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Rum Social, Laguna Beach, CA

Rum Social

4.2
4.2
88 Reviews
$50 and over
Caribbean

"Rum Social" to us is really a metaphor that pays homage to dreamful escapes throughout the tropics, whether it may be in real life or from one of our favorite films. The journey we'll share with you is a luxurious tropical dining experience, back-dropped by a revitalizing view of Laguna Beach, California. Inspired by a lifetime throughout islands of the Caribbean and Polynesia, this gastronomy story is about taking a step away from the daily routine and embarking on a kitchen and cocktail dance. A flow amongst colors. fabrics, textures, and sounds of a beachfront island lounge...full of great flavors and fairytales.

Our concept is designed with the intention that the table orders multiple dishes to share socially. Typically our dishes are sent out as ready, unless otherwise specified. We ask that the dining time for your reservation be limited to an hour and a half to help us accommodate all of our guests. Our bar tables are first come first serve unless otherwise specified.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean, Asian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 549-4014

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Laguna Beach

  • Cross street

    South Coast Highway, in Peppertree Lane

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Lunch Menu

  • Yellowtail Mini Crisps$15.00

    sauce, pickled shallot, corn crisps, cilantro

    • Shrimp Aqua Chile$15.00

      prickly pear, citrus, honey avocado puree, green apple sorrel, chile oil

      • Charred Carrots$12.00

        thai mango curry, candied mixed nuts, crispy alliums, citrus greens

        • Rum Braised Beets$12.00

          mustard frill, avocado puree, ginger black garlic glaze, cilantro

          • Cauliflower$10.00

            jamaican curry, dates, pickled raisins

            • Fried Brussel "Caesar"$14.00

              crispy brussels, herb mix, crispy quinoa, pickled shallots

              Soup & Salad

              • Coconut Thai - "Chowda"$10.00

                thai curry, shrimp, tuna, potato, pearl onion, corn, peppers

                • Snap Peas & Papaya Salad$15.00

                  snap peas, papaya, hearts of palm, pomelo, bang-bang sauce, crispy rice, Mint

                  • Rum Social Salad$14.00

                    napa cabbage, baby spinach, green papaya, peanuts, watermelon radish, citrus emulsion

                    • Harvest Salad$15.00

                      green leaf, grilled radicchio, frisee, carrot, asparagus, cucumber, canchitas, sweet ginger vinaigrette

                      Sandwiches

                      • Steak 'Sai Oua' Banh Mi$26.00

                        caramelized onion, chile, cheese sauce (huancaina)

                        • Shrimp 'Kaya' Banh Mi$22.00

                          cilantro, pickled fresno, kaya sauce, avocado, beautiful soy, mango aioli

                          • Chicken 'Curry' Banh Mi$20.00

                            green curry, carrot, cilantro, cucumber, daikon, bang-bang sauce

                            • Jamaican Jerk Dorado Sandwich$22.00

                              r.s. coleslaw, cucumber, cilantro, sprouts, mojo verde

                              • Roasted Baby Carrot Lettuce Wraps$16.00

                                salted coconut creme, charred pina pico, avocado, macadamia nuts, bibb lettuce

                                Bowls

                                • Tropical Parfait$16.00

                                  prickly pear, guava, pineapple, coconut pearls, candied curry nuts

                                  • Veggie Egg Scramble$17.00

                                    spinach, mushroom, avocado, peppers, cippolini, roto ajo sauce

                                    • Duck Leg Hash$22.00

                                      wagyu black beans, tinkerbells, uala, russet, spinach, pickled raisins, mojo, onion ash

                                      • Pan Fried Flat Noodle$20.00

                                        – thai noodle, tamarind tare sauce, scallion, carrot, ginger, lime, crispy egg

                                        • Tuna Poke Bowl$26.00

                                          bamboo rice, pineapple, avocado, crispy quinoa, thai chile soy

                                          Beverage Menus

                                            Wine List

                                            • Flor Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy NV

                                              • Gls$14.00
                                              • Btl$45.00
                                            • Piper Heidsick Brut Champagne, France NV

