Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

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Contemporary French
With a panoramic oceanfront location and modern French cuisine with California influences, Studio is the portrait of beachside indulgence. A refined and inventive menu reflects masterful attention to detail accented with an elegant, creative touch. Ocean breezes, panoramic views and lush landscapes create a refreshing sense of place at the water’s edge and a fitting backdrop for the shared enjoyment of fine food and wine. Menus include à la carte selections of starters, entrées, cheeses and desserts; and a six-course seasonal prix-fixe Chef’s Tasting Menu. The wine list includes more than 2,200 wine labels, an extensive menu of wines-by-the-glass and suggested wine pairings for each dish. Small plates are also offered at the communal table and the turn-of-the-century bar.

Dress Code: We respectfully request that gentleman wear long pants or dress shorts. A jacket and tie are not required, however athletic apparel or beach wear, including flip flops, are not permitted.
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Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef does an excellent job bringing the natural flavors of food to life. Very light and delicious vegetarian/vegan menu. The kohlrabi truly looked like scallops but not and tasty. I can’t even begin to appreciate the inspiration and thoughtfulness that went into the menu. Really appreciate the dairy allergy accommodation. Jamie provided outstanding service and company to a single diner.

M
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location, view, food and service. We had a new menu to choose from that was nothing short of amazing. The Service is impeccable (thank you Jamie!). Try the tasting menu - the chef has knocked it out with a selection of specialty items.

BJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Studio was underwhelming. Nice space, good service (seemed like more staff than guests) but the food was well below expectation and slow getting out of the kitchen. Wouldn’t go again and would not recommend unless you are okay overpaying for average food.

KD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had the tasting menu and overall we both felt it was very disappointing given the very high price $185/person). The Rockefeller abalone was the wrong combination. The antelope filet was flat. The lobster was overcooked. We've had much better tasting menu with more courses (our all-time favorite is Providence) at the same price. There was nothing innovative about the tasting menu courses and they seemed to be prepared by a chef-in-training. Notwithstanding, the service was excellent!

D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday celebration
We ate outside with heaters
Just after sunset
Beautiful
Great service

JL
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list and service plus outstanding food.

S
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We were so looking forward to going to the studio. When we were arrived with a reservation we were put at a table that was close to a function so all we would hear is not the ocean but someone singing. We asked to be moved . There were a lot of open tables on the other side but, we were placed inside.

We ordered our food looking forward to a wonderful dining experience.

The service was terrific.

The food was mediocre. My guests and I were surprised at how lukewarm and relatively tasteless all the the food was. Caesar salad was good.

We have gone to the studio in the past and have loved every thing we ordered. I don’t know what happened between last year and this year perhaps there’s a new chef? But I will not be coming back. This is a very very expensive restaurant and the food was not worth the money.

JC
Denver
136 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Probably the best view in all of south Orange County. The service was impeccable, the food however wasn't great. The abalone was so chewy it's almost unedible. We tried the tasting menu so I'm sure other dishes are fine. The fish course was really good, I would go back but order off the menu.

H
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was amazing and the service and view were terrific. Thank you!

T
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Unbelievable ambiance if in the back room nearest to the ocean, particularly at dusk. Service was top notch and food excellent. Only slight negative was did not waive corkage on our wine given the very expensive half bottle of champagne we ordered to begin our meal.

DB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual...Jamie is excellent. Always there at right time...

V
Los Angeles
295 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In my opinion Studio (all aspects) just isn’t the same as it once was in the past. It’s still good but not not like I remember it. The service was good but the food was underwhelming. Additionally, on a very warm night the AC was turned off with the doors open, however there wasn’t much of an ocean breeze. We were warm the entire dinner.

MM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Only part of the meal that was even "good" was the risotto and the bread. We are no strangers to high-end dining, but this meal was one of the worst we've ever had as a couple in 25 years, including cheap places. The starters were bland and tasteless, with poor texture. the bread came an hour after we sat down, but kind of saved the meal, from which we were about to pay our bill and walk out. The lamb was room temp, and lacked flavor. We were so gun shy by the end my wife only took a little tatse of one of the comp desserts, and regretted it.

KC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The studio restaurant is on a beautiful bluff overlooking the ocean in Laguna Beach. The service was incredible and the view is breathtaking. We had swordfish and Seabass the meal was incredible.

PS
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

very pricey. overly so. great views, beautiful restaurant, but too expensive

EG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing wine paring experience in a beautiful location!

x
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening dining on the patio watching the sunset while celebrating our anniversary with extraordinary wine and food.

KG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jamie was very kind and made dinner a great experience for a special night. We loved everyone working that night. Such a great crew!

IC
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What comes to mind when dining at "The Studio," perhaps its' the remembrance of discovering Chef Ben Martinek in his cliff garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean in white or maybe the years of jovial memories created together with family, friends and new acquaintances. Vistas au restaurant are "envoûtant et poignant."

