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About Las Brisas

Legendary Las Brisas has been southern California's definitive place to enjoy fantastic and resplendent coastal views. The menu at Las Brisas brims with the authentic cuisine of the Mexican Riviera and is filled with recipes discovered along the 3000 miles of Mexico's coast. The stunning setting makes Las Brisas the perfect venue for a host of events and their renowned Sunday Brunch is the premier way to unwind and take in a gorgeous day.

Come and enjoy our newly renovated Seaside Cantina. It features a refrigerated wine room, tequila wall, 65-foot Koa wood bar and a completely re-imagined cocktail menu. Join us for live music every Wednesday - Saturday from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please be aware, window seats are popular and not guaranteed. Please make all window requests upon arrival with the host and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

361 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary Mexican, Steak

Hours of Operation:
DINING ROOM
Sunday-Wednesday 8am-10pm
Thursday-Saturday 8am-11pm

PATIO
Sunday-Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday-Saturday 8am-11pm

SUNSET CELEBRATION HAPPY HOUR (Seaside Cantina)
Daily, 5pm-8pm

SUNDAY BRUNCH (Dining Room and Patio)
Sundays, 8am-3pm

Cross Street:
Pacific Coast Highway

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(949) 497-5434

Website:
http://www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Avaliable

Executive Chef:
Lawrance Lopez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Our restaurant is great for hosting birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, business luncheons and many other events.

Las Brisas Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (135)
Waterfront (126)
Special Occasion (105)
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Good for a Date (90)
Great for Outdoor Dining (77)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
Romantic (72)
Good for Birthdays (70)
Worth the Drive (66)
Great for Lunch (56)
Great for Brunch (55)
Sunday Lunch (48)
People Watching (37)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Fun (33)
Casual (31)
Bar Seating (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Happy Hour (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Cozy (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Business Meals (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Authentic (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Healthy (17)
Notable Wine List (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Tapas (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Seasonal (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Live Music (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Organic (3)
Spicy (3)
Great Beer (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Terrible experience. The restaurant was less than half full and they parked us (81 year old mother and 60 YO son, wife...) next to a party of 15 or so that were so loud we couldn't converse. The wait staff was so slow that we were wondering if they took breaks all the time. The ceviche was terrible and the salads were very overpriced for what was presented. After the check was delivered it took 20 minutes to find the waiter to just pay ad then it took another 10 to return. To cap it off my wife had made some hot-sauce for my brother out of peppers that he grew and we forgot it at the table. We literally turned around before we went out the front door. When asked the bus boy did run to the back but he said too late it went into the compactor, not even an oops we're sorry, much less thinking maybe we should take this up front in case this unique jar of hot-sauce may have value to those people. All in all a pretty poorly run restaurant with poor food. Absolutely gorgeous venue. I recommend going here to walk, just don't go inside, nothing worthwhile.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

We had an incredible meal here on my birthday last week. We found Las Brisas via Open Table, and it did not disappoint. Nydia was our server and she was so kind, friendly and helpful. She made my birthday very special with her warmth, and with the amazing dessert she brought out for us to eat in celebration after our delicious meal. The view, the smell and the sight of the Pacific Ocean below us didn't hurt matters at all either. Highly recommend!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic spot! Found this place several years ago. I live in KY, so it’s literally a trip across the country to eat here. But, I have turned several business associates onto the spot and it’s always the first place we go. Filet Mignon and Bacon Tacos are worth the trip.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Our Annual Christmas lunch was delightful at Las Brisas!

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a great time at our breakfast holiday meeting.

Tags: Seasonal, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Dinner was absolutely delicious. From the appetizers of which we had three, to our wonderful fish mains. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went to Las Brisas to celebrate my husband's birthday, which I indicated on the reservation.
First, I think if this is a first experience, go during the day and sit on the patio. Inside the tables were so close you couldn't get up without bumping into something. The restaurant was full, so service was good, a little slow as one would expect. My lobster linguine was terrible. The lobster was tough and stringy; the whole dish was a big gooey mess. My husband was very satisfied with his pork chop. Just prior to our dinner arriving, a table very near to us was seated, apparently someone important. At least 6 staff came to their table, including both maitre des and the chef. At that point, all was dropped to take care of that table. This is our 3rd visit - won't go back again. PS No recognition of my husband's birthday.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were very disappointed in the food and in the service. Very nice view though.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was outstanding. Vince the owner came and greeted us and made us feel very welcome. I highly recommend this restaurant for a speacial occasion. Thank you Las Brisas.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We have dined there for Years but this last time was extremely disappointing. The menu has been changed completely and We had great difficulty in selecting an entree. The only offering We all agreed on was the dessert of fruit in a pastry basket which was outstanding.When the only item is dessert then We know We are in trouble.Service was excellent and the noise level acceptable.We will not be returning.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Las Brisas is in a beautiful location in Laguna Beach and our group of six had an inside window table so that we were able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Laguna Beach coastline. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Two in our group had the pick three item "tasting" plates. The servings were very small. I enjoyed my taco salad with shrimp. I thought the food and beverage prices were a little pricey. The wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 7, 2017

