The Drake in Laguna

4.7
563 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
We offer seating in 3 rooms, including our Bar/Lounge, Dining Room/Chef’s Counter or Intimate fire-wall enclosed Patio. Due to space considerations, please contact us directly for larger tables of 6 or more guests. Additionally,
Live entertainment has resumed nightly on the main stage in our Dining Room - By reservation only
Hours of Music; Su/M/Tu, 5:30-9:30pm Wed, 6-10pm Thu, 6:30-10:30pm Fr/Sa, 7-11pm.
All Tables in Main Room or Patio, Th/Fr/Sa, are subject to a $10 per person Live music charge, on top of dinner tab.
Our dynamic musical line-up of Jazz, R&B and Contemporary artists, provides an interactive yet intimate
experience, in an elegant, relaxed setting.
The Drake features New American cuisine prepared by Award Winning Chef team Paul & Nick Gstrein. Seasonal offerings encompass an ever-evolving menu of unique small plates, steaks, chops, fresh seafood & desserts.
Our curated Wine & Spirits selections serve to enhance the dining experience.
Meet us at The Drake!
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SteveG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with our friends room is beautiful

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Becky
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Drake seven times and the service and food have been fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food is excellent. We sat on the patio, a little noisy because the patio is on PCH. But it is warm, no need to worry about it being cold. Our waitress was somewhat attentive, I would give her 3 out of 5 stars. Although the food was yummy, I am a strong believer in providing the best service and Drake falls a little short on service.

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vipKrisztianR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Was really hoping this would be a new favorite for us after seeing the great reviews and menu. Ambience was interesting, bit tight as our table for two was a foot away from another couple, felt like I should introduce myself as we sat down. Waitress was quick and friendly, but within minutes she asked for our main course to be ordered. I don't sit down and order my main course, that is not the point of a restaurant experience. Savage Manhattan was one of the worst drinks I ever had, it was far too much Vermouth... Next was the Old Fashioned, same... but this time lacked sugar and or bitters..
For a Speakeasy style lounge restaurant, I was hoping the drinks would be dialed in.
The continuous pressure to order your meal was a huge turnoff. Stop telling me the chef likes if you give him 45 min to an hour, I don't care what the chef likes, I am the one paying... So we left and went to Mozambique, where there is no pressure to order. You get to enjoy the night at your pace....

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vipMissAnnie
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was incredible! The food and drinks were outstanding and the live music made for a perfect night! Not to mention our table was right next to the stage! What a treat! Will be back again, and again.

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RCinDP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for the last night of our honeymoon. It was excellent all around. The food, music, and service were excellent. Tim was our server and was very personable. He made great suggestions. We made the mistake of having a late lunch since we had such a late reservation and were sadly still full, so we only got starters and drinks to enjoy the music. Although the venison was tempting. The Potted Duck and Red Curry Prawns were excellent. The Savage Manhattan was also excellent. Like a little more sophisticated old fashioned. The music was also great. The atmosphere was perfect for the jazz band playing, not too dark and not too light, and the size of The Drake meant you could enjoy just about anywhere. It was a very personable feeling. We will definitely be back.

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vipJaril
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful venue and excellent food! The lamb lollipops, halibut and pork chop are great!

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vipDanielM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great time. great music and food was delicious.

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Craig
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Drake has never been disappointing . Atmosphere is great as well as the live music. The food is the best ! Never had it this good . The service is spot on, but make a reservation .They do book up.

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vipEryinC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! It’s so special. The food is amazing. The ambience is perfect. I love the nightly music and the way I feel as though I am transported to another time! The staff is always extremely professional, helpful and friendly. I feel as though The Drake has a magic about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambiance, superb service and food. Live entertainment made the whole experience extra special.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. Always delicious and fun! Wait staff awesome !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Salmon was amazing! The Crab Guacomole and tuna Tartar were delicious!

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vipRobertM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for date night!

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Sydney
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My most favorite restaurant. We eat here 2x a month, and have the most incredible server, Taylor(male). The food is always impeccable, and the vibe is phenomenal!

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laurak
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and great location. Service was above and beyond!!!!

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vipScateroo
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance. Will be back soon

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EK92661
Cancun
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Awesome vibe, great food, great music!

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viprabbit
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE'VE BEEN TO THE DRAKE SEVERAL TIMES AND WE'RE NOT SURE HOW THEY DO IT, BUT IT IS MORE WONDERFUL EACH VISIT! OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND FOOD....A CAN'T MISS NIGHT OUT!

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vipJerryAck
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent, and the entertainment was good, but a bit loud, so it made conversation difficult. The prices are quite high. Otherwise a very nice experience.

