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230 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA

230 Forest Avenue

4.8
4.8
2704 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
  • Great for outdoor dining
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Good for special occasions
Don't be fooled by the crowds and the noise; they are all part of the scene here at Laguna Beach's sexy and intense 230 Forest Avenue. The lean deep room seduces you to the open kitchen, bustling bar, and concrete floors, creating a space that is part modern bistro, part martini bar, and part art gallery. It's the perfect spot to see and be seen, laid back Laguna-style. Executive Chef Marc Cohen is consistently recognized as one of The OC's top chefs. You'll be ready to award him a medal, too, after tasting his flashy-to-the-eye, tickle-the-taste- buds fusion appetizers and entrees. His dishes are often so stunning that they compete with the artwork on the walls, making for a thoroughly satisfying "artistic" experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 494-2545
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Marc Cohen
  • Private party contact
    Ashleigh Mutty: (603) 707-6751
  • Neighborhood
    Laguna Beach
  • Cross street
    PCH
  • Parking details
    There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,704 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Californian

  • South Orange County

    Californian

2,704 Reviews
  1. KatherineL

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience but a little loud. Phenomenal food and service!

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    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Salty mahimahi, plain broccolini, noise level for inside seating is loud, outside seating is better, good pistachio crème brûlée and beef carpaccio

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  3. CMgirl

    Los Angeles

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No complaints here. We had a nice table, great service, food was wonderful and drinks were great. Try the homemade ricotta- delicious.

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  4. DarcyC

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my daughter there for a birthday dinner and it was absolutely wonderful. I put on the reservation with OpenTable that it was her birthday. I never mentioned it to the waiter when we got there, but he already had a dessert with a candle and it brought to the table without me even asking. I had salmon and his absolutely divine. My daughter had the fillet and it was cooked to perfection. Our server was extremely friendly and on top of it. The hostess and the manager at the entrance were so friendly when they greeted us and we’re very accommodating. Walked by this restaurant a few times but never stepped in. The ambience was great. The service was wonderful and the food was absolutely delicious. I was also able to get a reservation on a busy night. That’s a win-win and Laguna Beach. I will definitely be back again soon.

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  5. lucretiat

    Tampa

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jorge is an amazing server. Food is always above and beyond. Best restaurant in Laguna. It’s a must if in LB

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  6. DeborahW

    Los Angeles

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drove down from Santa Monica to meet a friend here for lunch. Well worth the drive! We shared the mussels in a light cream sauce, parkerhouse rolls, and a Caesar salad with grilled shrimp. Everything was excellent. The rolls were melt-in-your-mouth. The mussels had just the right amount of garlic and were very meaty. The Caesar salad was not overpowered by the dressing, which some Caesar salads tend to be. I also had the passion fruit mocktini which was refreshing and not too sweet. The piece de resistance was the warmed butter cake. Moist interior with a crunchy chewy exterior. Soooo good. Our server was well informed, funny and attentive. I’m now trying to find excuses to make the drive so I can try more items on the menu!

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  7. Sparklypants

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great cocktails, good ambiance and good customer service

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  8. RubenG

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was outstanding, service was great. I’d come back to this place excellent in my opinion.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dined at 230 Forest, again. Chose the Pork Chop and Halibut. Same choice I’ve made the last three times I’ve eaten here. Delicious! Jorge is an exceptional server and takes care every time. Can’t wait to return.

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  10. Snoopy

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and at the right price. Love sitting outside in the summertime.

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FAQs

230 Forest Avenue is rated 4.8 stars by 2704 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today
Google Map for 230 Forest Avenue

230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Additional information

  • Cross street
    PCH
  • Neighborhood
    Laguna Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marc Cohen
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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