Watermarc

4.6
2183 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Watermarc Restaurant
Wa-ter-marc  (noun): A mark showing the greatest height
Watermarc Restaurant brings together the vision of pairing great food with great beverage.  Lunch and Dinner menus begin with a segment of 26 Grazing Plates, then move forward with more contemporary and traditional menu components. Watermarc blends elements of older, classic foods and beverages,  with contemporary cutting edge cuisines and drinks. Our wine program offers 239 different ways to enjoy remarkable wine with extraordinary food.  Selections represent varietals from around the world, each suited to enjoy with different types of food while grazing.  Our featured Cocktails selections offer ‘Up’, ‘Rocks’, ‘Muddled’ and ‘Sparkling’ Cocktails.   From classics such as ‘Brandy Alexander’ made with traditional French cognac made by the Hardy family, to ‘Fire and Ice’ blending Grey Goose Citrus vodka with jalapenos, cucumber and lime.  Watermarc is located in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.
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JC
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service as always at Watermarc on a surprisingly busy Thursday night. Noise level much higher than we’ve experienced on previous visits.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great even though lunch offered limited fare. Bacon wrapped dates and burrata were slices of heaven as were the cocktails and the red wine burger was great but the traditional burger was dry and slightly over cooked.

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MH
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Great meal for a vegan!

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watermarc never fails to impress. Our friends loved their meals (Scallops and Lamb Salad) and the atmosphere. We’ve enjoyed every visit to Watermarc. Always excellent cuisine and service!

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EJ
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and excellent food.

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RH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good selection of inventive foods on the menu, well executed in the kitchen served by friendly and attentive staff.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Watermarc to celebrate my birthday and it was lovely! Wade served us, a very seasoned and pleasant server. The food is amazing. The halibut special was outstanding! The three way filet was also great and fun to taste the different ways to make a filet. Butternut squash soup so yummy! They were so nice to bring a flan for birthday dessert and I wanted to lick the bowl it was so good. We will definitely go back when we visit Laguna.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

My steak was terrible. My guest fish very bad. Service poor. Last time there was excellent. This time very poor

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P
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to celebrate a friend's birthday! Service and food was excellent as always! Highly recommend Watermarc.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

A friend and I went to Watermarc for lunch for the first time and were the first customers, so we got a beautiful half booth by the window. We were greeted by a enthusiastic hostess and our waiter who was training another waitress came to our table to ask how we were and for drinks right away. So far, a great start and obviously thought the food would match the ambiance and customer service so we were excited to try our meal. Unfortunately there isn’t much of a selection but so love shrimp and thought a name like Sizzling Garlic shrimp was going to be tasty. Ugh! It was one of the most bland dishes I’ve ever had. It had the sizzle from the cast iron skillet but none of the garlic or butter flavor and it was so small. I had like five small shrimp, which was definitely not worth the price. We got some very hard and dry bread to accompany it, but my friend said she did have a decent salad so there’s that. Anyway, the staff is wonderful but I doubt we will go back because of the limited and flavorless food. The place has great potential so hopefully they will only get better. Here’s to a promising future.

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NY
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous burger!! Kevin our serve is awesome.

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EG
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience and the best scallops we've ever had. A little pricey, but worth it!

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H
Orange County
86 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great first time here, we had 2 servers both were great. Had several plates all delicious. We don’t get down to Laguna very often, mostly because it’s so crowded. Took awhile to find a spot the parking lot behind them was full. Fun to people watch while eating saw the ocean for a little bit and someone parked a big suv in the way. Would definitely recommend

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

RUDE HOSTESS AND TERRIBLE SERVICE. We were seated at a very tiny table even though the entire second floor was EMPTY. And we had a reservation. Our tiny table got quickly filled with food and empty glasses because a server hadn’t come back for a while. We had to put one of the empty glasses on a LARGE empty table next to us until our server could clear our table. Then a hostess came by and questioned us why we had to put the empty glass on the empty table. She then proceeded to pick up the empty glass, stuck her hand in front of my face and handed the glass back to me. Are you for real? Who does that?

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BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Marcus was the bomb. Humorous, timely and knowledgeable. When my gluten free friend couldn't find anything on the dessert menu to her liking (they had items, but they didn't strike her fancy). He went across the alley and purchased a chocolate Gelato for her! SERVICE. Priceless.

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S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted warmly by the hostess and then our server Mario. We had an awesome table that was front and center facing the street. The menu had some great choices. I settled for a fish and chips entree and my boyfriend decided on a French dip sandwich. My dish was wonderful along with a lovely presentation! I also appreciated the $5 mimosa! We were happy that we made the choice to eat here and thank you Mario for being such an awesome server!!

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1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always request our favorite table and server, Kevin. He hasn’t disappointed us in 5 years with recommendations or service. Highly recommend Watermarc’s or their sister restaurants, Opah and 230 Forest Avenue.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service and food was outstanding! Came with friends and drove an hour and a half to get there. Totally worth it. We will be back!

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BF
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was decent (didn’t quite live up to reviews). Dining room merged into bar so seated in dining room TVs in view, not what I am looking for in a dining experience (or what I expected from the reviews I read). We had better experiences at other restaurants in town during our three night stay.

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KB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, delicious food, nicely presented and a nice ambiance in the restaurant.

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PS
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Watermarc is consistently great. Service is efficient and everyone from servers to bus staff are friendly and helpful. One of our favorite local spots.

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MB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what Laguna Beach gem. The restaurant is small intimate the service is fantastic and the food is out of this world.

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L
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Been here several times but food quality not good now and service poor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual, simple, yet refined enough to take a date to for dinner and drinks.

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service and yummy food

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BB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but a friend and I both ordered burgers and both were overcooked.

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CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My experience coming here for the first time was good. I’m not a big fan of the communal tables but that’s ok. There is an upstairs which is where we sat but next time I would prefer sitting downstairs which is where most of the action is. Great bar, great menu and the food is very good. I ordered the scallops and they were very good. Unique style. I will be back.

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CP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus is the most delicious I have ever eaten! Our waiter was fantastic and overall value great! We ordered 4 grazing plates for the two of us and it was more than enough food. Great wines too!

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VL
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. The best Sea Bass ever! A must when visiting Laguna Beach.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was great

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B
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Huge let down and wondering how they have this kind of rating. The sizzling garlic shrimp was a handful of gummy, obviously frozen shrimp and a ton of sautéed onions that somehow lacked all flavor. The paella was a mess too—the seafood was shockingly low quality and the overall dish was bland and poorly prepared. Really, I have to know is this a 2,000+ review 4.5 star on OpenTable...this place would make it 3 months in an actual food town.

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L
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So this is the third restaurant with Chef Marc Cohen finishing our “ trifecta”. Watermarc did not disappoint. The salmon dish was delicious. The restaurant was pleasantly full but service was great. It was my birthday. Honored with a delicious dessert.

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group of Women together- they had a table all ready for us- the waiter was on top of everything- and funny. Great wine list. Really fun night

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MM
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Nice vibe and very good service. I would definitely go there again.

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DO
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our waiter made this a wonderful experience. The food was just average.

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JO
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoy coming here. You have a great wine list and lamb chops are my favorite. Dinner is always amazing

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Pre Birthday celebration, our server was very attentive. The noise level was high and it was a packed house.

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DA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Used to be one of our favorite places. Food and service have gone downhill.

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PR
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The restaurant is great but our waiter seemed unhappy. That is atypical for Watermarc.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quality of food for the price was hard to swallow.

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