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About 230 Forest Avenue

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.

230 Forest Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00- 10:30pm

Cross Street:
PCH

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 494-2545

Website:
http://www.230forestavenue.com/

Parking Details:
There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.

Executive Chef:
Marc Cohen

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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230 Forest Avenue Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
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Casual (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
People Watching (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Romantic (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (10)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Business Meals (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Seasonal (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

It was a night out with family

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service. As always, food was very good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We were visiting and relaxing. This was a perfect way to wind down the day. Great food and great service!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

They have done very tasty versions of some old standards. The Maui onion soup and Caesar salad were delicious and both were large servings. Try to save room for their bread pudding-heavenly!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always a fabulous experience. Service from hostess to server is consistently wonderful. Food is delicious!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and service, will definitely go back, great ambiance and the servers were attentive and fun

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

They did a great job on service. Food was fantastic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I decided on this restaurant due to reviews and the menu. I ordered the Brussels sprouts as was recommended. So Amazing! We also had the seafood salad that was filled with crab meat and huge shrimp. I'm so #satisfied

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 22, 2017

230 Forest is not the same restaurant I fell in love with many years ago. I eat at fine restaurants all over the world. I ordered scallops and my business partner ordered the lamb shank. Honestly, I will not be back. Overpriced and the quality is just not there.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Lived in Laguna for years and dined at 230 weekly. Always stop in for lunch or dinner when in town!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were seated promptly at our reservation time.
The wait staff was courteous and attentive.
The food was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant that caters to both casually dressed locals as well as those decked out for a special occasion. The food is delicious, however, this is not the place for vegetarians as almost every appetizer and entree features meat. I originally brought my best friend here intending to indulge in their delicious chocolate bread pudding after a high-end spa day we enjoyed for her birthday, but we were starving by the time we arrived and ended up ordering dinner. She’s vegetarian so the choices were sparse. We enjoyed the AMAZING brussle sprouts (my most hated vegetable, but prepared in a way that made me love them!) as an appetizer and shared the gnocchi. The gnocchi was the only issue. Specifically, it is a dish that features chicken and bacon so we nixed those. My experience at the vast majority of restaurants I’ve patronized has been that if you’re modifying a dish by excluding main ingredients the kitchen increases the amount of remaining ingredients to compensate so we were surprised to find only six bite-size gnocchi. They were incredible, but there was too few. Still, the restaurant treated us to the chocolate bread pudding since it was a special occasion which was very cool of them. We had an awesome server and the ambiance was ideal. I will definitely go again!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was well prepared and menu was varied with many good choices. Service was efficient, and waiter was friendly and attentive.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I have dine here several times over the years and always loved the food. Menu is creative and changes so as not to become boring. This occasion was with a friend from Australia and he loved it as well.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

always great food in a lively environment. Great menu with something for everyone

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great menu...we loved the salmon and halibut. The cheesecake was also yummy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best place in Orange County

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Superb food, remarkable range of wines by the bottle and glass. Indescribably delicious Caesar salad, great fish!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was key this night. Jorge was so friendly, attentive, and anticipated all our needs to mke it a special evening. Food was very good, Seafood Diavilo and Filet, Brussels sprouts and pork belly. Bread pudding - always a 5!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We were satisfied with the shrimp salad it was filling and it was only a half salad . We got a po boy shrimp sandwich which we took home and it wasn't that great. They have a lot of nice things on the menu . Some are a bit pricey.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The only negative comment is that the table, particularly on the patio, are much too close together. There is no privacy to speak up and a 2-top feels like you are dining with strangers, the table are so close together.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Outstanding food. Always eat here when we are in Laguna Beach. Swordfish was perfect

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We went here for our first dinner on our honeymoon. The food was fabulous and the service was top notch! Will highly recommend to our friends and family who travel to Laguna!

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Absolutely great place in all needed aspects. Attention of personal really above average and definitely we will get back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent food and terrific service! Never disappointed and looking look forward to coming back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Loved the restaurant and the food but the hostess should be fired. She was rude and unfriendly. She was mad and kept on yelling at me because I was not able to call (I was 10 minutes late and my phone was out of battery.) I told her that my phone was out of battery and I was stuck in traffic and couldn't call. The third person in our party arrived on time and was seated and there was NO ONE ELSE in the restaurant. She kept on yelling at me that she should have canceled my reservation. I finally said "I got it" and went to my table while my wife stayed behind and she continued to yell at her. Why? A person in my party arrived on time and I was only 10 minutes late. When I called my colleague who recommended the restaurant, he said the same thing happed to him. This person should be fired.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always good food and good night out. Fun with friends.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We went on a quiet weeknight to celebrate my wife's birthday. The setting was perfect for us. The service was excellent and the meal outstanding. A hit on points.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Was in Laguna Beach for the weekend. This restaurant was great! Would highly recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had the best waitress, Kathleen did a wonderful job! However my Chicken Ceasar salad was dissapointing. The dressing was very salty and I was expecting tender chicken breast but I received a very salty Teriyaki chicken instead... low sodium teriyaki could have been better. Also, the noise level was so high that it was hard to carry a conversation with my husband seated in front of me :-(

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Soft and mushy swordfish. Can’t tell if it wasn’t fresh or sous vide prepared.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The salmon and mushroom risotto was one of the best dishes I've ever had... perfectly prepared. My wife's filet was excellent as well.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food was fantastic !!
Wait staff was very helpful

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good experience. Great service. Food was delicious. Just wish it wasn’t so expensive! Overall good

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I had the 1855 steak and it was very very good cut, but I would have preferred if it was prepared more traditionally with salt and pepper and not the sauce they used. It had a green sauce on it too that was ordinary. Mashed potatoes and a simple veggie would have made it much better in my opinion. My wife had the seafood chowder and the fish was fishy and had no real taste at all. Should have had the fresh fish, it looked like a much better option when we saw it served at the next table. Service was excellent and the drinks were great. Their take on an Old Fashion was tasty! We will try it again and see how it goes next time.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We've walked by this restaurant plenty of times in all of our visits to Laguna, and finally decided to try it. It was just GOOD, not great. The patio is nice, but the tables are so close together, if there is someone seated at the next table, they might as well be dining with you.... zero privacy! The food was good, nothing out of the ordinary. Service was ok also. There just isn't anything about it, that would make me feel like I need to go back, especially with so many other great restaurants in the area. The one thing that did really bother us was what happened while we were still eating. We had an 8pm dinner reservation (we're from Vegas where this isn't a late reservation). While we were still eating, the restaurant cleared out, and the servers started cleaning up. This is expected.... however, we were seated on the patio, and not only did they clean up inside, they started cleaning up outside, including stacking chairs on the tables! Even the tables right next to us... it was very inconsiderate. And most certainly something they could have waited to do when we left!! Maybe we'll try it again, maybe we won't.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great dinning experience. Double cut pork chop was perfect. Top notch staff was attentive without hovering.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Great place!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 11, 2017

everything we have had there is outstanding but the pork chop is by far the best!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Chris was great server as always, attentive, witty and helpful

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