Permanently Closed - Big Fish Tavern

3.9
724 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Big Fish Tavern is all about the experience. Casual environment in a relaxed seafood house setting, all small plates menu, sustainable fresh fish, healthy farm-to-table offerings, and a large beer selection including great local crafts, specialty cocktails and boutique wines.
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.8
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
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vipOpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sunset and food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

People next to us very loud. Food arrived out of order and and main entree arrived very late. Staff friendly. Great ocean views. Spacious. True casual and family friendly...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Great atmosphere. Great food. Creative cuisine. One of my beachy favorites

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Tish
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ordered 2 appetizers and drinks before dinner. They we're all good. We also ordered the shrimp scampi and fish and chips. Food was real good but pretty standard fare. Nothing worth 5 stars. Server could have been a little friendlier. But overall we had a good time and a nice dinner with a scenic view of the ocean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Wood floors...wood walls. Wood ceilings...equal a noise level too loud to enjoy the dining experience. Couple that with 20 minutes to receive drink order....and we will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was mediocre and service was very poor. Great location but can't recommend it for dinner unless you just want to have drinks and the fried green beans at happy hour

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We enjoyed a tasty meal that used local ingredients and had a great value. The outdoor patio had a wonderful ocean view that added to the enjoyment of the dining experience.

MD
MatthewD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food at a great price. Best halibut I have ever had at a restaurant

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vipJunebug
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to hang out with friends and family. Great food, friendly service and welcoming and comfortable setting.

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Barry
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was really good. Best seafood chowder I have had in a few years. A meal by itself.

Great views of the sunset and the beach and waves.

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MaryG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We are trying to visit as often as we can before the restaurant closes for good. So sad. We have enjoyed it over the years. Lily provided excellent service.

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vipcoachkent
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I noted on Open Table that it was my husband's birthday. The hostess said, "Whose birthday is it" as we sat down. Other than that, there was no further mention of his birthday. Our server was attentive and our salmon delicious. The server told us about an amazing chocolate cheesecake that was the featured dessert. We ordered that and she soon returned to say that they just sold the last piece. It was only 5:30! The restrooms were filthy and the employees kept slamming the kitchen door into the row of booths where we were sitting. This was jarring.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall4food3service1ambience3

The food was good, not great. Good atmosphere but we had a terrible waiter, but we noticed that service in Laguna Beach was lacking everywhere we went. What's up with that?

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Kate
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience2

When you ask for small plates to eat your shared appetizers with the table and are told "it might be awhile," maybe you should just get up and leave. Seriously our small plate appetizers had NO other way to be eaten but sharing using small (or even large) plates. The waitress just shrugged her shoulders when I asked her how she recommend we eat without plates. We had to lean over to grab utensils from the next table. No refills on water or anything else..... honestly I'm not sure the service could have been worse. The food was really good.... but don't expect a plate to eat it off of. lol. Wouldn't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I guess I expected better seafood from Laguna. I had the Curry seared Ahi and it was the worst piece of Ahi I have ever seen. It looked like it had been crystallized from freezing and the taste was so bland. My date had the Jambalaya and again bland and looked frozen in the middle. The server just wanted to get out of there. She actually brought the wrong food to the table and set it down. All around bad experience will not be returning.

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Nunya
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall4food2service1ambience4

Our waitress flat out sucked. The bus boys were way better at serving us than our own waitress. She checked on the tables around us all night, and never checked on us after she took our drink orders. If you get Becky, ask for someone else.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The food was good! We were seated right away, however it was about 20 minutes till we received water. Not sure if bread is served, but we never were offered it or received it. Our reservation was for 7:00 and we did not get our dinner till about 8:30. We ordered an appetizer which came out pretty burnt minus the sauce that was supposed to accompany it, plus the presentation was awful. It took awhile to get someone's attention to get the sauce. Our order wasn't taken for almost an hour. We will not return despite the food being good. Horrible service. There were a lot of big parties, but having been in the restaurant industry, they were definitely understaffed and no manager appeared to be on the floor overseeing if everything was alright.

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Rumbera
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great and the hostess was very friendly. We reserved online and when we arrived the hostess made sure we got great table with a view.

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vipJasonS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cool little spot

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vipLabu
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Quality of food and service poor. Had to go ask the manager to have table service. Restaurant was not busy. Not rushing back

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. I would recommend to a friend and will definitely visit again.

