Mozambique Restaurant

4.4
2217 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steak
PLEASE NOTE: SEATING AREA IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY
Reservations will guarantee a table somewhere in our restaurant, but NO SPECIFIC AREA will be guaranteed with a reservation. Please expect an additional wait for Rooftop Seating, Live Music, and other high demand areas. To book a Private Event or guarantee a specific table, a deposit will be required in addition to a food and beverage minimum, please contact our events coordinator at 949-715-7777 x2 for pricing.

Mozambique brings a taste of Southern Africa’s coastal cuisine to Laguna Beach. Enjoy wood-fired steaks fresh seafood, and chicken with ocean views and Live Entertainment!

Complimentary Transportation available! Wednesday - Sunday, 5pm and Later, within Laguna Beach or a 10 mile radius. For customers with dinner reservations only! Call to schedule 949-715-7777 x1.
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AshleyD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! We loved the food, and the service. Will certainly return

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JenniferM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. We were able to snag a table on the roof. Sunset was perfect. Food was delish. Highly recommend the Peri Peri chicken skewer appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazingly delicious! The drinks definitely hit the spot. Everyone was so friendly and attentive with our needs. We’re definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service with Roldolfo, food, drinks, and views.

JK
JessicaK
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food and margaritas were great. We had to ask for patio even though we t

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our daughters 17th birthday. Everyone’s brunch was amazing, the service was spot-on. Absolutely no complaints. This is our second time at Mozambique for brunch and we will definitely be back again :)

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Julie
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Not so service dog friendly if you want to sit in the bar and dance... despite noise level, it is discriminatory to not allow a patron with a service animal to sit and engage where they want (ADA, 2010 rev). Not allowing a patron to receive service is grounds for a lawsuit under the dept of justice. It would be preferred if the patron is given consideration rather than put into a perverbial corner causing public humiliation in front of dozens of other patrons. Rather than the waiter telling me I'm not allowed to sit in the bar area and causing me embarrassment he should have been more quiet. People with service animals will and should always be given the benefit of the doubt. Not all disabilities are visible. It is selfish for people who have fake service animals to ruin the reputation for those who have the real need. However it is only allowed for businesses to ask if it is a service animal and what tasks it provides-- period.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Quality of food is poor. Overpriced and outdated. Execution missed the mark entirely.

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vipkennethB
Palm Springs
51 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It's very dark on the terrace, bring a light. I will say the pork chop was very good. Lobster was tough and grainy. The Seevice was extremely unprofessional.

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MichaelM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience4

Spent 600 dollars for 4 people for dinner and wanted to head to bar for more fun and they pushed us to pay 40 dollars to get in. Crazy

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ambiance, view, and food!

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TreyLewis
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We choose the rooftop and it was beautiful and perfect. It was also easy to talk and hear each other. Had we chosen to sit downstairs, the live music was very good and lots of fun, but loud, so keep that in mind if you chose to sit there.

The food was perfect. The service was impeccable. Strongly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Felt discriminated by hostess who refused to seat us towards the front, where it had been offered to us. She moved a group that was seated elsewhere to an empty table that was offered to us by another staff member. She was rude and stuck up. We had been here before and had raved about this place. My birthday was ruined.

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Went here for our anniversary and everything was great

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Pennyforyourthoughts
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Birthday celebration. First time here. I had a party of 6. Two of which were 77 and 85 years old. I walked into the first level. The hostess sent us all upstairs only to be sent downstairs. I told the first hostess my son and friend had already been seated but she wouldn’t look my name up and just sent us upstairs. The two burly gentleman next to her… probably the manager was very rude to me when I explained what happened. Well we have 8 rooms! , he said. He never apologized and just got defensive! Not my problem they have 8 rooms get it together making me drag my elderly relatives all over the place. We were finally seated. Took 20 minutes to even get a drink at the table. Waited over 39 minutes for refills of just water and ice tea. Waited 39 minutes to put food order in and waited again about 20 minutes for water and ice tea refills. The asparagus on two of my guests plates were not cooked correctly. They forgot to break off the asparagus to cook properly it was stringy. The rest of food was good.
The bill was $500. Not an issue but for the horrible treatment and service the money was not well spent.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since the valet parking to a glass of wine was delicious…. Very attentive, very fancy, the girl serving us was really nice…. Definitely going back….

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CathyH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun atmosphere and the staff went above an beyond to make our friend feel special on her 60th Birthday!

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sasilvnb
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mozambique is always spot on! The service and food is amazing! The atmosphere is so lively and fun! It’s one of our favorite places and a place not to be missed in laguna! We love it!

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Zach
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Someone suggested I go to Mozambique instead of Mastro's for their superior steaks and ambiance. This is the last time I make that mistake.

