Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

4.6
2522 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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place, I recommend it to everyone. Excellent service

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our entire experience was wonderful. We came for our third wedding anniversary. The food was top-notch as well as the coffee and desserts. Even the decaf was especially good! The only thing where I believe they missed the mark is their risotto tempera lobster dish. I don’t think it’s a regular thing on their menu. I believe it was a special that night. The lobster was too rubbery. Aside from that, like I said, food was amazing. The most special thing was sitting outdoors on the lowest tier where you are close to the crashing waves. That was incredible. I would come back again in a heartbeat.

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JM
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

If you are looking for a quiet meal this is not the place if you sit in the restaurant. The food was good but the acoustics are terrible. It is very small and between the 6 women sitting in front of us and the two tables behind and next to us with kids it was very noisy and difficult to have a conversation. We later went outside on the way to the downstairs bar and found those areas to be well heated and much quieter so that would be my recommendation. The food was good and so was the service so if noise is not a problem for you for a moderately expensive restaurant then sit inside otherwise opt for trying the outdoor dining or better yet the lower ocean front bar with a more casual menu.

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B
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As always the food was outstanding, but Friday night there seemed to be too few waiters/servers and thus we waited a considerable amount of time for our waiter to come by after the food was served. In fact once finished we waited 20 minutes for him to ask if we wanted dessert, which we originally wanted, but after waiting that long , we changed our minds. Then we waited another 15 minutes to get the check. Not sure what is going on there, but there were clearly too many tables per waiter.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Breathe taking views accompanied by fabulous food.

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OT
Orange County
62 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Highly over-priced want-to-be restaurant... great food presentation but lacked flavor & taste... poor wine list & grossly over-priced as well... disappointed & did not meet expectation! Many better choices in Laguna Beach / OC Coast.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks, service and amazing views! A bit pricy though.

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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Outstanding view!!

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

We spent New Years Eve there with family and, food, service, etc was exceptional. The next night my wife and I went back for dinner; same results

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JA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch menu was superb. The scallops and steak and eggs were the best ever. The Bloody Mary's were a fun way to celebrate my husbands birthday on New Years Day. One of our favorite places!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

New Year’s lunch

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RR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Without the Location this is an average Restaurant

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GA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Overpriced. Food was terrible. Waiter rushed us out to turn the table. Huge disappointment.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I’ve been a frequent diner at Splashes for almost 20 years but I was SO dissatisfied on New Years Eve! They had a set pre fixed “4 course”menu that night which wasn’t advertised ahead of time and the cost was $135.00 per person. One would think for that price that the portions would at least be decent - full sized. The portions were MAYBE the size of a golf ball and completely mediocre in taste. The oyster trio were TINY, the salad was soggy, the cauliflower steak was bland...A friend ordered the poached salmon which was decent though and the cheesecake though the size of a tiny nightlight bulb was fair. Additionally, guests were to receive a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival yet we were overlooked until I brought it to the servers attention. We wanted to order a bottle of champagne and the servers first suggestion was a $300 bottle!!! It was laughable and when we were going down the list of additional options who’s retail values I was more than familiar with, the price quoted were triple what one would pay retail! We ended up ordering a lesser known $41.00 bottle to accompany the meal. Had the meal not been so horrible we would have stayed and ordered another bottle to enjoy. I was honestly shocked by the drop in quality on this night. I’ve always recommended Splashes but after this experience, I’m hesitant to continue to do so and in addition hesitant to continue frequenting the restaurant. I’m really sad and hugely disappointed that I spent $200.00 for essentially nothing.

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RK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Great for special meals. Great for kids.

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HT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated within 5 minutes of arrival at a table with a very nice sea view.
Food was tasty and the service was great.
The seared duck was good and went well with the side of sauteed wild mushrooms.
The venison carpaccio was a small portion but tasty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed. Calamari to die for! Asked for the bartender to make some yummy non alcoholic drinks and they were fabulous!

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g
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. We've dined with them many times and they never disappoint!!

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NC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is amazing! Great food and service. Right next to the water. We enjoyed beautiful sunset. Octopus and scallops are exceptionally good. Valet parking is convenient and it is only $8 with restaurant validation. We will be back!

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M
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a good ‘go to’ for out of town guests who want a nice meal with an ocean view. The crispy Brussels spout app was outstanding and the seared Halibut special was excellent. Good service. Great views, make sure you make reservations for 15mins before sunset.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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m
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We thought the food was very expensive. Ours arrived cold, they did make it right however, but we had wait a while for it to be remade. I guess being open on Christmas Day they could charge a lot and no one would complain. Not sure if we would return.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time celebrating Christmas at Splashes. Service was outstanding!

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at Splashes for many special occasions and am never disappointed. Our Christmas was more special as a result of our time there!

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R
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service...lovely environment.
Recommendation: take another look at the dessert menu...especially during the holidays. Very good main menu with a good mix of choices. Staff is attentive but not overbearing.

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T
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall very good.

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OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas celebration

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j
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday dinner for my boyfriend here. We had a nice table in the middle of the room but close enough to window to see the crashing waves. For ambiance, you can't beat the setting! Beautiful view right on the water. Service was wonderful and the food was outstanding. There was a large table of ladies right next to us that were a little noisy but they didn't stay too much longer and we were happily able to dine in quieter surroundings. Definitely recommend for a special occasion, date or just to treat yourself. Can't wait to come back! One of my favorites in Laguna Beach for sure!

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AT
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Christmas with family

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

We spent a special occasion at Splashes. They gave us a great ocean view table. Our service was excellent and our server was very efficient and had a great personality! We will definitely return

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OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the view, the food and the service. Would definitely come back.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with my mom and our table was ocean front. Everything was perfect!

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J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and had a wonderful meal! A little noisy from a few people but overall amazing! Will definitely be back!

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Sunday for brunch. It was quiet ans the view was amazing. It couldn't getbetter to be honest. Loads of staff waiting on you and they take what you say in your reservation seriously. Drinks are pricey but overall great value for what you get.

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David our server is outstanding! Great service, great sense of humor, diligent accommodation of allergies, great fun!
The food at Splashes is superb.
Waterfront outdoor dining (with heaters) literally overlooking (just above) the Pacific waves is spectacular.

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MJ
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic- one of my favorites! Two of us had eggs Benedict and it was amazing. My brother enjoyed the salmon and my sister in law loved her salad.

It was a beautiful warm sunny Saturday and a wonderful place for a little family gathering.

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

As an out of town visitor I made the reservation for 3:15pm in hopes of having a great meal at sunset (4:30pm) with my wife. I wasn't told the kitchen closed from 3:30 to 5:30. Once we were seated was asked to hurry and order. Had two lunch entrees, salads and two glasses of wine and bill was $120 before tip. Probably won't do that again. Beautiful view of the ocean, though!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! Would highly recommend to family and friends!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect with an ocean view!

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p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Splashes for our annual holiday friends dinner. I booked it in advance on open table and we were pleasantly surprised at the seating location, we received a table next to the ocean.
Everything went perfectly and we were able to enjoy our time together, eating and drinking.
The only issue I had was when the Bills came, I had asked in advance that I would pay separately for the first round of drinks. Everything was fine but the fact that they automatically included a 20% tip into the bill. I was told because it was a party of 6 or more. I’m fine with that on a food bill, but I feel that’s a excessive charge for just drinks.
I’m not cheap, but I also didn’t want to argue the point while with friends.
So just a heads up that you’ll pay over $30 tip just for drinks here, if you have a party of six or more.

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