Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

4.6
2435 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Terraced above the beach, with waves breaking just 25 feet below, the casually elegant Splashes Restaurant boasts some of California's best views and finest cuisine.

Whether seated in the dining room or alfresco on the palm-shaded patio, you'll enjoy American Coastal Cuisine set against a dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
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Phone number
(949) 376-2779
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ron Fougeray
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mountain Road - North; Blue Bird Canyon - South
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Parking details
$8 validated valet parking and street parking are available
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy Thanksgiving with a wonderful 3-course pre-fixe holiday menu, in a unique ocean atmosphere with family & friends!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy Christmas with a festive 3-course pre-fixe holiday menu, in a unique ocean atmosphere with family & friends!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy a festive pre-fixe 4-course menu with a world class selections of the bubbly to celebrate in style!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2435 People Are Saying
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TI
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Just eh. Small meals for the the price ! Wouldn't go back.

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KM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We loved the complementary crème brûlée for our anniversary!

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KB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The overall dining experience was excellent; great service and attentive staff. All were quick to recognize and congratulate us on our anniversary. When a small issue occurred, it was immediately resolved.
The food was very good and it was a very enjoyable evening

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PM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is very expensive for small plates. I had the scallops, got 4 with pureeed sauce. The sauce was excellent. I've had better scallops elsewhere. Plate was$42!!!! Had my husband not shared his short ribs, i would have gone home hungry. His short ribs were good, came with very small veges and some sort of potatoe. Again, his plate was $43! You are playing for thr view and ambiance. Staff was very friendly. Got a free creme brulee with fruit for ot Anniversary. That was the best thing i ate all night!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We come here every year and have gone to Splashes a couple of times. This year, the hostess was unpleasant, they crammed us into a small seat in the middle of the room and our service was incredibly rushed and they clearly were more concerned about turning tables than their customers experience. My first experience there was great. This experience was less than desirable. We will not go back.

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CZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing place. Usually when you have a great location, the food is mediocre. Not so here. Great food. Amazing ambience. Wonderful service and an amazing view. And given all that, it actually reasonably priced.

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JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a party of four and really enjoyed our meal there. I couldn't give it 5 stars because our food came to us lukewarm. Fortunately it tasted good. It was a very busy, beautiful and warm Friday evening, which accounted for the noise, but it was a positive, excited energy being that we were surrounded by what seemed to be groups of families.

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K
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views were amazing...you feel like you’re sitting on top of the ocean. And the Brussels sprouts were fantastic. I also had a Thai snapper special that I loved. I didn’t love the dessert options but everything else was fabulous

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h
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. Been there twice, ilonve for my birthday and recently for my sisters birthday. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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A
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful luncheon on the deck with,a lovely view. The salmon and mussels were fabulous, the special seafood flatbread was the most delicious combination of seafoods. The meal,ended with the decadent Apple extravaganza! Beyond description, as appealing to the eye as it was satisfying to the taste,buds. We look forward to a return visit.

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TV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow! Brought my soon to be married daughter and a few family for a great dinner and was not disappointed. Food was exceptional, as was the wine selection. My and my daughter's lamb was cooked to perfection. Dessert was great. And what a view! Definitely recommend to anytime looking for a great dining experience. Only fault was we had to wait quite some time after our dinner plates were taken to get the dessert menu. Our waitress was overbooked at that time.

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AJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding!! Our server, Jonathan provided excellent service & took several pictures of us per our request :) and brought out a lovely complimentary dessert with a candle for my birthday!! We love staying at the Surf & Sand and have loved eating breakfast and dinner at Splashes!!!

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JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food but small portions and everything is ala carte...Scallops were amazing and Brownie with mint chip ice cream was delicious but tiny. Excellent patio seating on the ocean. Had to move inside because of rain and it was noisy inside. Unless you have zero concern over money, only eat here on a very special occasion.

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LJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was amazing per usual, my favorite place for fresh fish. Our server recommended a class of the Daou cab, a great suggestion and it paired well with my dinner however, he was late to taking our order and once he served our dinner, he never came back to ask how dinner was, if we were finished, wanted desert, etc. (i did originally want desert but decided to just go home after waiting so long).

I must inform: this is NOT the typical service for Splashes. It’s usually 5 star service and though i am writing about my experience, please note that Splashes typical standard in service is nothing short of a five star dinning experience!

