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About Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

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.

30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 715-6420

Website:
http://www.studiolagunabeach.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking ($15 after Validation)

Executive Chef:
Craig Strong

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

Private Dining

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.

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (19)
Scenic View (15)
Waterfront (14)
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Romantic (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Vegan (2)
Seasonal (2)
Authentic (1)
Cozy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

OUR MAIN WAITER WAS GREAT .. FRIENDLY AND OVERALL VERY NICE

GREAT VIEW / THE SUNSET WAS GREAT

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Thinking about my experience over the last 24 hours I would like someone to reach out to me so I can express my concerns. Please note that this is coming from somebody who does not complain and moves on. I’m also in the service industry as a business owner. In this case it was all about first glance and one chance. Having a reservation and waiting for ourtable over 45 minutes later than my reservation then waiting for a wine menu and a first glass of wine and chasing down the menu for the entire night, no this is a horrific experience. I told the hostess, manager and waiter that they just weren’t getting it. Very disappointed.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our only issue was that we had to wait over 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table but the meal and the service were excellent as always

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 2018

You are not going to get out of Studio without spending a fortune, but food and service are appropriate for the price point. I would recommend it for special occasions.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was excellent and service was impeccable. We got to the resort 30 minutes earlier and enjoyed beautiful sunset before heading to the restaurant. We had excellent window seating so we could continue to enjoy the remaining sunset colors. The menu choices were just right, not too little, not too much. They had an excellent vegetarian 6 course meal my wife absolutely loved. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for a romantic date.

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

I booked a table for two for my boyfriends' birthday and i called in advance and asked for impeccable service (as expected from a fine dining restaurant). I have to say the ambiance and the view is breathtaking. Service, i wasn't too pleased with my server she addressed my bf as me and looked at me and said happy birthday. She was trying to be friendly but she made it awkward for us and i didn't find the introduction amusing and felt a little insulted that she would address us that way and then i said:"this is my bf it's his birthday and not me' then she continued the joke to say :'oh yes, everyone here knows it's your birthday" this upset me because i had pre-ordered for a birthday cake and i didn't want her to spoil it. Also, we told her that we are hungry and the food took too long to come out. Also, we had to ask her for the bread and butter. I was a GM for a French fine dining restaurant in Dubai and i know all about how important it is to give excellent customer service because it is not about eating and leaving, it's an experience and you pay top $ for excellent service and quality food. I think the staff needs more training to improve on what is already a spectacular concept.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

First class all the way! Studio is a real winner, and of course you pay for it. Quite formal, not for children. Servers give excellent descriptions and advice.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Very good service. View at sunset is romantic. Good food

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Delicate and esquisite food, excellent service, nice setting. Expensive wine list.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Once again, I was not disappointed with my latest trip to The Studio. Bartender was great with before dinner drink at the bar, oysters, hamachi appetizers were perfect. We had kobi beef and venison for our mains. Everything was perfect as expected.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very disappointed.
The food was just ok and given that the prices were outrageous, it was a letdown.
I picked a bottle of wine from the menu (I believe it was around $350). When I ordered it from the Sommelier, he talked me out of it and suggested another wine. I should have asked the price but he kept saying “in that price point”. When the bill came, I saw it was $550! And honestly...i didn’t even care for it.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Best restaurant in Laguna Beach.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My favorite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. My girlfriend and I try to dine here at least once a year. The food and service are outstanding and the view, especially at sunset is breathtaking

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our waiter, Saul, was AMAZING (!!!!!)
He truly made our experience perfect.
The food was good— great tasting and well crafted.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Absolutely the most incredible meal I've ever had with the most impeccable service I've ever experienced and I'm from NY! This is a restaurant for food & wine connoisseurs! Although to share this experience with our young adult children will forever be our most cherished Christmas meal together. Oh and the views are stunning.

Tags: Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This was easily the best food, drinks, service, and restaurant we have ever had .

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Organic, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Service was horrible. Not worth your money even with the food being great.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Every restauranteur owner would do themselves well to dine at Studio at Montage. It’s a marketing study in excellence to be experienced and learned from.