                                              • Btl$71.00
                                            • Pierre Sparr Sparkling Brut Rosé, Cremant d'Alsace, France NV

                                              • Gls$12.00
                                              • Btl$42.00
                                            • DAOU Rosé of Grenache, Paso Robles, CA 2021

                                              • Gls$14.00
                                              • Btl$45.00
                                            • Abadia de San Campio Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain 2020

                                              • Gls$12.00
                                              • Btl$42.00
                                            • Pighin Pinot Grigio, Friuili-Venezia Giula, Italy 2020

                                              • Gls$14.00
                                              • Btl$45.00
                                            • Gainey Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley, CA 2020

                                              • Gls$13.00
                                              • Btl$43.00
                                            • Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay-Marlborough, NZ 2021

                                              • Gls$15.00
                                              • Btl$48.00
                                            • Fableist Chardonnay, Arroyo Grande, CA 2020

                                              • Gls$14.00
                                              • Btl$46.00
                                            • Raeburn Chardonnay, Sonoma County, CA 2020

                                              • Gls$16.00
                                              • Btl$50.00
                                            • Beringer 'Private Reserve' Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA 2019

                                              • Btl$84.00
                                            • Martin Ray Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA 2020

                                              • Gls$14.00
                                              • Btl$46.00
                                            • Argyle Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2020

                                              • Gls$16.00
                                              • Btl$50.00
                                            • Campo Viejo 'Reserva' Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain 2016

                                              • Gls$12.00
                                              • Btl$42.00
                                            • Iron & Sand Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA 2019

                                              • Gls$15.00
                                              • Btl$48.00
                                            • Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Iron Corral Vineyard, Napa, CA 2019

                                              • Btl$85.00
                                            • Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, Wagner Family (Caymus), Napa Valley, CA 2018

                                              • Gls$22.00
                                              • Btl$72.00
                                            • Markham Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA 2019

                                              • Gls$20.00
                                              • Btl$68.00
                                            • Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, CA 2017

                                              • Btl$90.00
                                            • 'Unshackled' Red Blend by The Prisoner, CA 2019

                                              • Gls$16.00
                                              • Btl$52.00
                                            • DAOU 'Pessimist' Red Blend, Paso Robles CA 2019

                                              • Gls$14.00
                                              • Btl$47.00
                                            • Caymus-Suisun 'Grand Durif', Petite Sirah, Suisun Valley, CA 2019

                                              • Gls$16.00
                                              • Btl$54.00
                                            • Finca Decero Malbec, Remolinos Vineyard, Mendoza, Argentina 2018

                                              • Gls$16.00
                                              • Btl$50.00
                                            • Ridge 'Three Valley' Zinfandel, Sonoma Coast, CA 2019