Post dinner coffee in the Lobby Lounge was vibrant and the science of MI phlebectomy was a topic for conversation and well as "schwarz" humor only a scientist or physician would come to appreciate. Nursing epithets were shared. A Seagull appeared and a cool pacific breeze fanned us from the West open door. Loved learning about phlebectomy post dining on Martineks’ California Coastal Cuisine.

The espresso butter braised heirloom carrots languished in the sunset "licht" flooding our table and a to our surprise the risotto was embellished with hand grated truffle. Though time may fill a void between visits here (dined 2 years ago), I will retain warm hugs, laughter, and impromptu honey of conversation and company. My gratitude to Chef Ben Martinek, Issac and Junpyo for a “meraviglioso” adventure.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We — and our 12 and 14 year olds — celebrated our 18th anniversary at Studio, and AS ALWAYS, the experience was EXCEPTIONAL. Studio always manages to impress in every conceivable way, from the ambiance to the exquisitely prepared and presented food, but most especially the service. The chefs are brilliant, but the front of house makes each and every experience at Studio borderline profound; their attentiveness, knowledge of the dishes, and perfectly-orchestrated presentation of the meal displays a capability unmatched in OC. We visit at every opportunity, and have spent our two prior Winter Solstice celebrations in their capable and devoted hands. Their pride shows, and makes a dinner at Studio a showstopper. Thank you for yet another lovely evening, and a joyous anniversary celebration.

EP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a wonderful setting!

JS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Engament Dinner... warm welcoming Japemses steak not great but service and filet was amazing

MK
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Montage is incredible!! Expensive but for a special occasion it is outstanding. We have been there many times and love it.

j
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Laguna Beach!

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SM
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent creative food. Always get the chef's menu and never disappoints. You cannot beat the views!

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening with food and deluxe wine pairings. Unreal. Service was spot on as expected. The pairings by the sommelier were so deep and intertwined with the food. I was truly amazed by the entire dining experience. I highly recommend this amazing spot in Laguna for those looking to expand their palate!

GG
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. The staff was top notch in their professional assignments and extremely attentive. The chef was world class and so creative with my octopus appetizer, sea bass entree and my wife's duck. Craft cocktails outstanding.

Dining doesn't get any better than what we experienced for my wife's Birthday.

PP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, attentive service, excellent food, and stratospheric prices.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Wedding Anniversary 33rd

MA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Birthday. The prices are sooo out of line and the food was mediocre and the servings were so small we left hungry.
We will never go back!!!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Studio is a sublime dining experience! Truly magnificent!

j
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Studio has a fantastic setting and view. The service is great. The food is fairly average unfortunately, despite the attempt to be high end, and is simply not worth the charge. I’ve had this same feeling each of the 4 times I have been here. You tend to leave with sticker shock. There are other places in Laguna I would recommend over here, both for value and ambiance. But again, the view is spectacular and hard to replace. We also had a mixup with the bottle of wine ordered although I do not fault the restaurant and they honored the price of the intended bottle, although it created an awkward situation. Specifically on the food, best dish was a crispy pork belly dish. Oysters and root vegetable soup were also good. Hamachi crudo had no flavor and needed a sauce or citrus, chickpea “loaf” off the vegetarian menu was just bad, “box shrimp” on side of root vegetable soup very unappetizing. Desserts fine but not memorable. Again, for food and ambiance (not view, but liveliness and vibe) there are other options in Laguna that are superior, and for far less price."

FT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service by Roger. Brian the wine guy was great also

RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and romantic atmosphere! Highly recommended!

AG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This was the strangest experience. We arrived at 7:30 and were told our requested outside table was being cleared. Then :20 min later they said there had been a mix up and there wasn't an outside table for us. We watched them seat two other couples outside, I assume these were hotel guests which I understand they take priority. We were seated at about :10 to 8. We then sat there for :25 minutes with no service other than to have our water glasses filled 3 times. The waitstaff did stop by to explain the menu (seeds, shoots, sprouts) during the time frame but never offered to take our order. We finally got up and left the restaurant at 8:15.

Hotel grounds and restaurant views and ambiance were beautiful.

DB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and hospitality. They made our 40th anniversary a special evening for us and they did it on their own!

DB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Laguna Beach’s finest dining experience....and the wine list is exquisite too. Sitting outdoors, watching the sunset, and taking in the scenery. The best!

R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful birthday dinner! Amazing view and impeccable food

DF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Usually an excellent dinner and a favorite of ours, but we were truly disappointed the other night with absurdly slow service. It was actually difficult to get the server's attention. There were a few other large parties, but a restaurant like Studio should be able to balance these things.

OT
Boise
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly this was one of the best dinners I ever experienced. It was AS special as my wedding night.
The service was exemplary, we were so cared for. Roger our main waiter was the epitome of professional. And quite personable.

I cannot wait to go back. It was unforgettable. The food was divine, the ambiance was heavenly, and it is my new hands-down FAVORITE restaurant. So special in every way. Perfect for celebrating very important occasions.

Thank you! Bravo and well done.

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