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C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery

3.9
3.9
162 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

Established in 1982
C'est la Vie Restaurant and Bakeryoffers patrons a truly unique dining experience

Centrally located on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of Laguna Beach, our California French Cuisine is just feets from the Pacific Ocean .


Locals and visitors alike are drawn to the ambiance and relaxed atmosphere of our indoor bistro and are delighted to discover the best outdoor patio dining in Orange County. To complete the evening, try one of our house-made desserts with a glass of 10-year-old tawny port. C'est La Vie invites you to dine with us for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends or family!
Merci et Bon Appetit
Antonio Mecheri (Restaurateur)

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Menu

Breakfast

Serving breakfast until 4:30p.m. Egg Beaters and Egg Whites may be substituted upon your request. Add $1.50 Served with tomatoes or potatoes and fresh baked French bread.

    Les Omelettes a la Francaise

    • Beach Huevos Rancheros$15.95

      Black beans topped with cheese, quesadilla, sunny side up eggs, spicy ranchero sauce, salsa and avocado.

      • California$15.95

        Avocado, sautéed mushrooms, green onion, tomato, a touch of garlic and shallots, sour cream, Jack, Cheddar and Swiss cheeses.

        • Sicilian Omelette$14.95

          Sweet & Spicy Italian sausages, sautéed onions and peppers, tomatoes, marinara sauce and cheese.

          • Spinach, Tomato and Feta Cheese$15.95

            3 egg omelette stuffed with spinach, minced artichokes, Swiss cheese and Parmesan, topped with fresh tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese.

            • Low Fat Fitness Omelette$14.95

              Egg whites, mushrooms, broccoli, onions, red and green peppers, served with sliced tomato.

              • Le Omelette$15.95

                Goat cheese, roasted bell peppers, spinach.

                • Beach Omelette$13.95

                  Avocado, bacon and melted cheese.

                  • Santa Fe Omelette$13.95

                    Hot and Spicy! Egg omelette with diced jalapeños, cilantro, tomato,onion, Jack cheese and spicy chipotle chili sauce.

                    • Crab and Cheese$16.95

                      Stuffed with fresh dungeness crab meat, hollandaise and cheese.

                      • Roasted Vegetables and Fontina$14.95

                        Grilled eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes, served open-faced with melted Fontina and Parmesan cheeses.

                        Les Oeuf

                        Egg Dishes

                        • U.S.A. Breakfast$10.95

                          Two ranch eggs any style with smoked bacon or sausage.

                          • C'est La Vie Special$12.99

                            Scrambled eggs combined with sautéed fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions and polish sausage.

                            • Oeufs Et Pain Perdu$14.99

                              Two eggs, smoked bacon or sausage and French toast stuffed with cream cheese and orange marmalade.

                              • Pasta Mamma$15.95

                                Fresh fettuccine combined with scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, garlic, olive oil, shallots, onions, cream and Parmesan cheese. All topped with tomatoes.

                                • French Toast$9.95

                                  Dipped in eggs and served with fresh fruit.

                                  • Eggs Benedict$12.95

                                    Poached eggs with ham on a toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce.

                                    • Laguna Breakfast$12.95

                                      Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and cheese.

                                      • Sunrise Beach Burrito$14.95

                                        Stuffed with scrambled eggs, chorizo, peppers and onions, topped with melted cheese, salsa, cilantro, tomatillo and avocado cream sauce. Served with black beans.

                                        Light Fare

                                        • Bagel with Cream Cheese$4.50

                                          • Smoked Bacon or Sausage$4.50

                                            • Bowl of Fresh Seasonal Fruit$3.95

                                              Les Pancakes & Crepes

                                              • Original Stack$8.50

                                                Stack of three buttermilk pancakes, butter and syrup.

                                                • Apple Crepes$11.95

                                                  Freshly prepared crepes filled with sliced apples, brown sugar and cinnamon, topped with shipped cream and powdered sugar.

                                                  • Paris Combination Breakfast$12.95

                                                    Two eggs any style, two buttermilk pancakes with choice of smoked bacon or sausage.

                                                    • La Tropic$10.95

                                                      Crêpes with seasonal fresh fruit & mango puree.

                                                      • Lox Bagel$15.95

                                                        Toasted bagel, topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onion, capers, chives and tomatoes.

                                                        Brunch

                                                        C'est La Vie proudly serves their brunch on Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. With a complimentary cup of fresh fruit.

