Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

4.6
2560 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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BB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 3ambience 1

It was freezing cold and their heaters don’t work well. I would highly recommend not visiting during the winter. Great restaurant in the summer!

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AM
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splashes is a great place to enjoy the view and a delicious Saturday brunch or lunch.

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

Always a pleasure to eat here. The service is always spot on. Nice table on the glass watching it rain. Thanks again for a lovely evening.

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

I didn’t realize I had to own AirPods to afford this place.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff amazing. The maitre d could see I didn’t like my table. Read my mind and moved to a great table. Made my night. Two single girls on Valentine’s is rough as it is !!!
So appreciative. And food so good!!

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DH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Typically I refuse to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day as it is the same food at twice the price and although the menu was pre set the service ambiance and few made it worth the price!

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S
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We requested a window seat for our Valentine's Day dinner and we were not disappointed. We brought our own Champagne for a reasonable corkage fee of $25. A bit was spilt when opened so the restaurant gave us 2 glasses of champagne from their bar. The menu was prixfix with a wonderful selection. My husband enjoyed his bone marrow with lobster and my pork belly was prepared perfectly...a bit crispy on top. Soup and salad was very nice. Our main course was Veal tenderloin. Prepared exactly how we requested. Several wonderful dessert offerings. We chose the chocolate mouse heart with chocolate ice cream. Lovely. Our waitress was so very accommodating. I'm sorry but I believe her name was Chrissy. There were many servers and even the manager were there to help and serve our wine/food. Beautiful dinner and everning. Roses were handed to the ladies at the end of the meal. Nice touch.

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IV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service even though it was raining.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food portions are super generous. Great view of course, and amazing service!

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Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great service and food!

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CD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came here for an early Valentine's lunch celebration. We loved it. Our waiter, Salomon, was very friendly and accommodating. The view on the balcony was superb. After our lunch, we strolled along the beach and enjoyed the exceptional view and mild, sunny weather.
Truly a memorable day for us.

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SC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I wish Open Table would stop asking for special requests because I note it it never works. Had a business mtg and requested table for 2 at window. Splashes did not care & told me I could go downstairs & try for open seating down there. So it was raining and hostess recommended that I walk down to a different restaurant in hopes that I find a table with a view...really? I didn’t find that to be a great recommendation or appropriate response. So not necessary to ask for special requests on open table.

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AS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family brunch to celebrate the 50 weeding anniversary of my parents. They loved every second!

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E
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and great food and service. What more could you ask for??

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FA
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splashes is a great restaurant with great aviance and views. Great food, wine and service. I highly recommend for anyone whether it is for a romantic dinner or great business meal.

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h
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitperson Kimmy!!
Watching the sunset while we dined on delicious food... nothing could be better!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best view of the sunset at Laguna!

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SR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday with friends

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MR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service, perfect view and setting.

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s
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I asked my wife to marry me at Splashes 19 years ago so returning to Splashes for our anniversary was already special. After I made the reservation, I called ahead to the resturant to ask for a special table in front of the fireplace. When we arrived we were shown to that table and received excellent service. Although the menu is relative small all the items ordered were perfectly prepared and tasted exceptionally. The manager made a special effort to great us and make sure that all was as expected. Overall a wonderful evening.

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GZ
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and Service was very good the view of the waves with the lights hitting off of them was more than beautiful. As the nose levels in most RR is too high and that has become more of the norm for many RR. A bit pricy but that is also the trend in many of the highend establishments.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a reservation for my anniversary with my girlfriend. I was expecting a reservation like any other, just to be seated and to just go about my dinner. I was very WRONG. Splashes takes customer service above and beyond. I was greeted by the hostess, and right after getting my name immediately replies with "Happy Anniversary". When I was seated, the waiter also knew that it was our anniversary, and even the manager of the restaurant came during our dinner to congratulate us on our anniversary. We were given a complimentary Creme Brulee for our special night. I will definitely recommend and revisit splashes for their attention to detail and making our special night very special.

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CW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Splashes has been a consistent favorite over the years. Great ambience, beautiful view, creative menu and typically great service. My disappointment yesterday was the rushed service. When you have 6 women for a birthday lunch, let them visit! After ordering our salad course came with our entree course?? Why?
Yes, I will be back, but I will request a dining experience.

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OC
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot think of a better location for view in Laguna Beach. The menu, cuisine and service are wonderful. Splashes is the perfect place to dine on the coast.

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WD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service while sitting overlooking the ocean. The bread was of the chart. It comes with an olive tempenade. We would have appreciated butter coming with it. We did ask for any more promptly served it. We ordered King Salmon in a pastry and the Turbot (similar to Dover Sole) dish. Both were very tasty and delicious. We shared a creme brulee that was probably the lightest I've ever had. Our meal was outstanding from start to finish with one exception. We ordered some type of orange martini drink. Neither of us liked it.

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic table overlooking the ocean greatly added to the ambience. Friendly, attentive server; stellar service. Food was totally delicious and the presentation was incredible! We would definitely return and have already recommended the restaurant to several friends.

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WW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

There were two tables of eight who were extremely noisy and used foul language. A friend who dined there on a separate occasion had the same experience. They need a separate room for such parties.

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IL
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall we were very impressed with the food quality, the ambiance, and the exceptional service. Due to unfortunate circumstances, we had to wait for a table quite a long time- despite reservations- but the manager and staff sure went above and beyond to make it up to us by offering us complimentary drinks once we were seated. After our exceptional dinner, they even spoiled us with complimentary delicious desserts which we greatly enjoyed as this dinner was for a special occasion. We highly recommend this restaurant and will go there again in the future.

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LC
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splashes is delightful!!! The view and food cannot be beat.

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GB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The view and service (Patrick) were incredible. I would highly recommend Splashes Restaurant.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

not many options for food if ur not a fan of sea food

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J
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular view of the ocean. You can hear the waves crash on the beach as you dine. You can choose indoor or outdoor seating. The brunch was great; a slightly more interesting twist on breakfast favorites such as pancakes, beignets and french toast, but not too much to make them only fit for foodies. There are also lunch options available, such as burgers, ahi and salmon. I recommend this restaurant SO much more for brunch than for dinner. Dinner is very expensive and the menu inaccessible to common tastes such as my own. I don't need something artistic and cutting edge; I want something delicious and quite recognizable. This brunch was super! Great kids menus too!

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Boise
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal during our weekend getaway at the Surf and Sand Hotel. The waiter was very helpful in going over wines and best choice meals. The crashing waves are not only seen, but heard. We went back for a late lunch after we checked out of the hotel. This is our 3rd time dining here and would definitely be back.

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ST
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience! Wonderful food and a breathtaking view of the ocean. Highly recommend it.

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p
Orange County
189 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beautiful outside setting overlooking the surf was compromised by the rain. But inside is charming also & affords some ocean view.
I had the pork belly w/ caviar. Delicious. Not real cavier however. Then the Duck. Beautifully presented. A little lacking in taste. dessert of creme brûlée was delicious
Partner had short ribs. Very tasty.
Waiter ( sorry I forgot his name) from Argentina was excellent as well as charming. He was knowledgeable about ingredients, method of cooking & he was very helpful & attentive.
Lovey evening. . .

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SA
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great view service and ambiance. Good food Strongly recommend

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P
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 on January 12, 2019
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 on January 12, 2019
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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