230 Forest Avenue

4.7
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2021 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.7
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BarbaraO
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to 230 Forest Ave with a party of four. All four in the party ordered wine or a cocktail and we had the kale salad, tuna tartare, and calamari appetizers ...all were excellent ! Next, we had the pork chop , scallops , halibut special and seafood pasta. Every one of us raved about the food, it was delectable. Jorge’ was our server and paid attention to every detail. The whole experience was great! We will be back ... SOON!😍

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vipStevenS
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great early dinner before concert. Had chopped seafood salads, mussels and lamb. All great. The fig purée margaritas were also excellent. Beautiful patio table was perfect. Attentive service.

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Bobm
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Overly expensive. Food is incredibly good, but too expensive. Corkage is too high as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Best service and Matt begins the bar was legendary as always.

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steveb
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had the halibut special and it was delicious! Tables are packed in pretty tight was my only gripe.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
199 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet evening there but lovely food and service. One of our favorites.

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vipAmyR
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started coming here when they first opened about 20 years ago. Even though I no longer live in the area, it’s always delightful coming back. Great food, wonderful staff, and always a treat!

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vipSteveK
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mary was a greater sever. Food terrific

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vipRuss
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Salmon salad is incredible and a very generous portion. If you order the linguine, do add the shrimp. The food is excellent and you can sit indoors or outdoors on Laguna's Forest Avenue. One of our favorite places for lunch or dinner.

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vipZimm
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Laguna! We are locals and are so thankful for this local restaurant gem! Great food, great service and a great people watching location!

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vipTravelingfromtheEast
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service. The food presentation was also very nice - almost too pretty to eat.

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nofastfood
Orange County
82 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Considering that this may be the last restaurant that I patronize during my lifetime, I'll just say that the experience was thoroughly enjoyable - including the presence of Adam Sandler and his family, who were also dining at 230 Forest.
Let's hope that the future is as bright as my memory of this occasion. Until then, be safe, one and all.

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rand
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not quite as good compared to prior visits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
78 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

230 Forest is consistently excellent! Food, service, location are all topnotch. Added bonus is the parade of people if you're lucky enough to score a seat on the patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. I recommend the strip steak you won't be disappointed.

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vipTwinmom97
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit on the patio if you want a little less noise. Great restaurant, great service. Martinis are excellent. Never have had a bad experience here. One of my favorite restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our bartender Ryan was so nice and every suggestion he made was great. Brussels with Pork Belly and Chili sauce and double pork chop on polenta. Dessert chocolate croissant bread pudding. It’s always busy but the first time we ate here. We will be coming back.

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Djohnson28
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and wine selections. Our service was very good.

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Jazzytiara
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. 5 stars all around, except of the 2 dishes we had, one was a 5 and the other a 3. It was boring and dull. But, definitely will be going back. The service was so attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding! Best brussel sprouts I’ve ever had in my life!! Fantastic service as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time. My husband and I each had an entree salad and they were both delicious. Hubby also had oysters which were prepared with some kind of iced topping unlike anything he’d ever had before. Super yummy and unique. Lively Laguna Beach atmosphere and friendly hospitality make this a highly recommended casual spot. We’ll be back!

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DylanR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

230 Forest is my go-to restaurant in Laguna Beach. I love taking business clients and good friends there because every meal is perfection and we always have a first class experience.

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vipRealtorCamille7
Palm Springs
236 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're long time visitors at 230 Forest. They get everything right at this nice restaurant. It is comfortable, located in a great setting, the service is always good and the food is always EXCELLENT! We both had the bang bang shrimp. Wow is that dish delicious! We will be back!

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RonaldB
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Great halibut and salmon. Served hot and done to perfection. We hate overcooked fish, but both were done just right.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at 230! Until next time

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CarolP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!
I recommend the chopped seafood salad ‼️

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JoeW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, with the flexibility to meet the needs as requested. Server (Dominic) was outstanding.

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vipPatriciaQ
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stop here every tome we come to town!! Javier the waiter and Antonio and Chris always welcome us back! Such great service and the food is consistently awesome!

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Doug
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A little pricey but worth it. Staff was very friendly and everything came out on time and tasted great. One of our go to’s in Laguna for a night out with friends.

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MarkN
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience ALL AROUND. The "2" tables are a little too close for me....that's about the only negative I can think of.

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BonnieA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dinner! Large portions and beyond tasty! Great service and fun environment. Would definitely recommend

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LocalDiner
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a Laguna favorite! Haven’t had anything I didn’t enjoy here from appetizers to main course. The service is great, attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, but I left my Prescription glasses there
Jeff Johnson 949-510-3941

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CaseyV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service in the ❤ of Laguna Beach!🌊🌴

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KevinV
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My kind of restaurant. Fancier atmosphere, but not pretentious. Food was great, service was even better. Great drinks and atmosphere. Can’t go wrong here!

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vipJoseAntonio
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Needed a last minute date night spot and was not disappointed!
Seating is intimate, but the energy is lively. Overall service was timely, meaning we were sat immediately and did not experience long wait times between service.

I enjoyed one hell of a gin martini, two actually. And my partner and I split their Burger and a Mushroom Gnocchi that was to die for. If we would have had any room for dessert, I am sure we wouldn't have been disappointed.

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CAPTPaul
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife to 230 Forest for her birthday dinner and we had an exceptional dining experience! Starting with the wonderful Roasted Brussel Sprouts, we both had some fantastic seafood entrees. Followed by a superb birthday dessert...definitely 5 stars for the whole evening ! ! !

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JoleneC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The staff was lovely. The food was terrible.
The chef needs to go or be enrolled in current classes where the cuisine is delicious and not dated. This tries too hard to do not very much if anything right. Pass.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot with amazing food and great service!

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vipCecilia
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience2

We were seated in the outdoor covered patio area which was warm but lacked luster. Every food item lacked flavor and pizazz. Nothing memorable was consumed there.

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