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Salerno by Chef Pirozzi, Laguna Beach, CA

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

4.5
4.5
758 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves authentic italian cuisine, owned and operated by Certified Italian Chef Alessandro Pirozzi. It's menu consists of freshly homemade pastas such as Fettucini Alfredo, Black Ink Spaghetti & Clams, and Mamma's Meatballs, as well as authentic piattis Veal Parmigiana and Chilean Seabass.

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi serves a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to complement each meal. This includes a wide selection of beers, wines, and now proudly offering a full bar! It is open during the dinner hour daily except Monday.

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Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm CLOSED Mon 5:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 497-2600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alessandro Pirozzi

  • Neighborhood

    Laguna Beach

  • Cross street

    Forest Ave

  • Parking details

    Public Parking (Lot 2), available directly behind the building. Also plenty of street parking available within a 1-2 minute walk.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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What 758 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orange County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Orange County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Orange County

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    We went on a very busy night. We did not put in our orders or get water until an hour after we were seated. Food came out in a decent amount of time. Our waiter was very nice, however, we were attended to after 3 other parties behind us have already ordered and got their food. Not sure if it was out of racism as we were not white, or if they forgot about us since we were in a corner. The food itself was average. The brisket lasagna and appetizers were better than the entrees. If you have time to sit and wait, this is the restaurant for you. Otherwise, I would look somewhere else.

  2. n

    nick

    Phoenix

    179 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    179 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    started out with the stracitella soup, omg. followed by the best lamb bolanese , dessert was unreal with affogato.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    No toilet paper in bathroom

  4. DF

    DarrenF

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service will come back again.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice to sit outside!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Food was average. We wouldn't go out of our way to make a reservation again. Fun atmosphere and very good wait staff.

  7. MH

    MikeH

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food served by great people. The cheese cake is a must.

  8. A

    Air2sea

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Dishes were flavourful and well portioned. Service was lacking. Waiter was simply an inattentive order taker. Had to ask for water refills, had to ask for place settings, had to ask to place our order. We like to order our appetizers first and then later place our orders for the main course. This clearly was too much of ask. We would recommend the Resturant because the food and ambiance were good, and hopefully you end up with an attentive waiter.

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    lovesfood

    Orange County

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always

  10. t

    thue

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I loved their vegetarian option. Good service and good value.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The start of service was pretty slow BUT the food was incredible and our server was very kind to comp us dessert. Overall was wonderful

  12. JJ

    JoyJ

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was good, but not great or outstanding. We did enjoy the meal but we have definitely had better Italian. Again, not bad, just not great. We found the prices to be very high for what we received or the quality of the food. $25 for meatballs and spaghetti. Yes, a large portion but not large enough to be a family style. A bit pricey for what it was compared to other great Italian restaurants. We would come back if there weren’t a lot of other options. I wouldn’t go out of my way to come here but if other things were booked it wouldn’t be bad. It’s just for the money and overall experience there are many other options in the area that are higher on my list.

  13. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I've eaten at Salerno's twice (or maybe 3 times?) now, and each time I would give the same review. The food and service are excellent, couldn't be better. However the noise level remains at such a decibel that it is almost impossible to carry on a conversation with fellow diners without speaking loudly and asking them to repeat. Of course, this just contributes to the noise level. I understand it is a small place, with tables close together, but it is hard to overcome. I have not eaten outside, maybe that is better, as sound as somewhere to dissipate. The prices are a bit high, especially the wines ($16.00 for a glass!), but the food is good. '

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    Timothy

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great, service and food was great.

  15. J

    Judy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4

    We love this restaurant but last night it appeared that they had far too many tables going for the level of staff. We had to ask multiple times for things. Very disappointing compared to our usual excellent experiences there.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    Food was good, but the service was out of this world bad. I believe they only had a couple servers as it seems the shortage of servers continues. Not sure it was good enough for a second shot given other options.

  17. CL

    CindyL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    I was very excited to try this restaurant..We left after the first course. $24 for an octopus and "Tasmanian Salmon" appetizer that had literally 2 ozs at the most of seafood. My husband's a chef so he knows portions. 2 glasses of Italian wine and the app and it took an hour to get, and was $70. We felt ripped off so we left and went up the street. It would have been different if the dish was excellent and the service was impeccable but that was not the case. We waited 30 minutes for water.

  18. x

    xnyyorkr

    Orange County

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We've eaten at Salerno before. Honestly, I could go just for their bread served with pesto. That being said, we, of course had dinner! I had the seashell pasta (with shrimp) and my husband had the chicken parm. Both were excellent.

  19. J

    Jefft

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Restaurant was very crowded and very loud. The food is always amazing. Best barramundi I’ve ever had. Service was slow. I think our server was overworked and needed help.

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    BradleyL

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious! A perfect evening for out of town guests!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Some of the best Italian food I have had in a while. The lobster ravioli was fabulous!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic and Alberto is the best waiter!!

  23. LF

    LynnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a charming restaurant with a family feel to it. The food was delicious last night.

  24. LF

    LoriF

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this place. Food and service were great. Went on a Sunday night, made reservations which I’m so glad we did because it was busy. I got the lobster ravioli and my husband got linguini & clams. Enjoyed with an Italian wine and it was perfect. We will be back!

  25. TB

    TracyB

    Savannah

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful eclectic meal with some of the house specials, zucca , fried olives, fabulous cauliflower and a wonderful pear salad. Outstanding!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best meatballs ever!!! Everything was delicious!

  27. CW

    CraigW

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Average Italian restaurant. Not bad. Not great. Okay place to drop in if you happen to be in the neighborhood. Not worth a long drive.

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    Mauve

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    BIRTHDAY celebration

  29. TK

    TKPAVONE9

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you we will be back!!! Great service food! YUMMY!

  30. LH

    LarryHN

    Los Angeles

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Great food. Server was not well trained but still a great experience.

  31. R

    Robbiepur

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and atmosphere. The only downside, there was no air conditioning- so it was uncomfortably warm. Other than that, it was perfect. Service amazing! I would definitely go back.

  32. F

    Frank

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food service and atmosphere… we enjoy it very much and will come back again…

  33. R

    Rich

    Palm Springs

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have dined here several times. Food, service, etc has always been wonderful. Served nice and hot the way it should be. Friendly and helpful servers. Will be back next time in this area

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    squelch

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So special….even with 2 eight year olds!! The food and service was exceptional and our server treated our eight year old grandson with such sincere interest! Wow…..A really wonderful experience.

  35. BG

    BethG

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    My husband’s birthday

  36. l

    lovesfood

    Orange County

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as always. Service and food are superior

  37. NE

    NewportEd

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this little gem of Italian restaurant hidden in a quiet side street in the heart of Laguna downtown area. The pasta dish we had were truly enjoyable. Home made pasta and fresh ingredients. The darker but not too stuffy environment reminded me of the little bistros whenever I’ve traveled to Italy for work or pleasure. Recommend if you are looking for a local restaurant that is not as loud or crowded as some of others on the main strips.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5

    The food was so good; it deserves 5 stars, but the service really lacked. Server forgot to put in our appetizer and the service in general was slow and not very attentive.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful meal and excellent service. Luis is the best!

  40. LH

    LarryHN

    Los Angeles

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Like a small local restaurant in Italy with great food, service and ambiance

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Salerno by Chef Pirozzi is rated 4.5 stars by 758 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Salerno by Chef Pirozzi

220 Beach Street Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Forest Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Laguna Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm CLOSED Mon 5:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Parking (Lot 2), available directly behind the building. Also plenty of street parking available within a 1-2 minute walk.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alessandro Pirozzi

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

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