                                                        • Eggs Bendeict$18.95

                                                          Two poached eggs with ham on a toasted English muffin, covered with hollandaise sauce and served with tomatoes or potatoes.

                                                          • Eggs Oscar$18.95

                                                            Poached eggs on a croissant with avocado covered with hollandaise sauce. Served with potatoes.

                                                            • Monte Cristo$18.95

                                                              The classic sandwich of ham, turkey and Swiss cheese dipped in eggs. Served with potatoes.

                                                              • Blue Crap Chalupa$21.95

                                                                Ranchera sauce, poblano, corn, sweet peppers, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

                                                                • Eggs Florentine$18.95

                                                                  Poached eggs on a croissant with light cream, spinach, mushrooms and onions topped with hollandaise sauce.Served with tomatoes or potatoes.

                                                                  • Spicy Cajun Benedict$18.95

                                                                    Poached eggs, tomato and sausage on a toasted English muffin covered with a spicy New Orleans sauce of bell peppers, onion and cream served with potatoes.

                                                                    • Up and Down$19.95

                                                                      Hickory smoked salmon, avocado and poached eggs on toasted English muffin. Hollandaise.

                                                                      • Eggs Fairfax$19.95

                                                                        A toasted bagel covered with smoked salmon and cream cheese, topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Served with sliced tomatoes.

                                                                        Appetizers

                                                                        • Crab Cakes$8.85

                                                                          • Smoked Salmon Blinis with Creme Fraiche & Caviar$9.95

                                                                            • Steamed Mussels$7.85

                                                                              • Stuffed Mushrooms$8.85

                                                                                For Sunday Brunch

                                                                                Try a sparkling glass of Champagne or Mimosa with your brunch - FreeSecond Glass $3.99

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                                                                                  What 162 people are saying

                                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                  3.9
                                                                                  3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                                                  • 3.9Food
                                                                                  • 3.9Service
                                                                                  • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                  • 3.6Value

                                                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                                                  73% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                  1. L

                                                                                    Lagunadiner

                                                                                    Washington DC

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on November 23, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                    We thought we were going for the Thanksgiving special only to be told that it wasn't available until 4:40pm. This might have been Open Table's fault; not sure. Very disappointing. Thanksgiving day; seemed to be understaffed. Servers were harried, service was slow. Food was good. Not the special meal we had hoped for.

                                                                                  2. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on November 23, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    Overall it was good. Great table looking at the water.

                                                                                  3. A

                                                                                    Anthony

                                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on November 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Very nice place. We got there at 4:30 just in time to sit outside and catch an amazing sunset. The food was great. I can not remember the waiter's name but he was quite friendly and attentive. Would highly recommend!

                                                                                  4. HS

                                                                                    HStone1

                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on November 6, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent food. Large menu selections. Friendly staff. The seafood crepe is a must. We will be back.

                                                                                  5. DD

                                                                                    DiscerningDiner

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    340 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    340 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on November 2, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                                    This was our first time here and I was a little concerned after I read all the negative reviews but I should have never worried the service was amazing and the food was very good. The view of course is the main draw but it was dark out so we couldn't really enjoy that gorgeous view. We started with French onion soup which was spot on and then our server gave us a complimentary cup of lobster bisque which was delicious and we wished we had more of that. The main courses were salmon and Cajun linguine both were very tasty, but the linguine was not spicy at all as it was advertised as very spicy it was still good. The waiters were on top of their game kept our water glasses full and were very attentive. We had a lovely evening here.

                                                                                  6. MC

                                                                                    MiriamC

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 31, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                                                    Prices on the bill didn’t match the prices on the menu Quality of food by no means justified the price. Waiter inflated the prices arguing we received and old menu. Last time we were there. Supposedly There was a French night with music. No music and horrible service. Manager blamed on the owner. There was a wedding we were sent to the upstairs patio. After eating a three course meal, we ended with all the empty plates and empty glasses on the table. Nobody came to pick them up. Little Perrier was 6:95 plus taxes. Not even the Ritz Carlton Last night we got a copy of the payment but no receipt of the bill except a little handwritten tab. Obviously the place was empty. We won’t be back

                                                                                  7. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 29, 2017

                                                                                    overall1food4service3ambience3

                                                                                    Sadly I was discriminated on the basis of my disability as soon as we walked in, by a server/bartender named Steve. I have a disability and a medical service dog that is trained to alert to seizures. As I was talking to a server that is new to California, and was not properly trained in regards to the State's regulations on disability, Steve went out of his way, from a table he was sitting in the far back of the restaurant, to share his opinion that he believed that my dog was not a service dog. I was mistreated and requested to speak to Manuel, the Manager. Manuel apologized several times and made our experience as pleasant as possible. He was the reason we decided to stay. I am disappointed with the lack of hospitality and training their front line servers offered. I will not be coming back and will share my experience with the restaurant owners and the public, in hopes to create change in this restaurant.

