Lumberyard

4.5
2235 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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RickH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated or 50th anniversary there and couldn’t have been happier with the food, drinks, overall cost and our server Emily was fantastic.
Overall a great experience!

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vipBillW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was amazing!

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JasonB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner out at the Lumberyard the other night. I felt very COVID-safe there. The ambiance was great and the meal was wonderful. Great service as too. I’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food service everything great

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JoeR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, delicious food and generous portions

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

What happened? Lumberyard used to be our favorite? Chicken pot pie was horribly bland and had no chicken. Fried chicken sandwich was also super bland.

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dcremington
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Nothing special, food was pretty average. I expected more based on the ratings. Definitely not bad, but I am unlikely to return.

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AnnD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic! The house salad was terrific and huge! The cob salads were a bit small. I was expecting them to be as big as the house salad and they weren't. But they were good. The salmon was absolutely fantastic! The burger was good but a bit smaller than last year...I think. They were very accommodating and sat us at a beautiful table in an area of the restaurant that had no other patrons and didn't rush us at all but were very attentive to our needs. We would definitely come back.

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vipbillg
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of best that Laguna beach has to offer & the ribs & filet are best in town

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Sjcdj
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is always good- and they can handle busy holidays without a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and cool! They vibed with us! The manager was very thankful we were there... Thanked us plenty of times! The sole was spectacular!!!! As we're our starters!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We go to this restaurant now, and then it’s always been mediocre. We gave it another shot this past Saturday evening, and it’s still the same. The employees are friendly and do their best with what they have to offer.

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RickT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place the waitress was wonderful and the service was great

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vip17foodfreak
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

No e to sit outside. Wonderful waiter brought us a heater!
Delicious cream brûlée!
Dinner not so good

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vipChrisN
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Great food!!!

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LindaB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get a reservation through OpenTable for this restaurant and we feel so lucky. It's a very nice place and with COVID we were able to sit inside which was so nice. The staff and food and ambiance are perfect. The prices are good as well. We will be back.

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OCFood4u
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Lumberyard and have for years and especially love the new outdoor dining and Yard Bar with live music. The food has always been good. Try the Sole, Chicken Pot Pie, French Dip, many good salads, good Caesar, Creme Brûlée. Consistently good and one place you might be able to get in without days notice in Laguna Beach.

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vipRaul
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this 1st meal at The Lumberyard. Gr8 food. Music outside, easy walk to shopping and the beach. Service was friendly & quick.

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vipCaliCoy
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner after visiting a winery nearby. I had the meatloaf and swapped the mashed potatoes for sautéed spinach. It was truly fabulous! Loved the flavor of the meatloaf and the portion was nice and big! My boyfriend had the Artichoke & Mushroom Bucatini and he really enjoyed it. It was also very filling. We made reservations for a Saturday evening inside dining and it was so entirely nice. We loved our meals and look forward to returning next!

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nofastfood
Orange County
89 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is providing indoor dining. I think this is a mistake from an epidemiologic viewpoint. We were seated outside by request, and, despite it being a cool evening, there was plenty of social distance and outdoor heating. Considering the pandemic, the experience was enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars here and love it every time we go. They are seating both indoor as well as out on two separate patios. All COVID-19 precautions are being taken to the fullest degree, including providing plexi-glass screenings between booths if you decide to dine indoors. Food is always consistently terrific and service super attentive. Love this spot!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One year anniversary dinner. Very sweet and refined ambiance in the restaurant

Only thing we would’ve wished was different was we weren’t sat next to a family of 7 with small screaming kids. But the food and service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Chad was very attentive! The food was great .... a great dining experience!

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vipAnnee
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SAFEST RESTAURANT IN Orange County DURING COVID-19!!!

Not only is it safe, (masks for all employees, sanitizer on the table, Plexiglas-glass between every booth) Lumberyard is consistently amazing food!! The best salmon and sole, the freshest steaks (better than Mastros!!!) and waiters who are like family!!!!

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KevinW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lumberyard has become a staple in our dining out experience. Always good food and the service is very good as well!

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vipSoCalDude
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

COVID pricing. $17 for a martini. $17 for a fish sandwich that use to be $13. $21 for the prime rib that use to be $15. Sandwich and a crab salad with a martini and house wine was $80, with tip almost $100. Way too much for causal dining.

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vipTawnyC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Patio had zero ambiance. Need music or anything as it was eerily quiet. Appetizer was good but food lacked taste (we had salmon and meatloaf).

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for Father’s Day.

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vipSheriandBill
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lumberyard was great, as it always is! Tried a few new things this time - one being the cornbread, which is not to be missed. Best I've had ever. Also, the roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, was divine. Was too full to have my favorite dessert, the Campfire Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie!

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vipEmilyS
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and everything was good. Our server was very off putting by wearing her mask under her nose and often under her mouth during service. Defeating the whole purpose.

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PaulK
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants! Great atmosphere, excellent service, and amazing food. The calamari appetizer is a perfect starter. I love the kale salad with salmon, and my wife had the 1/2 pound burger with fries. Our daughter ordered off of the kids menu, and had an amazing fillet mignon, mashed potatoes and string beans. Everything tastes delicious, and we love to come back again.

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TonyC
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special short ribs with mashed potatoes. It was tender and a good sized portion. Our table also had the crab and shrimp louie salad which had more crab than lettuce! It was really good but hiding the dressing underneath seemed a bit odd. Service was great and they took good care regarding social distancing protocol. We sat inside but it looked like outdoor dining would be enjoyable the next time. Parking was available in back which is also a nice touch. The chocolate lava cake was a hit with nice presentation. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back! Dinner at Lumberyard is always a treat. Delightful appetizers, great portions and relaxing vibe.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a great experience overall. My husband I shared the cheeseburger and fries and it was a delicious burger! However, we ordered the lava cake to go, but they forgot the ice cream. Other than that, we had a wonderful dinner and would definitely come back.

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TrevorK
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time back in over a year and everything was as we remembered. Great service, great food, and great atmosphere.

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vippatricko
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was basic. Good service.

RB
RobertB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s open!!! Make a reservation and enjoy a night out (finally👍).

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JenniferL
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Everything we wanted to eat or drink seemed to be unavailable. Portions were big but food was only average. 4 of us in booth was a tight squeeze. And very hot in restaurant.

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KeriB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our dining experience was exceptional. The service was spot on, the food was amazing and the ambiance was great. The way the layout accommodated social distancing was great and it really didn't feel that much different than pre-COVID. I highly recommend Lumberyard and look forward to going back soon!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Lumberyard using the Order Online button. Lumberyard also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 715-3900.

Lumberyard is rated 4.5 stars by 2235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.