Oak- Laguna Beach

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710 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 and lagers. fun friends family ….experience Laguna Beach from the inside out. LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY - SATURDAY!!!
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Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! We sat outside on the deck because we heard indoors could be noisy. The waiter was very attentive, helpful with suggestions and friendly!
We all really enjoyed our meals. The menu is varied with many choices of different cuisines.
Great spot in Laguna Beach!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Pretty spot. Nice decor. Nice hostess and waiter. Really really slow service on a day when it really was not very busy. Perhaps they were understaffed. Food was good when it finally came.

OT
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Chris and his crew work hard at their craft. Food was awesome! Thanks to Rose Marie, she was very welcoming.
Music was outstanding.

EW
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It's lively but the service is pretty bad. The food was good.

CN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time. Nice experience. A little loud, but atmosphere, food, and drinks made up for the noise. Playoffs were on, so understandable

v
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. The service was among the best we have had in Laguna Beach - the server and staff were so friendly and accommodating. Food and drink creative and delicious....and the sunset didn't hurt!! We will be back!

NG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We arrived earlier than our reserved time, so we hung out in the bar. The bartenders were great, the cocktails were very good, and the chips and salsas were addictive. Once we were seated, our waiter was so prompt and courteous. We shared guac (outstanding), an assortment of tacos and sadly, too many of those addictive chips and salsas (leaving no room for anything else). Next time we are back in Laguna Beach, we will definitely pay another delicious visit to Oak!

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view of the sunset was beautiful. The food was great. We loved the calamari! Will definitely be back.

CG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe. Service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience1

The place was CRAZY loud but we were allowed to take a quieter balcony table when we arrived (maybe the only reason we stayed) but our waiter, Javier, turned out to be great. Other than that... the food was too pricey for what you got... pretty and not much more.

BJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just felt the food was ok. Only 4 tables and the service was slow and order was wrong for one of our guests.

SM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - I cannot remember the bartenders name but she was awesome on oct 8th - we will be back FOR SURE

D
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My friends surprised me with a birthday lunch at Oak. Nice private corner booth and great service.

JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, ambiance and service! Always an excellent experience!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my birthday so so special!!!

KB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food

Owner and chef were outstanding

We will visit again soon

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Made it easy to provide a wedding dinner for 20 people including kids. Food was great and service was attentive and friendly.

DM
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you haven't been here, please go! The food is great, the location is fabulous and the service/people that work there are just amazing!!

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The meal was good but surprisingly expensive. Because it was a Monday afternoon, the restaurant was nice and quiet.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The br"oak"ie was to diiiiie for!!!

DC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Was looking forward to trying Oak for the first time, as I've heard good reviews. However, the service on Sunday for brunch was very disappointing, and the restaurant wasn't very busy. Will give Oak another try and hope that the service is more in line with the prices, ambiance and food quality.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff! Awesome live music and yummy food definitely coming back.

BS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Oak! Not only was our server Tessa amazing -- very attentive without being overly intrusive. The head chef, Chris came out to check on us. It was great to see him check on patrons throughout the evening. I have been to Oak a few times both on business and personal occasions, each time has been great!

Also something I learned was that they are always experimenting with new and seasonal menu items -- just keeping things fresh.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Katie, was super sweet and on top of everything! The table was decorated with birthday hats and napkins which was so thoughtful. The food was absolutely amazing. We will definitely be back!

KB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit and it will not be my last! Beautiful patio with sunset viewing! Will be gather some girlfriends for a visit!

OC
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Calamari and Hot Chicken Sandwich were good, but Sea Bass and Flat Iron Steak were bland and Cauliflower mash was dry. Also, server poured my glass of Cabernet Sauvignon into a glass had previously been used for a Red Blend??

KS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food with some vegan and vegetarian options. I heard the burgers are good from my meat-eating friends. Our server, Tessa, was great! The cocktails are delicious too. Chill vibe with great food! My only con is the food seems overpriced for the amount you get - but it's Laguna Beach so most sit-down restaurants are on the pricier side. But the food is quality and tasty so it's worth splurging on occasion.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and the staff was very nice! The food and drinks where amazing.

E
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overall was pretty disappointed with our experience. Oak has really good reviews on Yelp, so I was excited to try it and have a nice meal with my boyfriend during a little weekend getaway. We had a 7:30 reservation and were running 5 minutes late. I called the restaurant to let them know we would be running a few minutes late, and the man on the phone said he would move our reservation to 7:45. Um, okay? So we get there at 7:35, and ended up waiting 15 minutes to be sat as they did not seat us until 7:50 - just a bad look to give our table away that quickly and make us wait.

We were sat at the same time as another couple and I couldn't help but notice they were getting way better service than us. The service in general was sloooooow, yet the food was coming out extremely fast. We got our appetizer before our drinks. The food was okay, but extremely over-priced. We didn't get any entrees as we were warned by a Laguna local earlier in the day they were not worth it.

As a previous server I could tell this place was all about turning tables which I don't appreciate it. When I'm dropping $200 on a dinner for two, don't rush me.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Out server Javier was AMAZING. Ordered egg benedict and it was ok i will probably order another dish next time

BS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an incredible evening with terrific food, great service and all with a great ambiance. This dining experience was business centric in nature and everyone in the party had a magnificent time sitting on the balcony, having a great conversation, all with a few parties in the main dining room. Thank you Oak for the great evening!

3
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both times that I’ve been to Oak have been fantastic. The staff seems to take pride in what they do and making sure the guests have what they need.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great!

KB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, great food and live music! Highly recommend the portabella mushroom app and the fried chicken entree.

OT
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere, view and food. Staff was polite, friendly and attentive but not overbearing. Great spot for a nice dinner or casual drink. Ample parking in the garage.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Ordered steak Benedict, and a Wagyu Cheeseburger (well done, no tomatoes or thousand island). The Benedict came out fine, the burger was made wrong, with both things I didn’t ask for. After waiting 10 minutes, my boyfriend was done with his meal and my burger came out wrong again. The server was unapologetic and the experience was just blah for a $20 burger.

DV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went there for lunch on a Friday. The service was great and the food was very good. It was practically empty. They have parking downstairs and they validate it.

LE
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oak was so good, we came back again three days after our initial visit. Both times we loved it. Food choices are very interesting and demonstrate great talent by the chef. The bar is beautiful and the place has a great vibe. One of the owners, RoseMary Polenski, was present last night. She certainly understands what it takes to run a good restaurant.
She oversees a genuinely nice and capable staff. I look forward to returning on my next visit to the area, and would strongly recommend this place to anyone looking to have a great meal and evening.

k
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious, and the service was excellent. Our reservation was delayed but the staff made up for it with attentive service. The Brussel sprouts were superb. Only drawback is the noise level. The music was so loud that guests were raising their voices to be heard.