Sapphire Laguna

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
The cuisine at Sapphire Laguna is characterized by Chef/Owner Azmin Ghahreman's distinctive international style - its cornerstone is the freshest possible local ingredients. The evolving menu changes seasonally - based on what is freshly caught and available from small farms, nearby markets and artisan suppliers.

When you dine at my restaurant you are traveling through the world's markets with your palate, and you don't even need a passport.

~Chef Azmin Ghahreman

Sapphire Laguna reach-in wine vaults house an eclectic collection of wines – more than 900 bottles, emphasizing varietals from around the world. All vintages are stored in temperature-controlled units behind a rustic wall made from actual wine staves. In addition, approximately 25 wines by the glass are available. Menu samples and wine offerings can be found on Sapphire Laguna's website.

Specials

HAPPY HOUR

We're officially kicking off Summer with a new HAPPY HOUR every day of the week from 4 p.m. to close! Spend these gorgeous Summer days with us in the heart of Laguna Beach as we relax with innovative cocktails, wines by the glass, craft beer and amazing dishes at special pricing!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 13, 2019

Ends: June 14, 2118

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-10:30PM

What 1386 People Are Saying
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Orange County
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, definitely will return. But it took the full team to serve our table, not sure if the waiter was covering too many tables. But the staff that helped was all extremely friendly.

O
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal & exceptional service

CM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The omelette was blah and tasteless despite ordering it with mushrooms and spinach. My friend and i split it along with mimosas. The tab came to $70. Unreal! I guess I was paying for the view.
The only saving grace: the incredible waiter from Peru. He was the epitome of class and professionalism.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Cesar, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We're sorry your experience didn't match your expectations. We are thankful for the kind words regarding the service. Thank you, Sapphire Management

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L
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu! The kind that makes you want to return to try something else. Great food and service!!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Linda, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience and couldn't agree more about the diverse menu options! We look forward to having you join us again and appreciate your kind words. Sapphire Management

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great shrimp appetizer. Loved the beef cheek as well

Sapphire Laguna
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to having you join us again soon. Sapphire Management

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W
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapphire is one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach. The menu is unique and varied, with an interesting variety of choices, which change seasonally. They have a lovely dining patio when the weather is nice, although the inside is very cozy and comfortable as well.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Waikikidiner, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review! We are thrilled that you loved your experience and are honored that Sapphire is one of your favorite restaurants in Laguna. We look forward to seeing you again. Sapphire Management

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L
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. The food and the service are always superlative.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you Lianne, we really appreciate the kind review. An enjoyable experience is what we aim to provide all of our guests. We look forward to having you join us again. Sapphire Management

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KG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapphire was a delight. We enjoyed them both for our anniversary dinner indoors and the following day for a large group on the patio for brunch. The food was innovative, fresh, and delicious. The service was impeccable. The restaurant itself wasn't too noisy but the noise from the street on a holiday weekend was a bit loud. Overall, would highly recommend this unique little restaurant in the middle of town! Even a bit of an ocean view!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on September 4, 2019

Dear Kathleen, thank you so much for your review! I am happy to hear you had such a great experience for both dinner and brunch over the Labor Day weekend - such a pleasure to have you join us. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Sapphire Management

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O
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapphire is one of ( if not ) the best restaurant in Laguna

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on September 2, 2019

Dear Oliver1boy, Thank you for the 5 star review! We work very hard to maintain a high quality of food and service here at Sapphire and we couldn't be more proud to see that reflected. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Sapphire Management

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KM
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Consistently good. Maybe no awards but food is great. Highly recommend

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on September 2, 2019

Dear KMWAZ, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to having you join us again soon. Sapphire

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for late lunch/early dinner at 4:45pm after spending the day at the beach. Their dinner menu doesn’t start until 5:30pm so be aware they have a smaller “intermezzo” menu before then. We ended up having a salad and then came back for dinner. The braised beef cheek bourguignon was phenomenal.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 29, 2019

We are so grateful for your kind words, and we are thrilled that you chose to come back for dinner. We're happy to hear you had a good experience overall and for sharing your review with the community

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was exceptional ! With a gorgeous view of the ocean!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review of your experience while visiting us at Sapphire. We are very fortunate to have the view of the ocean that we have here. Thank you for spending your time with us and we hope to see you again soon. Sapphire Management

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KS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and food is amazing! I love the outdoor dining and that the patio is dog friendly. The variety of food is fabulous, with personal touches of herbs & spices. I will definitely be coming back.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 29, 2019

Dear Kim, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review! We work really hard to offer the best food in the best possible environment, so I am happy to see that reflected on your last visit. Hope to see you again soon, Sapphire Management

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O
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sapphire is an excellent restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere are exceptional.

