Lumberyard

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$30 and under
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In 1912, at the bend of Forest Avenue, 23 year old Joe Jahraus opened the Laguna Lumber Company, he and his father(cigar maker, first postmaster and real estate agent) built the beautiful French Normandy building that is here today. Prior to the lumberyard opening, building supplies needed to be dragged in by mule or floated in on the tides, and therefore, Laguna Beach had less than three hundred permanent residences. After the lumberyard opened, the area began to grow at unprecedented rates, transforming it from a tent town into a thriving city. Laguna Lumber operated for seventy three years, sixty two of them in this location and its' architecture, influenced by Joe's tour abroad in World War I, is one of the most significant influences on the town's aesthetic. Half timbers, mud walls and shingled roofs grace many of the downtown storefronts and homes throughout the city because of this landmark. Today, 384 Forest is home to Lumberyard - a contemporary American restaurant.
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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall it was a nice meal. Two of our party ordered the new grain bowl. Which was way too heavy on the grains. One bowl had enough grains to feed a party of 4. The refills on the iced tea we ordered was very slow. The meatloaf was very good and the French onion soup was the highlight of the meal to me.

OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, great atmosphere, great service and great food and we love it

P
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the atmosphere, everything about this restaurant!!! Fit for foodies. GO

F
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun casual local restaurant with wide selection of food. Big bar area as well with TVs etc- live music on Friday night

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful way to send off our registrar of 15 years! I would highly recommend lumberyard for any special occasion!

SC
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Always enjoy the Lumberyard. Great food. The only issue was letting the diners children run around and sit on the floor and scream. Not enjoyable at all. We had to move because the management failed to make sure the parents were made responsible. For their children’s behavior. It wasn’t like we were at McDonalds.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Have been to Lumberyard numerous times. This time was very disappointing. Service was abysmal.

J
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy The Lumberyard. Service is outstanding and drink pours are excellent. We had a large group and there was no problem accommodating our party. They also went out of their way to do separate checks for the group, within reason. Whatever your reason for dining out The Lumberyard is worth your consideration.

R
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Lumberyard. Great value every time. Highly recommend it. .

LA
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (as always), excellent service (as always), we wish they could do something to improve the noise level. It gets pretty loud but this will not stop us from coming back because it is sooo good!

M
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lumberyard is our amazing go-to place here in Laguna.
Never fails to please.

w
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We sat on the patio...very noisy inside. Go at happy hour and fill up on appetizers.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been many times and it’s always good!! Went today again for my bday and they gave me w very thoughtful card. So awesome!

T
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pretheater at Laguna Playhouse
The noise level was higher than usual but always enjoy the food both taste and presentation! He

HL
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The soy and mustard glazed Salmon is delicious. At lunch time the half a sandwich and half a salad are a wonderful combo. They have an outdoor patio and indoor seating with lots of wood. Very nice.

JW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Party of 6, each person with a different entree all enjoyed their meal.

D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Laguna Beach. Classic dark wood booths with a very active bar. High end clientele.

P
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, nice and close to the Laguna PlayHouse and great service. We ALWAYS love our visits to the Lumber Yard! Outdoor patio is a delight on warm evenings. Inside is cozy!

S
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good experience - service a little slow but definitely made up for it with food 9/10

MP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time with my experience at this restaurant the food was very tasty with a friendly serving staff. I would recommend this restaurant to all oof my friends as well I hope to return soon.

SM
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good. Great spot before or after the Laguna Playhouse.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Son and granddaughter flew in from Sacramento on way to tournament, and we met for lunch. The Lumber Yard is such a great central place in Laguna Beach, the food is always good and the service friendly and attentive.

NB
Orange County
59 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Never disappointed.

F
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. I had the peach salad with kale, etc & added grilled chicken to make it a meal. It was great, except the peaches (which made me excited when I saw this on the menu), were just about tasteless. I didn’t complain & the waiter actually never asked how everything was at the end, or I might have mentioned it. Everything else was great!

M
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were a group of 7 and only two of the plates were halfway descent tasting. The penne pasta plate was good minus the chicken. The chicken was dry and over cooked. The chicken pot pie was descent minus the chicken again. Same problem, it was dry and over cooked. The menu said it was rotisserie chicken. If it was they need to find a new rotisserie or start buying it at Costco. Everyone else had burgers and everyone said it was dry. The cheeseburger didn’t even come with anything. It was just bun, cheese and a dry patty. On top of all that the service sucked. The waitress acted like she had better things to do and we were bothering her to take our order. Never did she check on us after we received our meals. Then we find out they included her tip in our check. Never again! All these reviews must be fake.

YS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food & service, been going there for years

R
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was OK, not great, seemed over-priced. Ribs were overcooked, not much meat. Salmon was good.
Ambiance might have been more lively near the bar or later in the evening (we got there at 6 pm on Thurday).

p
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience2

We have been to The Lumberyard in the past and have always enjoyed it. However this time the food was not good at all. My dinner was over cooked and burned, the vegetables were clearly not fresh but reheated and it was difficult to even cut through both the Parmesan Crusted Sole and the vegetables even with the steak knife that came with it (perhaps they knew it would be difficult because who supplies a steak knife with a fish meal?)

My husband ordered the salmon dish and it was overloaded with cream sauce to the point of overkill. There were more potatoes than vegetables .

We were just sorely disappointed from how we remembered it in the past. We will not be going back again.

F
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant for lunch in crowded Laguna. I was unaware that there’s parking behind the restaurant in a garage.
The French onion soup is excellent

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Server was not attentive and placed wrong order. Meal then was not cooked to order.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They need valet service - finding a parking spot really put a damper on the evening. I had the cheeseburger - it was dry😟

A
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Closing night of Pageant of the Masters would be the busiest at this restaurant which is steps from the Festval of Arts & Pageant venue. With that anticipation, high staffing should have been the plan at Lumberyard. While our party of six enjoyed a 5-Star prompt seating and a fine table, the rest of the meal was a disappointment. A "medium-well" clearly requested order was presented "rare." Yes, it returned to the kitchen and was regrilled. The spinach side was lovely, but it needed butter -- oh my, the challenge to request butter. And, no water was refilled until we tracked down staff. There was no offer for dessert nor coffee. Maybe they wanted to turn the table. It felt that way. It would have been a nice extra for the Lumberyard staff to be aware of the Pageant's start time, and to be aware when a table of guests (actually 90% of those in the room!) who are on their way there, at this point in the evening, are NOT in a rush and have plenty of time to enjoy a meal, dessert, coffee. The location of the Lumberyard is too perfect next to the Irvine Bowl so it can get away with being "average" in everything else -- until the summer season ends and "average" is insufficient and embarrassing.

SP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

comfy, great food, and drinks. Perfect right before a show!

s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. Seating okay but flies were an extreme nuisance. Staff not around to handle that situation and it seemed we could not be moved to another table.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and a wonderful experience for all. The cobbler was delicious!! Great decor and nice outdoor seating as well.

GF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely place for lunch. The food was delicious, portions were good and the service was great

JB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There we six of us and everyone absolutely loved there meal. We had a reservation and were promptly seated. Everything was great!

L
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely patio, yummy food, good service, go to spot in Laguna!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super yummy with great service

C
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Another great dinner before Pageant of the Masters. Make sure you make a reservation. So many just show up and get frustrated with the 45-60 minute wait