Oak- Laguna Beach

4.4
569 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Oak restaurant, bringing the community a new local flavor of rustic modern, California comfort fare. Bar dedicated to crafty cocktails with exotic flavors, wine by the glass, brewed ales, IPA's and lagers. fun friends family ….experience Laguna Beach from the inside out. LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY - SUNDAY!!!
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1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bday Doughnuts & complimentary blankets on the patio!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Missed Live music tonight :/ great service and food! Prices could be better

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Detroit
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food! Would recommended and go back!

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C
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The place was hopping as we went for our anniversary. They greeted us kindly and we had a very nice table. Appetizers were fantastic and the service impeccable. Main courses, however, were dry and lacked the pizzazz that we experienced before. However the wait staff and hostess were very professional and made us feel very special.

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RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Food was pretty good, front of the house and waiters were awesome. Couldn’t have asked for more. But the accoustics along with the two groups of super drunk “woo-girls” resulted in such a loud atmosphere for the first hour or so we were considering attempting to move seats or do something to get away from the cackling. Also of note, the live musician was really good and added a nice ambiance to the place and also helped drown out the cackling. I’m always down for a good time but those two parties there were going overboard. A cry for attention perhaps? Lol. Would go back again. But maybe would sit outside in the summer to escape the noise.

Again overall a good experience. Would revisit again. I recommend.

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JC
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. We started with the Wedge salad, which was probably the best one I’ve had! My sister had Chef Z’s hot chicken sandwich (amazing!) and I had the pork belly tacos (also delicious!) . Cocktails are great and our server was friendly and attentive .

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AE
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the brunch! have been twice and will most likely go back soon!

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MS
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I should preface my review by saying that it seems OAK does breakfast as a side venture so somebody elses experience might be much different if they go for lunch or dinner. When we arrived at 10 am, we were literally the only customers in the place. We were seated promptly and greeted by our waiter quickly as well. After that, it seems we were always looking for him to show up again. I'm not sure how it could occur when we were the only people in the place at the time but all of our food came out "less than hot". Luckily is warm enough to still be enjoyable because I felt the food quality was very good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oak was truly such an incredible experience. They went ALL OUT to celebrate my birthday - we were greeted by fun hats, table decorations, and customized menu header! Thank you for the wonderful food and making the night so special

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Oak for the first time for my wife’s birthday. The food and service were excellent! Will definitely be back :)

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JM
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food! We had a great time.

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F
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fav restaurants and it never disappoints. First time going to brunch and it was delish! I highly recommend the chilaquiles (sp?).

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B
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special food and service was good

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M
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff is alway so courteous! The food is impeccable . The drinks can be pricey but with the service food and vibes it’s worth it ! I have been for dinner and lunch . Get in soon and enjoy because he does fill up . Even when the tables are all sat the service does not stop . I would recommend this restaurant to friends !

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SM
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always. They Sunday bar crew always make us feel welcome. Layla, our host, told us she was pleasantly surprised that we came a second night in a row. Always a good time at Oak!!

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JT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the partners of the restaurant management team spent several minutes with us and her attention to detail was amazing! She decorated a table for a party that a birthday with little pieces of decor without them asking. Apparently, they have a closet full of goodies to help celebrate their guest's special occasions!

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TD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

If you like so much noise that the waitress has to bend over and shout in your ear to announce the daily specials, then it's okay. Or, if you have to virtually shout at the person sitting across the table to have a dinner conversation, then this is the place. I feel the noise level is so intrusive, it ruins the dining experience. Liked the food and service but the incredible noise makes it a place that I will not go back to.

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DL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food, good service. A little noisy . Nothing really stands out but will definitely go back.

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WK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food, Filet Mignon & Flat Iron Steak, was delicious! As was the Calamari appetizer. And we enjoyed the drinks too. It was loud, as we anticipated, but we sat next to each other, instead of across from each other, so that helped. But, it just sounded like people enjoying themselves! My only complaint, and I could be wrong, was that I think I was asked on my reservation if our dinner out was for an occasion. I said yes, my wife's birthday. But there was no acknowledgement of that. I was hoping NOT to have to discreetly alert our server of the occasion. So, I didn't, but was disappointed when it went forgotten. Now, if I'm wrong, and that WASN'T asked on the reservation form, I do apologize. Overall, we were very pleased.

