Ocean at Main

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137 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Discover award-winning Chef Craig Strong’s approachable Coastal California cuisine in a convivial atmosphere near Laguna’s Main Beach.

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Christmas Eve without being handcuffed to an expensive pre-fixe menu! We will be serving our current dinner with all of your favorite dishes available.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with us at Ocean at Main! Enjoy our current dinner menu without being handcuffed to expensive Pre-Fixe menus! Be sure to call us directly to reserve a custom lounge and bottle service on our patio! We will be rocking all night long!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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What 137 People Are Saying
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AM
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is a beautiful restaurant with a lovely outdoor patio for al fresco dining. There is no ocean view but it sits in the heart of Laguna Beach so you'll appreciate the vibe of the this beach-side village while you watch the locals and tourist pass by on the sidewalk. There are some excellent servers here but it is a modern service model where multiple people attend to your table, a little less personal than a dedicated waiter but still attentive. If you are going for a special occasion make sure you ask for an individual table and not the banquette as the two tops at the banquette are quite close and not conducive to an intimate evening. The food is the best part. The presentation and flavors were perfection. They also have a notable wine list with a nice variety of wine region and price ranges to choose from. Laguna Beach is a date night destination for much of Orange County. This is definitely a restaurant to keep on your list for a night out in Laguna.

UA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, plus restaurant layout is not crowded.

MJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found the recommendation in West-Ways Magazine and it was everything it was said to be.
Great food, service and ambiance

T
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We were seated right away at a table in their beautiful patio. Our waitress, Michelle, was adorable and very attentive. Loved her. We really wanted to like this place, but most of the food didn’t meet our expectations. We ordered oysters that were inedible - an odd/off-tasting topping. We never send anything back, but had to this time - and they were great about it. The shrimp and grits were delicious (with crispy pork belly) as was the pear salad. Our main course of striped sea bass was cooked well, but was bland. It had pork belly, “coco” beans (seemed like navy beans to me), Brussels and glaze. The fish was under-seasoned, the Brussels were tasteless and the pork belly and glaze didn’t make up for it - perhaps just not enough? Our French wine pick was very good. They split each course for us which was very nice. When one item is off, we understand, but this was two hits and two major misses. Overall, a disappointing experience.

JD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is impeccable. The Chef, Craig Strong, is a creative without being precious. There are surprises in every dish—some subtle and some bold. His training, experience in VERY high end restaurants shows, as does his talent.

The items on the mere range from inexpensive to manageably luxurious. From hamburgers and pizza (Some truffled and with real truffles in season) to Lobster Raviolis, an amazing Short Rib with spicy Forbidden Rice to desserts to “Die for.” The wine list is very nicely thought out with selections at every level—and some real bargains.

This restaurant is a real rarity—an neighborhood place and a destination!

R
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

For ambience yes! Very nice but high level of noise and although the chef is amazing the service o Er shadows his expertise.

Go for a drink, have a burger or salad and enjoy the setting.

CG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sadly, inviting our friends from out of town for dinner last Saturday night at this restaurant was a poor idea. It is hard to figure out what this restaurant is aiming to be. The dinner menu is haphazard; with sandwiches and pizza and +/-8 fine dining choices. We struggled to figure out if it was trying to be a destination restaurant or just a neighborhood joint. We had plenty of time to do so as the service was painfully slow and at times non-existent. We asked for simple things like water and butter (for the bread) and had to do so over and over and over before the requested item appeared, if at all. The worst part was the deafening noise. With a high ceiling, a Saturday night crowd and loud music we strained to have a pleasant conversation at a 4-top table. It was ridiculously loud and certainly not the atmosphere to enjoy my $47 entree.

The funniest part was, even after requesting the music be turned down, we watched the staff leaning down and having to put their face 6" from the face of the guests asking questions or placing orders at other tables. It was the silliest thing to see. You would think the staff would not want to lean down into the face of the guests to communicate. We watched that happen all night long at each table. You would think management would pick up on that and turn it down a bit, but no such luck.

The thematic mis-step in this restaurant is the lack of attention to detail in the guest experience.

My last experiences dining here was fine. Both were in the spring/summer on the patio and on a weeknight. My conclusion is if you are in the area on a weeknight and want to enjoy a casual meal on the patio for 2 people this is a fine place. For finer weekend dining, there are too many other much better choices. Especially if you care to have a conversation with those you are dining with!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat on the patio; loved the cozy atmosphere. Warm even on a chilly night, with their heaters and lap blankets. The endive pear salad was delicious, as well as the artichoke dip.

d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat on the patio - it was a beautiful setting. My husband ordered the Ravioli (I think it had lobster on it) and it was outstanding. I ordered the salmon and it was really good. Nice cocktails too! Great date night place.

CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is the best of the best! Atmosphere terrific. And Michele was an exceptional waitress! We highly recommend this as an experience and delightful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Absolute worst food I have ever ordered. We both left hungry and very unsatisfied. We should have sent the spinach salad and pizza back. It’s hard to screw up those items but somehow they did.

JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Am delicious meal with the family!

OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent fresh

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lots of delicious options on the menu and prices were reasonable. Fun night out.

F
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Ate on the patio and all I can say is the lighting sucks!!

Couldn’t see the menu or the food without using a phone flashlight. What a shame!!

LE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group of us went here for a birthday celebration. All of our 1st visit. Everything was outstanding, from the butter , to the drinks, ending with the amazing foods! We will be coming back here for sure! Our waiter was lovely and super friendly.

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ana our server was a superstar!

r
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best dinning experiences in Laguna Beach - eclectic menu selections - each dish as good as the next - too many must haves to mention - friendly warn atmosphere - will be returning often

LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was nice. The salmon was fishy however.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant- delicious food and great service!

LF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak was amazing, great service and lovely ambiance. Can’t wait to go back

T
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service! We brought our 4 year old for an earlier dinner and the staff was so great with him! I would t normally bring the little guy to this nice of a place but it ended up being perfect. Scallops were amazing!

SG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for date night and was very pleased with the quality of the food and ambience of the restaurant. Ask the service staff for their favorites and trust their recommendations. We ordered the lobster ravioli, diver scallops, short rib cigars, and a couple of sides, all we delicious and portions were perfect. We were too full for dessert, but I’m sure we’ll be back to try other things on the menu.

VR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful array of inventive food and nice atmosphere. Kind hostess, servers and Chef greeted us as well. Bravo O and M.

TS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We met some friends at Ocean at Main. This is our first time at this restaurant. As we had 5:15 pm reservation no problems and I think we were the first ones there. We sat is the patio, which was very pleasant. The restaurant is very close to Pacific Coast Highway and the beach so it was cooler than inland. The food was excellent. My only feedback was that the portion sizes are on the small side. In fact, the scallops dish consisted of four scallops with some garnishments. I guess a side dish was ala carte. The four of us cost $264, including a bottle of wine and tip. Great to see our friends and a nice restaurant.

TH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food is amazing! I had the scallops and blueberry crisp. I would get both again next time if i didn't want to try everything on the menu.

j
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was mediocre
Service was very poor
Our waitress kept telling us our food was coming out but it didn’t
No compensation for in delay

KS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The dishes we ordered were over sauced masking the tasks of the scallops and octopus.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Ocean at Main a few times now and have not been disappointed. This past Sunday we came for brunch and ordered the Brioche French Toast with a side of eggs and bacon and a Soppressara Pizza. Everything was delicious! The bartender, Ryan Perez, is an asset to your establishment. His service, personality and bar skills rival none other. We actually followed Ryan from his last place of employment - hold on to him, he’s the BEST!

OT
Los Angeles
120 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is terrific every time I go.

Now if you can make sure Michelle works your table you’ll why this is the best O C has to offer.

Drop what you’re including feeding the baby and go now.

F
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the lettuce wraps as an appetizer Fantastic!! Shared with tree of us.

MB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Came to Ocean at Main given the reviews and awards. We were greeted with a hostess that was not attentive and a bit standoffish. It was empty at the front, but she asked us to "wait over there" as others needed to be seated before us. Not a professional approach. Although we are fun and lively people, the music was more for a bar or nightclub than restaurant. Food was ok, however the prices were way too high for what we got. Am not planning on coming back.

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding – it’s a very special restaurant

DM
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went for brunch, with a reservation and waited about 10 mins for a table (even though there were many open) and then waited FOREVER for our food. It was good and we will go back to try again, for dinner. But, praying that the service will be better.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great thank you

JV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate at Ocean at Main on Saturday at 5 PM. It was a date night for my wife and I. We sat next to the fountain. Nice ambiance for us. Our waitress was awesome! Great personality and very knowledgeable of the food. I strongly recommend the cocktails. Food was great. I loved the beet salad. Enjoyed the scallops as well.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding from start to finish!

B
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service! Brunch on the patio was very pleasant. My only issue was that nobody could answer a question about the champagne served in the bottomless mimosa

T
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great variety of choices in all menu categories every dish we had was delicious

F
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a place for regular dining or special occasions! Ambiance is great. Food is outstanding. While many people including me pas by the chicken on a menu Oceans chicken is by far the best youbwill ever have. Boned, pressed, skin coated and seasoned. I recommend this over anything on the menu. You will not be disappointed!