KM
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our regular for years. Best food, ambience and service. Twice this summer we have been with large groups and it doesn't matter the number the service is always amazing. The espresso martini is the best l have ever tasted.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you so much, Kim for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Sapphire! We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark. We can't wait to have you back. Cheers, Sapphire

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C
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have previously eaten there for Sunday brunch, and this was our first dinner. Everything was well above average, really 4 1/2 stars (not a choice here). We will clearly be going back to this excellent restaurant.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 26, 2019

Dear Cormaven1, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your recent experience at Sapphire. We are thrilled to hear you decided to give the dinner experience a try. Looking forward to seeing you again soon, perhaps during our Daily Happy Hour! Sapphire

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J
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our anniversary. I reserved a time just before sunset and asked for a table outside with a view. That only had seats inside next to the bar. It turned out to be cloudy so it didn’t matter in the end.
The food was excellent and the service was good , but not excellent.
It is a very nice place. We will be back

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 20, 2019

Dear John, Thank you very much for your fair review of Sapphire. I'm glad you felt the food was well done. It's something we've worked hard on and we're pleased our efforts resonated with you. I also want to thank you for your feedback regarding the service, we have taken your comments to heart. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Sapphire Management

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OT
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant in a fun, artsy complex. Staff were all very friendly and attentive, and it was neat to see wines categorized along the wall into different varieties, with their own fridges. Food was very flavorful and fresh. The swordfish was really moist and tender, and my dinner mate’s fish curry was good, even though it missed a flavor or two found in Malaysian curry (nobody has those up here, probably hard to source!). Definitely a great spot for a romantic meal. Ask for outdoor seating if the weather is good!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 20, 2019

It was a pleasure serving you and your friend. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. I'm glad you felt the food was very flavorful and fresh. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Sapphire Management

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L
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, wonderful

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 20, 2019

Dear Lianne, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience dining at Sapphire! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Sapphire Management

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RM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Well he was very easy to get a reservation on a Friday afternoon evening in the hotbed of restaurant activity Laguna Beach so that was the first sign that there could be a problem with this restaurant. One arriving early for my reservation I found that there was no one else see that any of the tables inside nor outside, so I was very shocked when the host said that he would be sitting us inside. I started to walk away and then came back and asked for the manager and the host was able to see me outside but this was a Euge red flags in a single for me not to return to this location again. Once seated the service was outstanding so that gets five stars for sure the food was average probably the other reason why he was not hard to get a table and reservation but certainly not tasty enough to justify the price.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 20, 2019

Dear Rick, We appreciate your message regarding your experience at Sapphire Laguna. I apologize for your disappointing experience with regards to your reservation. One of our most important mission continues to be providing our guests with the very best customer service from beginning to end. We hope to have the pleasure to serve you again. Sapphire Management

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Eh food wasn’t good, especially for a $200+ bill and our server kind of ignored us. I was pretty disappointed.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us an honest review about your recent experience at Sapphire Laguna. We strive to give our customers the best experience possible, so we truly appreciate your feedback. We set high standards for ourselves, and we're so sorry to hear this was not met during your visit. We hope you give us the opportunity to provide with superb food and service we are usually known for. Sapphire Management

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Drinks were pricey and so was the food

LG
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach hands down. A bit pricey BUT the food, view, ambiance and service are worth it.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 14, 2019

Dear LagunaGuy, Thank you for the lovely comment and for taking the time to leave one. We truly appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon! Looking forward to your next visit, Sapphire Management

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f
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

We used to love this restaurant but the menu has changed and the selections are not as enticing as in the past. Two of us got the halibut and it was mushy and drenched in a sauce...not good at all. The chicken kebab was dry and tasteless and was overall a very strange dish. Not sure what or why things have changed, but very disappointing.

l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting both inside and out. Food was delicious-albeit pricey. We had the Morrocan chicken skewers, which were amazing! The little parmesan rolls were yummy as well as the caesar salad. Overall we had a great experience!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 14, 2019

Greetings lzeegirl, Thank you for visiting us at Sapphire and writing such a wonderful review. We are truly so humbled that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Thank you. Sapphire Management

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AC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Lovely ambiance which is why we came back here. The food was average. Everything sounds so good on the menu but my husband was disappointed with his filet and ravioli, it was overdone. I had the curry halibut and thought it was delicious. Would have given better marks but the service was so slow.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 13, 2019