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vipmichelek
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The only good thing that can be said is that the view was nice. Food was a cross between what you would expect from a High school cafeteria and an airplane. NE Clamchowder was truly "glop" which by the time it had reached the table had skimmed over as if it came out of a can before someone forgot to add the extra liquid. Lobster cakes did not contain any fresh fish or anything resembling a recognizable piece of fish and came swimming in water from the over oiled sautéed spinach. Shrimp in the shrimp scampi was clearly not fresh and the sauce resembled the soup. And our bad for ordering dessert. Brownie sundae Involved a combination of cake not brownie, chocolate sauce not fudge, ice cream that reminded me of the little kid in the Breyers commercial trying to pronounce monodextralsomethingorother, and whipped cream from a can. All in all was a travesty of from the freezer fish swimming in semi homemade "sauces" that had the consistency and taste of something made from a combination of large cans of something with long lists of unrecognizable ingredients.

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WhatTheJules
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time, casual but still good for a fun occasion or casual date. Food was awesome and a great value. It was a birthday, which we stayed in the reservation, but it was forgotten.
Fish was fresh, some creative ideas, grilled cheese is amazing, so are the fish tacos, and lobster quesadillas. Burgers are also good if you are not into seafood.
Have been on more crowded nights and it can be really loud, mid week it was quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ever time we visit Laguna Beach we eat here! We have never had a bad meal!

JB
vipJeffreyB
Sydney / NSW
21 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We had not been to Big Fish for a while so decided to give it a try. I ordered the Curry Seared Ahi Tuna. The tuna was really poor, fatty cut of meat and the curry sauce was more like a sweet jelly than a curry. The quinoa that it was served with was void of any flavor. My partner ordered the Macadamia Crusted Talapia and the sauce was heavy and overpowering. In the end, we wished that we would have stopped with the fried green beans which we're delicious. Unfortunately, we've crossed this one off of our list.

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MarkZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the restraunt. It is pretty casual. What we enjoyed most was the view and the food. The service was friendly, courteous and prompt. We got there early so we could get a window table and we were not disappointed,the view at sunset was fantastic.

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vipGarfieldC
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good time at Big Fish Tavern. Great service, great food and great atmosphere. Great beers and stouts on tap and that's always a great thing. Had the fish and chips, kids had the filet; it's actually a darn good cut of meat with the sauce on top and the Ceviche was fresh and awesome.

I only have one request. Can you please pretty please put a real fish sandwich on the menu. I beg you. I've been coming for years and love everything and that's my only request.

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Jjln
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

i know what to expect and so I'm never disappointed! My whole family enjoys eating here. It's a bit noisy but tolerable. We like sitting in the enclosed patio

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vipBobbyFlay
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

They have really great fish and chips. So great, that it was featured in a few articles that came up when I googled fish and chip spots in the OC.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked 2 weeks ahead of time for a reservation time of 10:30a.m. We arrived at 10:20a.m. to be sent away and told they don't open until 11. Mother's Day was ruined! If the restaurant doesn't open until a set time, the system should not allow you to make a reservation prior to these hours.

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vipVIP1000dines
Orange County
412 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is very good, great views and excellent for sports watching in the bar.

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Megan
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly with reservations. Very friendly waiter, great view, ordered Peruvian ceviche, Tuna poke, bacon wrapped scallops, all very tasty and good quantity.

SM
SetonM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good fish options. Ahi dinner salad was good, except too much dressing. Order light on the dressing or on the side. I was happy to know the salmon was wild for the dinner option, not salad. The grilled veggies were good too. I always look for healthy options on the menu and I was able to substitute mashed potatoes for extra veggies.

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SuzC
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We decided on this resturant because the reviews mentioned a wide selection of fresh fish. This was true but we were not impressed with the quality of the food especially compared with the prices .

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vipSushi
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Restaurant was very busy, and our server did her best but food was slow to come. Noisy as they were full and overall food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The hostess with black hair was rude didn't want to accommodate our party and didnt even try
The other hostess w blond hair was very helpful and took over to find us a nice table

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Beze
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent for our party of four. The waiter was very friendly and helpful.

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vipSpiritedsharon
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good view of ocean. Good food. Good service. But not worth the price. Have had better for the price.

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vipCathyD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I loved the crab salad! A nice pile of yummy crab and fresh veggies topped this generous sized salad. My husband and I went on Monday evening, which unbeknownst to us, was locals night. We received a 25% discount on our meal, very cool!

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Permanently Closed - Big Fish Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 715-4500.

Permanently Closed - Big Fish Tavern is rated 3.9 stars by 724 OpenTable diners.