                                                                                  8. t

                                                                                    thebothman

                                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                                    42 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    42 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 28, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                    Cest la Vie is downtown Laguna on the beach. That is the draw. It is a little run down, but hey! its at the beach. Bkfst was good. Service good. With an ocean view and no street noise It worked out very well

                                                                                  9. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    29 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 21, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                                                    I did not like this place. It's supposed to be French. The French use unsalted butter. The herb butter served with the bread here was way oversalted. I asked if they had vanilla vodka, and was told "Yes." I ordered a drink to be made with it, and said drink was served having been made with vanilla extract. I doubt that I will be back here.

                                                                                  10. M

                                                                                    Mark

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 15, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food3service2ambience3

                                                                                    We normally love this place. However, we had a off day. The waiter forgetful and inattentive. We had to ask for various things. The food was great as usual!!!

                                                                                  11. t

                                                                                    trojandad

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 6, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    We visit this restaurant several times a year. They never disappoint. Always great food and great service

                                                                                  12. k

                                                                                    krys

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    42 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    42 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 3, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                    Although it was a tuesday night and a lot of restaurants are slower at this time, it seemed extra quiet and that probably meant the food was going to be ok but not great. The service was outstanding however. We have eaten at this restaurant in the past with better food. Dont go on a tuesday night? One thing you cannot miss however, is the beautiful ocean across from the back balcony. Its worth the experience. BTW they they do serve good food-fantastic bread was served at start of dinner that was to die for. Worthy of a visit.

                                                                                  13. L

                                                                                    Latino1

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on October 1, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    This is great restaurant and very cozy. I thought this was big, but I was wrong. This is good size and not many people. Beautiful view by the beach. The foods were outstanding and delicious.

                                                                                  14. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 30, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Food was amazing. My friend ordered the rack of lamb, which we each took a bite of and we all thought was very good. My filet mignon, cooked at the exact temperature I asked for, was also very delicious. Our server, Clint made the whole experience even better with his friendly service.

                                                                                  15. L

                                                                                    Lunchalot

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 30, 2017

                                                                                    overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                    Service was slow and inept. Food was terrible.

                                                                                  16. S

                                                                                    Super

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    64 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    64 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 15, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service5ambience2

                                                                                    Our waiter (younger man) was exceptional. That was by far the best part of this dining experience. Food is average. Over priced for the quality. This place is dirty and has bad maintenance. Bread and food particles on the ledge behind our booth. The window frame just a couple feet from our table has bad dry rot and was filthy. The wall below the window was not painted, but only primed or spackled. The mural paint on the walls in not in much better shape. The desserts did look good, but we did not have any.

                                                                                  17. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on September 10, 2017

                                                                                    overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                                    I saw good reviews and the 4 stars so we decided to try it. Unfortunately, we left before we ordered. When we walked in, it smelled "funny" but we asked for a deck table. The waiter was nice, but our table was dirty, my napkin was dirty, the table was sticky, the floor of the outside deck had a large broken spot with a cone in it, and our water glasses were dirty. We opened the menu only to find old food stuck to one of them. We nicely left only to again notice the bad smell as we left. Went down the street to the most wonderful Italian restaurant, Alessa Laguna.

                                                                                  18. A

                                                                                    Andrea

                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    31 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 10, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    What a wonderful view with pleasant service and very good food. We will come back.

                                                                                  19. MC

                                                                                    MiriamC

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    1.0

                                                                                    16 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 8, 2017

                                                                                    overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                                                    The worst experience ever. We made a reservation and got here on time. When we approached the host explaining that we were coming for their French Night, he said "We are really busy but I'll find a table for you." So yes indeed he found a table on the patio on the top floor where "all the French Night people were." No music as advertised. They were hosting a weeding and yet they advertised an event. We ended up sitting up there for 20 min waiting for a waiter. So, finally a waiter came and took our drink order. 15 min later, we called the waiter as a reminder and he got upset saying he had a big party and that he was busy. To make it short he never brought our drinks. The manager brought them. The appetizers came and 5 min later the entrees. There wasnt very much room what with two courses on the table. Waiter didn't have any idea of what fine dining means. They delivered the plates on the side and never came back. We had about 6 different empty plates on the table and no one ever came by to pick it up. We left with a bitter taste because it was our anniversary.

