Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

4.4
1412 reviews
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Nirvana Grille is a Sustainable California Restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach, between Main Beach & the Historic Festival of Arts by local Laguna Beach Chef & Owner Lindsay Smith-Rosales.

Our philosophy begins at the local level working closely with area growers and the highest quality purveyors to ensure that our predominately organic produce, meat, wild fish & free-range chicken are provided. We are able to meet the needs of even the most discerning guests with dietary concerns including Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Paleo & Keto Diets. Enjoy our seasonal Bliss Bar Patio dining is warmer seasons and our warm farm house dining room alternatively throughout the year.

Enjoy special offer-
10% Off Food Bill Any Night with same day Laguna Playhouse, Pageant or Museum tickets
Happy Hour All night, Every (Night- Walk In Only)
20% Tuesdays for Laguna Beach Locals or Laguna Beach Business Professionals
Bring your own Wine Wednesday and Enjoy Free Corkage-2 Bottles

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Brunch from 10:30am-2:30pm for a 2 course menu at $39 Per Person Dinner with Juice or Coffee Dinner from 4:30-8:30pm for an open dinner menu and holiday dinner specials Reservations Required

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Offering the NIrvana Grille Menu Along with a Special 2 Course Option for $39 Per Person

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 1412 People Are Saying
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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This restaurant has been a great option in the past, however off the mark. Food was just warm, service was not great and seating uncomfortable.

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JH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place to dine in Laguna. We go early and enjoy a quiet repast.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nirvana Grill was perfect for pre theatre at Laguna Playhouse. The food & service were great. I just wish I had known before getting the playbill that if you show your tickets, you get 10% off! We will definitely go there again.

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EH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful find. Food, service, and atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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S
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Kind of pricey. Quiet restaurant; almost too quite. Salmon was good.

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f
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great and fairly priced. No problem substituting side dishes on entrees. Entire experience was great. Definitely will return.

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SM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always outstanding; the service top notch.

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 31, 2019

So happy you loved the food and the staff did anything less that perfect. We look forward to your next return.

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R
Orange County
56 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Trio Salad Family Style is our favorite. The corn tomato bisque soup was also great. We had to indulge in a slice of apple strudel with oatmeal crust. We'll be back.

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Responded on March 31, 2019

So glad you enjoyed your meal Russ! That means we are doing what we do best. We look forward to feeding you again soon!

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SR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment I entered the restaurant, I was warmly greeted by the hostess. Our waitress was equally friendly but professional. The food is absolutely top quality: fresh and flavorful, imaginative. I had the salmon, which melted in my mouth. The dessert list was tough to make a choice; mud pie was an excellent choice. We were there on a Sunday evening, so it was quieter than usual near the bar - no invasive music to interrupt our conversation. One more thing: this is one of the few Laguna Beach restaurants with accessible parking nearby. The bill topped out at $60 per person, including cocktails, dessert and tip.

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Responded on March 31, 2019

Sheila, It pleases me beyond measure the experience you had. It is an example of the staffs ability to embrace our mission by the way the service is performed and cook food in a way we are so proud of. Thank you for sharing with us and we look forward to your next return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early dinner with old friends. Perfect ambiance, not too loud, the food was terrific!

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c
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Need CIE dinner with friends

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BA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was organic and delicious, served by a very courteous waiter. The restaurant was fairly quiet with soft music playing in the background when we arrived. The service was impeccable, the wine list had many choices and the menu had a variety of dishes that would satisfy anyone's appetite.

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DM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Filet mignon and it was excellent. The place was quiet and the service was excellent

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TD
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal and were able to all talk to each other. Great experience

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MG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place. Very disappointed. Not at the restuarant, but as a 30-year IRVINE resident I never heard of it before, yet always drive by on Broadway in Laguna.

Everything was extra extraordinary from arrival at 6:30 pm on a Friday. Smiles. Welcome to and a seat was instantly ready. As the door opened I know they cared. Serious great food and all. So glad they were on Restaurant Week.

That’s what it’s all about. To charm a new guest to make it a regular place and they won me over. Big time

Five stars all around.

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MB
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always creative, inventive, wonderful flavors, and Restaurant Week did not disappoint the 3 of us. Even the bread is delicious. You can tell that the chef takes pride in her creations. A wonderful regular menu, as well that changes, seasonally. We said we will definitely return to try some of the delicious-sounding items on the regular menu!

