McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach

4.6
58 Reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
Welcome to McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach! We are a “hip” modern industrial luxury tasting lounge that is a cross between a New York “Soho” music venue and a “Napa Valley” tasting lounge. This is not an ordinary winery by any means.

Featuring a 16-foot glass garage door, skylights, and a shaded patio, McClain Cellars brings the beauty of Laguna Beach into the tasting room. Along the bar, you will find artistic wine bottles with unique paintings on each. Each of the wines has a clever name like, “Summer Breeze,” “Love & Happiness,” “Promise Keeper,” and “Faithful Friend” to name a few. With the capacity to host up to 49 guests at once, this quaint venue offers free parking, easy freeway access and flexible hours. The tasting lounge is in the HIVE at 849 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA next to Kitchen in the Canyon and the Laguna Beach Beer Company.

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Experiences

  • 5 Star Wine Tasting from the Santa Ynez Valley

    Multiple dates available

    Award-winning wines from the Santa Ynez Valley are waiting for you. Offering 5 different wine tasting flights to enjoy. All white, red & white, all reds, reserve only and the owner's flight. Choose the one that is best for you. We also offer an amazing Artisan Popcorn pairing that you can add to your wine flight features homemade flavors like Black Truffle & Garlic, Garlic Pepper & Rosemary, and many more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 58 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NancyA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Great wine any time of the day. Gourmet Popcorn and packaged charcuterie items available, along with chocolate bars.

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Jenny
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was fine my fourth time there music was great wine was great had to wait for the table for the first time but glad they were busy!

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kylek
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved this place great for a date night. The staff was super sweet and they had live music.

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Cheesy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall nice experience. Wines are good but overpriced.

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JuanitaL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere! Amazing Wines! Fantastic service! McClain Cellars never disappoints.

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

My new favorite winery!! Was looking for wine tasting in Orange County and found this place among others. We didn’t really care for the other places but loved this place!! The service was AMAZING!! We never had to wait for anything. I love how they have several people taking care of their customers. I also liked their menu setup with several different flight options. They have a deli case where you can create your own charcuterie board and gourmet popcorn too. They even had live music when we were there (Sunday). And their bottle labels are SO cool. We will definitely be back soon!

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PaulaR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun appetizers -great wine fun atmosphere - so fun after not being out for so long- thanks for such a great time

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JohnP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It would be nice to still get food from the local restaurants. Thank you

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Wineandspiritscafe
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mcclain Cellars was a wonderful experience. The staff was excellent and made me feel comfortable and like a VIP.

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vipBethLinge
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience!

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LauraD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at McClain Cellars. The staff was exceedingly friendly and the wine was even better. We loved the vibe and will definitely return. Five out of five Stars from us.

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CathieU
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winery with awesome wines! Staff and owners were very nice and accommodating. We will definitely come back again!

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NancyA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

McClains is always a lovely evening. Great wine, as always!

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vipTerriM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine fun atmosphere! Cara is so friendly! Great wine and popcorn!

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KoreneB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little winery with nice live music and very good wines. They have a nice outdoor covered patio to sit, relax and enjoy.

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vipDELISH
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

always a great time! the atmosphere and the live music ++++

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vipYogadance
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Love mcclains fir date night

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czkhath
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We went there this past Saturday, and it was quite crowded. The server was very nice, but she was so busy because she had SO MANY tables including a pretty large birthday party right next to us. The three of us ordered a flight each, and it took awhile to get service. I had the white wine flight; the sparkling wine was very good, but the rest of the flight was pretty awful! The sauvignon blanc was basically just flavored water. The rest of the flight wasn't much better either. Very disappointing. The regular red flight (there were a few choices there) were also pretty disappointing. We asked for water so that we could clean our palate between the flights, and when she finally came back with water, they were in the tiniest, like 4 oz. glasses. I guess they wanted us to buy bottles of water. We asked for more water, too, after we drank our baby glasses, and we never got them. Would definitely NOT recommend this place, especially when it's busy.

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AandCinSoCA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a gift certificate for two wine tastings and had a choice of four different tasting menus. My wife and I each chose a separate menu and did some cross tasting so it was a very good value. We did not have any food so can't make a rating on that category.
The wines were good, but not exceptional. The server (Tara?) was excellent, friendly, and efficient. A nice place to go on a hot summer afternoon for a relaxing glass of wine (or two).

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipLoyalPascalCustomer
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was really slow, the size of the pours on the “sampler” were too small and the prices were on the high side.
The main attraction was the live music, but the sound system was inadequate so the music was drowned out by the chatter of the other patrons.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We apologize if the service was too slow for your experience with us. Our wine ambassadors are not your typical "servers", as they are pouring wine flights and taking the time to explain to every guest the wines that they are tasting. This of course takes a bit longer than what you might experience in a restaurant, as our ambassadors do their very best to be attentive to each and every guest and tasting. We, of course, are always taking our guests' feedback into account and evolving how we do things to make our service even better. As for the music, this is great feedback and we will be addressing it with our musicians. We hope to have you back to try us again!

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SusanB
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The wines are interesting and several good flights are offered. The setting is comfortable and the added tent seating area has added additional room.

While it is great that they are now offering Sunday afternoon live music, it was too loud and disruptive. The singer was good but didn't adjust to the audience or the close quarters. Most of the customers just talked louder or waited until the performer took a break to have a conversation.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Susan, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the wines and our atmosphere! We're sorry that the musician that day was too loud and distracted from your experience. We value guest feedback and we will definitely be addressing this with our musicians. We hope you give us another try again soon!

