Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

4.4
1639 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Fresh Groceries, Hot Food, Wine, and Household Items
Pick-up or Delivery anywhere from
Costa Mesa to Coto de Caza to San Clemente
~ no contact drops ~
Orders placed before 6pm can be fulfilled the same day.

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was good from start to finish. The food was very fresh and flavorful. It was good to have a group of three and try several small plates to start. Entrees were nicely portioned with high quality ingredients. We’ll definitely be back again.

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vipHarryKarna
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outside seating was a little cold but given the evening hour and the covid situation, the staff made it comfortable. Food was awesome, service was polite and attentive. Thank you

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Lginoc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, lovely ambience, delicious food. A great location for a cozy date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the food here and some good wines by the glass. Menu was very appealing- almost everything sounds good!

TD
vipTonyD151
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this little gem in Laguna Beach and we loved it! Great food and friendly service... Nirvana Grille will now become our local go to! It also helps Nirvana is my favorite band! :)

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vipSteve
New Mexico
32 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant that has never failed to impress me with its food. Always a must when we stay in LB.

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vipLandShark
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chef Lindsay continues to deliver delicious, amazing meals, which change with the seasons. We returned for an encore of the herbs de provence chicken breast, which was as outstanding as ever, and elected to go with Grampa Michael's Kitchen Sink salad as a starter, which we devoured. Finished with the banana chocolate bread pudding made with croissants - too good for words.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful first time experience here... great ambiance, service and food!

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DarrylinG
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nirvan is my favorite place to have dinner and celebrate my Birthday every year. We sat outside although a bit noisy on Broadway but still had a lovely evening. The food is always spectacular in their offerings which change regularly depending on seasons. Lindsey is a warm thoughtful person and always wants to know how you liked the food. She's a hands on gal.

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tell
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good, service was terrible. They must have lost a bartender the night we visited. The owner was behind the bar and out of the kitchen. Service was a disaster all night.

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vipSteffi
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was good but not that great. Service was Ok but not great either. Overall, we enjoyed our meal here.

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Funout
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed our meal but did feel prices were a bit inflated. Understand it is likely due to less being served but it would have been nice to have a bit more “finesse” for the price. Four of us, only two glasses of wine total not even a bottle and our bill was $275. Four entrees, 2 glasses of wine, 2 orders garlic bread. Little steep but enjoyed nonetheless.

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vipBac12
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Amazing food but the noise level was distracting and detracted from the experience.

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OlgaT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think it’s one of the best places to eat in Laguna
Everything met our expectations.
Service was a little bit slow but I feel it’s a new normal
Would highly recommend it
Yummy everything from appetizers to desert

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Chip
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Went here because it came up as a 'romantic restaurant' but it is definitely not. It's a casual spot for a good group of friends and family. Really good food though.

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Dude
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time and we loved it. Si and Ishmael we super nice and helpful. GARLIC BREAD!!

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superbad1
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner for wife and I. Place is very charming. Service was very attentive. It was restaurant week (RW, not why we went), so we ordered off of the RW menu. Both mains were a slightly over-cooked. All in the food was good (4 star) and we would go to Nirvana again, but would probably not order off the RW menu next time.

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vipRichardP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our dinner was an innovative presentation with the freshest of ingredients. The cocktails are also innovative.

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CherylC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was fabulous!!! I have been meaning to try it for some time now and I can’t wait to go back. We tried the $50 fixed price menu and the $40.
I am telling you that it is as good as the Studio at the Montage which is superb also. What a pleasant surprise for such an accessible restaurant owned by chill people. There were several items on the menu which I’ve never seen before like homemade goat milk ice cream with apple slices. It was so delicious and my hesitant friend tried a bite and loved it also. We had the steelhead bass and the rockfish as well as two different salads. Scrumptious! The plating was outstanding and the timing was excellent for two people carrying on an interesting conversation interrupted by gourmet dishes being served. The rooftop was just the right temperature and the sea air was refreshing. Friendly hostess, waiter and staff. There was even an attentive staff member who offered to show us an elevator as an alternative to the stairs. It couldn’t have been nicer and the social distancing was good also. There were a variety of ages and temperaments and a good time was had by all.

