Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

4.7
902 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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.
Please note that Studio’s dress code does not permit shorts, tennis shoes, open-toed shoes, athletic or beach wear.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 715-6420
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Executive chef
Craig Strong
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Valet Parking ($15 after Validation)
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For the most cherished celebrations, only private dining will do. Montage Laguna Beach offers a variety of ways to combine the finest Southern California cuisine with an ambiance of complete comfort, privacy and impeccable service.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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For the most cherished celebrations, only private dining will do. Studio at Montage Laguna Beach provides a plethora of opportunities to combine the finest Southern California cuisine with elegant comfort and impeccable service.

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food, shockingly poor service. There are other high end restaurants in the Laguna Beach area that provides better value and great service.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Fabulous restaurant! Great ambiance. great food, great view and great service!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Studio at Montage does not disappoint! Very consistent and always impeccable service, imcredible flavors and artistic food presentation.
We will continue going each time we are in California.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Go for the tasting menu if you can afford it, with the wine pairing. We were worried this would be tiny portions (we had an experience with a nice place in Saratoga where the tasting menu was more expensive and we ended up hungry as the portions were ridiculously small). We were not disappointed here. Amazing dishes, decent portions, good wine pairing (and good glasses), knowledge of the wine was not fake, all was really good including the bread (we tasted all varieties!). The location is fantastic, all made this a great dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

What a special dinner! I cant wait to come back again....Thank you so much for an amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

outstanding in all respects. couldn't be better. if in southern California the Studio is NOT to be missed.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Calm professional attentive staff
wonderful creative food
Stunning views
Wildlife comes out at dusk

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent food and service as always! We have been going here every few years since they opened and enjoyed the food from the first bite to the last bit. The service and people are exquisite.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Our 38th year anniversary great staff

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The location is beautiful. The food was very good, considering it was a father's day brunch. The seafood and hangar steak were very good. We had a few problems however. We were required to keep our utensils for the entire brunch. We would be asked if we were going back for more food and if we said yes they would take our utensils off our plates, and leave the dirty utensils on our table. Our reservations were for 1:30 and they were closing up the brunch before we were done with our meals and we felt rushed. In addition, swordfish was being served and it was undercooked and not available to us as i guess they ran out. All in all, too expensive for these things to have occurred and i doubt i would return to the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was a wonderful place to spend a special Fathers Day event; live music w/band accommodating requests overlooking bluff with Treasure Island beach below. The entire service was excellent from very beginning and the property beautiful with views comparable to luxury hotels in Hawaii. It was a buffet style meal unlike the standard sit down dinner only meals usually served at this spot. Many stations; carving w/delicious hangar steak, scallops; seafood incl poke made to order table, many cheeses/breads and a bake goods room. Made to order omelettes in kitchen as well. All separated avoiding clusters of people in one spot movement thruout easy. Overflowiing champagne. Games on lawn for fun. Special Tesla overnite trial giveaway was a nice touch! Only wished that cost pp was stated on your website or theirs prior to meal would've been nice to get heads up; not everyone has a celebrity salary. Assumed would be $$ but not this much. The meal total for 5ppl was more than 1 nites stay at this resort over $800 for a few hours of meal/entertainment. Would love to stay over next time but this particular meal will have to seriously think about before doing again.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

As good as ever from the hostess to the service to the food, excellent. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Celebrated Father's Day with a beautiful view, amazing food and excellent service. We have been here twice now and each time it has been an evening to remember. Literally the only bummer is the $50 corkage but the experience outweighs that, especially if you are bringing your own wine as we do

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Fantastic food with impeccable service not to mention the wonderful views. Try to book a table outside if possible. We will return to this gem.

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

My husband and I were looking so forward to celebrating our 55th Anniversary at The Montage on Friday night, June 8th, 2018. What a disappointment. We would have been better served going to a small restaurant down the street. The Montage is beautiful but the raves stop here. We were disappointed as soon as we were seated until we left. We will remember our 55th, but not on a positive note. Carole and Steve Maple

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Studio does not disappoint. The food was creative, delicious and innovative. Chef Strong is at the top of his game. The wine list is more like a phone book and the sommelier Mario was well versed in the entire volume, helping us pick out a wine that paired perfectly with our meal. We visited for a milestone anniversary and our server, Saul, immediately picked up on our sense of humor and celebratory mood and played into it very well the entire evening. At the end he even delivered the anniversary gift I had brought for my wife in a covered dish, which magnified the romance. Nearly every couple around us was also celebrating an anniversary. Halfway through the meal a large table for 8 was seated next to us who were quite loud, but we were facing away from them and toward the ocean, which was bearable. We did not do the tasting menu, preferring to each order a 1st, 2nd and Main along with a shared dessert (get the chocolate sphere!) and shared all between us. The only condition for all this exceptional food and elegance is the price tag. Clearly many people at the resort can afford such extravagance without a second thought, but it was a big investment for us. We were so happy that having made that investment it was a perfect meal and perfect evening.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Nothing else compares in SoCal