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vipMichelleS
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

It was very packed and loud for food j had to grab food from a walk up cooler that was crazy expensive For those prices I would expect to be served. I would have been off going to the place next door with white table/ for $153
They had a live blues singer and she was fabulous. I did enjoy her!!!

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Michelle, thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. As a winery, not a restaurant, food is definitely not our "main event" however we hear you and are exploring new food options! We hope that you come to give us a try again in the future... the live blues will not be going away!

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EllyceR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

What a great experience for a group of friends. Love artsy, laid-back Laguna, and this places celebrates it all. Comfy, tasty, good tunes, great ambiance.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Ellyce, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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taews
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique experience to taste a flight of different wines in lovely Laguna Canyon on a pretty Saturday afternoon with friends! Everyone was distanced and masked, except when drinking, of course. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable, providing attentive service. Looking forward to a return visit to try more wines! (I had to rate the food, but this isn't a restaurant. They offer some cool flavors of popcorn, cheeses, and some sliced Italian meats, but not actual meals.)

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review! We appreciate your support and so happy to hear that you enjoyed the service, the atmosphere, the wine, and our popcorn! We hope to have you back in again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice setting, excellent service. The winds were delicious and priced well.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!

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DeAnnaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy going to McClain's! The wine is great, the atmosphere is nice, the music is good, and the people are great!

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

DeAnna, thank you so much for your kind words! Your support means the world to us! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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Kelley
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting with family and brought my mother in law here to celebrate. She is very knowledgeable about wines and I’m so glad that McClain Cellars did not disappoint. Julia helped us out and was wonderful. It was the perfect outdoor atmosphere and the small gas fires at each table was perfect on the chilly day.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

We are so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time, Kelley! Julia is fabulous and we're so happy you enjoyed your day. We hope you come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our review of McClain Cellars is long overdue. We saw McClain's driving to Pageant of the Masters and placed on our list to visit. COVID hit, and life stopped. In June, life opened shortly, and we made our way to the winery one sunny Wednesday afternoon. We were cheerfully greeted and started our wine flight tasting. During our first visit, the Owner, Jason, shared his wine knowledge, and several other patrons gathered to converse. We joined as Founders that first visit, which has led to making many wonderful memories and "wine" friendships.

Trisha and Cara are excellent wine ambassadors and honestly care about the brand that Jason and Sofia McClain established with their "Stupid Good" wines. We visited countless times, and if we are just there for a glass of wine or plan to hang out for a few hours, we experience exceptional service. We have introduced our family and friends to McClain's, and they now share our love for the winery.

Even in these crazy times, the McClain's have done everything they can to make sure your time with them is magical. They invested in tents, heaters, blankets, and PPE to ensure they can stay open and serve wine lovers.

My wife and I enjoy the Popcorn, Charcuterie Board, and Chocolates they sell. They often have live music on the weekends. We can bring our fur baby, sit on the patio, enjoy a glass of wine, and listen to music - the perfect day/night date.

We enjoyed visiting the Buellton location, which upholds the same standards as the Laguna Beach Tasting Room.

Cheers to your future visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Costumer service is really slow. Takes forever to get a server’s attention and they forget you often. Definitely seems like a “regulars” place. If you go there a lot they pay a lot of attention to you. Otherwise they could care less about you.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on March 30, 2021

Our heart breaks when we hear things like this. While we certainly appreciate our wine club members and "regulars", our motto is to serve every single guest as friends and family. No one ever deserves to have an experience that is not 100%. While we have an awesome staff, and many have been with us for a long time, as we grow we are finding the need to hire more staff to allow more time with each guest. We are so sorry to hear that you left feeling that way and would love the opportunity to make it up to you, as we do truly value everyone who walks in our door.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location, Location, Location....

With several dining options nearby, McClain Cellars makes a perfect one-stop wine tasting event.

Add a little live music, you have yourselves a nice celebration of fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful time. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. They had live music while we were there and it was a great addition, not too loud.

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StephanieG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are charcuterie boards and gourmet popcorn to compliment the wine.

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ErikH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good relaxing place to hang out and have a good time.

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Chrisr
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience with wine, My wife and I explained our tastes and the sommelier took her time to explain to us the details and her suggestions were spot on. The snacks (cheese, crackers and meats) were great and the chocolate paired really well with the stronger, full bodied reds. Beautiful canyon setting, we will be back soon for a long hike and some delicious wine after!

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larryd
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, live music, knowledgeable on the wine's production and history. Good selection of appetisers.

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NancyA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine, great overall evening. The entertainment is lovely and the charcuterie selection is good and popcorn....so good and lots of flavors to choose from.
You can do a tasting flight, a single glass or take home a bottle of 12. JOIN THE FOUNDERS CLUB, you wont be sorry!

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MadysonM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place was great! It is fancy enough to feel pampered but affordable and casual enough to suit everyone! Love my time here

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SuzRue
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

We really liked this place. It has a nice ambiance and the service was great. All the wines were excellent. We will definitely be back. And our server Trisha was great.

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vipDays23
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and the wines were very good! A must try!

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DeAnnaM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy coming to McClain's! The wine tastings are a great way to learn about the new wines offered, and the servers are always so friendly. The fire pits are nice when it's cold, and I always love the live music, too! Thanks Jason and Sofia for creating a great place to enjoy wine and have fun!

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McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach is rated 4.6 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

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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.