230 Forest Avenue

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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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KW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service!

e
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
75 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

L
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Great service. Complimentary anniversary dessert❤️

SE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food and great folks...

AH
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful lunch great presentation and superb salmon Staff very accommodating to my my mobility limited friend

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Dried piece of fig on a stick in a mediocre marg; no good. Gnocchi with way too much bacon and a gloppy sauce; bleh. Over sweet marinara and also way too much sauce on my wife’s spicy seafood pasta. Everyone sitting so close that you could hear each other’s heartbeat; that is, if the noise level wasn’t 150 dB. Won’t be back.

b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this restaurant. We had Jorge as our server and received the most amazing service from him. He’s the best. Also, the dishes were delicious! Will certainly be returning here!

KG
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual, always treat ourselves to dinner when we are in Newport visiting.
Love Table 18at the back with the mirrors. Service is the best back there and it
Gives us a little more room.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat before the Pageant show. Food was awesome. Fun time with friends but noisy so couldn’t hear very eell.

KM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always go here for dinner but tried lunch the other day, great lunch spot

G
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant ever!
A magical atmosphere in
art-fantasmic community.
I've been coming to the
Laguna Art Festival since
I was a young girl and the
Forest restaurant helps
me recapture my youth,
adding sprinkles of great
music, amazing staff and
a classy feel. By the way,
the food is gourmet great!

DJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

My pasta dish was mediocre and it was a bit noisey. But the service was great, as was my wife's steak.

JM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place! Never a disappointing experience.

DF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant. Incredible food and good service. We had lunch and dinner here. I would rate as outstanding the New York Steak, gnocchi with mushrooms, and seafood salad. In the “very good” category are the lamb chops, burger and fries. The wait times were not long. This is a must-stop in Laguna.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine. We were seated immediately and the service was good.

GL
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. The tuna was great.

S
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very very noisy. The limoncello pasta was over cooked and overloaded with cream and then topped with a glop of ricotta. No taste of lemon at all. The halibut was better. The butter cake for dessert was quite good, a little skimpy on the strawberries. We requested patio and told up front we might not get it. Arrived early and still didn’t get patio. Will not return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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Orange County
77 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant to dine at before attending a show at the Pageant of The Masters. The food was excellent, I had the pork chop and it was well flavored and perfectly cooked. Our server, Marco, provide great recommendations and excellent service.

KM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happening place with great food and drink -- be sure to make a reservation during summer season!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner experience before the Pageant.

RC
Palm Springs
211 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re long time visitors to 230 Forest. We always enjoy the setting, service and delicious food. We had the Bang Bang shrimp this time. We will be back!!

EM
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a friend who has been going for years. Great recommendation. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and helpful, all the staff were very friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious - best Brussels sprouts ever and I don’t normally like them! Highly recommend this restaurant.

t
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The lamb chops were exceptional. Outside (in front) was pleasant except for the bee that liked us.

RG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

good food and service - probably wont go back in the summer - way to crowded - tables to close together. like the place but not the tight tables .

JD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our first time there and an excellent meal and ambiance for a birthday celebration.

VB
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am allergic to garlic and the chef was very accommodating to prepare a delicious garlic free meal for me.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting in the patio where the noise level was better! Greeting and service genuine. Beautiful evening!

JW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice table outside right on the sidewalk rail. Weather was beautiful and it was fun to people watch along with great service, food, drinks and ambiance. Will definitely come back!

DM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marco is the best! Really made us feel like we were at home and service was excellent 👌🏻

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