                                              • Gls$17.00
                                              • Btl$54.00

                                            Cocktail Menu

                                            Please ask your server about our rotating craft beer selection

                                            • The RS Cocktail$16.00

                                              R.S. Barrel Aged Rum, Orgeat, Orange Bitters, Banana, Coconut

                                              • Tundy Spritz$15.00

                                                Flor Prosecco, Aperol, Guava, Elderflower, Orange

                                                • Smoking Lil Donkáy$16.00

                                                  Tepache, Mezcal, Papaya, Pineapple Lime

                                                  • Chasing The Tiger$16.00

                                                    Kikori, Kina, Lemongrass, Yuzu Luxe, Egg White, Lychee

                                                    • Pacific Paloma$17.00

                                                      Tosco Cristalino Tequila, Grapefruit, Coconut, Citrus Froth

                                                      • Dead Tiki$19.00

                                                        Banks 5 Rum, OFTD, Mahina, Egg White, Pineapple, Banana Island

                                                        • One Night Stand$17.00

                                                          Botanist Gin, Green Chartreuse, Vanilla, Cocoa Copalli, Luxardo

                                                          • The Sandy Peach$16.00

                                                            Whiskey Row, Chinato Vermouth, Peach, Blood Orange

                                                            • Social Queen$15.00

                                                              Tito's Vodka, Bianco Alessio, Prickly Pear, Demerara / Citrus

                                                              • Laguna 75$16.00

                                                                Empress Gin, Lychee, Orgeat, Lemon, Prosecco

                                                                • RS Cuba Libre$15.00

                                                                  R.S. Black Tea Rum, Cola, Coconut, Lime

                                                                  • Jungle Bird$15.00

                                                                    Copalli Rum, Gran Classico, Pineapple, Banana, Dark Rum Float

                                                                    • Fisher's Lemonade$16.00

                                                                      Grey Goose, Lemongrass, Strawberry, Kaffir Lime, Vanilla

                                                                      • Mojito Smash$15.00

                                                                        R.S. Ginger Rum, Cucumber, Coconut Syrup, Mint, Lime

                                                                        • The Old Man & The Sea$20.00

                                                                          Garrison Bros Whiskey Cherry Herring, Vanilla, Orange Crème Bitters

                                                                          • The Hemingway$16.00

                                                                            R.S. Cabernet Barrel Aged Rum , Cherry Liqueur, Grapefruit, Lime

                                                                            • El Pimentero$16.00

                                                                              Nosotros Tequila, Cointreau, Prickly Pear, Fresno, Vanilla, Tajin

                                                                              • El Capitan$40.00

                                                                                Foursquare Rum, Large Ice Cube, Citrus Essence, Twill

                                                                                Last updated: May 20, 2022

                                                                                What 88 people are saying

                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                4.2
                                                                                4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                                                • 4.2Food
                                                                                • 4.2Service
                                                                                • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                • 3.7Value

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                                                                                1. SD

                                                                                  StevenD

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great spot for a DateNight or for inviting friends/colleagues to hangout for a drink. The food is for sharing and the portions are on the lighter side which is good if you plan on conserving calories for several cocktails (it is called 'Rum' Social after all). The upstairs bar area is awesome and there's even a balcony seating overlooking the chocolate and gelato shops in the cozy enclosed walkway below. Having Rum drinks on a fancy balcony with the smells of chocolates and gelato make for a good date night experience. It doesn't get much better than this.

                                                                                2. r

                                                                                  robinoc

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  51 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  51 reviews

                                                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                  Okay, this is now our new favorite Laguna restaurant! Rum Social is located in the beautiful space of the former Partner's Bistro. However, they have left the charm and classic details, but updated it with also some more modern furnishings that are quite stylish and sophisticated. The ambiance has a calming vibe to it with a mix of dark woods set off by light beige sheers, and gorgeous decor. The menu is outstanding but with a heavy focus on seafood with an asian or caribbean twist, as are the interesting cocktail choices named after local beaches and coves. We tried numerous appetizers (sliders, ceviche, tuna and hamachi), each one was fantastic and beautifully presented, but more importantly, fabulous and unique in taste. One could probably have just apps for dinner as well as they were quite filling, as was the bold coconut curry soup and large romaine casear with a twist. The entrees were all quite good as well (scallops, ono and salmon) but almost not necessary since the apps were so good and plentiful. The only complaint might be that they do not have many non seafood choices for those that like more beef. There is also an upstairs bar area that we saw, which is nice that it is separated so the restaurant feels like a restaurant. However, they said there are a few tables set aside for walks in up there on busier nights. There is also an outside small cocktail waiting area they said they will be setting up before being sat down. Server was lovely and very sweet. Appetizers seemed reasonably priced for the the quality, but entrees are a bit more on the pricey side, but well worth it.

                                                                                3. BG

                                                                                  BirthdayGirl

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                  overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                                                  The food was delicious, but slow to come out, even the appetizer and drinks. The restaurant was not even half full so no explanation for slow service.

                                                                                4. NG

                                                                                  NeimaG

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                  For some reason the waiter was training someone with our tablet. I was out on a first date. There are plenty of days during the week you can train another employee. not on a friday night. The drinks took over 25 minuts and the waiter never came back to our table after serving appetizers.

