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Royal Hawaiian Grill

4.3
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198 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
Aloha and welcome to Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill in Laguna Beach! Truly an iconic grand dame since its opening in 1947, The Royal Hawaiian has recently enjoyed a renovation (she prefers we call it her "spa day") with her new owners and operators, internationally renowned chefs, Chef Martin Molteni and Chef Mariano (Maro) Molteni.

Experience a warm and breezy vibe with a masterful menu that marries our original Polynesian vibe with global coastal culinary. And be sure to book your most memorable group events for corporate, wedding and get togethers for families and friends.

We're all about making our locals and traveling neighbors our "ohana" family, so be sure to stop in to The Royal Hawaiian in its own "island paradise" of beautiful Laguna Beach.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 198 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jade
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Great service! Ambient and flattering lighting and decor.

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LisaR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It took about two hours from the time we sat down until we got the check; service was very slow. The ahi appetizer was excellent and my salmon was very good and served hot. However, my husband’s steak was horrible and he barely touched his meal. it was my birthday and my daughter “went to the bathroom” twice to make sure that the host let our waiter know and somehow that never happened.

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KateM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is out of this world amazing!

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me, this is a great special occasion place to go. We met close friends to celebrate a wedding anniversary so they could also experience the Royal Hawaiian. One very good thing is that they have their own parking lot about 50 yards north of the restaurant. Starting off with the Lapu-Lapu is always a great way to start the evening. The menu is a twist from the polynesian style, and has an Argentine flavor instead. The meats are prepared to order and the seasoning is killer (must be the chimichurri). Upscale Tiki decorations and island -style music keep it relaxing with a warm feel. We will return again soon.

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vipZimm
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Chef Maro and our waiter Stefano! Such a great, welcoming and friendly chef and staff! Awesome food too- We had an incredible Rib Eye and Ceviche! Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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LisaA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

We didn’t know that the royal Hawaiian had changed ownership and had been redone
different menu all the favorites gone except the Lapulapu
hardly any Hawaiian ambience at all food was good
Service was meh!

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Drinks and appetizers were fine. Once appetizers were served it took at least an hour before we saw our waiter again. Once he did appear again there was no apology for the wait not for forgetting the beer I ordered an hour prior. Food was OK but honestly not worth the price.

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vipHoopusMax
Louisville
63 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Good and bad. First, the good: (1) excellent service, (2) great Royal Hawaiian Blue Hawaii cocktail; (3) excellent banana bread dessert; (4) good portions and quality on the vegetables, which were the entree' sides and (5) pretty good apps -- the empanadas and specialty bread . The bad: (1) not really a Hawaiian cuisine other than the drinks and a couple of the desserts -- its cuisine reflects its owner's Argentinian ties, (2) the cap steak was a poor cut of meat with too much fat and gristle; and (3) the chicken breast was too salty. The truly awesome dessert and grading the entrees on a Covid curve gives a three star review.

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vipMarcG
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, superb service and probably the best tropical drinks in S. California. It will be even better when we can dine inside the restaurant again since it was remodeled and is beautiful tiki bar decor. Highly recommend !

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BaliHaiFan
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks are terrific as usual. Sidewalk seating will pass soon hopefully.

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vipDarleneK
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was terrible bathrooms not clean; had to ask for TP, seat covers, and paper towels will not go back!

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viplagunadiner
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outside sidewalk dining with great drinks and excellent food. A little understaffed, but just be patient in this difficult time. They are doing the best they can.

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scottg
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They’ve done a nice job with COVID safe seating. Service was a bit slow, and hunk they were still trying to find their groove with the outside seating learning curve. Food was great! I ate there a decade ago and didn’t know honk much of their food at the time, this time it was great. Drinks were awesome but they’ve always been known for that. I’d recommend it to anyone looking to get out of the house.

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vipKiwi77
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice personnel but very slow service and had to ask for drinks twice after ordering. Took 60 minutes to finally get dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Once we sat down a server came to our table & told us that when other guests arrives they would need our table, I asked where are we supposed to go? He's respond was " I don't know somewhere else ". We had one cocktail each & left. With service like that we lost our appetite.

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vipjohns
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Royal Hawaiian is a Laguna Beach classic. It’s one of the few restaurants where the outdoor dining under the COVID conditions actually enhances the experience, with the great weather and people watching. Salmon poke, lapu lapus (all drinks really and faroe island salmon are favs.

