Splashes at Surf & Sand Resort

4.6
2270 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
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
What 2270 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far our favorite fine dining option in Laguna Beach . We have been for Brunch, Lunch , and Dinner a number of times over the years . The Surf and Sand resort where it is located is really the choicest spot to be in Laguna Beach , simply lovely and very elegant in a tasteful and comfortable way . Any meal you choose to have at “ Spashes “will be enjoyable , with great food , service , and a setting that is simply gorgeous . The ocean views , and the crashing waves are I am quite sure among the most impressive seaside dining experiences in the world . Laguna Beach IS the “ American Riviera “ , and there is nothing quite like it . It actually rivals Hawaii with the right views in the right spot , and here it is at “ Splashes “ when you gaze at the water at Sunset ! I had the well prepared Lobster Bisque , where they do a table side combination by placing a generous dollop of lobster salad , and then covering it with the delicious bisque , it was simple but lovely . My husband had an artisanal cheese platter that he really enjoyed , and for our mains we had an order of the lobster which was perfectly shelled whole , and arranged beautifully on the plate , a large portion in the French style ,which is how I really enjoy it . My husband had a delicious , fresh , whole , Branzino , presented beautifully with the head on , which made it dramatic , but was also very easily taken apart to enjoy , and also boneless . Cocktails were perfect , and they also have a lovely selection of wines by the glass , and a huge selection of fine beers . With the waves splashing right there before you , one is protected by thick glass , it is SO dramatic enjoying these views that for me, it is as entertaining as a spectacular live performance ! With our timing this visit , we were able to enjoy this “natural water show “ before , during , and after Sunset , AGAIN , it was one of those experiences we will always remember , and will always want to enjoy whenever we visit Laguna Beach .

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MM
Atlanta
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant with an amazing view of the ocean.

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a
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect! Ambience, food, view... VIEW!!! AMAZING! Waiter and Wine manager both extremely knowledgeable.

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J
New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

For the price of the food - I would have hoped the food was better. The service and ambience far exceeded expectations.

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JH
Orange County
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view is outstanding. You hear the waves crashing on the beach. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The food was equally delicious, which made my jaw drop as you rarely get such a fantastic mix of ambience and taste. I couldn't believe I had never been there before, but I will definitely be back

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JG
Orange County
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

50th BDay celebration. We’ve dined there many times before, but tonight was one of the most enjoyable due to the special occasion, the company, the high tide waves nearly reaching the restaurant’s edge and the sunset. Our waiter,Dennis, couldn’t have been more patient, attentive nor accommodating. He truly added to the experience.

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OT
San Diego
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and food.

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o
San Francisco
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twelve years ago we were married at the Surf&Sand! It has remained a favorite location! It is always a destination point when we are in Southern California. The ambience can’t be beat!

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DF
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter David was excellent. Food was good and the view was spectacular. Chairs were a bit close to each other.

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San Diego
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the BEST Dinner ever! Pepe our server was Amazing! The food was so delicious. Did the Chefs Special appetizer Risotto it was so perfectly cooked. Then had the Lobster dinner with farro and was even better. The staff there are just on it making you feel special. This dinner was to Celebrate a friends birthday and then we were headed to Pageant of the Masters and it was such a special night. Thank you!

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New York Area
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional location, view, ambiance. Great service from the reception to the bar and staff. Great food too!

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Las Vegas
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience. From the valet staff and front desk upstairs to the hostesses downstairs at Splashes everyone had a smile and a friendly greeting like they were truly happy to see you. We dined outside next to the sand and had a wonderful water and sunset view. Our waiter, Patrick, was friendly and was very familiar with the menu and the winelist. Even the Manager, Joe, dropped by to welcome us. A true class operation. AND the food was fantastic. I like octopus and Splashes Octopus Salad was the best; perfectly prepared, tender inside and crispy and well seasoned outside, plated with small, exotic salad, it really was a classic dish. Our main courses were also well prepared and plated. Both the veal loin and the filet were prepared as requested. All in all a great evening. We both look forward to our next visit.

