The Drake in Laguna

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Drake features new American cuisine prepared by Award Winning Chef, Paul Gstrein. Chef Paul’s consistently delicious seasonal tastes will be featured on his inspired menu as starters, petite plates, full entrées and scratch made desserts. His ever-evolving, creative and sumptuous cuisine has delighted Orange County patrons for over 30 years!
The Drake’s dynamic live music line up of jazz, R&B, blues and highlight special performances will fill the professionally-tuned custom music space. Artists provide interactive, intimate and immersive performances that leave their audiences feeling the “music magic.”
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GK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful place. Food was not hot enough, barely work. Otherwise very enjoyable evening.
Best of luck to this new place.

B
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great personalized service, quaint setting, good value for entertainment

TR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The quality of the food was fantastic but the portion of my dish(scallops) was to small. Maybe add some veggies to make a real main dish or stick it under appetizers. The tartare was a lil fishy in taste and I would not order the Brie again as it was dry. The pork chops were the best dish of the night. Our waiter placed the wrong dish for one of orders but mistakes happen. Overall there are a lot of restaurants to choose from in the OC. I don’t know if this would be a part of my rotation.

EQ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Everyone cleaned their plates. Had “the sophisticated lady” drink and it was quite an experience in itself. Ambience and attention to detail was exceptional! New favorite dining experience!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic service! Johnny was awesome!

Everything about this restaurant is awesomely!

A welcome rising star for our community!

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting transported to an era past , great food and service ! Well needed in Laguna !

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, exceptional service and great atmosphere. A really cozy spot that will make you feel right at home.

LJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time and the food our server, Ruffino, was just wonderful. Food came out perfectly cooked and timed. We will be back!

NB
Orange County
58 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, our server Johnny was professional, personal and attentive. Our food was amazing. The halibut was perfectly prepared and very fresh. The desserts were incredible, both suggestions were from our waiter. And then the ambiance was so much fun with live music. Definitely a place we will return to over and over. Finally a great restaurant for this area. Well done!

E
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good
Service was slow
Music way too loud to have a conversation
Expensive

DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the warm welcome, to the fond farewell, a perfect evening.
The cocktail’s were as good as the name that precedes them. The steak tartare was a fresh twist on an old favorite that is all too rare to find these days. (No pun intended) yellowtail tuna tartare was a favorite of my husbands. The cavatappi lobster was incredibly tasty with chunks of lobster, and the pork chop (which normally one would not order because they’re dry) was absolutely cooked to perfection.
The ambiance of the The Drake makes you feel both current and yet appreciate the fine bars of yesteryear.
This will become a go to place for us. The service equaled the quality of food. There are no “growing pains” for this new restaurant, they are seasoned professionals and I can’t wait to go back!

MH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was amazing for my wife and I. It was our first time here and nothing but great vibes all night. Our server John was very attentive and fun. The owner Alec, came and personally wished my wife a happy birthday and had a little chat with us too. This was a great experience and we will definitely come back again!

NB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very chic restaurant yet cozy atmosphere, the food was great, both of us had steaks that was cooked perfectly, great location with complimentary parking

T
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW. Blown away by this place. We went there for our anniversary and we were greeted with 5 star service, not to mention complimentary valet parking. Our waiter was very insightful and made us feel special. We ordered the Brie appetizer which was amazing! We had the scallops and the venison for dinner and it was hands down one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. The quality of food is exceptional and you can tell they truly put a lot of love and effort into making the dishes.

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Laguna. The food and ambience was excellent

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a spot with amazing food and amazing entertainment. The service was some of the best I’ve had in a while also. I’m so happy The Drake is in Laguna what a special treat!

M
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music, great food, amazing place!

G
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was more than we ever expected.We felt like we were in New York in a wonderful restaurant.What a wonderful addition to Laguna Beach. We can’t wait to bring our family there during the holidays.The entertainment was just perfect .as was food and service.Will be back soon.

GS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I've been here twice and the food and ambiance are AMAZING! Love the menu and everything I've tasted is awesome. We had an issue where our waiter had too many tables, and we ended up with empty cocktail glasses, empty water glasses and still no appetizers, about 45 min- 1 hour in. We had a hard time getting anyone's attention, but once we did things fell into place and they corrected the problem. One comment true for both occasions, particularly the second, was it shouldn't take 45 minutes after ordering to get appetizers. They need to come out with a little more speed. Overall, once they work out some kinks, this will be a top tier restaurant in Laguna.

