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Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

4.5
1290 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Cozy
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romantic
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday-Sunday: 5:00-9:00 pm
Closed on Mondays

Rooftop Bliss Bar (Tuesday - Sunday 5:00 - 9:00pm)
Please make a note when making a reservation if you would like to dine in our upstairs al fresco Rooftop Bliss Bar area.
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Phone number
(949) 497-0027
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Lindsay Smith-Rosales
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Catering
Call for specific pricing and catering details (949)497-0027. Pick up, Delivery and full service available. Private Rooftop Event Rental Available for Cocktail Receptions and More. Private Interior Dining Room Rental Available with Food and Beverage Minimun. No Rental Fee
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beach & Broadway
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Parking details
Parking on Broadway adjacent to the restaurant called The Plaza Shopping Center available after 5pm to patrons only. During Summer lot is maintained by a valet company only. Parking is validated to half their fee for diner or leave for festivals at their normal rate. Street Meter Parking also around building on all sides but not always available.
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Public transit
There is a public transport drop off at the main Laguna Beach bus depot 100 Yards East of the building.Laguna Beach Trolley runs along PCH about 500 yards form the restaurant as well as seasonally runs next door at the bus station with easy accessibility to all Festival Grounds & Playhouse.
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Entertainment
Nirvana Grille features live music on the Bliss Bar Rooftop Patio on Sundays by Anesha Rose.
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Special events & promotions
For any occasion large or small we are here to assist in making your special event perfect. Whether you wish to be indoors or out, we will provide every last detail to make this a truly memorable event.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Join us for our favorite Latin Inspired specials such as Blackened Chicken, Chipotle Cream Sauce, Avocado, Cilantro Spinach Rice or Grilled Corn & Cream with Cotija, Cilantro & chili Oil or Our Signature Blood Orange Nirvana Margarita!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for a Special Mother's Day Brunch featuring favorites such as our Potato, Leek Pancake, Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg, Beurre Blanc, Creme Fraiche & Micro Celery or our Famous Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Cilantro & Serrano Prawns, Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce, Basil, Pine Nuts & Goat Cheese

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1290 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Convenient for going to theater and/or walking around Laguna. Food and service are good and I like the ease of OpenTable reservations! Very enjoyable Laguna eatery!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We had an early dinner before a show. Service was prompt and friendly, food was very good, ambiance and location are very good.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Food is always good, but sometimes better than others, depending on choice of dish and the luck of the draw (i.e., some dishes are just more appealing than others, but that's a matter of individual taste; everything is always well-cooked and beautifully presented). Food is occasionally a little on the bland side (I like spice), but still very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter Sunday Brunch, I had tried viewing their menu before hand, however had issues with their website. At first our daughter ages 14 & 8 had issues deciding what to eat. Fortunately, once we received the food it was absolutely exquisite, they both ate everything, and so did my husband and I. The service and people there made us feel very welcomed. Very nice experience, just what we wanted for Easter brunch since we were away from home.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Even though we live in North Orange County Nirvana Grille is my first choice for a lovely dinner out- hands down. The elegant, intimate atmosphere and vibrant music is wonderful but what really keeps us coming back is their farm to table inspired menu paired with excellent service! And the food isn’t just delicious... no matter what we order or how many times we’ve dined, the kitchen staff’s care and preparation has proven it to be consistently delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent restaurant although a bit pricey. We split a meal and each had a drink and the bill with tip was over $100.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Nirvana Grille never disappoints, delicious food and great service.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I was a bit disappointed because it was advertised that they had vegan options and a vegan desert and when we arrived I didn’t see any vegan options and they did not have the desert.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food and service! The cocktails are innovative and fun. It's a short walk to the Laguna Playhouse which makes this a great pre-theater destination.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

As always, never disappoints. Delish! Food service, quality, presentation, excellent

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

A favorite every time we visit Laguna Beach .. our server was outstanding and the food is absolutely delicious .. you are never rushed and though it is a small and cozy dining room you still feel as you and your guests are alone .. truly a gem not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food. NG always featured a delectable menu, and it never disappoints. There are excellent, tasty, vegetarian dishes for the non-carnivores, and not some raw vegetables tossed up in a salad, or boiled and salted.

The appetizer portions were not skimpy, and while the drinks are expensive, they are tasty. Alcohol with a meal makes the meal costlier, so I'll perhaps try the bar experience: cocktails and tapas should be a reasonable priced outing at Happy Hour.

