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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/18
Time
7:00 PM
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230 Forest Avenue

4.6
1543 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00- 10:30pm
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Phone number
(949) 494-2545
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marc Cohen
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
PCH
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Parking details
There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1543 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great place for couples

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful dining experience!

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thefoodpusher (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Valentine day

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service always. Our favorite restaurant in the Newport Beach area when we are visiting.

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vipGradnitedine (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great dinner.......and bread pudding. ;) Trendy spot, very fun atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The restaurant was busy but I always felt our server was giving us special attention. She was never a pest or imposing and she always seemed to be there when we needed anything. We loved our entire experience including our drinks! We will be back!

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vipserenity1631 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Dine early! This restaurant seems to get packed after 6:00 pm so be sure and have a reservation. tables near the back are LOUD due to open kitchen as well as the volume of the (unnecessary) music and all tables are spaced VERY close together. If weather is nice, opt for a table near the front (sidewalk). Bread was served with a kalamata olive butter (I think) which was warm and tasty. The maui onion soup was delicious as were the oysters. Two of us had the shrimp scampi pasta, which was just okay. Kind of bland. However the candied salmon salad was excellent as was the veal. Bus staff was very helpful but I felt our waiter was smarmy.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and service but fairly loud so not great if you’re catching up with friends and really want to talk

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was disappointing. Mussels were chewy and with shell pieces. Too salty broth. Gnocchi were mushy with too thick cream and dry chicken pieces. Left most of meals. Waitress did bring a complimentary dessert which we ate but would not have ordered. No offer to comp the food.

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Italy (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

We were sitting by a speaker and the waiter was very nice about turning down the music

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Disappointed (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Pretty limited menu options and overpriced. I was encouraged by our server to order the halibut but surprised it was breaded and very very bland. I felt a waste of $34. The rest of the table were satisfied with their choice although none of us would recommend or rush back. There seem to be better options such as Oak, better value for money and much better food!

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vip2twoEat (Tahoe)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Always been great..14 yrs running 🏃‍♀️

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Foodie (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was fine but found the menu to be too limited compared to my prior visits a year or so ago and in the past. Would like a much broader menu

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TINA (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

My husband and I were visiting Laguna Beach for the first time and the positive reviews about this restaurant prompted me to make a reservation. I requested a less noisy area since the reviews also noted that it was noisy and my husband is hearing impaired. My request was accommodated and we enjoyed a delicious meal and great wine. The food was very well prepared and the servers were attentive and well trained. I would definitely recommend 230 Forest Avenue if asked where to eat in Laguna.

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DVR2 (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is fine, if you don't mind (literally) rubbing elbows with the diners at the surrounding tables. The noise level make conversation difficult. The hostess was less than welcoming and the wait staff was not attentive in the least.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

If the tables were any closer I could eat off their plates.

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Kerry (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The Food and service was very good and well proportioned.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Took our 9 month old son out for dinner while traveling as a family. This was an enjoyable meal, good service and a good atmosphere. Loud enough to hide baby squeals and other noises ;)

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vipHowarddrfish (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

always great food and great service. no complaints. we go there frequently and continue to do so

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vipRugrat (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Food, service were outstanding. Great meal. Rock Shrimp, house salad, sea bass/risotto and chocolate bread pudding. Perfect meal!!

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