Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

4.2
1690 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Nirvana Grille serves California Wine Country inspired cuisine in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach, between Main Beach & the Historic Festival of Arts. We are a neighborhood female owned restaurant by Laguna Beach Native Executive Chef Lindsay Smith. Our main focus is to feed our guests the way chef chooses for her our own family, in a warm and inviting atmosphere, just as if she were welcoming friends and family into her home. We take pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients available when creating our menu with Free Range & Organic Poultry, 100% Sustainable Seafood, Meats Free of Antibiotics & Hormones, Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef & Seasonal, Local and/or Organic Produce we strive to source within 300 miles. Being conscious about the food we serve, the impact of our waste to lessen our environmental footprint & supporting the local community we are within, is of the utmost importance to Chef Lindsay.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nicole
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Nirvana Grille years ago when they were in Mission Viejo. This is the second time we've eaten at their Laguna location and it was fantastic! Everything was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is magical. The food is always fresh and delicious, and you can tell it’s made with care for the diners experience…. Try the goat cheese ice cream it is heavenly, and so is everything else on the menu… enjoy! You will not be disappointed.

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vipJanR
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good and interesting. Unfortunately, we had reserved an outside table not realizing there would not be an outdoor heaters so we had a bit of wait for a table inside.

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Blondie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took friends to Nirvana and they loved it. Cozy atmosphere, great service by Lindsay and the staff and the food was excellent. Great experience!

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vip2legit
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be back inside nirvana! The food was excellent and the veggie plate was amazing as usual. The salmon was phenomenal and cooked just to my preference. We also shared the molten chocolate cake for dessert and couldn’t have been happier with our experience. Chef was checking on all the guests and it was an intimate and delicious experience.

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celiaw
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We always love Nirvana grill! Haven’t been since the pandemic, and it seems to have changed a bit. Food all came out super fast and we felt very rushed! We commented on how fast everything came out and the waitress seemed to pride herself on how fast she was at getting food out. We expect a little bit more of a dining experience, but it felt more like a casual fast restaurant.

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DeannaO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, seems like a local's go to. We definitely will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh food and charming waitress

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TimB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We first eat at Nirvana many years ago when it was new and very popular. We rediscovered it pre-pandemic and it was just as good, a testament to its survival. Happy to say last night didn’t disappoint especially as we went with friends that had never tried it and questioned why they had never been before.

My wife is still talking about the delicious whole branzino.
Definitely on our go-to list going forward.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect Laguna Beach vibe

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vipRickT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day

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BrittanyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I understand it's difficult during covid, but everything was bad. From the service to the food to the decor, it's all pretty bad. I wouldn't even know where to start.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went today , the service was so bad, I was so disappointed. . We waited a long time for our order, I asked about my order but the waiter went two times to check on it and we didn’t get my first starter. The restaurant designated one waiter for our door dinning, he couldn’t manage the orders alone . We waited 45 min and left the restaurant as I never got my appetizer.
We usually dine out a lot but today was something else. I was looking forward to a nice cozy time but they manage to spoil our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Please check your bill beacuse is digital the system they have it’s very suspicious they add extra food on your bill extra charge not very happy with that not recommended

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vipJacquiew
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nirvana Grill. I have been going there since it opened years ago.

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vipGaryS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to be back after pandemic. Food excellent as we recalled! One of our few favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Vegan options are not marked on the menu but the waiters were very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible customer service.

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bluey
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I've been to Nirvana Grille several times because the food is usually pretty good. However, the service is always lacking in some way. Each time, I attribute it to some issue such as weather, new hostess, COVID, etc. and I keep going back. But this time, our reservation was once again incorrect. We had suggest to them how to solve the issue...Our waiter was way too busy to be attentive. And at $39 for a plate of BLACKENED SEAFOOD DI MARE (what I got), I expected it to be outstanding but it was okay. The plate was cold. My friend who also got the plate, hers was cold too. Not a great value for the money. Mostly, I wish they would get their service up to par. Get the reservations straightened out so I don't end up standing at the entry waiting for them to figure out where to seat us! Dinner for 4 was near $300 so I expect way better service and way better food. May not be going back to Nirvana Grille a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food is ok, but overpriced. The service is aweful. While still working on the appetizers, the main dishes already rushed out. Won’t go there any more.