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MoriahB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience. Yes unfortunately forgot our servers name but she was the absolute best she has a sister in Romania and got married on Halloween. Will come back to see her again. She helped us with drinks and our dessert recommendation a dish that my husband will come back for. Beyond greatfull for her ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Very disappointed! Was seated around 5:15pm and was told we had a 2 hour limit (totally fine). Ordered appetizers and salads and those were yummy! Ironically our friends and us ordered the same items filets and salmon entrees. Filets were cooked well but salmons were both cooked rare and took almost 2 hours to receive. We had asked the server why it was taking so long since the two tables to the left and right of us sat after us and ate, had dessert and paid before we received our entrees. (There was a mistake somewhere that had nothing to do with us) our salmon was delivered raw we had to send them back. We ended up ordering the fettuccine with shrimp and lobster it was so salty we had a few bites and left the rest. Ended up at jack in the box right after to get full since we didnt get full what a shame after a $500.00 meal would have liked to leave content and not hungry. Have reservations next week but will cancel and not return it’s a shame that this restaurant didn’t care and the staff pretended everything was ok. Not once did the manager come to apologize or explain what was going on.

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AngieS
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I would recommend The Drake for casual dining or for any special occasion.
The atmosphere is classy casual and the staff is efficient and super helpful!

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Russ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience2

We made reservations to celebrate a birthday and a retirement. When we got there we were informed that we had a 2 hour limit and would be asked to leave. We were not told this when we made the reservation as we wanted to stay for the music. After a $500 dinner( ridiculously expensive wine list) we were rushed out. Then on top of it I had 2 dents in my new car from the valet. They try to stuff way too many cars in the valet and I got to pay the valet for the dents. The food was good but not worth the other problems. I would not go back. Dizz's a block away has just as good food and a way better value and attitude.

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GinaO
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was amazing which created the ambiance. The decor and setup were classy and cozy. The food was flavorful and unique with balance and style. Our craft cocktails were made with precision and quality. Our service was always on point and continuously anticipating our needs. A wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my wife here for her birthday. It was our first time at the Drake. We had a great time and enjoyed the musical talents of the artist performing.

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NicoleCc
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and a beautiful atmosphere with fantastic live music!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a fun, upbeat setting. The Drake is such a fantastic restaurant. Great seafood options. (I don’t like to see venison on a menu but that’s just me)! We love this place

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DaninaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The place was beautiful and I was super excited about dinning there. But after being walked through the beautiful dinning room and taken outside to my table, I was truly disappointed. Yes I requested outdoor dinning because of the beautiful patio flames you see when you drive by on PCH. However where my table was, not only were we not by the flames, our table was in an awkward spot. Almost like sitting in the middle of a hallway with people trying to get by! My guests chair was up against an open door and every time someone walked through it, they bumped her chair! I had no problem with the price, I was expecting it to be expensive before I planned to go. But to spend that kind of money and not be able to enjoy your meal really sucked. I actually asked to be moved long before we ordered and all I got was an apology for being in an uncomfortable spot. Our table was extremely small and when they brought my meal, my hot plate almost landed in my lap! I actually caught the plate! The guy delivering the dish didn’t respond at all when I told him. So we dealt with it the best we could. Finished our meal and paid the bill. We both still had wine left in our glass and we were trying to enjoy the entertainment for a bit. I got up to go to the restroom and when I got out, another party was already at our table. My friend called my cell and said she was asked to leave because they had people waiting for our table!!! She was waiting outside at the valet. That in my opinion is extremely RUDE! For that alone I will never return! I will not recommend this establishment! I was so looking forward to this dining experience only to be uncomfortable, treated badly & rushed!!! When it’s over $150 per person you should be able to take your time, enjoy your meal, enjoy the entertainment & treated like your patronage matters. I’m a server, these people really need to step up on their customer service!

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vip72of500
Los Angeles
119 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally awesome in every regard. Food, cocktails, service ambiance. All top notch. Steak, salmon, mushroom soup, desert.. all amazing.

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ChristopherL
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with a awesome singer performing this night!!!!

JC
JerryC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked this place. Fun vibe, great music, even better food. Service was good too. Patio was cold but cool. Didn't like the 2 hour limit but understand that the early seating would never leave. I'll go back.

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Abc124
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server Robert was so kind and accommodating! I am vegan, and he offered me an off-menu veggie pasta that was incredible. Their fall salad with pistachios and champagne dressing was so tasty too. The music was lovely, location is safe, and I loved the interior design. Everything was great! I will be back :)

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails to please! Food and and cocktails are amazing, and the servers are attentive and very knowledgeable when it comes to the menu items. Love, love, love The Drake!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wondering evening to celebrate my birthday with my dad. The live music was great and the food was spectacular. Thank you!

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vipalycatty
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent, food decent. Seating is very close together and with live music it didn’t make for an evening to enjoy conversation. I thought it would be a little quieter for a Monday evening but it was anything but quiet. Great place if you’re looking for live music and decent food.

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Ryan
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Dont know how else to describe it:)

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vipSaharPugh
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING from start to finish! Hands down the best restaurant in OC; from food to quality to service to ambiance!!

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 4.7 stars by 563 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.