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MM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the views and food. The service and the food are Excellent

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ID
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, nothing like sitting outside and having a fantastic meal while watching and listening to waves on the beach. The restaurant is right on the beach! Great service and wonderful food to boot. The lobster bisque was terrific, as was the salmon special I ordered (wrapped in phyllo dough and baked). My wife loved her lobster and the chocolate creme brulee! The cocktail I had was incredible, so I will come back for drinks soon!

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F
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best view in orange county. Nice service great food. We ordered octopus and ceviche first it was delicious. We the order nachos and some jalapeño margaritas. I am waiting to come back

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R
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sunset and food

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, the service is impeccable i would expect nothing less. woyld recommend to everyone!

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I went there for my birthday. I love Splashes and the beautiful view. It is pricy, but nice. I came with my 90 year old mom. She is in a wheel chair. The waitresses helped me maneuver her to our seat, which was beyond a couple of poles. Our seat was really close to the window.

Additionally, when I went to pick up my car, the Valet waived the fee because it was my birthday! Very sweet!

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MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and beautiful scenery. The staff was very professional
and polite.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was amazing we sat on the out side deck with the waves craving right next to us

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D
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Splashes did not disappoint! The view was amazing, and food delicious. Their service was impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening out for my boyfriend's birthday. Highly recommend and I will personally return soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From being greeting with the most friendly host, my buddy and I were walked down to our seat that was right next the water. I have never been blown away like this before, but the manager, Virgilio was very knowledgeable about the wines and recommended a nice red for me. He was outstanding and has earned a customer for life.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!!

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D
Orange County
145 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoy the Sunday brunch at Splashes and love the lunch choices as well. Tried the tomato salad with prawns. It was delicious. Ahi sandwich very good as well. Lovely view right on the beach. Perfect! Service was great too.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is pretty nice, went for Sunday brunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday, the view was amazing, the food was good but it was cold, also we asked for a bowl of fruit and we only got a 2 small pieces of cantaloupe 2 of melon and a few berries for $6 bucks I thought that was a rip off. Our waitress was very nice so I wasn’t upset when I realized that gratituaty is included. Overall I would go back to try their French toast again. I think they can improve the quality of their food but overall glad we tried this place.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Breathtaking views

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JC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Short rib is to die for! The Brussels sprouts were delicious although were a bit over char'd if that is a word, few were a bit charcoal tasting HOWEVER! Overall they were yummy and so was the fried octopus! We came on a Saturday night, with the restaurant also servicing the entire hotel, the bar is in a tighter corner space so unless you get there early for a bar spot the bar top is meant for a quick grab and go drink.
Our serve Pepe was personable, the hosts seemed to be understaffed and a bit frazzled but were doing best with who was on shift with them considering how busy it was on Saturday night. We will certainly be coming back, had such a memorable experience!

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CT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s waterfront location makes Splashes one of my favorite bars/restaurants. If you’re looking for a quiet and intimate experience, I recommend drinks and/or dining during a weekday. Weekend nights are way too loud. Aside from that, food and service are excellent.

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l
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most romantic place in the area. Loved it and will certainly go back again.

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R
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Pricey cocktails.

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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Splashes for years, but this time was the best yet. My wife and I ordered the branzino. It was superb, and the accompanying spaetzle was also excellent. The service was impeccable and the ocean view was, as always, marvelous.

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic. The Branzino cooked to perfection. Beautiful night in Laguna Beach celebrating the first day of Fall!

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CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Splashes is a beautiful location. The staff was excellent and very personable. The food was above par but nothing you can’t get at any nice restaurant. No parking available if you are not staying at the hotel which was unacceptable considering you will be spending $250 plus for dinner. We had to find parking on Coast Hwy and walk back I guess it’s all about location. Plan for the beautiful sunset.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my love to dinner - he had never been to Laguna Beach. He loved the lobster and Devotion beer. Watermelon margaritas are yummy!

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splashes staff (which includes the Chef) were instrumental in making my wifes Birthday very special. The view is amazing. The food exceptional and the service outstanding. We will be back.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful experience dining here, the view it’s very relaxing listen to the waives splashing right in front of you the food was delicious and the waitress excelente!!! I only wish to get there a little earlier to see the sunset. We had a window view. We had a good night I didn’t want to leave.

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MM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splashes was fabulous—the food was delicious and the oceanfront ambiance was so romantic.

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MM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Window seats are right at the breaking waves, better than music to listen to during a meal! Patrick was fantastic. Heat lamps work wonders once the sun goes down. The lights on the waves add a dramatic effect.

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