                                                                                  20. SK

                                                                                    StuartK

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 8, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                                    Food and server were fine. However, the host was very unwelcoming. When we arrived, we were told that virtually the entire inside dining room was booked for a rehearsal dinner and they only had tables "over there" and they would put us on a waiting list if that was ok. His attitude was like we were bothering him. We almost walked out at that time, but we stayed. The table they had turned out to be on the outdoor patio with a view of the sunset so that turned out fine. After that bad start, the server made the evening enjoyable with his level of service and his personality. We would consider going back to give them another chance.

                                                                                  21. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 4, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                    The meal was terrific. I had rack of lamb. The lamb pieces were a bit small and the sauce could have been a bit more to my liking but it was a really delicious meal. The tomato was amazing and the veggies were tasty. The presentation was attractive.The cheese and fruit platter weren't on the menu but one was made for me, which was appreciated. It was a beautiful work of art! One more cheese and figs would have been nice. The American cheese appeared out of place but I didn't mind. The noise was low since they're weren't many people there. It was too warm in there. There's no air conditioning. The service by Clint was outstanding and the food preparation was quite prompt! There wasn't any bread left in the restaurant to take with my leftovers, so Clint gave me some unique flavored macaroons instead. I left my wallet behind. I retrieved it the next morning without a problem and a staff member gave me one of their little 'Cronuts' with fudge sauce while he was preparing them with sauce. Great staff! Second time there. Last time was on the balcony for my B-Day lunch in November. That's a good time to go for nice weather and ambience.

                                                                                  22. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 3, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                                                    It was fairly busy when my mom and I arrived which was expected since it was a Saturday morning. We waited at the host stand for quite awhile before being greeted. There were a few staff members that had pasted by us a few times and did not acknowledge us until they noticed the waiting line was growing. After being sat I was pleased with the rest of our service. Our waiter was attentive even though he was noticeably busy. He made sure to keep us updated with the status of our food and drink orders. I have worked in a few restaurants and it is important to me that my server checks in especially when it is taking longer than they would like or longer than it should. I ordered the Beach Huevos Rancheros and it was okay. The presentation was nice, but it was plain. I will definitely be trying something different the next time I go. My mom got the French Toast and ate it all up so safe to say she liked it! She did mention the fruit was fresh and cold so that is always a plus! I will definitely be returning because our server was so great and really knew how to manage all his tables!

                                                                                  23. D

                                                                                    Deecee

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on September 2, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food5service1ambience1

                                                                                    Great food but service was lacking. Told us to take which ever table we wanted then we sat there without the menu or water for a while - it was all very awkward. The atmosphere was very strange, some waiters were very rude when we asked politely if there was a table outside. At least the food was good.

                                                                                  24. JA

                                                                                    JAW1

                                                                                    Central Coast

                                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 31, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent food, service, and view!

                                                                                  25. C

                                                                                    Carol

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    56 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    56 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 30, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great view in laguna beach.

                                                                                  26. SM

                                                                                    SteveM

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    36 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    36 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 26, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    High quality dining experience with excellent ambiance and wonderful French dining cuisine

                                                                                  27. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 21, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service3ambience1

                                                                                    Definitely needs renovation. The place looked very outdated. None of the heaters were working outside. Every table got a different story about the heaters not working. Silverware was not only very cheap but also dented bent and dirty. Super dark so all the unpleasant things won't be visible maybe??? And very important point, food was not very good or good. You are able to eat it, just like from any fast food place when you are hungry. Even presentation was not good. Basically I will never ever consider this restaurant again, nor will I recommend to anyone. The only thing that kept us from walking out of there was our young waiter who treated us with great respect and seriously tried his best with what he had to work with.

                                                                                  28. GA

                                                                                    GeorgeAdams

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                    Beautiful location but the food was very touristy. Probably won't go again.

                                                                                  29. a

                                                                                    andreac

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 18, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    The service and food are amazing. It also has a great view and the pricing was good.

                                                                                  30. A

                                                                                    Annabelle

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    69 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    69 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 14, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                    Annabelle says: Delicious cioppino especially considering it was in front of a beautiful ocean view. So close to the sand you could hear the waves crash. Usually the food is worse the closer to the sand! Very friendly and accommodating service. Parked right in front, and could walk to Pageant. Super convenient.

