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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.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00- 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
230 Forest Avenue Ratings and Reviews
Visited 230 Forest before going to the theater. We were welcomed warmly and offered the choice of a number of tables. It was quiet when we arrived as we were eating early due to the show, but within 30 minutes the restaurant was very busy. We had cocktails and beer. They don't have any beer on tap, but their bottle selection is very nice. We have their shrimp appetizer special and sea bass special. Both were well presented and delicious. We also had the onion soup which was amazing. The service was wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant as a fun atmosphere with great food.
The food was quite good--the brussel sprouts and my wife's salmon were exceptional. I ordered the halibut on the strength of the online reviews; unfortunately, I found it a little bland and a little dry. Nothing that I would order again. The dessert--a bread pudding--was quite good.
Drinks were solid--I had a good old fashioned and my wife enjoyed her house red wine.
Service was professional and courteous, but pretty slow. I waited a LONG time for water. And then a long time again to order. One of those spots where you often tried to catch a waiters attention because you aren't sure when you'll see them again.
230 Forest is our favorite Laguna Beach restaurant. As always, the fish was fresh, well prepared and tasty. We had forgotten how much we enjoyed the kale salad. The service was attentive to our needs but not overbearing. They included their excellent bread pudding as a dessert gift as we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary - a nice touch.
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.
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!
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