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  • Address:
    448 S Coast Highway
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    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
Diner Reviews
  • "We like coming here, great happy hour menu, nice location, food and service are usually great. Bun on my burger was a bit stale, fries were not hot, we had a server change during our visit, second one acted as if he really didn't want to be there. Always been terrific before, just off their game this time."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We had dinner last Saturday night for second time and been impressed both times. We were seated promptly at a window table we had requested. Service was good, our guy was nice but a bit over the top, overly attentive but not there when you wanted him, had to request water top ups a few times plus pouring our own wine. Fried goat cheese and ahi/melon apps were great and nice bread. Chilean sea bass was amazing and asparagus with it great. Herb crusted lamb chops were just Ok, nicely seasoned but not great lamb as not very tender, gnocchi was a bit heavy but nice and mushrooms were great but smothered in butter so had to be good. It is very loud and there is little space between tables, a few less tables could transform this place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was impeccable. Flavorful and plentiful. Only drawback was no air conditioning after a hot day outside. We were upstairs and there was no air flow - not even any fans. It was hard to enjoy a hot meal after being outside all day in Laguna Beach."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Good Laguna location with great food! Walk around downtown Laguna before and after"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Great service and lunch. Location on pch is ideal with good parking in the lot!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great dishes to share. Signature Martini a must with their Bread Pudding for Desert!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, we had a dinner of all appetizers and loved it! Waiter was very attentive and FUN, always watching and ready to fulfill our needs Sitting at the window at sunset was a bit bright, (only for a short period of time) well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Had a wonderful experience as always. Our waiter was phenomenal."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The manager on duty was very accomodating and our server Mat had a great attitude and seemed to enjoy his job. Their cocktails are made from fresh fruits , check them out. Tapas bar is very experimental. Highly recommended!! After dinner walk to across for Gelatto, from Paradiso. BBS"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Watermarc has a well-designed atmosphere and an intriguing menu and wine list. And that combination along with a convenient location on PCH has brought us back three times now. And while I can say it is good and that we have enjoyed it I can't say it is great because they always seem to be just off a bit on one thing or another. It could be the menu is simply too ambitious for the talent in the kitchen, or it could be they just don't have enough quality control, but there always seems to be something cooked a bit too much or too little or seasoned wrong. And while they offer a great assortment of wine by the glass they serve the white wine too warm (an unwelcome trend). But still we come back hoping for a bit more..."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Went here before Pageant of the Masters. Spectacular food! And the service was great as well. We'll be back....count on it."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This was truly the first restaurant I have been to in years that I could say was PERFECT. The service (Wade was wonderful) was impeccable, the food was out of this world. Everything about our experience on our anniversary was beyond any restaurant we have ever been too. You never see a waiter until he knows you need service and is right there to attend to you. His suggestions for food and wine were spot on. No one bothered us during our meal and were quietly available for our needs. Thank you for making our 7th anniversary a special one. This is our go to restaurant in Laguna."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We usually go to Laguna for the pagent and always make sure we eat here. This trip we had both a dinner and a Sunday breakfast. Both were fabulous as usual."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "great food and the server bobby is the man. They also brought out a cake for our 3 year anniversary."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable meal at Watermarc, with the possible exception of the noise level (hard to avoid these days anywhere). Food and drinks were excellent, staff was pretty attentive. Too crowded and noisy for a romantic meal, but fine for a larger, boisterous group."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had an early dinner with my hubby here. The extra dirty martinis we ordered were spilt all over, not very cold and not very dirty. By the time we got the extra "dirty" I asked for, we had already eaten our apps and our entrees showed up. Our server was friendly enough but not very helpful or professional. The paella was very good and the steak my hubby got was "good not great." We should've stuck with out usual Nick's (next door)."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I picked this restaurant for my birthday dinner. The reviews were glowing. The restaurant was packed and noisy. Some of the food very tasty and some like the filet mignon mini potpie very disappointing. The server was just doing his job and I felt nothing special from him, let alone any special courtesy or warmth on my birthday. Hey, a girl just wants to feel special on her birthday. I see no reason to return here, there is better food and service in Laguna Beach."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The grilled halibut tacos were delish. Son had the duck confit burger. 1 of the best he's ever had. High praise coming from a New York foodie. Also loved the Burata burger. Attentive, good service .Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Really good filet mignon tacos and homemade veggie burgers. We had great service, a lovely window spot and our favorite wine. The only thing that would make this restaurant better would be an outdoor garden or patio."