                                                                                5. CB

                                                                                  ChrisB

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  23 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  23 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                  overall2food1service2ambience2

                                                                                  Remodel looks nice with the booth seating but the bar is out of view - Watermark had an awesome bar. Not sure where the kitchen is but all the food came out before the drinks. Food was bland & over priced. $300 dinner & we were all hungry when we left. The portion sizes are embarrassingly small. 1 scallop cut into 4 pieces & sprinkled with papaya for $19!!!! Garlic noodles had no flavor. Share appetizers were only enough for 1 person. Cocktails were delicious but again over priced for the neighborhood. Ono dinner was on an oversized plate with fried onions place around the filet looked ridiculous. So many other options for a great dinner out in Laguna

                                                                                6. BW

                                                                                  BlakeW

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  This is the coolest place and brand new. The upstairs bar is the coolest. Had incredible bread as an appetizer along with the Thai coconut soup adding shrimp. It was probably the best Thai soup I’ve had in a good while. I then had the sesame crusted ono that was fantastic. I finished with the rum cake that was equally incredible.

                                                                                7. LE

                                                                                  LisaE

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                  Service was very slow. Portions small. Flavors were underwhelming

                                                                                8. JP

                                                                                  JohnP

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                                  The food was decent. As others have noted it was a tad on the salty side. The bread and butter was not bread and butter. It was charred toast with butter, jam, seasoning and some micro greens. Just give me some bread and butter please and thank you. The drinks sounded and looked fancy, but were run of the mill drinks. If everything was priced 30% less, I'd likely be singing a different tune.

                                                                                9. KT

                                                                                  KamalT

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Drinks and tapas plates prior to heading out to watch a Play nearby.

                                                                                10. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Food was excellent but portions were a bit small!

                                                                                11. CW

                                                                                  CalebW

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  20 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  20 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  First time with wife and baby. Amazing and unique flavors . Server was fantastic

                                                                                12. T

                                                                                  Tippy

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food2service3ambience5

                                                                                  New venue so understand the quirks, food was ok and over priced. Drinks were just ok. Too loud for a nice place, felt like I was at a club. Bar upstairs was cool, I would def go there and have appetizers than dine downstairs, it’s not worth it.

                                                                                13. TT

                                                                                  TerreT

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  If you want Caribbean flavors this is the place for you

                                                                                14. F

                                                                                  Francis30

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Amazingly delicious food and cocktails. Fell in love with the jerked chicken Definitely returning.

                                                                                15. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Central Coast

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The ambiance upon entering the bar area upstairs was amazing. It felt like getting away to a quiet tropical location. Even though the side of the bar is open air there was no increase in noise. The food came out hot and delicious, everything was filled with flavor. All the drinks were amazing and paired so well with the food. The staff was friendly and amazing

                                                                                16. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Took my friend for his birthday and they had a little card on the table when we sat down. Cocktails were so yummy! The food was great and the decor was so pretty! Loved it!

                                                                                17. JM

                                                                                  JandM

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  24 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                  Servers tried to be helpful but didn't know the evening dinner specials when we started to order. Came back later and told us about 1 special and then we overheard him telling the table next to us 2 specials. Except for the Thai Curry Coconut Soup (which was FABULOUS!) Food OK, ambiance OK. Would go back for the soup alone but nothing particularly outstanding.

                                                                                18. DH

                                                                                  DennisH

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                  Charmingly decorated restaurant but that's about it. Our reservation was not honored. Requested a booth upon making the reservation and was given a table. Had to wait 20 minutes for a table that was vacant when we arrived. Very noisy, needed to shout to be heard by our friends. Eclectic menu but most dishes were overly salted. Will not return.

                                                                                19. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great ambiance, food and service to celebrate our moms birthday!

                                                                                20. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                  overall2food1service3ambience5

                                                                                  Not for kids or families. Food was very salty and everything was very different. Didn’t have a normal thing on the menu.

                                                                                21. RB

                                                                                  RandyB

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  13 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Great ambiance and service. The was very good and the bar is a fun spot. I highly recommend.

                                                                                22. JD

                                                                                  JillD

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                  Another great dinner! We started with a drink at the bar upstairs. I ordered the El Pimentero without the Serrano. It was good but a little sweet & premade so felt not very strong. Since we were just there Saturday we tried something new for dinner. We shared the noodles they were tasty and the scallops. Very delish. Food is great. Portions small prices high. The Pacific Paloma is still the best drink! Ended up having 2!