My parents came into town this past weekend, so I made a reservation for Friday at 7:30pm (5 days ahead of time, reservations showed there was plenty open). I added a note saying I was buying a nice dinner for my parents and would appreciate a nicely placed table.

When I arrived, I was seated at a table next to the exit; not exactly what I was looking for, so I requested a new table and was promptly placed at table where my parents were substantially dripped on. When asking the manager about it, he said "that always happens when it rains, we'll move you.' I was a little thrown off given the manager knew about it and had done nothing to fix it. I was placed at a table next to the kitchen entrance; again, not really what I asked for but alright.

A bread basket was not provided for the table until it was asked for, and the butter was freezing cold and hard as a rock.

We ordered our meals: wine, caesar salads, and a myriad of steaks. The salad might've had the most lackluster caesar dressing I've ever tasted, only to be complimented by a carpet bombing of cheese attempting to mask it. I was unimpressed to say the least. The steak came out, I ordered a NY strip cooked medium rare and when I cut it open I found it to be almost completely uncooked at the core. I understand if it's a little rare and it has to be cooked a little longer, but a completely uncooked steak? I'm surprised it was even served. I sent the steak back and it came back out cooked medium but at that point I just wanted to eat. To add a cherry on top, I feel like I couldn't gone to Ralphs and bought a steak just as good for a fraction of the price.

To top things off, all three of us got sick from the meal and had to spend the better part of the next day resting with medication. I had that much less time with my parents whom I see maybe twice a year.

I'd give it

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MGM531
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, great atmosphere. Prices are a little high for the quality of food. Overall a positive experience though.

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CindeS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time to Mozambique and sat rooftop just after sunset. I dined alone, and all of the waitstaff were so warm and friendly. The service was impeccable!! Food was cooked to perfection, my prawns and seafood were not overcooked. The flavors were just as I remembered. Definitely will be back!

MJ
vipMsJloe
Orange County
87 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was Great as usual. ❤️ I’ve been going here for at least 10 years. It’s out place for Sunday Funday!

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BrookM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place, great food. But it’s priced as a high end restaurant, we checked in at the valet, sent you up the front, told to go up a level, then told needed to go to a different area for our table. Also for the price point I’d expect higher end, don’t need TV’s and loud music. It’s all about the view

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Tricia
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, view, music, atmosphere and service! We enjoyed ourselves very much!

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MoniqueH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

There was a long strand of hair in my food. Server was apologetic and took half the charge off for a replacement meal that they tried to rush (we had two young kids that almost finished their meal already). The portions are big and nice view if you sit on the top but otherwise it was not that great and probably won't go back again .

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I wouldn’t recommend it. Server didn’t notice for 10 mins that we have seated, I understand he is busy but his coworkers were just standing next to us and didn’t even offer water. He was very kind and tried to fix things, actually his service was attentive while he was taking the order. He apologized in behalf of his team, but, again, when we received the apps we didn’t received silverware… we ate what we could without them but we indeed needed them. Then, dessert. We ordered a cake for moms bday and after 10 mins the server came back apologizing because the kitchen had closed and there were not cooks to plate the dessert. Like, at the end is okay, nothing really matters, but there is a point when you think that you could have spend your night in a different place with better service, better food and a candle for her birthday. Hence, I wouldn’t recommend this place.

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vipAABMTNY
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very good although pricey.
Service very good.

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vipGfan
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food and great rooftop ocean views

MD
MikeD
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique food with a South African emphasis, rooftop ocean view w/ great service.

DH
DarlaH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere! Will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a perfect ambiance for a friend’s gathering. Everybody really enjoyed their time.

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vipSarah
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were great. I will say the wedge salad had WAY too much dressing and could be lightened up and brightened up a bit to balance out their entrees, which also tend toward the robust and heavy side in terms of spices, flavors, and sauces.

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GloriaN
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I could not believe how high our bill was for the bland over cooked food we got. Our whole party was very disappointed with their food.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Mozambique. The food is great and the view is gorgeous!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu

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DANNY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited this spot for Dinner and glad excellent service and exquisite ambiance!

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SeanA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exceptional food with excellent service. We unfortunately didn’t get to see the picturesque views from the roof top because it was full. Nevertheless, we loved it!

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vipBillF
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pretty good food, flavorful and generous portions. Seasoned server who had a lot of tables to cover. Given their large capacity divided into a few different areas of the restaurant, they do an incredible job of turning out good meals to so many diners.

That said, there are other restaurants to which I would be more inclined to return for another dining experience, including Coastal Kitchen and Nick’s.

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StevenS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend. Go! Sit on roof or second floor dining!

LP
LaurinP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place to go if you have not tried South African food. The meals are worth the price.

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Mozambique Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 2217 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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