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RM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Used to love it - now it just seemed OK. Food was still good but atmosphere was sorely lacking, esp. for the price. Too many other choices that are really good/excellent in Laguna.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Extremely loud

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KD
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience here. We did have to wait awhile for our table, but we figured that they were limited on tables inside because people didn’t want to sit outside because it was pretty cold. Our duck wings were so delicious. Just the right amount of sweet and spicy. We also shared the flat iron steak with a side of veggies. The steak was cooked perfectly. We will definitely be coming back, especially when the weather gets better so we can enjoy the outside patio.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Super noisy. Otherwise nice restaurant

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NG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was amazing! We were celebrating a birthday and the table was decorated when we arrived! So nice!! the food was incredible... we were not rushed and we did take our time enjoying ourselves. Even the chef came out to introduce himself. The only draw back, is... it's very noisy! We were a party of 5 and we couldn't have a group discussion as you couldn't hear across the table. Perhaps adding some soft fabrics or materials might help. the noise level bordered on unbearable.... too bad, because everything else was incredible!

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing and the food was so good. The chef Chris always check on us to see if everything was ok I would go back again

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Too noisy!!!

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FD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was great! Everything we ordered - Brussels, calamari, stuffed mushrooms and albacore stack did not disappoint. Will definitely go back.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and friendly staff. Food was tasty - we enjoyed the Brussel sprouts and shrimp tacos. My Martini was served in a large glass and arrived icy. The noise level was touching on level 10 in the center of the restaurant and will plan to request a table on the heated balcony on our next visit. Overall great food and lively atmosphere, but be prepared for a boisterous experience.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

I was overcharged 100 and luckily caught on credit card statement. A bit disappointed the only response was, it was an honest mistake we weren’t trying to rip you off. Food good just not sure I’d go back

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EL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Chilean sea bass Wes perfection! Service impeccable. Can’t wait to go back.

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Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING dinner experience! Beautiful restaurant with a fun energy and great vibe. Definitely the hot spot in Laguna as it was packed. Wonderful staff and service. Our server was Jenna and she was simply awesome as well as the rest of her team. I can’t say enough about them. They definitely go all out making sure everything was perfect. The chef even came by to greet us and talk about the dishes. The menu is creative and the food was so delicious. The cocktails, clam chowder, meatballs, flat iron, taco cart, and the broakie were outstanding...can’t wait to got back to try more!

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant experience. The hosts were kind and even seated us about 20 minutes early. The server was friendly and comped a dessert because we were celebrating a birthday. The busboy/foodrunner was very professional and helpful. We'll be back for special events in the future.

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R
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent, and very attentive service. The food was also great, though the taco portion size was fairly small, and we didn’t consider it a very good value overall. Drinks were also expensive, with house wine costing $14. The restaurant is also very loud, making it a little difficult to carry on a conversation.

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JP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Fantastic atmosphere. Great food. Love the place.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There was a mean woman who was sitting next to us when we went to take our table. We had children with us. But they were quiet and just watching their iPad. The woman gave me the dirtiest look as if it’s a sin to being a child to a restaurant for lunch, and then she moved across the restaurant. The servers were great, but I’m writing this in hopes the woman sees this and chills out. Life’s too short to be that crabby all the time.

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RM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oak is the best! The food and service is excellent.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff I very attentive. Menu is unique. Everyone in our party loved the food. We definitely will be back. There are so many things to try.

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MM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance...very lively and fun. Food was great!

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BY
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We arrived for our 7:00pm reservation. Due to the very cold weather the patio was closed so they were seating those people inside and that caused them to be backed up. Management was very apologetic for this and did their best to seat us as quickly as possible. They served us complimentary Champagne and when seated brought a complimentary appetizer to the table. This was all very much appreciated. The food was delicious. The portions were good and the service was very good. It was excessively loud. This restaurant is a very good addition to the restaurant scene in Laguna. Would love to have one in San Clemente.

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