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Tue, 4/24
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Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

4.7
871 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
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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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Dress code
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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was perfect. I do feel, however, that $45 for noodles for my son is a little over the top.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

As usual, great food, and over the top service. I recommend a table outside if available. Beautiful ocean views to go with the awesome food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Thank you to the amazing staff and Chef Craig Strong! The elegant cuisine and beautiful location made for a dreamy evening.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

amazing food. Treat yourself! Wagyu beef, good wine, great cocktails. Ambience is luxurious. Best dining experience in Laguna.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Studio at Montage is very special in every way. Selections from both tasting menus and the a la carte menu can be combined, and some courses can be ordered as either appetizer or main course size. Every effort is made to accommodate the customer. Tables and the overall setting allow for private conversations; the noise level is low. The servers are very helpful and efficient.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Always the best!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fabulous! Food first class. Service first class. Atmosphere superb!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

One word...Spectacular! I would highly recommend Studio for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

So amazing! The view on the outside patio was phenomenal. We were sat at 5:15 and the sun was setting just as our beverages hit our lips. The FOH staff was top notch! We did the tasting menu which was incredible and perfectly paired with wines by the sommelier. Saul, Patrick and the bartender Richard gave excellent recommendations on not only the food and beverage but after dinner activities as well. They brought us for a tour of the kitchen and we met the Chef who gave us a quick history of the kitchen. All in all, an amazing experience.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

When I googled fine dining for a special occasion Studio turned up on all the lists so I braced my wallet and made the reservation. Open table only allowed me 5:45pm time although I wanted later so I was pleasantly surprised when the concierge confirmed my reservation and had no issue with me pushing to a more reasonable arrival time. The place was almost empty at 7pm so not sure that that was about. The meal was excellent – 5 stars to the chef and his team. Now for the mystery: when my wife asked the sommelier to recommend a chardonnay she was 100% wrong the 1st time, almost OK on the 2nd time from what we were told was an "open bottle”. We mentioned we would not have more than 2 glasses. Fast forward to paying the bill and viola: the entire “open” bottle charged. Now we probably did drink more than 2 glasses but it was done clandestinely with refills from a carafe. Very strange and unusual. All however forgiven with the memory of a world class cuisine experience.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fabulous view, food, wine list, and service. One of the best restaurants in the US, period. Certainly one of the best views also. Great service, creative menu.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

GREAT VIEW / THE SUNSET WAS GREAT

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3.0Dined on February 3, 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 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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4.0Dined on February 3, 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. Best restaurant in Laguna Beach.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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1.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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