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About Broadway by Amar Santana
An inviting restaurant where local foodies have a chance to enjoy quality food and beverage from today’s ultra-sleek premium dining establishments. A chef’s tasting table, small plates of savory items like bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, a dizzying wine list and an array of seasonally-driven entrees. Broadway will surround you as you indulge in this "cutting edge" food experience.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
16 parking spaces available.
Private Party Facilities:
Buy-out options available.
Private Party Contact:
Ahmed Labbate: (702) 823-6927
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Broadway by Amar Santana Ratings and Reviews
The drinks, first course (beet salad & octopus) and dessert were great. The "pork chop"
consisted of several thick slices of pork. It had a very strong hickory flavor and was rare.
We could not eat it. A very expensive birthday celebration was very disappointing!
I don't know which was better, the service or the food. Both were top notch and worthy of the 50-mile drive to Laguna Beach for our 33rd wedding anniversary. My wife was impressed -- and that made me happy. I had the pork chop, she the salmon, both were tender and tasty. We're coming back as soon as possible, if only for the handmade drinks and the bone marrow.
Broadway by Amar Santana may very well be the finest restaurant in Orange County and the namesake was also in attendance to regale the patrons and to ensure a great dining experience. My wife, son and I had 7:30 dinner reservations on Saturday Night. The restaurant was packed with a vibrant crowd. We also saw a number of our CDM friends. For cocktails we ordered a bottle of Hall Cabernet from their extensive wine list and for First Course we had the Chicken Livers, Hamachi Salad, and Beet Salad. All were delicious and well prepared with dressings or sauces. For Entree's we had the Prime New York Steak, the Chimichurri Skirt Steak and the Pork Chop, and for sides we had the Fries and Brussel Sprouts. All were prepared to perfection. I highly recommend Broadway for a delicious dinner in a fun vibrant atmosphere !!
What a way to start the evening. We were greeted by Chef Amar and GM Ahmed. The food as always was amazing as always starting with Brussels Sprouts and Oysters and Hamachi. Suddenly we each had a hamburger slider in front of us compliments of Chef Amar. For the main course Bouillabaisse. Desert had to be the delicious Pannacotta. Rather than critique each course I will simply say all were fantastic. We will be back soon.
A great foody restaurant. If you can sit at the kitchen bar to watch the Chefs prepare your meal. Outstanding food in the "Wow, each bite is a gastronomic experience" category. Expensive but worth it. Excellent entrees but sometimes whey even go there when the appetizers are so good. Not someplace I would go every week, but for that occasional "foody" experience and "wow" factor it is outstanding.
One of the better meals I've had in quite a while. Everything we had-- from the raviolo to the pork belly to the pierogi to the skirt steak-- was amazing. My whole branzino ranked among the two or three best pieces of fish I've ever had. There's nothing ostentatious about this place-- just wonderful food in a cozy, familial atmosphere. Highly recommended.
Food was good and well done - a foodie's delight. Art work is beautiful on the walls. Wait staff top-notch. The ambiance - not so good for a couple. Maybe better for a foursome. The tiny tables that can barely fit your food and drinks -- jammed packed in to get as many tables as they can - they are literally 6 inches apart from each other. Don't count on having any type of private conversation if you are going with your date. The waiter had to hike the food over my husband's shoulder when it was delivered to the table so as to not to disturb the people on either side and I would have to warn him that it was coming so he wouldn't make any sudden moves. To get out of my seat on the bench side, the waiter had to ask my husband to stand up so he can push it back towards the aisle - very awkward. The bar stools at the bar when someone moved them made an awful jarring sound and every patron would whip their head around to see what it was - strange, because this is any easy fix folks. This place has been open a while now, and the place is obviously doing very well and has rave reviews, but it is a shame that they can't fix the ambiance and design side of things or sacrifice a few tables for people to enjoy the food and their company more.
This was my first visit to Broadway. Our first seating was next to the door and a bit of foot traffic. I was on a first date and asked for another table which they did instantly without making me feel like I was putting them out. The meal was original and spectacular. I eat out several times a month and this was a top 5 meal in the last decade of dining out for me. Our waitress recommended the Sauterne to go with our dessert and it was truly memorable. I will be back. Thanks Amar!
Amazing experience from the time we arrived until they told us good night as we left.
The food was over the top delicious starting with Brussels Sprouts and finishing with desert.
If you like a pork chop theirs is amazing as is the Halibut. Somehow we had a Ravioli stuffed with a egg. Combined with the sauces all I can say is it was over the top good. Want a really great desert you must have the bee hive. If you think someone will share it with you. Wrong.
In my humble opinion you will be hard pressed to find a better restaurant any where in this area.
What can I say I am a huge fan, this was the best food I have had in a long time. I was looking for something as great as some of my favorite restaurants and this one has easily taken the lead. The scallops were perfection along with the brussel sprouts...WOW. Desserts were incredible too.
I've been to Broadway and Amar Santana's other restaurant Vaca. The food was good this time but not great like the other times I have been to his restaurants. My scallops were over cooked so that took away from the rest of the dish which was great. The Honey Bee hive dessert was incredible. My husband had the pork chop and it was ok. Tasted more like ham than a pork chop.
The food at Vaca is definitely much better. Also, $12 for a handful of shoestring fries is truly ridiculous.
It as my friends first time to “The Broadway”. She and I both had a outstanding meal. Once again Amar and Ahmed have outdone themselves with good food and service.
It is always fun to sit at the Chefs Counter and watch chef Jamie and his team put out all the wonderfully appointed and tasty dishes.
Sure makes for a great evening of good food and conversation.
Considering the chef has won many accolades, I found the food rather unexciting. The ceviche appetizer was bland, swimming in avocado sauce. My scallops were overpowered by a tapenade sauce. My husband s chicken terrine had no flavor, a heavy block of greasy chicken. His steak was ok, but that should be a no brainer. Every time someone exits the bar on their barstool it makes a noise like nails on a blackboard. The place is super loud.
Our waitress was nice and efficient.
First of all, be prepared to have a "close encounter" with people sitting at tables next to you, and you should expect a very noisy setting. Tables are set so tightly together, you will need to move the tables whenever someone needs to go for a bathroom break. Even though most patrons are polite, some will be very loud (probably a bit drunk.) We were having a birthday dinner so not much a problem.. but probably won't come here for business or with my parents or older friends.
Food in general was average, but some dishes do stand out. The octopus appetizer was grilled and charred perfectly, but the pork belly appetizer and the baby gem salad were yummy but just average. For dinner, we had the halibut and the lamb neck pasta. Again, they tasted fine, but lackluster (esp the pasta). For dessert, we had the panna cotta, which was the highlight of the evening, yummy unique and quite enjoyable.
As for service, they were attentive and quick in response. However, with the tight setting, during several occasions, when the waitpersons were cleaning the tables next to us, their behinds were right in our faces. Also, their tables were small. So, if you order more than one dish per person, which we did when we ordered several appetizers and salad to share, then it became a mess, and your plates and utensils are all over the table.
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