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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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Hot Spot (13)
People Watching (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Fun (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Cozy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Romantic (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great meal... fresh ingredients and moderate sized portions (I had two young NFL football players with me who both were satisfied). The appetizers were creative (kung pao calamari a highlight there), the fish dishes we had were perfectly prepared and flavorful, and the pork chop was absolutely huge. The martinis weren't bad either.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful dining experience!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place for couples

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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine day

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent food and service always. Our favorite restaurant in the Newport Beach area when we are visiting.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great dinner.......and bread pudding. ;) Trendy spot, very fun atmosphere!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant was busy but I always felt our server was giving us special attention. She was never a pest or imposing and she always seemed to be there when we needed anything. We loved our entire experience including our drinks! We will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dine early! This restaurant seems to get packed after 6:00 pm so be sure and have a reservation. tables near the back are LOUD due to open kitchen as well as the volume of the (unnecessary) music and all tables are spaced VERY close together. If weather is nice, opt for a table near the front (sidewalk). Bread was served with a kalamata olive butter (I think) which was warm and tasty. The maui onion soup was delicious as were the oysters. Two of us had the shrimp scampi pasta, which was just okay. Kind of bland. However the candied salmon salad was excellent as was the veal. Bus staff was very helpful but I felt our waiter was smarmy.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and service but fairly loud so not great if you’re catching up with friends and really want to talk

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was disappointing. Mussels were chewy and with shell pieces. Too salty broth. Gnocchi were mushy with too thick cream and dry chicken pieces. Left most of meals. Waitress did bring a complimentary dessert which we ate but would not have ordered. No offer to comp the food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We were sitting by a speaker and the waiter was very nice about turning down the music

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Pretty limited menu options and overpriced. I was encouraged by our server to order the halibut but surprised it was breaded and very very bland. I felt a waste of $34. The rest of the table were satisfied with their choice although none of us would recommend or rush back. There seem to be better options such as Oak, better value for money and much better food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always been great..14 yrs running 🏃‍♀️

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was fine but found the menu to be too limited compared to my prior visits a year or so ago and in the past. Would like a much broader menu

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My husband and I were visiting Laguna Beach for the first time and the positive reviews about this restaurant prompted me to make a reservation. I requested a less noisy area since the reviews also noted that it was noisy and my husband is hearing impaired. My request was accommodated and we enjoyed a delicious meal and great wine. The food was very well prepared and the servers were attentive and well trained. I would definitely recommend 230 Forest Avenue if asked where to eat in Laguna.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food is fine, if you don't mind (literally) rubbing elbows with the diners at the surrounding tables. The noise level make conversation difficult. The hostess was less than welcoming and the wait staff was not attentive in the least.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

If the tables were any closer I could eat off their plates.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The Food and service was very good and well proportioned.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 14, 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 13, 2018

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 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 5, 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 4, 2018

Delicious food, great service and enjoyable background music.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 4, 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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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 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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 (Orange County)·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 30, 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 29, 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 27, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 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 24, 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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 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 18, 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 10, 2017

It was a night out with family

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great service. As always, food was very good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 4, 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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