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f
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always order your outstanding vegetable plate. It is always perfect - well chosen vegetables, good combinations, perfectly cooked, simple and delicious spices, butter, in combination. The restaurant is relatively quiet and is in a beautiful area and convenient to Laguna Playhouse. This is one of my favorite restaurants.

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k
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Nirvana Grille for several years. The food was OK but the service was iffy so we just went elsewhere. That is water under the bridge. This time the service was excellent and the food was awesome! Portion size was small for the price but that is likely a better option for one's health. Also, it was quiet so all 4 of us could hear each other! That is important to me so you can bet we will be going back!

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DS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem. Lindsay is a wonderful chef/owner.

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OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I both really enjoyed our dinners. Good service, nice ambiance.

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LZ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely dining experience. The restaurant feels intimate; we weren’t aware of how many other diners were there! Excellent food; attentive, respectful wait staff.

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SC
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to Nirvana Grille and we were very impressed. It's a lovely restaurant with warm ambiance and a hard working staff. Our food was very good and it was a very pleasant experience.

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RT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great. Atmosphere is very nice. Service is impeccable. We are locals and this is our favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach

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DK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was pleasant, but it took one hour to get our appetizers? What's up with that? In general the food was very good, & they did give us 20% off of our check. A bit frustrating as we had to rush to finish our food in order to get to the play on time.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a blast! Nice, quiet ambience accompanied by great food and service!

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RP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fine place this is!! Romantic and yet friendly, not pretentious. Some interesting light effects make the dinner placements shine and give off sparkles across the room.
Food delightful, surprising Poblano Pepper stuffed with wonderful veges sautéed perfectly. Service excellent.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

My husband and I chose this restaurant to spend our Valentines Day dinner at. It was our first time, as I had been dying to try it from all the great reviews.
Unfortunately my husband and I were both equally disappointed. The service was terrible! Our waitress did not pay much attention to us throughout our stay. It was a pre-fix menu and my swordfish was much too rare for my taste. I was hoping to send it back to have it cooked a bit longer, but our waitress took a very long time to come back. Also, my asparagus tasted as thought it had been cooked on the grill right after a steak. Our drinks sat empty for quite some time too.
Overall, our experience was less than desired for a $250 night. We will not be back to this restaurant.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nirvana was always the most romantic, classy (white table cloths & napkins) upscale places to go in Laguna Beach precisely because it was QUIET. This last time the music was SO loud that everyone there had to raise their voices. We were deeply disappointed.
Nirvana has always been in a superior class of its own. Adding noise brings it down to the level of all the other tavernas in Laguna. PLEASE keep it quiet and romantic!!

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FC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great menu, wonderful food. We had theatre tix, and the staff (and kitchen) got the 4 of us out with time to spare—and we even had fabulous desserts! Only quibble is that you have to talk over the loud crowd, but the music level is pleasant.

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IB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, first time my husband and I tried the restaurant. The food was amazing! Cannot wait to go again. Definitely make reservations and plan to enjoy several small plates! We had 2 small plates, salad, and each had an entre. We were stuffed!

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DE
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I think a $2.00 split charge for a small salad, when also having two entrees and wine totaling $100, is a bit over the top and leaves a poor impression of the place. Otherwise, the food and service were very good.

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OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding and Enrique our waiter was even better. NO COMPLAINTS

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LF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only reason I gave it 4 stars for ambiance is that I would have loved if there was a candle on my table. That would have set the perfect tone for our decadent meal. Everyone and everything else was fabulous. Loved the trio of greens salad, the sweet potato fries, my martini was perfecto and the filet mignon dish is seriously to die for!! No room for dessert this time.

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SM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding, the service stellar. My fave Laguna Beach restaurant.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. The small plates were delicious, service was excellent, nice quiet atmosphere. I’m not sure why this place wasn’t busier, because we loved it!

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SD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a great restaurant that you should try. Unlike so many places today, this place is quiet enough to have a conversation. The food was good if not outstanding. Service was fine and the owner is great. Try it out!

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OT
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

DIned there on New Year's Eve and it was perfectly wonderful. Although there was a fixed-menu, the selection was varied and the food was delicious... Better yet, the service was outstanding! Everyone was friendly and very festive! We have dined at Nirvana Grille several times and will definately return.

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PL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

This restaurat never disappoints on quslity of food with great flavor and good service. Year after year!!

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DS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were great. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

The service was very good, but the food was not great quality. We ordered the chicken wontons and there was a big piece of cartilage in the wonton.... I have a very sensitive gag reflex so, not great for me. Then when my main dish came there was a long piece of hair... pretty gross.

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