Dear AnnaChinita, Thank you for bringing your experience at Sapphire Laguna to our attention. We would like to apologize for your recent experience and sorry to hear your husband was less than satisfied with the filet. We value our customers opinions and would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Sapphire Management

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KT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you Kristen! Always lovely having you join us! Take care and thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

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O
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. The food, the setting and the server were all exceptional

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 5, 2019

Dear Oliver1boy, Thank you for sharing such a positive experience. We are thrilled that everything from the food our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, so thank you again for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

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l
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fish tacos looked great but were not particularly tasty. The vegetarian soup was quite good

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 5, 2019

Dear luv2bagma, Thank you so much for your review, we very much appreciate the honest feedback. We are glad to hear the vegetarian soup was enjoyed, however sorry to hear about the fish tacos. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Sapphire again to enjoy the best possible experience.

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P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my wife and I enjoyed our meals. She had swordfish and I had a fish stew. My wife said the swordfish was very tender and my entree was nicely seasoned.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 5, 2019

Greetings Playgoer, We're honored you and your wife chose to spend your evening with us at Sapphire and we're delighted you both enjoyed the food. We also offer a Daily Happy Hour beginning at 4pm with a menu full of specialty priced drinks and bites, perfect before heading to the Festival of Arts! Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were having some bonding time over brunch

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thrilled to hear you chose to spend your time with us at Sapphire. We hope to see you again soon.

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DF
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Patio, quiet and able to have an easy conversation.
OH yea, the food was great too!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 29, 2019

Dear DonF, Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience. We hope to see you again at Sapphire soon.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Slow service, poor food quality. Arrived for our evening reservation at 7pm and was quickly seated and left to wait for 30 minutes before drinks order was taken, waited another 30 minutes for drinks to arrive. We did not get our food order until 8.20pm! There was an issue with lack of staff to wait tables, no apologies made. When our main course finally arrived after a long wait my Banana Halibut Curry tasted bland, lacked flavour and freshness and the rice served with it was cold. The consistency and taste were not satisfactory. Later that evening i was poorly with stomach upset . Will not be returning to this restaurant.

SV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up doing 'happy hour' food and drinks. Our bartender's name escapes me (darn it!) but I want to say that he made the experience for us! It was a reunion of two good friends and he managed to be both unobtrusive and over-the-top service oriented with excellent suggestions on wine, potato vodka and desserts which we heartily welcomed. Thanks for a great experience!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 29, 2019

Dear Susan, We are thrilled to hear that your Happy Hour experience was truly a happy one - and we appreciate you taking the time to share the word about us and service from the bartender. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, so thank you for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again.

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FD
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding casual restaurant with great food and a great location. I highly recommend it

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 29, 2019

Dear Frank, We couldn’t be happier to hear that we provided you with a great dining experience. We hope you come back to visit us at Sapphire again!

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive, loved the menu, service, atmosphere.
Perfect evening! Will be back!!!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 29, 2019

On behalf us all of us at Sapphire, I would like to thank you for sharing this great review about your experience! We are thrilled that you enjoyed everything from the menu to the atmosphere. We will be sharing your feedback amongst our team. Enjoy your summer and please come visit us again soon!

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday brunch with live band playing outside, bottomless mimosas, and an ocean view! The patio is also pet-friendly! What more could you want?

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 29, 2019

Dear Jenna, Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Sapphire Laguna with all of us. Happy to hear we hit so many positives on your visit. Hope to see you again soon. Sapphire

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Awesome spot. Surprisingly awesome food.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to review us! We're thrilled to hear you had an awesome experience and enjoyed the food. We hope to see you back again soon! Thanks!

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E
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I made a reservation about one week in advance for outdoor seating. I received a call from the restaurant to confirm my reservation and I also confirmed that I would have outdoor seating. We arrived at 7:45pm our reservation time and our table was not ready yet so they told us to wait inside and then later hostess brought us to a table to sit indoors. I told hostess we had requested reservation outside. Not sure why our seating request was so hard to accommodate. Food was delicious. Corkage was a pricey $30 a bottle.

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 22, 2019

Dear euni, Thank you for dining with us and for sharing your experience - we are thrilled you enjoyed the food. We strive to meet each of our guests requests and do apologize for the inconvenience that the outdoor seating request was not met. We have addressed this with the team to ensure we improve on this. Sapphire Management

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FF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, with the kiddo, and enjoyed amazing food, drinks, and service!

Sapphire Laguna
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thanks FamilyFun! We appreciate the review and we look forward to seeing you and your family again soon.

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