SC
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience!! Music was wonderful, only problem patrons seem to have forgotten how to use indoor voices and actually listen to a performer. Wonderful service, almost too good. Food comes lightening fast. Food is delicious, nice selection.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great night at a place that doesn’t feel typically Laguna. The food was so good we would have licked the plates (and almost did!). Well balanced, innovative cocktails too although we did have to wait a while for them considering the place wasn’t full.

Service was really good but not great which was unfortunate, but considering how much they got right at The Drake, this place is a win for Laguna Beach.

It’s up there with Broadway and sneaks ahead of Ocean On Main, then beats Harley hands down and all for a slightly more reasonable price point.

We would go back in a heartbeat! Despite not being walkable of our downtown/Village ‘hood, The Drake May become one of our favorite local haunts.

k
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the chef table, fun!

CC
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations. My husband and I are thrilled to have tried this restaurant. The food was delicious, service was spot on and the wait staff and hostess were extremely gracious.

M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place is fun! Loud music, either from the piano in the bar or the jazz band in the dining room, makes it lively. Decor is beautiful and food was excellent. Drinks were good too.

OT
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really fun and energetic ambiance. Felt like we were in an upscale bistro in New York or Boston. Expensive but good!

SG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have recommended The Drake to several people. We love the food and ambiance.

PK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was fabulous and the waitress was charming and cute. It is definitely a place to dine in Laguna Beach.

DB
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Serving sizes small
Too loud, even w/o band
Good vibe. Nice redo on place
No bread. Ok if they don’t assume I want bread, but they just don’t have it.

g
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new place in Laguna, fun drinks, food was phenomenal and service exceptional. Sexy place in the lounge for couples with great jazzy music in the background!!

CB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We opted not to sit outside as there were a couple spots opening at the bar. The Food, Service & ambience, menu selection ALL GREAT!!! A little too loud to have a conversation! I think the music and conversations were trying to both get heard.

JA
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the drake since it opened great atmosphere very upbeat! The service is warm and friendly the cocktails and the food are great this place is my jam I’ll be there a lot!

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous first experience at The Drake!! It truly exceeded our expectations. I think we found our favorite new restaurant. Looking forward to our next dining experience.

NF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, wonderful. Brie, speck and lingonberry appetizer was to die for! The NY steak was actually delicious, just a little chewy and wish I had gone for the filet, instead. Live entertainment was wonderful! We will definitely be back.

SD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly. I was impressed with the quality of their line-up of musicians. The food was high quality and a variety of food choices for everyone. The desserts were wonderful.
I would recommend this restaurant for great atmosphere, music and dining. The dining room is not very large, as is the bar area. Reservations are a must, especially if you want to hear a particular musician that evening. There is an outside area that is small that will also serve food and drinks.

GW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional across the board. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Rufino

D
Nagoya
78 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The Drake touts good food WITH jazz. Problem is not at dinner. Jazz didn’t start till after 8:30 when we left frustrated watching band loiter outside window while instruments already set up. Tables for 2 WAY too close together causing seating refusals.Menu short w/entrees only the piece of meat or fish. Service rushed to turn tables. We were pushed to order, then entrees arrived in @5 min... before we’d even finished a cocktail. Won’t return.

I
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FINALLY...A CLASSY RESTAURANT WITH LIVE MUSIC!!
Lovely atmosphere, great food and service and live music nightly. Also very nice to dress up A bit and see other people dressed up as well! I enjoyed a nice wild halibut entrée and my husband enjoyed a juicy pork chop entree, salads were very good as well. We also appreciated that our champagne by the glass was very cold, as it should be, and also a very generous full poor ! Also I love the beautiful stemware for wine ,
Our waiter John was quite informative and very personable as was the general manager and Michael , whom I believe was the sous chef ,came to speak to us.
Pianist in the bar area was very good, we were not able unfortunately to stay for the jazz at 9 PM ,,,, next time ! Valet parking is a little bit tricky but works and valets were also very helpful and very nice .
We will be back ....

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! What a unique place! Nothing like it in the OC! Great food, live music, bar scene and service. Had the salmon and my friend had the strip steak. Tasty and well prepared. Met Chef Paul, who was making the rounds in the dining room. Amy, at the bar was also on top of her game, making sure everyone was happy. Apparently, the inspiration for this place was the owners connection with the Drake Hotel, back in NY many years ago. The design has the feel of an old time supper club. Valet parking makes it even more convenient. I'll be sure to be back many times!