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mahmudJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The place was understaffed and the young crew had a hard time accommodating guests. They forgot to take our order for entree and forgot to bring my second glass of wine. They did comp me the 2nd glass but it still showed up on the bill and had to be corrected

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johnP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

food took 2.5 hours to come out There was no comp either

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RobL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Decent experience but they were busy because of restaurant week.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were extremely excited to try this place out. We were not impressed at all. First off they served us our drinks pretty sloppy looking no garnishes martini had no olives even our second round of drinks asked for no Cheyenne and messed up and out Cheyenne on both of our drinks! Then came appetizers they took forever and we were missing one and had to tell them come to find out they ran out or it would take too long to make it. They gave us two different stories so we had to order something different. Our main course came and our food was cold and lacking flavor. My petite filet mignon was gross, fatty and tough. By time they came back to check on us we already began to eat our cold food when they offered to re cook it.... thanks but we were so turned off at this point. They literally messed up everything the entire night from our drinks to our appetizers to our dinner. I was extremely disappointed. Even if our food would have been warm and IF we had good service the food STILL lacked flavor and was totally not worth it. To think we paid $300 for this for the 3 of us. Only good meal was the garlic bread this was delicious if that was my only meal for the night I would have been happy. I can deal with bad service or running out of a food item if the food quality and flavor made up for it but it didn’t...

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vipVicente
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

A nice restaurant with good food but perennially understaffed. Consequently, the meal drags out as the waiter has disappeared.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great
I had branzini and it was awesome
The ambiance was also nice and romantic great for our anniversary celebration .

JD
JohnD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food & service. Never disappoints, year after year.

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was superb. Lamb perfectly cooked, as was the Filet Mignon!

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vipSDdiner73
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Not really following the covid rules, food was good but didn’t feel safe

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vipGayeK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fred was our server and he did such a great job! We were celebrating our engagement so the ambiance was just perfect!

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MariaO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The menu has a variety of delicious options and everything we ordered was perfectly prepared and delicious. It was fabulous because we were not in a rush. They are operating on a smaller staff so things take a little longer, but the wonderful food was worth the wait! Have a snack before going so that you can relax and enjoy the slower pace and an excellent dinner.

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was impeccable -- very attentive staff. The food was just amazing -- fresh, wonderful. I will return here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful staff and service. Plus, the food was delicious. Get the muscles and frites, Seafood de Mare and the espresso ice cream and you will not regret it. 5 stars all around.

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vipKWDiner
Central Coast
53 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and excellent service. Shared the Kitchen Sink salad and Herb Salmon. Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall

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vipFoodforFun
Naples
34 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Not impressed with Nirvana. Service was very poor; waited almost 30 minutes before getting drinks. Wait staff barely speak English. Wine was over priced and food was subpar. Skip this place.

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BillM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

During these times, getting out is a wonderful treat. Nivana does a great job as always.

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vipBobbi
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Being seared was an ordeal. The hostess tried to seat us next to the bussing station, even though we had a reservation, and there were many other open tables. When we asked to sit somewhere else, we were initially told no. Only after we insisted were we seated at a table in a better spot. We watched this process repeat with other diners. They seemed to be trying to seat at the worst table first, and it was very rude. We nearly left. The server was fine, and the food was excellent. I hope they change their attitude toward diners when seating.

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Bret
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic - drinks not so much

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vipLindaB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and very big portions. I highly recommend the mushroom ravioli appetizer, I also liked my salmon.
Covid is in full swing in so cal, and I really think this restaurant did a great job of making all of us stay safe. They opened exterior windows and doors so even walking through the inside felt safe, and all the dining was outside in a shaded courtyard. The bathroom door was propped open, and all the employees wore masks. From all I could see, they really did do all they could to prevent COVID spread.

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Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 497-0027.

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 1639 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.

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