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About Watermarc

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.

448 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Brunch Saturday- Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Laguna Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 376-6272

Website:
http://www.watermarcrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
A Metered 2 level parking structure right behind our restaurant. After 7 PM is free

Executive Chef:
Marc Cohen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Watermarc Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
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Special Occasion (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Worth the Drive (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Romantic (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Casual (17)
Fun (15)
Bar Seating (14)
People Watching (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Cozy (11)
Scenic View (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Tapas (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Waterfront (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Simply, the food was the best. My date ordered lamb and I ordered the sea bass. We both agreed it was the best we had ever tasted.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

This was my 3rd time dining at Watermarc. Food was excellent as always. But our server Kevin turned out to be an absolute jerk. I was meeting a childhood friend whose son had recently committed suicide for an early dinner at 4:30 pm. well before any dinner rush so we could have a long leisurely meal. I came up from San Diego. He came down from LA and was delayed due to traffic. My wife and I ordered a drink and appetizers while we waited but Kevin kept asking when my friend was coming. After the meal Kevin pressed so much that my friend asked if he needed the table. Unbelievably Kevin said yes which is just about the rudest thing a waiter in a fine dining establishment has ever said to me. We rewarded him with a $10 tip on a $200 bill and a personal note to him on the check. There is no shortage of dining establishments to choose from, I doubt that I'll ever return to Watermarc. And if by chance I do, I'll make sure not to have Kevin as my server.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

The food, as always was excellent. We always get the pickle jar and always enjoy it. My wife elected to have the lamb chops starter as an entree and I had the skirt steak - both done very well.

All in all, a very nice evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Always impressed with food quality and value. Staff always kind and service oriented. I am comfortable at the Watermarc, and do not mind the hour drive up from Escondido to enjoy the menu and warm atmosphere.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Our server was friendly, professional and interesting. He was attentive but not a pest. He knew the menu items and made recommendations that weren’t necessarily the most costly. We had a very nice experience and we will be returning soon!

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

My Pt recommended the restaurant and he was not wrong. The best steak I ever had!
Friendly people and best food. Everything was fantastic.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful food, great menu, excellent service. This is our go to restaurant for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First trip to Laguna
This was great

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was not our first time at Watermarc. I planned dinner here for a very special event for my wife and friends. After dinner, everyone in the party agreed it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. The food options, preparation and presentation were perfect. The service top notch. Thank you Watermarc.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Authentic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Portions are too small. Pork chop was over cooked and hard.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing food and great service. Could not be a better restaurant. We will be back.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I just wasn't impressed. It was empty practically downstairs and the host insisted we sit upstairs. There were 3 of us. We asked to sit downstairs and it was still empty after we sat there for two hours. The waiter was not very friendly and he upsaled my small plate of lamb chops which come with three to four . If I had known one lamb chop was $8 more then I would have said no because it was half the price of my initial order. Kind of dumb to offer that. They should tell you ahead of time how much the cost would be. Unfortunately after all that they came out dry and lukewarm. I didn't want to address it because the waiter seemed frustrated all night and was hungry. Maybe because it wasn't busy and he didn't make too much from our table although when we were through having a couple of glasses of wine each and food it was still $145. If he had a better attitude I would have left a full 15% but I am tired of tipping just because. These waiters need to earn it if you ask me and also the food was so so. Don't think Ill go back unless its just for drinks and other places are crowded.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We really enjoyed our expeeience at Watermarc. The food was excellent. The rack of lamb is a must. The service was attentive but unhurried. We would definitely go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Chips are great, so is mac and cheese. Salads are good value. Shrimp was overcooked. Risotto undercooked and uninspired. Noise level downstairs is intolerable, upstairs better.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We dine at Watermarc about once/twice a month, and always have the best time. The service is always top notch, but tonight was exception. An extra special thank you to Shayna for her genuine and professional service. See you soon!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a great "go to" place in the heart of Laguna. Been coming for years - great bartender and staff! Very accommodating and terrific food (Lamb salad is crazy good).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We always have a least one meal when stopping in Laguna Beach on our couple of days away from home. Thank you for being such a fun, good food place that we can count on! We tell our friends to give it a try!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good attitudes and service all around, from hostess to bartender and waiters. We scored the Romeo & Juliet baloney which was nice for a first date. Top-drawer steak and the lovely Karen much appreciated the lamb. Sir Bartender recommended a first rate Sarah blend I'd never heard of. The only negative is that I was unceremoniously dumped twenty-five years ago, while seated at this same table when the restaurant was call Partner's Bistro. Not really a negative.
She went on to star in Play Misty for Me.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Been here numerous times and it’s consistently a great experience! Good food, service and atmosphere. Can’t ask for more than that.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. Keith helped us make really good decisions. We had the most fabulous caesar kale salad. We also split the bone in filet. It was absolutely delicious! also had a ricotta stuffed crepes. Very nice dinner