                                                                                  31. B

                                                                                    Brad

                                                                                    Nashville

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    1 review

                                                                                    Dined on August 13, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                                                    Food and service were sub-par. View and location were awesome. Overpriced.

                                                                                  32. P

                                                                                    Paige

                                                                                    New Orleans

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 11, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                                                    While there is a nice view from the patio, and it's not too noisy, this is a mediocre restaurant for the most part. The service was amateurish, and the server brought too much food to us at the same time. He didn't describe the dishes we asked about in much detail at all. I will say that the calamari was excellent, and the scallops came in a good sauce, but the rest of the food was comme ci comme ca.

                                                                                  33. OT

                                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    4.0

                                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 7, 2017

                                                                                    overall4food2service4ambience4

                                                                                    We have eaten here before and the food was very good. This time, however, it was not. The fried fish and french fries were not hot. The Cajun pasta dish was not spicy (as claimed on the menu). There were only 3 small shrimps and some chicken for $26 ---outrageous price. The meal was disappointing. To top it all off, we were celebrating our 51st anniversary. When I asked if they do something special for that, we were told that they only celebrate birthdays!

                                                                                  34. J

                                                                                    Jadorenancy

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 6, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food5service1ambience4

                                                                                    Location is great, food has always been impeccable. I wasn't sure it the waiter was new but my friend and I had to wait about 20 minutes after being seated to be given water or asked if we wanted to place a drink order while a table next to us that was seated after us was immediately asked for their drinks and if they were ready to order.

                                                                                  35. ER

                                                                                    EliseR

                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 6, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food2service3ambience1

                                                                                    I came here with my family for my mother's birthday, and honestly, there was no reason for me to book a reservation and mention that it was for a special occasion. The host stand was managed by a man who nonchalantly welcomed us and barely sat us in a decent spot. The place we sat at was littered with food under the table and smelt of hot trash from the garbage outside, which is why I'm sure people only sit outside on the patio. We were not reserved a table there even though I requested something nice for the birthday celebration. The food was OK, the dessert was hardly anything to write home about, but the waiter who was helping us out made the time there bearable. I would not recommend coming here.

                                                                                  36. S

                                                                                    Stryker

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    2.0

                                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 4, 2017

                                                                                    overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                                                    I really wanted to love this place, but it missed the mark several times. We set an early 5:30pm reservation to avoid the rush and requested a nice table since we were celebrating our daughter's 8th bday. When we arrived we asked if we could have an ocean-front patio table and he blurted "we don't accept reservations for the patio." The restaurant was completely empty and there were several available tables on the patio. His thoughtlessness was disappointing. While waiting for a patio table, my daughter and I walked to the front bakery window to look at the croissants, her favorite food, and the reason we chose this restaurant for her bday. There were 6-7 bees flying around, landing on the glass and on the food. Needless to say, she was no longer interested in ordering a croissant. Our server was really nice, but the service was very slow. He would disappear for 10 minute intervals, and we frequently found ourselves waiting for him to reemerge. Water glasses were frequently left empty and it was nearly impossible to find someone to refill the bread basket. When our food arrived, he brought the wrong entree, which we decided to eat rather than waiting for a new one. With four kids, you don't want them waiting for you to finish your food. He offered to buy us dessert to compensate us for the error, but then didn't do anything for our daughter's bday. Not even a scoop of ice cream. Then when the check came, I noticed he charged us for the entree he brought by mistake rather than the one we ordered, which was $10 more. Not a big deal, but all of these little annoyances led us to conclude we probably won't be back.

                                                                                  37. RR

                                                                                    RichardR

                                                                                    San Diego

                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    22 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 4, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Great salmon salad cooked to perfection with view on terrace

                                                                                  38. M

                                                                                    Marlayne

                                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                                    27 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    27 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 2, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                    Food was good. I had the shrimp scampi. Shrimp was a bit over cooked other than that it was great. The French bread they serve is the bomb hard to stop eating it!

                                                                                  39. SR

                                                                                    SylviaR

                                                                                    Palm Springs

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    vip
                                                                                    5.0

                                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on August 1, 2017

                                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                    Excellent food and service. I'm coming back. Seriously excellent food and deserts.

                                                                                  40. m

                                                                                    missy

                                                                                    Orange County

                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                    3.0

                                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                                    Dined on July 28, 2017

                                                                                    overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                                    The ribeye steak was delicious but i hate paying $11.00 for a tiny glass of wine and $7.00 for a bottle of beer.

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