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Permanently Closed - Mare Culinary Lounge

4.1
252 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies (276)
  • Neighborhood Gem (257)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (196)

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Pirozzi opened his first restaurant in Orange County, California almost a decade ago. Combining his charming personality and his time-honored family recipes Pirozzi created an authentic taste of Italy on Pacific Coast Highway.

Born in Naples, Italy, Pirozzi was the youngest of four children and the only boy. Growing up in a house full of girls was a constant challenge but fortunately for him, whenever the girls were teasing him, his grandmother, Nonna Ida, would rescue him and take him into the safety of her kitchen to help prepare dinner.The kitchen became his sanctuary. He fell in love with the different aromas, the flavors and learning the traditional techniques of preparing fresh homemade pasta. It was here that he learned the many secret family recipes and began his journey to become a Certified Italian Chef.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast

Daily: 7:00am - 10:00am

Daily: 10:00am - 3:00pm on saturday and sunday

Dinner

Monday- Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch

saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 715-9581
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alessandro Pirozzi
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Catering
Off-site catering & event planning

On-site private dining

Pick-up Party Trays

Take out Menus

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Brunch

Alfresco Dining
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cleo St
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Parking details
If street parking is full, free parking is available to Mare Culinary Lounge guests at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Anns Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1
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4.2
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipemecee32 (Portland)
5.0
Dined on November 18, 2016

This is the second time we visited Mare Kitchen. We live in Portland and the first time our SoCal friends introduced us to this gem. This time we visited on our own and again loved it. Great atmosphere, food, and service. Don't let the fact that it is attached to a Holiday Inn Express in Laguna Beach scare you away. You will miss a special place if you do.

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vipreddo (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on October 29, 2016

Love Momma's meatballs and the eggplant appetizer!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0
Dined on October 1, 2016

Would recommend for the food ... but not necessarily the service.

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neilb (Los Angeles)
2.0
Dined on September 16, 2016

upon arrival I announced myself and said I have a reservation the young Hostess said oh ok and did not ask my name or give any ackonledgment really at all .
the patio is the place to be but there was not seating available it was 8PM on a friday night in laguna Beach Calif. the place was almost empty that is not a good sign
The caesar salad was ok but when we asked where the anchovies were they reply is "oh you anchovies that is $3 more "are you kidding me isn't that always on a ceasar ?
the food was ok for me but everyone else liked theirs . the lighting is terrible and this is a place that lights the candle on the table as people are seated if the candles were lit it would have been much better. it was so lax and uncaring this is a tiered place and the attitude shows it . I will not go back

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0
Dined on September 2, 2016

Beyond awful. So sorry Mare has new owner. Not the same place. Went from our fav restaurant to never going again.

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brian (Orange County)
1.0
Dined on August 13, 2016

Mare cancelled our reservation 30 minutes before we were due to arrive. They said they had a wedding going on. We made these reservations 2 weeks in advance. Very shocking and disappointing. They transferred our reservations to another restaurant which was very noisy and hectic.

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vipKipG (Orange County)
2.0
Dined on August 11, 2016

Slow services and not attentive

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TinaR (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on July 2, 2016

All the food was tasty. My only complaint was they don't have a cocktail list, and attempts to engage the server regarding the bar's ability to make me a cucumber mint lime martini were rather unsuccessful. After some confusion, reticence, and back and forth (it turned out they didn't have cucumbers?), I gave up and got a glass of wine. The Martini That Never Was still appeared on the bill at the end, but it was resolved. All in all a good dining experience -- would return.

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GermanRoachk (Orange County)
2.0
Dined on July 1, 2016

The restaurant was empty on. Friday night? Very nice people, we had lemon cielo pasta with Lobster and Squid ink pasta with clams. We ordered a nice bottle of wine..$105!
The service was friendly the food looked great but everything was so over salted... Don't waste your time here it's in a Holiday Inn??
Go to the other store downtown Laguna much better!!
225 for two... 😕

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on June 24, 2016

The food was very good but not outstanding. Service was very good and attentive and they offered a nice dessert with a candle for celebrating a birthday. Ambience was deflated a little bit because the restaurant was fairly empty. I'm not sure why because there are inferior restaurants in the area with more people going inside. They need to do something to the exterior to make it more inviting. It feels dark as you first begin to enter the restaurant. The Good Chef certainly deserves more customers than they had that night.

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