                                                                                23. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                  overall2food3service5ambience2

                                                                                  Pretty room but absolutely no supervision by management whatsoever we were seated next to an unruly group of kids and adults and a birthday party and there was no pleasant dinner for us at all no one came to check on us no management person was around the service people were eating dinner and a table in the main dining room as we left no one was at the front door this restaurant is unbelievably noisy and quite impossible to have a relaxing dinner

                                                                                24. SO

                                                                                  StacyO

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                  overall1food1service3ambience4

                                                                                  Over priced tiny portions. Not very flavorful to make it worth the price point.

                                                                                25. HW

                                                                                  HeidiW

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Absolutely amazing! Hard to believe this place has only been open a month. I had a mojito smash to start with and it was an excellent and refreshing drink! The scallops tataki appetizer came out in such a beautiful presentation but I thought was missing star power. Don't get me wrong it was fresh and delicious but I think it was lacking something and I can't pinpoint it. The social sliders were amazing and so flavorful. Would definitely get again. The seared alaskan salmon might have been the best salmon I've ever eaten. The crust on the fish was perfection and the butter rum sauce is heavenly... like I'd love to bathe in it! Omg. The faro that accompanied the fish was also perfection. GET THIS DISH!! Last but not least, the toffee cake was the perfect end to the meal. Not to heavy but powerful in flavor. I'm really blown away.. such a standout meal on an ordinary Monday night. Very happy Laguna has this new gem of a restaurant.

                                                                                26. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Food was outstanding. Compliments to the chef and kitchen. Cocktails were amazing.

                                                                                27. S

                                                                                  Savage1

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                  Noise level is deafening. The ambience was not as good as I had hoped, from all the anticipation everyone had about this place.. We started The evening by getting the much maligned line that the restaurant won’t seat the party until all members have shown up… and then when our party was all there, nine minutes after the reservation was set, and we were seated, we waited over half an hour to get our first drink. If they had seated as timely, they could’ve sold us another two drinks, at least. The server was a new employee, but she did her best — as it was clear that both the kitchen and the bar were well behind. The noise level is truly deafening. Wonder if they can do something from an engineering perspective about that. The kitchen was good. The food was probably the highlight of the evening, although the portion size was a bit weak, especially as the restaurant is at least as expensive as its competition. The craft cocktails were tasty when they finally got there, although some of them were not especially generous.. After the buzz wears off, this place will have to improve in order to stay full after the summer, I think. With all the choices out there, I personally can’t see coming back for at least six months, if only to see how they’ve evolved.

                                                                                28. JF

                                                                                  JillF

                                                                                  Las Vegas

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Went on Saturday night. The staff was so friendly, the food was good and the drinks as well. Great atmosphere, had a great time!!

                                                                                29. LL

                                                                                  LouiseLangley1

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  28 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  28 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food5service2ambience4

                                                                                  The food was excellent and the menu had a lot of interesting dishes. They did a terrific job with the renovation and the setting was lovely. Unfortunately, they still need to work the kinks out in regards to service. For instance, it took an unusually long time for a waiter to greet us and then the entrees arrived before our drink order. They might need to hire more servers? Nonetheless, we will return because the food was so good and hopefully the service will be better next time.

                                                                                30. D

                                                                                  Ditto1961

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  15 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                  The food was very good. The place is loud. I mean LOUD! Strangely all the people working there with the exception of the manager look like they are all about to graduate from high school. Darling and well meaning but completely out of their element. Lacking in knowledge about the food, cocktails or how to serve food! Hint- the diners need forks and knives and when you serve share plates give a table of four more than one spoon to serve up six different dishes. Drinks order took forever. Food came out in fits and starts. They were very kind to comp the first round of drinks. We will definitely return and try again. Maybe go and sit at the bar upstairs. It must be difficult these days to find servers but whoever you hire needs proper training or at the very least, some training? To the sweet hostess-tell guests you will seat them or get them seated. Don’t say “Okay! I’ll get you sat now!” Pretty sure that was covered in freshman English. Poor grammar from a youngster is not a good look for this fledgling dinner spot. Hope they tighten things up out front. The kitchen is doing everything right!

