Watermarc

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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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DD
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous menu & wonderful,tasty preparation!

PF
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Watermarc was great.
We have visited Laguna Beach many times and this was our first time at the restaurant.
We had the cod and potato croquets for an appetizer, very tasty, excellent.
For entrees we had the Chilean Sea Bass and a special which was white salmon.
Both were great, the salmon was a little dry, over cooked, but had a glazed on it that made it very flavorful.
Service was great. Hope to make another visit.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

SB
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was horrible. And the room smelled like bleach and cleaners. Don’t sit upstairs unless you are by the open windows. Food was not as good as normal. Always had great experiences here but this past weekend was an exception.

L
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and service

T
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! One of our favorite spots in Laguna. We had a burger and the salmon nicoise salad. Delicious!

DR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Date night made special at the Watermarc. Outstanding service. Appetizer consisted of the freshest and best prepared calamari we’ve had outside of Europe. I had the filet mignon three ways and my wife had the sea bass. Both were prepared perfectly. The food would have gotten 5 stars except our sides (two styles of potatoes) were not cooked correctly and were too salty. I recommend their martinis.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food.....great service but get there early!

T
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Seafood Paella was very salty. Swordfish was cooked to perfection and the Green Salad was very nice.

OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Watermarc many times but today the food just wasn’t very good, it was bland. For what we got it was also very expensive. Service was good, but I don’t think we will be returning.

BW
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in Laguna Beach.....Get the pork chop you won’t be disappointed.

F
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my birthday, Wade is a great waiter & the service from bus man to the bartender who made our drinks! We love coming here not only for special occasions, but just for the wonderful food & service! Can NEVER GO wrong
Going to this restaurant!

RC
Palm Springs
211 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Watermarc is a great looking restaurant and the menu looks inviting. We were glad we tried it but prefer 230 Forest and Opah to Watermarc. We ordered the short rib dip sandwich, the lamb chops appetizer and the duck salad.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. As in the past, the food and service was excellent. Our waitress was very personable and suggested an appetizer that was perfect. Our son and daughter-in-law recommended the Watermarc to us several years ago and we have enjoyed it ever since!

SD
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

More casual in terms of guest attire and ambience than I was expecting but excellent food and service and very well placed for a night out in Laguna Beach!

d
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Octopus was superb, spetzle mac excellent, Both broccolini & steak 3 ways were very weak - Oscar w/crab all filler & steak though cooked perfectly, was tasteless. Expect a better cut of filet. Service top notch.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food, service, will definately be back. Scallops were perfect, wine excellant served knowledgeable and fun.

DD
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had the Paella and it was nothing short of fabulous! We made the reservation here and were given one of the best tables in the house.

Appetizers, drinks and desserts where also awesome...get the ring ding lunch box for dessert!

LJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was amazing! We will be back to the restaurant when in Laguna Beach.

c
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a bad meal here. Great ever changing menu, drinks and charm. The front window glass seats are great for people watching!

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

Watermarc was great, I throughly enjoyed the scallops and my friend loved the salmon. The strawberry shortcake with cotton candy for dessert was beautiful, and out of this world!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Watermarc

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food is mediocre, the portion is very small for the price. I ordered the short rib and I’m very petite so it was enough for me but my friend is a 6’ tall man, the Bay Scallop with risotto was like an appetizer for him. Also, the bread was old. If you heat up old bread, it is still old bread, just hot old bread so not sure who the restaurant was trying to fool. And $10 for a 2 ounce moscato? Moscato is probably one of the cheapest wine you can find so why serve someone 2 ounces of this wine then charge them $10? There are other better restaurants in Laguna Beach with better food so I will make sure my friends and family will never step foot into this place again.

TB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it very much. Interesting menu options and prep. Wade, our server was great. Dessert was fun. Great place

JM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE had a lovely table, and Great food and service!!!

MK
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Server Danny was excellent. They remembered our special occasion.

D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely be back.

g
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and the bartender makes the best martinis. Upstairs was fun for a change out of the maddening crowd.

BB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, outstanding service. One of my very favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little early for our reservation, and they gave us option of table inside or waiting for our patio reservation. We decided to wait at the bar, and have some drinks (had good service from Anthony the bartender). The host kept updating us on the status of our table. Unfortunately, the table did not clear as quickly as they thought, and ultimately took a table inside (slightly disappointing) but the service and food more then made up for this minor inconvenience. We had the octopus, bacon wrapped dates, seafood paella and short ribs, all amazing! Great service from our waiter who went out of his way to help out with food allergies. Great experience overall.

R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wanted to take out of town guests to a special dinner with guarantee of good food, good service and good menu options. Watermarc is a guarantee on all! Thank you!

D
Dallas
97 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We love to dine at Watermarc when we visit Laguna Beach. Traveling from Texas we look forward to this neighborhood gem. The service is always great and the food delicious with a variety of options. The food seemed a bit over salted this time. And the ding dong dessert was a bit dry. The bone in filet special was very good albeit pricey and enough for two people with a starter before.

P
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Watermarc is a great dining experience in Laguna Beach. Wonderfully crafted food and the service is amazing!

AS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

On PCH near the beach. The food is outstanding. I had one of the best Caesar salads I have ever had and a delicious Scottish salmon in a wonderful cream sauce. The lobster cognac bisque was another first course at our table and very good. If you are not into seafood, there are plenty of other options, such as the filet three ways my wife had. That consisted of three small filets done Oscar, Wellington and Diane style. Really nice. I am looking forward to coming back here.

VL
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good restaurant with excellent food. Nice ambience with good service at a reasnable price for the quality of food.

JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Our waiter, who kept himself quite occupied in conversation with his colleagues and other customers, was too distracted to bring us our drinks before the first course arrived, and seemed throughout the evening to place his social interests above his responsibilities. While we quite enjoyed the food and the ambience, his tardiness, distractedness and need to express his opinions more than listen to our requests, diminished the enjoyment of the evening.

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

Watermarc has always been outstanding, in my book, for stellar presentation of all food choices, not to mention how delicious everything is! The staff are delightful and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

B
Palm Springs
48 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very very noisy

o
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall good experience. Parking is always a pain to get in Laguna Beach but it was worth it. Nice table by open window to the sidewalk.

k
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Watermark. We had reservations and were seated right away. We got a table on the balcony which was perfect. We started with the charred octopus which was delicious and a good sized portion. My husband had the scallops and I had the short rib. Both were so good that we argued as to who's was better. The best part came at dessert when we got the homemade ding dongs! They were fantastic and so much fun the way they served it! The staff were very attentive to our needs and our evening was quite enjoyable.

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