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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

230 Forest Avenue Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
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Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
People Watching (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
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Local Ingredients (3)
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Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Took our 9 month old son out for dinner while traveling as a family. This was an enjoyable meal, good service and a good atmosphere. Loud enough to hide baby squeals and other noises ;)

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 15, 2018

always great food and great service. no complaints. we go there frequently and continue to do so

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food, service were outstanding. Great meal. Rock Shrimp, house salad, sea bass/risotto and chocolate bread pudding. Perfect meal!!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Another GREAT dinner at 230 Forest - fantastic Salmon and Diver Scallops, and the Brussel Sprouts are out of sight ! ! ! Can't wait to go again ! ! !

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Delicious food, great service and enjoyable background music.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Best restaurant in Orange County year after year after year. Get the Caesar Salad. Everything on the menu is fabulous. The service is impeccable.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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food4
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service3
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a wonderful Birthday today! Thank you! The free dessert was very nice. I appreciated it very much.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I’ve eaten here many times and I am never disappointed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

One of my favorites ! Great place to meet friends

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food, great service. All one expects from a first class restaurant and more. I had the best onion soup and very delicious muscles. The service was friendly and fast.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We always have a good experience here. They are very accommodating to my food allergies and always willing to customize meals so that I don't miss out on a great meal!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent as always. Food was prepared perfectly. Our out of town guests were impressed

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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food5
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner was fantastic, great food and atmosphere with Christmas music

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

230 Forest serves interesting food at fair prices and has good service. They've been in that location a long time while lesser restaurants have come and gone. I highly recommend them.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

1. Drinks. Moscow Mule, no liquor, no fizz, returned, and ordered a Margarita, which was good.
2. Salmon. Good.
3. Scampi. Good.
4. Ceasar Salad. Good.
5. French Onion Soup. Good.
6. Chocolate Bread Pudding. Good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 11, 2017

It was a night out with family

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Dinner was delicious! We enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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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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vip
 (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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