This is our go to place for special events and celebrations.
The service was particularly good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food & service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It was my father's 90th birthday so I was counting on great service, but as there were a few other, larger birthday parties that night at Las Brisas, our small gathering in the side room was ignored for the most part. I ordered a margarita that took 20 minutes, and our food didn't arrive until one hour after our arrival. Bus boy was great and retrieved our server a few times, but overall we were very disappointed and would likely not return for a special occasion such as this. Food was excellent, but prices were outrageous. Been coming here for years but this was likely the last time.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Beautiful Location in Laguna Beach right on the Ocean. Food is good and Service was also very good.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was delicious and our server, Matthew, was terrific!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Wonderful, and excellent service as usual. We love this place!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Healthy, Organic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of our favorite ocean view restaurants in Laguna Beach. Good food. Beautiful. Creative menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The staff was amazing and the setting was beautiful. The food was very good but is a little pricey but I took my wife here for a date night and it was well worth it! Thank you for taking such great care of us!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Waiter enhanced our dining choices with his excellent recommendations for wine!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The manager Jefferey and Gia team were amazing. Ahi and Cadillac Margaritas were amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a very memorable evening celebrating our sons surprise engagement . The food and service from the two Fernando's was great ! The only thing missing was the surprise dessert they said they would do when I booked the reservations. Overall , a very special evening with amazing views. Lori H

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

For us, it was all about the view. The restaurant was very busy with an extremely large group. As a result, once that large group flooded the restaurant, it was very loud and noisy and congested. Before that flood, it was lovely. The food was okay. Nothing to write home about.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Nice restaurant on the water overlooking Laguna Beach. The Lobster Carbonara was excellent and the enchiladas were good as well. The staff is very attentive. We’ve been here many times to also have drinks on the patio and enjoy a tapas menu not served in the main restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Superb ambiance and views of Laguna Beach Bay & Pacific! Try to get there around Sunset to enjoy both daytime ocean view and evening lights of the small art-oriented village and community. Indoor dining has almost 180o views and Patio has heat lamps when needed. Food was excellent, wine selection good and service professional and attentive. Only drawback may be the higher price tag - but depending on your reason for coming - you'll probably get what you pay for! If you've never been here, come for a drink and stay for great food! (Valet parking in case you have trouble walking up the short hill from the Village.)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date, Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I made a reservation and was given a great table but didn’t know until I arrived that I would be forced into a price-fix menu unless we moved outside. The patio menu was terribly limited. I asked if I could order huevos rancheros and was told, no.

I felt hog-tied.

I felt punished instead of valued.

The Deck is a much better value and experience.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Downhill.... sadly that is the direction Las Brisas has gone. It has traditionally been our go-to place in Laguna Beach. After a refurbishment/remodel, inexplicably the white table cloth service is gone... it seems that service is as well. The reception was first-class, but table service went down from there. Water was prompt. Drink orders were taken late and delivered late. No bread served (other tables of course had bread). "...authentic cuisine of the Mexican Riviera and is filled with recipes discovered along the 3000 miles of Mexico's coast"? Hardly... a changed menu with mostly typical meat/seafood glammed with a tomatillo, etc. The calamari was cold (but the flavor of calamari and chipotle aioli was fine). Menu not as A question of the waiter "Would you recommend the X or the Y" resulted in the waiter polling each of us as to our considerations and declaring "I'll bring you X, you Y and you Z". Stunning. Waiter missing in action. Then, instead of Shrimp Tampiqueños, Surf and Turf Enchiladas arrived with the other two entrees. Oops... no offer of keeping the other mains warm.. 2 of us ate; the third ate alone once the Shrimp arrived. Waiter again missing in action. No offer of dessert. No offer of coffee. The waiter? Talking in the corner. We had to stop another waiter to have a bill generated and pay for our meal and parking (valet is $10, added to the bill inside). We handed over a credit card. The bill came back; the credit card didn't... we had to ask for it. An appropriate ending to the sequence of service. Questionable whether we'll bring others here again.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was not the place that I remembered. Way to expensive and food was average at best. Drinks were not good. Javier’s much better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Las Brisas never disappoints!!! We both had seafood dinners, the bass and the salmon. They were prepared perfectly and served piping hot. Oscar, our waiter, was very attentive. We had a truly lovely anniversary dinner!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Tapas, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great view. EXCELLENT service. Imaginitve menu (that somewhat failed to execute)

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Beautiful view of the ocean and garden. The food is always good and the service is excellent.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Terrible Thanksgiving meal... four entres served cold. Very expensive... $$$$$ way out of line.
Our waiter was the only saving grace. They are newly renovated, and the facility is beautiful... but the food, not so good. Our bill was over $300 for four people... our worst choice for Thanksgiving ever👎

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a large group Thanksgiving and they were great Choice of entree if you didn’t want turkey and wveryone was happy Pumpkin pie was sooo good

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Las Brisas has the best ocean view on the Coast and our Service was A+++. It was Thanksgiving and a special menu of 4 choices. My husbands rib eye streak, although cooked as requested, was tough and flavorless . My Scallops were good, but both our entrees had nothing much to go with it. Just a smear of something. No bread. The appetizer was delish. Hubby's salad was great, My carrot soup tasted and looked like baby food. The desserts were terrible. Never had apple tart that was to hard to cut. Pumpkin pie was terrible. but the ice cream that came with it was great. Yes we'll go back because of that view. C'mom chef, you can do better

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent location to enjoy a wonderful meal. View is absolutely fantastic. Service was excellent as well. A bit pricey, but worth it. They have invested in some nice updates over the years and the facility looks much nicer than I remember from years ago. We chose inside but outside seemed to be a wonderful place to enjoy a good time as well.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fabulous meal for Thanksgiving. Many good options for multiple courses, all nicely presented. Scallops were wonderful, turkey well prepared. Great service, unbeatable view!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Don’t go don’t go to this place. It is terrible I was very very disappointed

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and view

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our 28th wedding anniversary was super special at Las Brisas. From the moment we walked it we were seated as requested, by the window with a view, and catered to more than expected. We truly enjoyed our evening. The complimentary dessert was delicious. Thank you.

This was our first time visiting and will not be the last. :)

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Delightful, as always!! We'll return again and again and again.

Tags: Waterfront, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Romantic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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