                                                                                31. PM

                                                                                  PhyllisM

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food5service3ambience3

                                                                                  Food was amazing!!! Staff is very friendly yet service was very slo. from drinks all the way through the food service. Also the acoustics need to be worked out. We sat in the front section of the place. It was extremely difficult to have a conversation with our party across the table even. We could really only converse with the person on our side. I will try again though as the food is amazing

                                                                                32. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  San Francisco

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fresh flavor in Laguna, service was great, a tad slow but it was busy. Everything we ordered was delicious, a much welcome change in cuisine and creativity for Laguna.

                                                                                33. RL

                                                                                  RyanL

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                                  Great service and a fun new restaurant/bar. Only set back was the GM wrote me back and asked me if I wanted an upstairs bar table, or downstairs restaurant table? I replied upstairs bar in my email, and when we arrived...the hostess said "sorry, not available for at least another 20 minutes" and sat us downstairs. My question is "then why ask?" Besides that seating hiccup, food and service were great...but food portions were small for the price point. Overall, enjoyed the experience but not sure I would go back.

                                                                                34. VB

                                                                                  VeronicaB

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Sooo delicious and the ambience was incredible ! We’ll be back’ hard to believe this restaurant just opened! We’ll organized and just a perfect night altogether!

                                                                                35. LB

                                                                                  LindaB

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  33 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  33 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                                  The drinks were interesting. The Hemingway left a weird aftertaste. The Mimosa was good. The food was good except the refresher was brought out at the very beginning even though our waiter said it would be a “side for our entrees.” The hot food was brought out before the cold appetizers. The food was kind of pricey for the ambiance and service. The service team tries but they definitely need more polish and experience. Not much of dessert choices. It’s nice to have a new restaurant in Laguna Beach but it has room for improvement. The wait staff needs new uniforms…they looked like scrubs!

                                                                                36. r

                                                                                  radgolf

                                                                                  Los Angeles

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  9 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Great good with flavor and a staff that was knowledgeable and attentive. Thank You!!!

                                                                                37. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                                  Food came too fast, all 3 courses at once, was not remarkable! Have to shout to be heard especially across larger tables. Friendly but inexperienced servers!

                                                                                38. LE

                                                                                  LeanneE

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 14, 2022

                                                                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                                                  The server told us the food would come out as prepared so my friends fish came out about 20 minutes before my scallops. She waited till mine arrived to eat and it was cold. My scallops were slightly undercooked. The atmosphere was great and the server was great. We asked to be moved because a very loud group was seated nearby. I thought the prices relative to our portions were high.

                                                                                39. C

                                                                                  Curly

                                                                                  Orange County

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                                                  overall2food1service5ambience4

                                                                                  The restaurant is beautiful. The staff was energetic and impeccably trained. They have only been open a few weeks and I think they are trying to get the kinks out. The atmosphere was very lively. I wouldn’t go there with anyone with hearing issues as it loud. The upstairs bar area has a cool European vibe and looks down onto the alley way. The chick peas were amazing. The scallops were raw and overpriced. The cauliflower was so salty it was inedible. Curry soup was tasty but needed rice or something to accompany it , very spicy which I like. The bartenders can only make the drinks on the menu. I didn’t try any of them as they all looked too sweet. But a simple cocktail is not in their repertoire. Id try it again but in 6 months or so.

                                                                                40. 2

                                                                                  2legit

                                                                                  San Diego

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  The appetizers were great and we tried so many that we didn’t have room for mains. Drinks were good and will be back to try the rest of the menu.

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                                                                                Google Map for Rum Social

                                                                                448 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2484

                                                                                Additional information

                                                                                • Cross street

                                                                                  South Coast Highway, in Peppertree Lane

                                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                                  Laguna Beach

                                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                                  Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

                                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                                  Caribbean, Asian, Seafood

                                                                                • Dining style

                                                                                  Casual Elegant

                                                                                • Dress code

                                                                                  Business Casual

                                                                                • Parking details

                                                                                  None

                                                                                • Payment options

                                                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                • Additional

                                                                                  Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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