Over the years, each visit has exceeded the prior. The gourmet delicacies depicted in the photos tasted as good as it looks. Pricey, but if you’ve never experienced Wagyu beef it’s a must, but note it’s $45 per oz, 3 oz min.

Was at Studio on Saturday, just weeks before Christmas and all the decorations at Montage made for an extra enchanting romantic evening.

This is a 5-Star resturant which hasn’t lost its magic since it’s 2003 debut

Modern French cuisine with California influences

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The only nice part of the evening was the service.. and our friends
Very disappointed
Feel like we got ripped off..

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food and service were wonderful. We were disappointed with the solemner. Three of the wines we tried to order from the wine list were not available. When asked for other recommendations, he offered wines that cost three times what we had inquired. Rather than asking what we were seeking, he seemed more motivated to sell us higher priced wines. He also copped attitude when we did not take his higher priced recommendations. Note: our “wine budget” was $200. It’s really too bad that he spoiled an otherwise wonderful dinner. We ended up picking a rather banal wine wine that you can buy at the grocery store for $40 bucks.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Superb food and service, but they totally disregarded my request for a table by the window in the premier section as we were celebrarta special day. We were shuttled to the corner looking away from the view and we were the only people in the room. Yet there were plenty of tables in the nicer section.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

There's a reason a restaurant this expensive doesn't have a Michelin star. Like eating on a cruise ship or at a mediocre wedding except you are paying for an expensive dinner. Service is good, setting is nice, food is average. Not sure that makes sense at this price (or even 50% of it honestly)

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Thank you Chef Craig for a wonderful custom tasting menu for our family. Very thoughtful. Nothing like great food and ambiance to bring a family together during the holidays. See you again soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your awesome team.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was our first visit. It was important for my wife (for me, not so much) that we really WOW our guests, and this really did the trick. From the valet, to the escorts, the delightful bartender and the staff taking care of us at our table, a wonderful assembling of very polite, competent, charming young people. The food was superb and the ride back to the lobby with Cameron piloting was very cool. We will return!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fantastic! The best ever! Waiters were so professional and nice. Love how they open the front doors for you when arriving.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The most underwhelming tasting menu I have ever experienced at one of the highest price points.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Did the tasting menu. Everything was superb! Delicious, beautifully plated and creative dishes. One of the finest meals and service we’ve had in a beautiful special place. Very pricey but worth every penny! Kudos to the chef and all the staff!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very nice, but very expensive 450 for 2 people !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Nice view , Romantic , great food , good for date ! Everything good ! love it !

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

unbelievable view of sunset. Service was the spot on. Very expensive. but overall a great experience. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

It's an interesting experience. Quite unique and has a beautiful view

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Does not get any better than this. Wine pairing five course meal was awesome

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Tasting menu is outstanding. Joe, our table captain was terrific along with Tyler.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Hands down: amazing experience.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was good. Service was fine but a little excessive. Too high brow for me and very expensive for the experience

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Unfortunately, since the hotel was sold a few years ago, the food has changed at both restaurants. The chef obviously goes through a lot of work to create unique dishes but they don't taste fabulous like they did a few years ago. The prices are extremely high for what you get now. They were high a few years ago but it was soooo good back then and the view is spectacular that it was special going to Studio. It's not worth it anymore. Of course the view is still amazing but we are not impressed with the food. We will not be going there for dinner for special occasions in the future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Probably one of the top three restaurants in Orange County. We have also dined at Mina's place down the street (Stonehill Tavern) but I keep preferring the Studio. The views alone, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific is in of itself outstanding. NB There is a bar in the restaurant which is a great place for a sunset cocktail, if you don't want to pay in excess of $100 /head for a meal.
But the main attraction is the menu and the wine cellar. There are no less than three sommeliers who service the guests (not always working the same time). The menu is 'seasonal', meaning October is truffle time, and there are many other choices.
Lovely service by knowledgeable staff complements the evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fantastic meal with an unbelievable setting! Definitely worth the price. Food, service, ambiance are all 5 stars.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Studio was the best dining experience I have ever had. The food and the atmosphere was amazing

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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