230 Forest Avenue

4.7
1867 reviews
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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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SR
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved our dinner! We were attending the Pageant of the Masters after and this was the perfect spot. I had the scallops and they were outstanding, along with the superb service. Definitely going back.

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JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! Marco was our server and he made our experience a lot of fun! Definitely will be going back!

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N
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The most important judgment about a restaurant generally involves the quality of the food. In fact, there was no dissappointment on that account. The pricing was reasonable for the entrees we had. What was terribly disappointing was the abysmally slow service and snippity attitude of the manager. After having not been served anything but water for 30’, we asked the manager if they could get us a loaf of bread similar to everyone else around us who in most cases were seated later than us. When the manager brought the bread he was flippant and when we asked him for it originally he was put out and sour. We had bad experiences with service on several other visits and we thought that was corrected. Apparently not.

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LV
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our Favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach. The food is superb and Chris, our server was wonderful! Ask for Chris!! He was very knowledgeable about the secret menu items we looked forward to ordering. The ambiance is a perfect vacation by the beach restaurant. Unbelievable fish and seafood dishes. Thank you Chef for keeping the Rock Shrimp and Hazelnut crusted halibut!

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YC
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious dishes, which they even customized for me!! Service level was absolutely impeccable!!!

The only BIG issue, and many guests have complained about, and even left, is the NOISE. The place is very noisy and has a lot of echo. They fit many tables in a small space, so it results in little privacy, lots of noise and difficulty having any conversation!!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely Wonderful as always

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VH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious, great location, good service, noisy when it fills up with people

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GL
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch!

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JH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic in every way. Thank you !

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S
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant... we make sure we go there everytime we visit Laguna Beach (about 3x a year)

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great!!

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On July 8, we celebrated my birthday at 230 Forest Ave. They made it special -- we got a table by the outside railing to people-watch (which I had requested); the host helped us figure out the parking meter, and Jorge, our waiter, was very attentive. We had a delicious burrata and tomato salad, and melt-in-your-mouth seabass, which may be the best I ever had. They brought a sundae with a candle as their complementary birthday gift. It was a perfect 10!

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RC
Palm Springs
196 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to 230 Forest for years and it never disappoints! Our server, Nahum, was fantastic! He took excellent care of us! The food is always delicious and it's fun to sit outside and watch the people and dogs go by on Forest Avenue! This is a winning restaurant!

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DB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Great spot in the heart of Laguna Beach. Wonderful food and service. Excellent overall!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

- I called ahead for a birthday. They did not honor this at the restaraunt and did not deliver the cake they said they would.
- Service was not great the second half of dining. We were forgotten.
- the two seaters in the middle of the inside were way to close to each other!

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LI
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent wine and so nice to sit on the patio and people watch. I had the lamb chops and my husband had salmon. Delicious!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Our favorite spot in Laguna Beach

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AB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and will go back again

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SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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TJ
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was very good. It was noisy but it was a holiday and very busy.

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GL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. My only complaint is that when me and my partner arrived, we asked for a 4 top table nearer the patio since I had requested the patio (and it was full) when making the reservation. We were told by the hostess that it was reserved for a larger party. We asked about another 4 top table near the wall and were told that it was also reserved for a larger party. 5 minutes later a party of two were sat at each one. Maybe we should have arrived 5 minutes later ...

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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding (on 4th of July!) The food was even better. Delectable salmon and cioppino! Still thinking about this meal a week later ....

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LH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been to 230 many times and I usually love it. This time, I had the Sea Bass which was excellent! My friend had the Halibut special but it was a bit overcooked which is never good for fish. Also, we were seated at a table next to the rest rooms and a busy in out area for waiters which was not as nice as most of the other tables. I would def dine there again.

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DV
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food has a lot of flavor. Great customer service and good drinks. I always eat here when I come to Laguna Beach.

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LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

brought a dessert out for our anniversary; attentive and amazing food

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m
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always Consistently good! Marco was a wonderful server and the manager was very accommodating and sweet.

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PC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The fillet was excellent but the shoe-string potatoes were saggy.

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W
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really liked the food! And we enjoyed sitting out next to the Laguna sidewalk strollers

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KW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location, great bar, food, and service! I would recommend!

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p
Orange County
108 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant has been great for many years. highly recomend.

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KM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had reservations for 3, one member of our party ran late & they were cool with it. I ordered the lamb chops AMAZING! Food & drinks were delicious. We were there on Fathers Day & were not rushed. Parking in LB is awful, allow plenty of time in case you have to walk a ways. We lucked out & found a space on Forest.

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CB
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined here twice over Father's Day weekend. On Saturday, my husband and I ate here, and on Sunday, our daughter joined us. Their food is delicious, interesting, and satisfying. We ate on the patio both times. We had to wait a few minutes each time, and the staff knows how to handle the demand. The patio is right on the sidewalk, so it's great people watching. Dogs are allowed on the patio, which is always a plus. Maybe next time, he'll come with us.

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j
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though it was very busy because of many Fathers' Day celebrants, our waitperson was very courteous in encouraging us to take our time while waiting for a member of our party who was delayed by a tollroad closures. Candied salmon salad and fish tacos deserve 5 stars.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit outside - best people-watching in town!

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D
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and the fish tacos were amazing!

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JD
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Second time to eat here while traveling on business. Really like this place, and will return. Food has never disappointed - both off the menu and the specials. Client ordered the bread pudding this time and LOVED it. The only reason I couldn’t give it five stars this time was because our waitress forgot our appetizer. Otherwise, she was solid, as were the other staff who visited/serviced our table.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as Always

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R
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Dog friendly patio. Requires dogs to stay on sidewalk. Excellent food!!

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MM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been hearing really great things about this place for awhile and I’m so glad I finally tried it! It was far better than I could have imagined, such a unique and delicious menu and absolutely outstanding service

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LI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent scallops preceded by burrata.

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