230 Forest Avenue

4.8
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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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r
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great restaurant for food quality, presentation and delivery. Horacio does a fantastic job keeping his guests satisfied without being intrusive. Bread pudding a MUST following dinner. 👏

C
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated right away and our waiter took our drink order with in minutes. 20 mins later he asked for our food orders. The 20 mins in between or drink and dinner order gave us enough time to study the food menu for our favorite dishes. We are asked for a second drink order which came before our dinner items. Dinner served with flare, he drivers my wife’s food 1st then mine. Excellent service and wonderful taste food plates

FD
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reliable neighborhood gem. I recommend the chopped seafood salad.

DR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to 230 Forest several times now, having just relocated from San Francisco. I love this restaurant. Every dish and drink I've had is superior and the service staff is impeccable! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

MB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration And the food was excellent.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Recommend the mussels and ask for extra bread to dip in the sauce!!

JK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is excellent. We had the lamb chops, Brussels Sprouts and a salad with apples. This was our third visit and food is consistently well prepared. Tables are little too close together, but noise level for lunch was moderate. Services was very good, attentive, but not overbearing.

JP
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful treat. Sat on patio area celebrating with good friends for a birthday. A memorable nite!. We had appetizers (truffle fries and Brussels sprouts) and not a morsel left. Main course was camera worthy in presentation and as unique and they were flavorful. Topped off with birthday sundae. Thanks for making our celebration special.

SC
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

230 is our go to place for a delicious place for lunch or dinner. We eat here more times for lunch, but dinners are exceptional too. 230 has never disappointed us in their meals or service.

PQ
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always stop to visit when we are in town! Chris and Javier are awesome and always take great care of us! This is consistently delicious and fun place to dine!!

SJ
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food superior friendly service

SW
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere, casual dining, good menu with lots of variety. Right in the middle of lovely Forest Ave, Laguna Beach. Stroll up and down the galleries and shops after your meal.

s
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food never disappoints

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. The atmosphere was casual and fun. Would recommend highly

EH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out.

l
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

CG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great everything!

SW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I was excited to see the limoncello pasta on the menu as I love lemons. I asked the waiter and he confirmed it was very lemony. I told him I didn't want a heavy cream sauce and he also confirmed it wasn't too creamy and that it was a light, lemon flavored pasta with a dash of cream. When I bit into it, I was surprised that it didn't taste like lemon at all, it was extremely heavy in cream and the worst part of it was that it was SUGARY sweet! It was disgusting. The manager corrected what the waiter previously told me and said it was limoncello, the sweet liquor, not lemon. And when I asked to send it back and order something else, she told me it would be a $40 loss, trying to shame me for not wanting to eat it. I told her she can charge me for half of it since I only took a bite out of it (I could only eat 2 pieces of the seafood in the pasta) and I couldn't eat any more of it so that's what they did, they charged me half price for the uneaten pasta and took my dinner away. The dish itself was disgusting but the service and treatment was horrible as well.

GL
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent French dip for lunch.

c
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought the service was superior. Our waiter treated us like we were SOMEBODY!!!! And the Seafood salad was Delicious !

e
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual!

SK
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was awesome

Salmon was great

BB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dinner tonight at 230 Forest. Wife had double cut pork chop that moist and “was delicious”. I had the bang bang shrimp app - bowl full of maybe 20 bite size fried shrimp in spicy bang bang slivered peppers onion, sauce, etc - really good, and then scallops with corn risotto with lardons (pork belly chunks)( who doesn’t like bacon). Scallops were perfect as was the risotto. Professional waitstaff. We are out of state guests that will eat here our next visit.

H
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Concerned there were not more people there. We enjoyed it very much.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

TC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back because this place is consistently great - food and service. Worth circling the parking lot to dine here!

OT
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the “off season”! 230 never disappoints, exceeding all expectations.

KW
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

230 is our must go to restaurant every time we visit Laguna Beach. The food is always great and the service is always attentive.

KL
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place gets a little cramped but the food and service is outstanding. I would highly recommend it.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service!

e
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming restaurant, outstanding food and service, and really friendly employees. Great experience!

MM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Popular, crowded restaurant. Food quality was excellent. We went on a Sat night and the tables are so close together I could have shared my meal with the people sitting next to me. Just a notation. Owner came by several times to check to see if we were happy w everything. Next time we may go on a less busy evening. Would recommend.

MK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious lunch here yesterday. I had the ahi salad which was very good. My husband had the chili lime chicken sandwich which he loved. I had an old fashion which was made perfectly! My husband had a wine he liked so much he asked to see the bottle so he would remember the name of it. We had good service and really enjoyed our lunch.

LK
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner here was simply outstanding. The food was unique and well-prepared. We had the carpaccio to start and scallops and the NY Strip as main courses. The sweet corn risotto with the scallops was the perfect accompaniment. We sat outside and enjoyed a perfect summer evening.

D
Nagoya
78 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service...a wonderful place in Laguna Beach

L
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The positives: The food and service were excellent. Our server and busmen were very attentive and we loved what we ordered!

The negatives: We waited ten minutes for our table, even with a reservation. We were sat in the back near the kitchen and our clothes came out smelling like food at the end of the night. The aisle between our table and the next was quite narrow, so when wait staff walked through, it was a tight squeeze and their backsides would nearly brush against our table. The ambiance in the front of the restaurant felt better and we will request sitting there next time.

ML
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service excellent. Brussel sprouts best we've had. Scallops with risotto off the charts. Special mahi mahi was really good. Lamb chops were top notch and meaty. Croissant chocolate bread pudding was amazing. Butter cake was not so good - too dry. We have been here many times but not lately. It was nice to go back. Not only was the food great but there have been nice improvements in the sound levels. Sound dampening added to the ceiling makes the ambiance and table conversation very nice.

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Great service. Complimentary anniversary dessert❤️

SE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food and great folks...