The Drake in Laguna

4.8
326 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
PLEASE NOTE: per most recent California COVID regulations, all seating is now exclusively outdoors. We have limited tables on our firewall enclosed patio or intimate tables for 2 or 4 with heaters and partitions on the front terrace. # For tables of 5 or more guests, please call us directly.
Additionally, Live entertainment is on Hold during this period. PLEASE SEE OUR UPDATED HOURS below.

The Drake features new American cuisine prepared by Award Winning Chef Paul Gstrein and Sous-chef Nick Gstrein. Their seasonal offerings encompass an ever-evolving menu of unique small plates, full entrées and scratch made desserts.
The Drake’s dynamic live music line up of Jazz, R&B, and Blues, will fill the professionally-tuned custom music space. Artists provide interactive, intimate and immersive performances that leave the audience feeling the “music magic.”
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service...a little noisy as we had to sit on the sidewalk next to the street but lived the restaurant and especially Monica, our server!

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vipIdigum
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very cold outside. They didn't have enough heating lamps.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Had the rack of lamb and the pork chop.

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FredT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Laguna. Food and service are wonderful. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening! The food and presentation was amazing. We will tell all our friends about your restaurant. Thank you!

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FoodLover
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

After we sat, waiter gave us a time to briefly catch up with our friends. When she came in, she asked us for drink order but we never got a menus, same happened with food later...
I was really looking forward to try a caprese salad. Burrata was very good and fresh, unfortunate I lived in Italy and I know bacon its not such a good idea on it but my complain it's not about the menu and flavor choice ... bacon was just simply terrible! Chunks of fat and some other bacon pieces that were so hard that I couldn't even bite, it taste terrible too and I was so embarrassed by removing food from my mouth while at the table with a company.
Disaster!
I never had a bad experience with this dish before in any restaurant.
Very disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time trying The Drake. The food, wine and service was excellent. We will be returning on a regular basis.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience every time and the most delicious food in Laguna hands down

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Sassyblonde
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved the Drake! We already made our next reservation, can’t wait to go back. Food and drinks were superb! Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

JK
vipJohnK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go we love it even more. Probably one of the best in OC right now...

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Trish
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at The Drake and had a great experience. The service was terrific.....Maria was a very pleasant, helpful server and made us enjoy it even more. The food was delicious....we had a Caesar salad and a ribeye which we split. We also received a yummy complimentary dessert. The only thing I would do differently next time is to reserve a table in the dining room....we sat in the bar. We wanted to hear the music, which was piped into the bar and projected on the wall, but the noise level in the bar kept us from hearing anything and people sitting at the bar made it impossible to even watch the group. But that's just our learning curve for next time! Very special evening.

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EryinC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! The food is amazing, best I have had in a long time. Budino dessert, incredible! They have a sense of magic in the restaurant. The staff is happy, friendly and is genuinely interested in making your dining experience exceptional. I have already told 4 friends they must go! I will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW hardly suffices. If you enjoy excellent food and fabulous jazz look no further. The Drake has brought to Laguna Beach a real jazz venue and an ambiance that is simply superb. The owner has spared no expense in doing it right...kudos to him and his superb team of professionals for making an evening at The Drake so special!

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon was amazing! And well as the tuna tartar. The music was relaxing and overall great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time!

KT
vipKnoxTN
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service. The Tuna starter was awesome

Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such an amazing experience there last night Taylor was amazing along with all the other staff. We will most definitely put this place in the rotation of places to eat

JG
JordanG
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is super cute, cool bar and good drinks. Wine list was good...

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MikeK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bar area for dinner was very nice except for bar tender carry on an extremely loud conversation with equally loud customer.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate setting. Food was great. Service was excellent. I’ll b back many more times

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rickf
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The jazz music was great and helped to created an exceptional atmosphere. The service was wonderful maybe even a bit too attentive. The food was tasty and the kitchen made an off menu item for the vegan in our group.

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ScotM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food , Drinks and Service were all excellent. Even the restrooms very outstanding. Recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

30 years anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great spot and the band was amazing!

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willbeback
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner on a Thursday night. Food was great, waiters very attentive and loved the music trio. Our table was right next to them and the sound was just right to enjoy and still be able to converse. Have already recommended to friends on Facebook.

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vipValerieR
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maria took wonderful care of our table. The service is always impeccable. Food is amazing, from the starters to the dessert. Great live entertainment as well, love going to The Drake, they do not disappoint!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner

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SharonM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were celebrating our 21st Anniversary, everything as good but we choose to sit on the patio. It as very noisy from he street noise

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JoeF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the braised lamb lollipops. Food and service was exquisite. Live music was really nice. Waited months to get our reservation… Well worth it!

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vipFDRL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Excellent service

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ChrisH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I took my wife to The Drake for the first time for her birthday. Brought our 10 year old daughter as well. We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent and even though we had some hesitations on the descriptions, we decided to trust the chef rather than ask for modifications. Good call. Delicious. I had the Steelhead Salmon and it was awesome. My wife had the pork chop and was hesitant about the slaw mix, but found it excellent. My daughter had the Wild Boar Ragu - and loved it. The live jazz was fine, and I'm all for giving musicians a gig, but I could have done without it. The service was almost slow, but just when I was wondering where the drinks or food were, they showed up. It was pricey for us, but I knew that going in. I will recommend it, and I will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time at the Drake for a special meal and wow the food was just outstanding - such a great culinary experience. Service was very attentive and good. Not a cheap affair but I guess they need to keep themselves afloat during Covid times.

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MichelleL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venison was amazing! Lovely atmosphere and decor...

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food excellent. Service not so attentive. Wine served very warm. Asked to cool my red to 62-64 and server looked at me like I was crazy. She took it away and brought it back in a cold glass, but wine still room temp (72?). She took it back a 2nd time, but was gone for over ten minutes. When returned the glass was ice cold and the wine probably 52. Never offered any other remedy. Server avoided us for most of evening. Forgot another request as well.

If I am going to pay $20 plus for a glass of wine I would like it served at the correct red wine temp. For this place being “fancy” or “swanky” that lack of attention and the unwillingness to offer a better solution other than throwing my existing glass in their freezer for ten minutes seemed unacceptable.

The food however was phenomenal.

I would go back for the chef, but will not rely on wine service, or this particular server.

The jazz music was fun.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best thing to happen in Laguna Beach in a long Time!!!! Love love love!

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Janni
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband had the scallops and said they were excellent. I had the pork chop which was very tasty. However, I wasn’t too fond of brussel sprouts slaw. I would’ve been happier with a hot vegetable. The outdoor seating was more of an extension of the restaurant with a roof and large windows opened to loud PCH.

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CynthiaS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favourite restaurant. Nick prepared dishes to perfection. Tim our server always a pleasure. Lightnin Willie entertained all night long. Fun Fun Fun

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Drake! Always great food, drinks, and service. Thank you!

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vipLuv2dine
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt like we were in New York. The New York dining experience is our favorite thing to do when we go to New York! We felt like we were there. The service was impeccable the food was delicious- not joking! We will make this our go to place. Neighborhood Gem!

FAQs

The Drake in Laguna offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 376-1000.

The Drake in Laguna is rated 4.8 stars by 326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.