Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

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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.

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vipbilln
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dinner was very good, but the brunch menu tried to be too adventurous and failed from a presentation and taste perspective.

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DrHarryW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service from Diego et al. We will be back soon!

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marisap
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I made reservations on March 11th, 2020 to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We couldn’t have chosen a better place. All was perfect! Thank You Splashes for a memorable day for us.

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LynnP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Table was by a window but not upstairs in nicer area. No notice there would be stairs and no elevator accès several in our party of five have problems with stairs including 92 year old. Food took forever. We were told there was a large party upstairs. Not only didn’t see one why should that affect the timeliness of our food. Arrived cold. Waiter disappeared. No water or soda refills. Bill with 20 percent tip came to $198.00. Four burgers, one 18$ flatbread and a fish sandwich. We’re locals, advise tourists to avoid go to happy hour at Mozambique rooftop.

We have been two Splashes twice in the past months never again.

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RichardB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Victor made the evening quite special and was able to de-escalate a bad situation where the hostesses did not communicate a committed table and time, so we were unable to get the table we reserved with the afternoon hostess.

The food was very good and it is difficult to find a better atmosphere in OC ...breathtaking views right on the water.

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MarkQ
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I usually do not leave reviews that aren't good. Had to wait for drinks no big deal. Had the bacon wrapped monkfish. The fish looked and tasted like Halibut wrapped in bacon. Which just happened to be there special for that night. Wife and I had other plans so we did not have time to complain. For Ambiance we were sat in front of the restaurant across from the fireplace the restaurant was crowded. I understand the hospitality industry can be difficult.

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vipCosmo7
Los Angeles
373 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our fav restaurants in USA......always treat us like family!

View is to die for!
No one else has it!


Food and wine are excellent!!

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ScrippsChris
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and beautiful view. Highly recommend!!

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vipAlexG
Tahoe
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an Orange county classic with impeccable food and service combined with unparalleled oceanfront seating

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ArtO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Salmon was undercooked borderline raw. Hard to understand waiter, a bit of a language barrier. Caesar salad seemed a bit salty. However, the swordfish was excellent.

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vipK8lae
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Love this place! Especially after the remodel. My hubby proposed to me here 15 years ago. But I had the worst strawberry French toast ever, sorry! The cream filling. Still will come back though.

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vipWeHoBrian
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Pedro and the entire team did a great job!

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JazminV
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and the food were amazing as I expected. The service went above and beyond my expectations and I can't wait to go back. Jhoana was our server and she was very attentive and welcoming. When it got breezy she brought my son a blanket and he was so happy. Thank you Spalshes!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Waiter dumped check on us when desert arrived but disappeared for 10 minutes between menu and taking wine order on a slow night. Salmon was ok but way too much butter. Slow cooked short ribs looked very red for hours cooking. It’s never been a great restaurant but has gotten consistently worse over last 2 years.

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Terry
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

If you are looking for a quiet and romantic spot to dine, this one won't disappoint! This place is unique on the West Coast...and might be one of the most intimate dining experiences you can have...especially if you come for an early dinner and get a window table. The service was at times lagging compared to most places, but that was great for us because we were celebrating our anniversary and didn't have to go somewhere else right away. Plan to linger in this place!

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lbtocean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ocean view and wonderful food. Great place to watch the sunset.

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GRACEY
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

They do not have the effort or enthusiasm to provide good service to their guests.
I tried to get better table, but did not work out. Hostess seemed like have perception about our look. I did not enjoy the whole dinner. The waiter was really nice and friendly.

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samm
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A new additional fee is imposed on guests that did not exist all our past dining experiences here.

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vipAvivita
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We got a wonderful table overlooking the ocean for breakfast. We ordered the breadless Benedict and the lemon and ricotta pancakes. The Benedict was nice but nothing amazing or memorable. It lacked salt. The pancakes were dry and bitter from the lemon peel. The service was ok and the view was to die for.

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

Splashes had amazing food, ambiance and stunning beach views. I’d highly recommend this location for a special occasion.

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PSAlmaguer
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!!

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

The views were amazing, as was our server David. Scott at the bar took care of us as well. I will definitely be back.

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vipLiketogo2
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was FABULOUS -- the food, the service, and the fabulous view table-side in the bar -- directly overlooking the sand and shoreline!! We were all wowed and are eager to return. The grass-fed burgers were scrumptious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view was spectacular and the service outstanding. Great for a date or with kids.

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FranckL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful setting. Best in Laguna Beach! Food always amazing....
try the lobster bisque... :)

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MaryC
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

after having a latte, I wanted more coffee and the lovely waitstaff brought my milked steamed for my cup of coffee. It was so thoughtful and kind!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here for brunch for a date/late birthday celebration. They were able to give us a window seat since we arrived a bit before 11:30. Food was great and the view was great. They also have wifi since cell signal is bad. Valet is the only option but it isn't complimentary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time with great food, a knowledgeable and attentive staff, and an awesome ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience1

Reserved/requested a table at 5 to view sunset for a special occasion (not valentines) with friends leaving the OC and married the hotel. Couldn’t even see the sun from our table. Just set a bad tone to the beginning of a long planned evening together. David’s service and light humor somewhat rescued the evening. For the price and location of our table I would not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Guests from Canada

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Splashes is one of my favorites but what a disappointment this was. We were showing off the beautiful view but the service was so incredibly slow. People next to us, actually two tables sat after us and ate before us. Not sure we will be back for anything other than drinks at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Good ocean view. That’s it. Food not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves my waiter was very helpful he went through the menu with me to help me out with the courses I’d definitely come back here.

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SamuelP
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

In all fairness to the restaurant, it was very busy Valentine's night and they were doing their best. I should have called in advance and confirmed the menu and cost. The food portion was not worth $150 per person. if I would have known (once again my fault for not calling and confirming), we would have made reservations elsewhere. On a positive note, exceptional views and beautiful clean beach. We would go back to the bar, but not sure we would go back for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines fau

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review