! Last Saturday - we had a reservation but we had to wait 45 minutes to finally get seated! I was taking my brother and his wife out for his birthday so it was really embarrassing! Why make a reservation if we are going to have to wait 45 min? Obviously, they packed in the reservations too closely. We weren't the only ones waiting. Once we got seated, the food was good as usual. I've had to wait for my reserved table before but never 45 min."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were on vacation and didn't know the local restaurant scene. Watermarc did not disappoint. My sweetheart and I had a lovely time for Valentine's Day. The service was top-notch. Our server was knowledgeable and respectful. He knew the dishes and drinks. He was always prompt and never seemed troubled by my indecision. From the grazing plates to dessert, the food was fantastic! We were delighted with presentation, flavor and temperature. We will most certainly come back! Only very minor complaint is the tables are very close together, but this in no way impacted our experience. If you want a private conversation, however, you may consider a different restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "we had a great time. the restaurant is very lively inside yet not too noisy. The food was very good and the service was excellent. the waiters suggestions were great and very tasty. Really a great place to go."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time eating here and we came back because we loved the filet trio - this time the meat was not as tender as it was the 1st time we enjoyed it - it was a little disappointing. We do love the potato trio, risotto and the bacon wrapped dates!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Down stairs was extremely noisy. However, up stairs was nice and quite. The food was exceptional! We will go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "In Laguna Beach, a small town noted for its outstanding restaurants, Watermarc is one of a very few that we go back to time after time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014