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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.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$30 and under
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Free Lumberyard Parking with validation is located behind the restaurant off of Ocean Ave. Additional parking is available next to City Hall, across the street in "Lumber Yard" Parking Lot for $3.00 Street Parking is usually found up Third St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Lumberyard Ratings and Reviews
Though it feels like a casual dining chain, the food was a cut above the partially pre-made fare you’d expect from such an establishment. The double pork chop was cooked to order, slightly pink in the center with a nice char and absolutely delicious with the potato leak purée and spinach. Don’t miss the zucchini planks with a tangy ranch sauce. They’re the absolute perfect bar food. Hot and crunchy with a little Parmesan tang. We only ordered one drink but it was well made and the beer menu is extensive and excellent. I recommend this place. It was really good.
We like Lumberyard and eat there frequently. I was disappointed that they do not carry a Belgian White style beer. My Lumberyard 'Signature' burger was excellent. My wife and her friend both enjoyed the Crab Cake Salad, which my wife described as "fabulous". Of course we will be back.
The food is great. Tricky to find a parking spot. Nice ambiance. Was not busy and the service was just ok. I had my empty soda glass that I set aside for a refill and someone picked up the glass without asking if I wanted a refill. And it took awhile before the server came back to ask for a refill. I have been there before and the service was good. So, I won't judge based on that. You will enjoy the location, cozy interior, and the food is really good.
We are visiting from Los Angeles with our kids and made the reservation in hopes that we could have a fairly inexpensive evening out. There was no indication when booking through open table or even through the restaurant’s website that there would be a price fixe menu for the evening. Our plan was to give the girls the cornbread appetizer and share my roasted chicken with them. Instead, dinner was $250 for our party of four, including $24 chicken fingers my four year old didn’t touch and $29 salmon for my seven year old. Adult dinners were $65 each.. The waiter was great and the food was good, but not what we thought we had carefully planned out for our budget getaway. Had we known ahead of time we would likely have made other plans. Spending two weeks grocery budget on one dinner out may have driven me to drink...but I couldn’t afford it.
The food was very good and good sized portions - most took go boxes. We had a 6PM reservation and were on a relatively tight schedule for getting to the Laguna Playhouse for a 7:30 show, and we made it, but it was tight. The seated a few of the party early and there rest of us (5 total) a bit ahead of the reservation - yeah! Only negative (but it depends upon your age group - is that the noise level can be difficulty to hold a conversation. We were in the dining area, but just behind the bar. Perhaps the outer booths were quieter.
We are regulars at Lumberyard. The place has a great ambiance. If you are in the mood for good drinks and above average comfort food this is your spot. The fish dishes are also done very well so it’s a nice blend of choices. Kids menu is excellent and the noise level makes it kid friendly.
One of our two favorite restaurants in the area. Great location if attending the Laguna Playhouse (walking distance) or the festivals, and parking conveniently nearby. Fun shopping in the area. Their beef stroganoff is the best I've ever had, and the meatloaf is fabulous. Not nearly as noisy as some comparable places.
My husband and I have been here several times, and it is always" TOP NOTCH" . We did make our reservation thru Open Table and did mention it was our 33rd Anniversary but no mention was made of it at the restaurant, and that is OK, but it would have been nice to have had it mentioned, but otherwise the restaurant is always flawless, it's a great place to be and eat!!!!
Was looking forward to our first meal here. Unfortunately, the first impression of the restaurant at the hostess stand was less than inviting . The staff was competent, but they were not particularly friendly and had a bit of an attitude. Outside of our interactions with the hostesses the experience was very pleasant. Our waiter was very good. Everything we ordered was amazing with the exception of our main course, which was the meatloaf. This dish, which I was really looking forward to, was very bland, the meatloaf itself was overcooked and dry and the bacon on the outside was burnt. With this said, the oysters were amazing and the wedge salad and French onion soup were very good. Despite the downsides of this visit I wouldn't hesitate to return to this restaurant for another try.
We come to the Lumberyard fairly often and with so many choices in Laguna Beach, that really says something! The food is ALWAYS good although the service can be hit and miss. This time it was hit! Perfect. Sorry I cannot recall her name but she was spot on. Thank you, Lumberyard!
One of the most memorable dining experiences in a long time!! Everything was outstanding, from start to finish. Always recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or looking for a great place to eat, whether a celebration or just wanting great tasting food. As always, had a fantastic time.
I live in yorba linda and visit the lumberyard about twice a month. this visit was our seating
next to two (2) families sharing (2) booths. kids were unruly with no correction. i should have
been given another seating at the lower level not upper level.
I UNDERSTAND NOISY KIDS AS I HAVE THIRTEEN (13) GRANDKIDS. BUT AT THIS LUNCH MANY
TABLES WERE OPEN.
The Lumberyard is a wonderful restaurant for special occasions as well as everyday dining. The food is outstanding and a great value. The menu is versatile and unique. I love the ambiance, especially outside. It can get a bit noisy inside, but not enough to deter me from returning. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach! The service is also outstanding!
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