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CY
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Daniela) was fantastic, as were all the staff who helped us. They made it a special night.

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L
Central Coast
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, great experience at Splashes! Thanks everyone. We’ll be back!

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. But the view was magnificent!!!

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Las Vegas
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here for our first anniversary and the food was incredible. We had lamb chops, scallops, crispy octopus, and oysters. All were absolutely delicious. Service was A+ and they gave a delicious creme brulee for dessert. We sat on the deck had an ok view. Table was stuck in a corner and a little cramped. Over this was A+ and worth the money.

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Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, great service and beautiful view

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DL
San Diego
2.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not a very large selection on the menu. Was very disappointed in the Lobster. It was very chewy. Food was just okay. Service was excellent.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our wedding from last week. Great service
In the bar.!!

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MD
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Patrick was fantastic, as was Brandon. The evening was amazing.

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LT
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was with a party of four enjoying a belated Mother's Day celebration. I had requested a window seat when making the reservation on-line, and I received a great window seat. I was greeted by my name by out server. The drinks were great and nice and strong, the food was wonderful, and our service was attentive. I would definitely return to dine here.

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Orange County
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter did a great job of making my mom’s birthday special!

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Orange County
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous place to celebrate or enjoy a relaxing ocean view! Thanks for excellent service!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New job!!!

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MK
Savannah
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our evening! Our waiter Ryan was extremely helpful in menu selection and explanation. His service was impeccable. The food was DELICIOUS and well priced. We had an Oceanside table with a an exceptional view. We were able to have quiet conversation which allowed us plenty of time to visit with family. It was a memorably evening!

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SS
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That is the 3rd time we have dinner and breakfast in this beauty in Laguna Niguel.
We enjoyed a lot and we will back for the next happy occasion

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Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Mom and I absolutely loved splashes bar and grill we cannot wait to come back again for the great food and Amazing service, and unbelievable ocean views. Thank you!

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Orange County
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have most of our meals here at Splashes when we are on vacation at Surf & Sand. Never had a bad experience and the staff are very attentive during the entire meal.

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Orange County
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service from entry up until leaving the restaurant. Great staff, friendly staff outstanding food.

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J
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came for a nice 4th of July breakfast and enjoyed every moment of it. The service was excellent, everyone is very attentive and the view of the ocean makes it a million times more amazing.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. I had the special which was a fish I have never tried before and it was terrible. The halibut was amazing! The lobster soup was amazing!

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MO
Chicago
1.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We ordered a few appetizers (mussels, carrot salad, brussel sprouts) and waited about 30 minutes before they came out, and they all came out at same time. Waiter took drink order and tried to up sell us to a $50 dollar glass of wine. The food quality, portion, and presentation was some of the most poor we have experienced. We have eaten from coast to coast, and a restaurant with such a great ambiance, did not deliver in any other way. Poor Service, Over Priced, Poor Quality. Be cautious before dining here.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kim was an exceptional server and Solomon, who assisted, was great too.

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OT
Los Angeles
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Server was not great

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal as always!!

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KF
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stay at the Surf and Sand several times a year. We love splashes. They have a great breakfast and dinner is just as good.

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San Diego
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting along the Laguna Coast. This is a wonderful place for a special occasion or friends’ get-together. Our server Kimmee was great. She had good recommendations and was just so very personable that she made you feel so welcome and special. I definitely will be a return guest.

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TM
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly flavorful and unique dishes.
Amazing setting right on the beach in beautiful Laguna.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine list is Good, the scallops and short ribs were both excellent. Knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service, paced nicely. Setting is lovely, right on the beach, and the room very pretty. I found the food mediocre. The Brussels sprouts were undercooked, for my taste. The scallops were the large type-texture was good, manner of preparation did little to make them taste better. The chocolate mint dessert was based on a brownie so hard it shattered rather than being split by a fork. The taste was so sweet it was hard to taste either the chocolate or the mint. Not an outstanding meal.

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