Truly a fantastic place, if a bit on the expensive side: understandable given that it is in Laguna Beach

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I really appreciate this unique menu, especially the large variety of small plates. Hubby and I shared 4 + a salad, everything was sooooo good! They add new things seasonally so there are frequently new things to try. Service is great too.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Love Nirvana Grill.
The fresh food and creative menu make coming here a treat. You just have to know where to park...other than that. It's a great place for dinner.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Wonderful place to dine. Food is delicious, service superb, hostess attentive to all needs.

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4.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Good, varied menu of small plates and large plates. The salad with half of a large plate item was a nice option. Roasted sea bass was delicious and perfectly cooked. Excellent service. Definitely worth a visit.

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3.0Dined on December 29, 2017

We were surprised that at 7:15 on a Friday night, specials were already sold out, as was one of the small plates. Only four other tables were occupied, and by 9:30 when we left, we were the last out the door. Is this late night dining?

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was very good try the short rib.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Always a great meal at Nirvana. Delicious and fresh! Our server was attentive and informative.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2017

As usual, this restaurant really performs. The menu has great selections with specials offered from time to time. At 5:30 on a week night, there were only a few people in the restaurant, so service was outstanding - but it usually is! I had the pork chop which was fantastic. My friend had the short ribs and they were amazing. The food is phenomenal and the service and attentiveness is terrific. Our waiter was helpful and even allowed us to change tables to one that was a bit more to our liking. Extremely good restaurant with food that is locally grown and sourced, with creative and interesting dishes on the menu. A few items are signature dishes and these are always outstanding. Anything new will be a hit, I am sure, as the chef pays great attention to preparation and presentation.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

great service
great food
amazing atmosphere
would have no problem waiting for a table here

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2017

I had the vegetarian platter. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, great selection and a lovely presentation. Excellent service and I will return to this amazing gem in Laguna Beach.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Always delicious food prepared with skill and care.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

On vacation in Laguna Beach...quite time after Thanksgiving...intimate dining...excellent service...friendly staff...we'll go back.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I loved it! We just had a big salad and small plates of Prawns and Chimichuri Steak. Unbelievable food!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was superb. We chose Nirvana because it's within easy walking distance to the Sawdust Festival and we went for the Winter Fantasy event. I was a bit worried about some of the reviews, but not any more. Every dish was excellent.
Filet Mignon was incredibly flavorful and tender
Mushroom Ravioli was brilliant. The sauce makes it.
Salmon was excellent
Lamb was excellent
Airline Chicken (not the best name, huh?) was tender and very flavorful. My wife said it was the best dish she has had in a long time.
Butternut Squash soup (might have been a special) was incredible (very creamy, so not for those watching calories)
On the night we went, they had a special which had blackened salmon, shrimp and scallops and that dish was the bomb.

Wine and desserts were also excellent.
Wonderful ambiance.
Very good service.

Nirvana will be on my go-to list for Laguna Beach!

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2017

I truly enjoy this restaurant. Their menu is not extensive, but all their food is fresh and prepared exceptionally well. The service is always quick and attentive, without being intrusive. I take many friends here, and everyone loves it. One of my favourite go-to spots for people who enjoy delicious food in a comfortable and elegant atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2017

The crab cakes & mushroom ravioli were really good. Service was excellent. Very nice find!

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent, well-prepared food in a lovely, quiet setting. A full-service restaurant and bar. Cares about the customers.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Always consistently delicious food and service is terrific!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food at reasonable price. I recommend. Hidden gem in Laguna Beach.

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2017

Great dinner celebrating our daughters birthday . She is gluten intolerant .

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a wonderful family dinner celebrating my Father's 75th birthday and our 7th wedding anniversary. The food, service, and ambience were all incredible! Thank you for making our evening special. :)

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Exceptional food quality and choices. I had the Lamb it is was one of the best I have ever had.

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3.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Food was good, wine was good, upstairs deck was not open . Inside was silly loud with a table of eight or so adults ignoring their two young kids who were raising hell. No joke, out of control. Shame, the kids should have been supervised or left with a sitter.... awkward but staff should have said something to the party.....

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

This has become our go-to place before the theater. Food is unique and always amazing .

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Everything about this place is great - food, service, reasonably priced, etc- except the ambience- chairs were ripped and overall it just looked shabby - decor is dated and the place is simply worn out. Just not what I expected in elegant, hipster Laguna.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

One of the best in Laguna!!
Love the small bites items
And Lamb chops are the best on menu
Everything was fresh and beautifully presented.
Service is excellent

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Overlooked with many choices in Laguna but going to frequent more often! We haven't been in many months and have been twice in the last 2 weeks and loved it! Lamb was great! Sea bass was great! Enjoyed Salmon the last time. Love they let you skip rice and potatoes and offer a 2nd vegetable. Good cocktails! Quiet and wonderful with family or another couple, even date night!

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Attentive service and delicious food.

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