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markd
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our outdoor seating was literally on the sidewalk of Broadway in Laguna Beach, so the meal was mixed with gasoline and diesel fuel and the sound of constant traffic. They are making due during Coronvirus, but we expected to be on the roof, not on the street. Service was a bit slow, I don't blame our waiter though, he seemed to be serving the whole place by himself. The food was good, but not great, nothing jumped out at us. Portions for appetizers and salads were on the small side, entrée was about right. Overall, I would say it is average and we're not likely to go back.

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TrudyH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. The location is a bit unappealing, but they make up for it as soon as you enter the door!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! It was so nice to be able to dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience2

Outdoor seating the table was not leveled but overall great service.

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druke
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional meal and service! Highly recommend this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden gem.

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Marcia
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Try the stuffed poblano. The pomegranate Cosmopolitan was yummy. Try it!

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chaderoo2
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Nirvana Grille is definitely not cheap but it is good food and great service.

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vipAmie
Orange County
104 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined inside and the tables were very well separated. We went the weekend they were celebrating their 13th anniversary and they were offering some $13.00 specials. As we we were reviewing the menu, the owner came over and said the $13.00 entree specials were very small portions. I ordered the pork loin on the special menu, which was a regular size dinner portion. Due to her comment my husband ordered from the regular menu, which was expensive. We didn't appreciate her commenting that the portions on the $13.00 menu were small to try to discourage us from ordering from that menu. Everything was delicious, but the meal ended up costing us much more than we had anticipated.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Server couldn’t understand the type of wine we ordered. Salads came out to us at a reasonable time. After we finished the salads the server asked if we were ready for dessert. It seemed like he forgot our main entrees. We waited 30minutes between salads and entrees while other tables who were seated after us had already gotten their entrees and moved onto their desserts. After entrees we again experienced another extended wait between plates. When we questioned the server about it he said they were coming right up and we waited another 15min for the dessert after questioning.

It’s a shame, food was good, but the service was poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and service to match. My filet was cooked perfectly and the sides were delicious. Portions were just right too.

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vipRichard
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the prix fix menu for restaurant week. Although I’m never keen on doing that, it was actually really good. Service was great, but what great value. $40 for a great 3 course meal. Very high quality food

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JaneD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we have lived in Laguna for over 40 years, this was our first visit to your lovely restaurant. It was well worth the wait! The food was fantastic, the wait staff so attentive and the head server, a very charming Italian man from Rome, was the icing on the cake. They all made our 42nd anniversary very memorable indeed. Thank you ever so much and we cannot wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have nothing to say except awful all the way around.

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PGFKC
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious and beautifully presented dinner. The mussels were an excellent appetizer!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a beautiful dinner with Beautiful friends. My sea bass was cooked perfectly. A little heavy on the salt over my vegetables, but overall cooked perfectly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding cuisine and Maitre D

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DanielleP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best restaurants in town. Every flavor in every bite is just the best! Location and parking is good too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Hostess laughed at us when we told her we had a reservation
We were a party of 4 and we received an entree of one of our group as well as an entree no one had ordered at the same time as our appetizers. One of us ordered a steak medium rare and it came out as one of the most well done steaks I have ever seen. They would have returned it had the waiter ever come by to ask how our food was. One of us ordered the pasta and asked for mushrooms in it which never happened. We also ordered a dessert with the check and the waiter came back asking if we wanted anything before bringing the check.. needless to say it was an awful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious,
Socially distanced dining with ample space heaters and fantastic service!

FAQs

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 4.2 stars by 1690 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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