McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach

4.6
24 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 24 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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larryd
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NancyA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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Days23
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
1 review
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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Chesse
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Snacks were super expensive without great choices. Wine took forever to get. Expensive and small amounts

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BethLinge
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place! Tricia and Kara are fabulous!

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited the Laguna canyon location several times. It is a hidden gem! The wines are excellent. They have a rose, some sparkling wines, and a variety of red and white wines. You can buy snacks, drinks, chocolate, and charcuterie there or order food from the neighboring restaurants. They have a huge patio with tables spaced apart so you can still enjoy a tasting during the pandemic. The atmosphere is fun and funky--a perfect spot for couples, families, celebrations, and dating. We have gone there for date night and with our kids. The owners and staff are passionate about wines and have a lot of great information and stories to share.

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NancyA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The ambience was great, wonderful live music. Great wine. Just wished waitress would have been more attentive. We had to wait a long time to order wine and we needed to throw away our own charcuterie wrappings. I also would have appreciated wine recommendations similar to what we were ordering.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and vibe

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jamesd
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oliver's right next door is great for dinner after a tasting

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Kitzia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience! Wine was amazing, and the service was great! Was greeted by the owners and felt so welcomed. Would definitely stop by again.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on February 18, 2021

We are so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Hope to see you again soon!

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AnnM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always have a great time at Mc Clain. We love Trisha. She’s a great server and gives a lot of information about the wines.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on February 18, 2021

Isn't she great?! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and for your kind words about Trisha. We love our staff :) Hope to see you again soon!

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SoCalLady
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience4

Excellent service & fantastic wine! Hip atmosphere. Definitely on my places to return to!

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on February 18, 2021

We're so glad you had a wonderful time! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipLayneD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun little find when traveling for work!

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Frank
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

They are overbooking reservations so we had to wait an hour after our reservation time to be seated

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on February 3, 2021

We do not overbook reservations. Not at all, actually. So sorry that you had to wait so long to get in to enjoy our wine. Although we allocate 2 hours to a table it's hard to get some guests to leave when they are having such a good time enjoying themselves. During these COVID times and operating in a parking lot under a tent has made it pretty difficult to navigate. I hope that you enjoyed the wine and the love from our team.

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vipTravelBunnies
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience4

Nice place to spend 90 minutes to unwind. Tent set-up is done quite well, although it feels crowded inside. Popcorn is a no-go, but wine selection is decent. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the wine.

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jojo
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Service was embarrassingly slow. Took a friend there for the first time. He loved the wines but was not impressed by the service. I am a member and service has been extremely slow the last few times. It is at the point that I will cancel my membership. It is all about the wines but also the tasting room experience.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on February 2, 2021

The Saturday that you came was NOT ONLY the first day that the Government allowed us to use glassware instead of plastic cups but also the first day in 2 months when we were even allowed to offer table service. Top that off with the fact that we are serving you in a make-shift parking lot instead of in our wine tasting lounge. I'm so sorry that we were not fast enough to offer you the level of service you wanted. There is really only so much we can do during these times. - JASON MCCLAIN

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vipBrenPhil
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food1service4ambience5

The place is nice. They are taking careful measures with tastings because of the Corona Virus. With that in mind, service is a bit slow but the people are extremely friendly. The prices are more expensive than most wineries. For example, a small bag of gourmet popcorn was $19 bucks.They have a nice patio and there was live music. We had a very nice Sunday afternoon.

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SusieJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Always a great time at McClain. This was our 3rd visit in as many months.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you so much your review!! We're so happy that you keep coming back and we can't wait to have you in again! Your support means the world to us.

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foodiegirl
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Hard to review the food here - it was the first time we've been to McClain for wine tasting and it was during Covid. So I'm not sure they have food to order - although they did have a selection of cheese, crackers, etc., to purchase from a refrigerated section. But the wine tasting flights were very nice. I like that they had a variety of flights to choose from. The wine was good, not great, but definitely good. Bought a few bottles which I thought were a bit on the expensive side, but we went for my husband's birthday and wanted to get something to remember it by. The service at the tasting bar and the information she gave about the wines were both great! The ambiance outside in the tasting tent was great - light music, nice people, clean, and safe distancing between the customer tables.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on January 15, 2021

We're so glad that you enjoyed your time with us! Thank you for the kind words and the review. You're correct that we just have a selection cheeses, meats, crackers etc to build your own charcuterie board. (We do also have our own artisan popcorn!) We hope that you come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

It was for my Birthday weekend! The customer service, vibe and ambiance was OUTSTANDING! Nice, friendly and accommodating to me and my girls! Besides it being freezing out I was beyond satisfied! When we announced being cold the host made sure to move us closer to the fire and even provided blankets 💙 love this place can’t wait to go back for a date night 💕

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on January 15, 2021

We are so happy you had such a wonderful time!!! This is exactly what we strive for and I'm so glad we delivered. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to have you in again soon!

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loriann5775
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

The wines here are phenomenal! They are a bit pricey, but we LOVED them! The service was a tad bit slow. The ambiance was very nice with the heater in the center of our table. I would definitely recommend this winery to anyone who appreciates fine wine.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on January 15, 2021

Thank you so much for your review and the kind words about our wines! We're so happy you enjoyed them. We hope to have you back in soon!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach using the Order Online button. McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 590-9980.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach is rated 4.6 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/7JDRW4GA3EDSY/order.

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.