Starfish Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
STARFISH LAGUNA | A tantalizing exploration into the cuisines from across the coastlines of Asia. Traditional ingredients from Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Korea are translated for a modern palate. With a family-style service approach in mind, our dishes are destined to be shared amongst friends. Elevated street fare comes to life in this sleek space. Luminous tufted turquoise banquets, deep oranges, metallic brick, sumptuous & sexy corner booths and plush accents co-mingle to create a tastefully provocative interior. Our black marble focal bar takes center stage welcoming you to experience exotic hand crafted libations, an innovative wine list, sakes and craft beers. In the only space of its kind in Orange County, expect the unexpected.
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Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Noodles and potstickers were amazing! The spring roll was average. Fantastic service!

ME
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Would recommend as a date spot or happy hour gem

v
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Starfish! The food is fantastic, the ambiance is great along with the service. I would also highly recommend reservations as it gets quite busy on the weekend!

c
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always great and bartenders are awesome !

D
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Starfish consistently delivers high quality food in a fun and energetic environment. The staff is seasoned and has a solid attention to detail. We truly enjoy eating at Starfish several times a month.

MW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service by Mario

MH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, good music, good value during opium hour, great service and excellent food and drinks!

DP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Third time here, and not as good as the first two. Food was tasty, but a little misrepresented on the menu and from our server. The Spicy Beef with Basil were were told wasn't that spicy and is was very spicy! also the Ramen was way over sauced, it was like eating chili. Probably won't be back again. I would recommend it to friend, but with hestitation.

AT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

p
Orange County
201 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside on a delightful summer evening. Pad Thai was traditional but spicy. Lobster roll “sushi“ was also very spicy and good but not as great as expected. Crab sliders were a little disappointing. Calamari was delicate tender and delicious. Edamame was very good, garlicky. Cheesecake was adequate. I’d skip it. I had to drink to the house specialty, a strawberry spicy vodka mixed drink. Wish I could remember the name but it was good. Service was very good. We were with old friends talking a lot and the waitress came back many times to check on us and we appreciate not being rushed.
Great reasonable local restaurant.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing as usual , please open in vegas !!!

LB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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AE
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, fresh, and was quickly prepared. The cocktails were also excellent. Our server was friendly but not over the top... it was a great experience and a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary.

S
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We frequent Starfish Restaurant regularly and often highly recommend it to others. Unfortunately our experience on Friday, 8/23/19, a birthday get together for my husband, was not good. Our food was under par with the exception of the pan fried dumplings. The noodles were mushy, and the wok fired edamame was simply not as fresh and tasty as it usually is. I hope this isn’t indicative of our future dining experiences there as we plan to go back!!!

SN
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, but the noise level made it difficult to talk, maybe turn down the music a bit. Also, the lights were turned down while we were there, don’t know why.

K
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Starfish delivers food that was sooo delicious! The service was amazing! Lucky to have this restaurant near us!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is slightly removed from the beach in a small strip mall. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the ambience is very nice.
Food was tasty and good, cocktails were also enjoyable.

N
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, a little dark inside even in the daytime. Good service.

RC
Palm Springs
211 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit here. It’s a fun and lively restaurant and very busy! The noise level is energetic for sure. It’s a pretty restaurant and the menu is great. Lots of parking too. Friendly service.

CP
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good, but I was expecting a larger selection of sushi. If u need a sushi fix....it’s good

RS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite and go to restauraunt in Dana Point/Laguna Beach! The service and food are consistently outstanding and I'm looking forward to my next visit!!

RH
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Love this place!

DA
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the coconut rice!!!

AE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We had not been there for several months. It has never been an exceptional experience but we were willing to try it again. We ordered several dishes - they were adequate, but nothing outstanding and some were really without much flavor. It’ll be several months again before we go back -

CF
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a date night! Drinks were amazing and the Thai spicy beef and calamari were amazing.

r
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

One could call the noise level "energetic" but I was sitting in the back in the first row of booths, and I had to yell to make myself heard in my party of 4. I had asked the hostess if we could have other seats...like on the patio where it is always more quiet. She shared that she had "reservations for two groups of 10" coming in one-half hour, so she could NOT seat our little party of 4 on the patio. Really?

Our waiter, Chris, was ideal and responded when we first sat down and asked him to lower the music volume "a wee bit." He approached the manager about lowering the decibel level of the recorded music. The background music was lowered for an hour or so, but then it was raised back up again...as if we wouldn't notice.

Chris' service was spectacular; I couldn't imagine a more attentive and funny waiter.
The drinks were delicious, the appetizers delicious. It was just so dang LOUD. By the end of our 4-hour visit, my throat was hoarse.

My next visit will be with a stipulation to sit on the patio.

C
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place now to bring friends or just go to for a great meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take visitors

SR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is amazing. Went above and beyond

P
Orange County
79 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We like Starfish, and go quite often. This last time was disappointing, as the service was weird - none of our food arrived at the same time, and we waited quite a while for everyone to get their appetizers, and then even longer to get our main courses. Also we were in the back of the restaurant, right in the path of all the servers, so it was very crowded and unbelievably noisy. We literally could not converse with the people across from us at the table. The table behind us was very drunk and VERY noisy, literally yelling at each other...not a very relaxing dining experience. I know it is uncomfortable to ask a server to tell a guest to quiet down, but this was ridiculous...and management should have done something. I honestly don't think I will go back unless I can sit outside on the patio which seems much calmer and quieter. The food was good when we finally got it, but the whole experience was not great for sure.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing selection of food

OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cod and sea bass in the area!

M
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing!!! We love Starfish! The best staff ever...

B
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for any occasion or non occasion. Excellent service and quality of food always top notch.

ES
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very gluten free friendly and delicious! Great happy hour too!

RH
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and perfect service as always!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We normally have a great experience however this time was not good. Meal came out before appetizers. Server never came back to ask if we wanted more drinks. One appetizer was dry. Server also wouldn’t allow us to order a dish we’ve ordered for two years.

KW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Between Sunday and today they changed their dog policy on the patio

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