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Everything was amazing. Perfect ambiance and experience my brothers 50th birthday.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My recent experience at Studio was amazing! Me and my girlfriend were on vacation celebrating our anniversary. I chose Studio because of its tasty looking dishes and amazing view. Very glad I did. I personally don’t mind the expensive price tag even though I’m only 17... as I see it as an experience not just a dinner. The servers treat you very well and cater to your requests, they make you feel welcome and don’t rush you out the door. Special little treats made the dinner even better. I ordered the beef tenderloin (filet mignon) it was cooked just to my likening, and was super tender. It paired with the puréed mushrooms and broccoli very well. My girlfriend ordered the king salmon, and said it was cooked perfectly as well. Super flavorful and just the right amount. For dessert, the chocolate sphere was super rich and the creme brûlée was the creamiest I have ever had. Overall, we was very pleased with our night at Studio and look forward to making it a yearly anniversary tradition.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

amazing view, the food is very special(too much, in my opinion)

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We love Studio! Everything about our experience is perfect every time we dine here!

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Overrated! Not the first time here, but definitely the last.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great food, had the tasting with wine pairings is was wonderful.
Very professional service

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day fabulous celebration
Thank you

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers days

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch was very enjoyable and in a beautiful setting.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Superb evening dining at Studio. We tried the Chef’s tasting menu, both the vegetarian and non-veg tasting menu. Every course was incredibly artful and delicious. The service and setting was top-notch too. A very special evening and they presented us with a fresh loaf of cinnamon bread to take home for our morning enjoyment. Studio knocked it outta the park.

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2018

One member of our party ordered a Rare Tenderloin Steak. The first time it was served it was medium and the second time it was served it was medium well! Finally on the third time we got a rare steak. The food was OK, not great. Service and atmosphere are excellent, Oceans Views are spectacular.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We came here for my wife's birthday, we had a great time. The waiters/waitresses are attentive, meticulous, courteous and friendly. Even the chef came out to say hi. Nothing beats the sunset view straight out from the restaurant over a green lawn. I can imagine it is a cool spot to dine outdoors as well for brunch or lunch. Beautiful resort complex and nice architecture, it's always nice that you can enjoy the view and coast before or after the meal. The ambiance and service is top notch. The food is beautifully presented.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

amazing view, very nice and polite staff, delicious and outstanding food, but it was over priced

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Incredible tasting menu!

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Not a good experience. Starting with the hostess and ending with the wait staff, if you could find them, the evening was not one to remember except for the poor service and an expensive tab that did not represent the poor quality of food and service let alone the fact that it had incorrect charges. Disappointing. For a restaurant that had been recommended with a good reputation, except for the view, I would not waste my time or money again.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Georgia was terrific as well as every server. Food remarkable. World class start to finish. Kudos.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Service was outstanding, well curated cellar and creative dishes. Combined with the breathtaking views you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This restaurant it over the top fabulous. The service was amazing, the view is beautiful, the food was beautifully presented!! I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just if you want a fabulous dinner. No beach attire!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Studio is one of the best dining experiences available in OC. The food, the staff, the ambiance, the experience....all top-notch. We continue to celebrate special occasions here and are happy every time. Highly recommend it!

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

View was undeniably the best and food was amazing. I was highly disappointed in the fact that staff knew it was our 10 year wedding anniversary and a complimentary drink or dessert was not offered. Service was great at the beginning part of our meal, but faltered towards middle and end when they got busier. We actually thought they had forgotten about us! When sun went down staff could not get outdoor heaters to work at our table and neighboring tables. We had a very early reservation and were seated initially next to a busy wedding reception, which I had to ask to be moved, which we were, but still very noisy and disruptive.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This was probably the best restaurant I have dined at in six continents. The ambience, setting and scenery were superb. The cuisine was simply outstanding with an array of interesting tastes. I have The wine list was extensive. The service was completely comprehensive without being intrusive. They simply knew when to serve and remove, and were completely courteous. I would return there in a heartbeat for any reason. We dined there for a special occasion with friends and it was unforgettable.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Ambience and experience was lovely - however, the food was over -thought, emphasis on being unique and unusual rather than on flavor and sincerity

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The ambiance was stunning and the food was good. However, I can't help but feel a bit "ripped off" at the very high price for brunch - $150/person - and the extra charge for each coffee/juice. The food was exquisitely presented, yet microscopic in portion. Not small - I really mean microscopic. We went out and ate afterwards. For this high a price - not worth it.

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