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I went here to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. I was blown away with the food. Excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

All was good except the undercooked salmon in the salad nicoise. The diver scallops were great. The truffle chips are very delicious and enough for at least three people.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A birthday lunch. The food was delicious: we had lamb chops, shrimp and grits, and a savory tomato bisque soup with mini-grilled cheese. Portion sizes were adequate to generous. The cocktails were inventive and well-made. The staff gives friendly greetings and good service , but despite notifications in advance, there was no birthday acknowledgement.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I could not recommend this restaurant based on the service I got. The waiter was terrible. He was rushing the whole time. I wanted to order wine and he brought a glass I didn't ask for, but what he thought I'd like. Hardly ever came back to see what we needed. Maybe if we'd had a better waiter, my opinion would be different.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great setting, upstairs next to rail... perfect for romantic dinner. Excellent cocktails and tasty, fresh, warm bread and butter (complimentary) to start the meal. Eric was very good waiter and did his best to make our evening feel like a special occasion, even though it wasn't. Pre-split Farm Salad... Dried cranberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese, sherry vinaigrette, was perfect way to start meal. Wife's Seabass was delicious, as was my Rack of Lamb. Only problem I had with my lamb dish is that it was a small portion and accompanied only by a string of on-the-vine cherry tomatoes. Would be nice if they added another chop to the dish, or at least threw in more vegetables or a starch such as rice or potatoes. Overall, an excellent experience (as usual) and we'll definitely return. Dried cranberries, toasted almonds, goat cheese, sherry vinaigrette

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The lamb salad is excellent: 3 beautiful lamb chops with grilled romaine. It's a noisy place but worth putting up with it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a great experience here. The food is amazing (Octopus, Lamb appetizer or entree, Seabass, Bacon-wrapped Dates, etc...you can't go wrong) and the service is always friendly and attentive. They are kid friendly too, but it isn't a place where you'd be bothered by tons of kids if you are on a date.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Atmosphere and service was excellent but it is tough to judge when you get some bad muscles. Sorry.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The seafood paella was to die for. The charred octopus was delicious. Service excellent. A “must-do” in Laguna.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Tapas, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

We made our reservation for a birthday and engagement celebration, party of 5. We ordered drinks and they were very good. The food selection is okay but the items are not well described as written. We decided to order a few small plates to share and they were okay but not great with flavor. Toward the end of our meal we noticed other tables around with food items not on the menu such as pomme frites and potato chips. We asked why they are not on the menu as we would have liked to order a batch of pomme frites. The reply from our waiter was there is a "special menu" -what??? So new customers have no idea of menu items that might make or break a return visit? We found this strange and the food okay but nothing special. The waiter was very nice and polite.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and service! Beautiful room looking out over the alley. The only negative was the noise. Hard to have a conversation because the other diners were very loud.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Loved this place! Amazing brunch options and affordable drink specials. They were able to seat us earlier than our reservation, which was awesome. The staff was super attentive and nice. Great place to go with friends for lunch or brunch!! I wish I lived closer so I could go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Absolutely incredible food and ambience. Could not be more pleased!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food flavors and options were fantastic. Service was great. The only complaint of the evening were the mussels. They were a bit tough, and one, that was in another dish, was very salty and still tough. May have been a bad batch, or slightly over-cooked.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always delicious food and terrific service. The best bacon wrapped dates anywhere. Belle Glos, Clark & Telephone, Santa Maria Valley 2015 Pinot Noir was well worth the $19 glass; healthy pour.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always wonderful food and drinks! Excellent execution and presentation. A true gem, with great service and friendly staff. Vibrant but not overwhelming. Ample parking nearby and a great area to go for an after dinner stroll. I highly recommend it!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I ordered a special for 3-shrimp that was over cooked and too hard to bite. However, my friends and I enjoyed the Oysters on the half shell.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very nice menu and wine list... We loved the lamb and ahi. Couldn't leave without the Homemade Ding Dongs... best decision ever!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious! Came for a date night, and had a great time! Only note was that the host seemed overwhelmed and didn't remember we had already checked in - he sat 3 walk-ins before we asked about our table, which was 20 minutes after our reservation time, but then he found something quickly for us. Overall great experience, their check-in just needs a little bit of work :)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We love love love this restaurant. The food (especially the burgers) is outstanding, the hand crafted margaritas are amazing, always great service..we can't say enough! A must try!

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