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JonathanO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was fine but not enough Servers and they were overwhelmed. I understand the COVID pandemic but service could have been better if they had help. Too slow and left before dessert.

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vipPaulN
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Slow service. Food wasn’t great.

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JenniferV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our servers were nice, but rarely saw them. Food was good, but took a long time to arrive. I ordered the ahi/salmon ceviche and the Ahi poke as appetizers, and they were almost identical.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJenniferGage5
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was okay but not outstanding. Veggie salad was boring. Ahi was good but potato’s and veggies were bland. The poke was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I felt that since our table was the last in the chain. We were just overlooked. Had to ask a few extra times for sugar, iced tea, etc...

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Artdefashion
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with delicious food! Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and the drinks equally delicious. The ONLY issue was the menu didn’t list there were nuts in one of the desserts. I’m allergic to the nuts used and couldn’t enjoy the dessert ordered. But that wouldn’t stop me from going back. Wonderful experience.

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LoriC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were grateful just to be out since inside dining isn’t available at this time. Tables were set up outside on the sidewalk which works in Laguna. It was a cool vibe. Great food and drinks! Service was excellent too! Everyone in our group had the ribeye except me. I had the Sonoma chicken. Delicious! If you want to feel like you are on vacation order a Blue Hawaii. Very tasty and beautiful presentation. It was the best evening out we’ve had in a while. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Can’t wait to go back!!

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vipluvMaine
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Finally we can eat outside in Laguna Beach. It was a great experience on a Friday night even with the traffic on Coast highway We has good service. We all enjoyed our individual dishes. The
Pork chop, the scallops, the steak, the sausage and all of the starters.
Hope the city co to yes to let us eat outside. Plea to of sidewalk space for passerby

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KaeB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in recent memory, including pre-shutdown. I work fine dining, and I really appreciate the observances by the staff. Our server was knowledgable, overall excellent. Our steak and tuna were perfectly cooked, I can't remember the last time I went out and every plate was so well thought and veg-forward.

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LNM1
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! I had the salmon and my daughter had the chicken. Both were cooked to perfection! Thank you for a fabulous dinner ✨

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Blah
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great recommendations by server. Highly recommend.

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Hawaii50
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great with the exception of where they seated us. They basically put everyone on the sidewalk where there were cars driving by. This was our first time here and from the looks of the pictures it appears that they have a back outside eating area. Other than that the food and service was excellent.

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vipMark
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Royal Hawaiian Grill did a great job accommodating us outside this week. The food was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We made a reservation and upon our arrival we were told there was so table for us with an hour wait. The host was not apologetic or considerate. Terrible waste of time.

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MarcD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The vibe (decor, music, drinks, etc) was great. Menu looked good with options for steak, seafood, and chicken. However, it wasn’t the Hawaiian BBQ we expected. I ordered the seared Fiji ahi tuna and my wife had the salmon. Both were underwhelming. The flavor was bland with little to no seasoning and no sauce. We had to ask for salt. There was a nice pico/salsa that was used on both but not enough to help - more for presentation. My wife’s salmon was charred on the skin side which made the whole meal taste burnt and she sent it back for the petite steak. Vegetables were whole, hard, and flavorless. Waiter was nice and tried to help though. Very disappointing meal overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is nothing like it use to be, and that was not only a surprise but an improvement! The ancient Laguna Beach Royal Hawaiian Restaurant got a total spa treatment! Service is hospitable, relaxed yet on it 101%, the drinks are now more varied from the old Laupu Laupu days but still we enjoyed the skull blast with a Laupu! The food is exquisite, especially the grilled steaks and chops. Desert of banana crepes and grilled bread pudding made us feel fat in a good way LOL. This place is a forgotten and revitalized gem in the Laguna Beach crown. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🔥

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NormaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!
This is a great place for ambiance and dishes from the wood grill. We enjoyed eating out and this one of our favorite spots in Laguna Beach. We also fell in love with their brand new take out menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and bartenders provided excellent recommendations. The food and drinks were superb.

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DavidB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Rubber Ribeye

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LNM1
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner with dessert! We had the pork chop and kids burger. The potatoes are amazing!!! So fresh and tasty! Dessert is a must! We had the warmed banana bread and the banana crepes! Both amazing! Try the house Mai Tai! Unbelievable!!

FAQs

Royal Hawaiian Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 715-1470.

Royal Hawaiian Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 198 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.