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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.

328 Glenneyre Street
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Forest Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 715-8234

Website:
http://www.broadwaybyamarsantana.com/

Parking Details:
16 parking spaces available.

Executive Chef:
Amar Santana

Private Party Facilities:
Buy-out options available.

Private Party Contact:
Ahmed Labbate: (702) 823-6927

Additional:
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

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (49)
Special Occasion (44)
Creative Cuisine (36)
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Good for a Date (35)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Worth the Drive (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Fun (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Hot Spot (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Local Ingredients (14)
Romantic (14)
People Watching (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (12)
Happy Hour (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Seasonal (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Tapas (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was delish. Bone marrow and the brussel sprouts are my favorites. A little loud. Cocktails are amazing!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

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 !!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food took forever. The waitress was embarrassed to make eye contact.
But once is arrived it was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance! Will do again

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and food. The atmosphere was awesome! Cocktails were delicious! Will definitely recommend eating here.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is one of my ultimate favorite restaurants in OC.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The fish dishes were fresh and delicious. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. The service was attentive but not fussy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Not kidding this place Broadway by Amar is awesome!
Food Ambience Bar Wine even the patrons (excluding us) is top chef!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Small restaurant with great service and presentation. Every time you got up they folded your napkin nicely then helped you with your chair when you came back. Food was fantastic. Definitely get the hamachi and panacotta.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach. Great ambiance, attentive staff, and terrific food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food and service, nice room, great location. Loved everything but the noise level. Please invest in noise reduction so I can recommend it for date night, anniversary dinner, romantic evening. Also so I don't have to shout my order!
Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great Service and great food. Definitely on the pricey side and you can find better for that price. But overall great restaurant.

It’s a small place so it gets quite loud

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Only complaint, the tables are extremely close together and you actually have to physically move the table to get out of the wall-side seats. Otherwise excellent overall!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent once again. The food is diverse and varied. Best Hamachi I ever remember having. The cocktail program is world class. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very well prepared food with excellent service. The quality of the meats and seafood is as good as any 5 star restaurant in OC. The dessert menu is always excellent. Cocktails are very consistent and well prepared.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our anniversary. Small table for two next to other tables for two. The vibe was amazing. All our "neighbors" were so friendly and we all shared dining tips. Waiter and sommelier were outstanding.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This place was outstanding! The service was wonderful! Great food..we will for sure return to this gem in laguana beach

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food at Broadway was exceptional! Everything from starters to desert that we ordered was amazing, interesting and full of many different flavors. Service was great and cocktails and the wine list were wonderful! A definite must!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Amazing !!!!! truly a fine dining experience
Also he ambiance was perfect not to dark and the lighting and the lamps where lovely .
The artwork hangin on the walls was outstanding and the incredible amount of detail in the service was impeccable. I’m for sure coming back for dinner
By the way I drove 1 hr and 45 min to have dinner at broadway
And the drive was worth
Thank you broadway

thanks to the cooks and the chef
Also as the Managers on duty great job

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Romantic, Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Organic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great dinner your site will not let me grade as excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The best food I've had in O.C. in a long time. Genuinely delicious appetizers/small plates and fantastically simple, yet simply fantastic entrees. Have ordered, practically, every appetizer dish on the menu, and then re-ordered a couple more. Grilled Spanish Octopus - excellent! Pork Cheeks - zany, spicy, and absolutely delicious! EGG YOLK RAVIOLO - yummy (ordered again). CHICKEN LIVERS - just like my grandma used to make them. MISO GLAZED FOIE GRAS - loved it; (hope that nonsense with banning this delicacy is not going to be resurrected, ever). ROASTED BEEF BONE MARROW - daydreaming about it! BABY KALE CAESAR SALAD - very, very nice, but would love to see real Anchovies added to the Caesar dressing (and, maybe, make the dressing table-side, no?). ROASTED BEET SALAD - not bad; could be improved... by, perhaps, introducing some contrast in terms of temperature of the beets, allowing the beets to have a real roasted taste, feel, texture (maybe?). PAN ROASTED MAINE SEA SCALLOPS, GRILLED MARINATED PRIME SKIRT STEAK, and HERB ROASTED MEDITERRANEAN BRANZINO - all were deliciously satisfying; simple (non-obtrusive) presentation belies multi-layered taste treat. Very happy to see that Broadway has not fallen for the unfortunately pervasive culinary trend, which seems to consist of smothering every dish in a cloyingly sweet sauce. Be strong, AMAR SANTANA! Continue feeding us with the deliciousness of your honest cuisine!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

There is a reason why Amar Santana is one of the most celebrated chefs. The food, service and ambiance was outstanding. The staff was welcoming and made our evening enjoyable. My wife and I have been to several Michelin star restaurants and rated Broadway on par and above some of those restaurants.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Spent the evening with friends for our anniversary. Sat at 9:15 and left at 12:30. The food was delicious as always. We enjoyed bone marrow, ravioli, endive and beat salad, foie grass and skirt steak. Table was a high top right at the window, nice open feeling.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

All good. Highly recommended - but - the bench (side by side) seating along one wall is way too crowded. I get that the more dinners they serve, the better their results but it's so tight that it's like you sitting WITH those next to you. So go with 4 so you can get a dining table or sit at the bar or go on a Tuesday so you have some breathing room. Other than that, Janice (server) great, Michael (wine) great, food really good and original. One nice this is that they will open any bottle for half price when you buy two glasses.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Bar Seating, People Watching
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Incredible food - we ordered so many things off the menu to share between 3 of us and everything was so so good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food here is excellent! My favorites are the hamachi, scallops, Halibut, and recently their fall Foie Gras dish. Honestly you can't go wrong with any of their dishes. It just depends on your preferences. The food is tapas style so it is mean to be shared but honestly a few bites isn't enough since the food is so good! I think the best way to describe all the food is that it is always consistent, the flavors are well balanced, and they do put a lot of thought into the dish. Each ingredient really adds to the flavor of the overall dish. My wife and I absolutely love this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We've heard a lot about Broadway and happy we were able to dine here on one of our staycations to Laguna Beach. The food was delicious. My hubby had a hard time picking from the first course as there were so many good options. Next time we'll order multiple first course options for dinner! We had the hamachi sashimi for first course, Beeler pork chop and the monkfish/squid special for dinner. We shared a lovely light dessert - vanilla bean panacotta.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We went there to celebrate a birthday and everything was absolutely great!!! Every time we go there we experience fine dining at its best. A must go to!!!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The occasion was my birthday and at the recommendation of a friend. The decor and ambiance was appealing and comfortable. There was a moderate noise level and the tables were quite close together. The food was tasty and well prepared and several options were available. My biggest complaint was the value and price. Essentially, the meals were overpriced by perhaps $10 per meal. The branzinni (bass) I had was well prepared but not for $36.00. There were no extras i.e. artisan breads or other condiments either. Most likely, I would not go here again for dinner; cocktails maybe.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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