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I are always looking for a new place with a great menu to try. Watermarc did not disappoint! I had the filet 3 ways. It was delicious! The filets were cooked to a perfect medium rare, each having their own flavor. My boyfriend got the carpaccio, which he loved. They had numerous sides and appetizers to choose from as well."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Watermarc delivers a warm and vibrant atmosphere with great food. We were seated promptly in a great spot upstairs. This was a first date and my date was very impressed and loved the whole vibe. We will continue frequenting this restaurant going forward. Kudos to the chef on the scallops and sea bass...amazing and the Watermarc martini was superb."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very cool place, but my food was just so-so and the price was too high for what I got. I won't go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had the watermelon and ahi skewers and it was awesome! Who would have thought of such combination would be so good! My husband and I shared the seafood paella and it was excellent. It was loaded with great seafood with very little rice. Our server was just wonderful! We had a wonderful table upstair under the tree, overlooking the courtyard. We will definite return to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second time at Watermarc and we found the food, service and ambiance just as great as the first time. This time, we were seated near the bar area that turned out to be too noisy for my husband who has a hearing aid. The waiter more than willingly found us an area on the inside patio that worked well for us. Not only could we talk, but it made the ambiance more romantic. We will definitely return for a third time!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I like bullets, so there will be bullets here: - Overall was excellent. - GREAT service (server was very prompt, attentive, peronsable). - Food did come out a bit quick (we were done in an hour after 4 courses), but I can understand them wanting to turn tables on a Saturday night). - Fried calamari/veg app was your average "good" fried cal app. - Lamb chops entree was VERY good. Halibut entree tasty but a little overcooked. - Martinis huge and delicious and if that's not your thing, great wine list!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great scene and great food! Definitely a good laguna find in the perfect location!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was my first time at Watermarc and it absolutely wont be my last... I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Came here to celebrate my mother's birthday...she ended up trying the lamb chops. She didn't like them at all. The waiter took it back, no questions asked and had the kitchen prepare a different selection for her. The manager even came out to apologize. AWESOME service for sure. A definite must if you are in the area."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I ended up at Watermarc during their popular Happy Hour. I asked the server to select three courses of the Grazing Plates menu with wine pairings. The first course, the ricotta cheese plate with a real honeycomb and accompaniments, was tasty, yet very filling. Second course was a special, pan seared scallops with a smokey bacon over polenta. Third course was the popular lamb chops, served medium rare. The wine pairings were all spot on. Service at this restaurant is excellent and the servers really know and enjoy food (unlike the scripted waiter, actor, model types we often see in SoCal). I also appreciated the fact that wine pairings were offered in a half glass, to avoid over consumption. Watermarc is a gem in Laguna!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We love having dinner there before the theatre. Great menu selections."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times. Great service, great menu!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We came here for brunch on Father's Day for the first time and absolutely loved it. I had the PCH omelette and it was amazing. The scones had good flavor, but were a little dry. The tater-tots as a side are delicious and definitely recommend. Will be back for lunch and happy hour soon!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We live in a rural Northern California, within driving distance to some great dining options. Trendy, gimmicky places tend to come & go up here, but restaurants like Greens in SF or Chez Panisse in Berkeley have been around for decades. Watermarc may qualify as simply gimmicky. Trying to order a meal from an unfamiliar menu shouldn't have to be so confusing. The "grazing plates" seemed to vary widely by serving size. The flatbread, for example, was actually a small pizza. The waitstaff was wonderful, the food looked beautiful, but I would have preferred more descriptive language on the menu. Eating on the patio is fine if you like the smell of waffle cones from the gelato store across the alley."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was quite good, but noisy people at bar overpowered the experience at the front tables. It felt like a bar rather than fine dining. Go for drinks and have small plates don't bother to spend the money on dinner! Too many other Laguna Beach restaurants with exceptional food and better atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The small plate menu was great. We had the ceviche and Ahi watermelon. Delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is visiting Laguna Beach."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had a group of 6 and we all arrived a little early but they were very accommodating by seating us. Their beef wellington was scrumptious ( you get a small portion of it prepared 4diffrrent ways). Yummy! And pretty good martinis, too"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The food was fabulous! The service superb. We joined them for lunch and were even treated to a special dessert because we were celebrating our anniversary! Can't wait to go back on our next trip to CA."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Stringy beef short ribs on mediocre pasta. Tomato soup unbelievably salty and thick - not creamy. They try to promote their wines and have a decent list - but not listing vintages for by-the-glass wines reveals their amateur status."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My husband found this place for dinner on our vacation. So glad he did! The food was fabulous! Loved the small plates. The braised short ribs and corn risotto were amazing. Will definitely come back next time we are in the area!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "very convenient laguna location, good drinks and food, very friendly service,"
    Dined on 6/9/2014