Lumberyard

4.6
1963 reviews
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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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TS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jeannie was wonderful! The filet melted in our mouth's. AMAZING!

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R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Not too noisy given number of dinners. Typical Sunday night crowd.

Would go back again.

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RJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great location to walk to the beach or the Pageant of the Masters. Nice selection with something for everyone. Service was slow. Overall a good place for lunch and dinner

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TR
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food is just ok, unfortunately, nothing special. Good menu selection, however, nothing tasted extraordinary EXCEPT for the cornbread. But how can you mess up cornbread?

Our party had a couple of the pasta dishes, they were average tasting. Seared tuna entree was a little above average. BBQ ribs had way too much sauce. For the price there are many other restaurants in Laguna Beach that are much better (i.e. Nicks, Zinc, White House).

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and servers were friendly. We love visiting when the Pageant of the Masters show is happening. The location is walking distance from the Pageant. Definitely would recommend !

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great mojitos and filet mignon.

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LK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always such good food and fun place to go out for the evening.

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HH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambience. Eclectic live band in the bar area. Great food. Great service by our waiter Chad!

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LH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All was very good, and our waitress (pronounced Kay-mana) was exceptionally great!

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SL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The waitress was very accommodating making a switch from fries to coleslaw, as requested. The ribs were fall off the bone as stated in the menu and were excellent. We arrived a little early for our reservation, but were seated right away.

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CR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Comfortable space. Something for everyone.

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ES
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation which was on record and were taken right to our table. The service was good and our food was excellent and hot! We decided to have coffee after the bill had come and the server comped us.

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LJ
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laguna favorite! Especially for the pageant proximity. Yummy food, the scallops were amazing, nice wine, beautiful patio setting, we'll be back!

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PC
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought our kids to Lumberyard and walked to The Pageant of the Masters afterward. Our waiter was attentive of our schedule and knowledgeable about the menu.

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T
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They reporte me as not being there but I was checked in and told the twice that I had made my reservation on open table. The waitress even checked later in evening

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p
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were promptly seated at our table upon arriving for dinner. I ordered the ribs and they were amazing! Portion size was adequate and price point was reasonable. Overall ambiance of the dining area was warm and inviting. We were able to carry on a conversation and hear one another. I highly recommend a dinner here before a night at the Pageant or shopping in the downtown district. We definitely will return in the future.

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J
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great steak cooked to perfection and don’t miss the parmesan filet of sole.

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L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, drink! Courteous, efficient service! Definitely a great place!

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KE
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food!

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h
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an Anniversary dinner that was spectacular! The restaurant was full, we were seated and waited upon quickly, but not rushed or hurried. Our dinner was served at the right temperature…not cooled down or too hot. Would definitely return for another night out.

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J
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would recommend this restaurant only if they were going to pageant of the Masters. The beef stroganoff was way too salty, and the dessert we wanted was not available (sorbet), and although the Reese's peanut butter cup pie was recommended by our waiter, it was way too rich. Overall everything was fine, however I won’t go back unless I am attending the pageant or festival of the arts.

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T
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and food!

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very, very loud. Sit outside if you can to avoid the noise. Service was excellent. Jeannie (wait staff and bar tender) is phenomenal. Food was good.

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SG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner--great staff
Will come again for sure.

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GA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lumberyard was close to the Laguna Playhouse where we attended a matinee. The restaurant
saved a table for us as one of our party has problems walking and it is easier for her to be seated
at a table. The service and the food were excellent.

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S
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It's OK-not my favorite menu but adequate and is very well located.

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DA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Kristina was great and added her special touch to our evening.

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e
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The halibut was very fresh!! The beef stroganoff was also very tasty. Rather noisy inside, we prefer to sit on the patio. Many great tasting dishes here!

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F
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were going to the Dress Rehearsal for the Pageant of the Masters and have eaten at the Lumberyard on previous visits to the Masters. My son in law and brother in law last time had the ribs and I wanted to try those and they were delicious. My hubby had the salmon and it was also very good. Great proximity to the Masters and pleasant place to have dinner beforehand.

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R
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great Cedar Plank Wild Salmon... service great and restaurant always clean and a good vibe!

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K
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, The Lumberyard is the perfect spot to meet friends and get together in Laguna Beach. We had a delightful evening and enjoyed a delicious meal.

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RG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice and close to the Laguna Playhouse - which is the main reason we went. Overall good food and service for the price. A bit to noisy which made conversation difficult. Would probably go back before another play .

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IS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Thank you! We had a group of 13 and the service was excellent!

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S
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The arrival experience was less than friendly. Yes, we had a reservation. Yes, we were on time. No, the restaurant wasn't very busy at the time of our arrival. About 8 people at the bar. Some scattered guests throughout the restaurant.

After being seated we waited about 10 minutes before anyone even touched the table. We definitely made sure we ordered everything at that moment as it made us skeptical on service.

When appetizers were dropped, additional request was made and never materialized. It wasn't until after the entrée were dropped that the request had been placed a second time & fulfilled.

Service did not make its way back to the table often enough to refill beverages or check on quality of food.

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C
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always accommodating , friendly atmosphere, severs seems truly happy to wait on you. Small lunch menu but all items are delicious. Great drink menu.

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j
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had lunch, and all our entrées were excellent. We had a cobb salad, the south western bowl the soup and sandwich special. We have rediscovered the Lumberyard for lunch.

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DW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very expensive, not great food and very very loud!!

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WM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant. What could have been a very bad experience turned into an extremely enjoyable one. We had reservations later in the morning on Fathers' Day. Unfortunately, tables were not turning over very quickly so we ended waiting at the bar. To start, the bartender was exceptionally pleasant and attentive. As our wait lasted, the hostess was very diligent to keep us informed and was very apologetic. We ended staying a bar a while longer and were constantly attended to by the bartender, hostess and finally the Manager. All worked to ensure our wait was as pleasant as it could be and that we were well taken care of.

In the end, we got sat and had a fantastic meal. The waitress was very good and we received further visits from both the hostess and Manager to make sure everything was alright and to apologize for wait. I honestly do not remember the last time I received this level of attention and concern from a restaurant staff. Unparalleled.

Bottomline: This remains one of favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach - highly recommend it for great staff, food and service. You'll definitely enjoy your visit.

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KH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very energetic and noisy place. Food was very good but took a long time to get to us. I assumed that everyone going to the 7:30 showed up just as we did, and the server did the best she could to hurry us along.

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PM
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I think the food at the Lumberyard has gotten much better over the years. I had a fantastic salmon. Others in our party had the fillet mignon and New York steak which were absolutely fantastic. Best of all was the apple and mango crumble served à la mode for dessert. This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had!

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