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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Bar Seating (11)
Cozy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Fun (9)
Casual (9)
Romantic (8)
Scenic View (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Business Meals (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
People Watching (7)
Authentic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Waterfront (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

In the past, we had a great past Watermarc dinner experiences.
This occasion was a total disappointment, the worst.
The bartender was a server for all of the hall tables as well.
Their burger meat tasted old/smelly we spit out after a bite.
Their Fish and chips were good, but the coleslaw was very bitter.
The worst of all was their coffee. Watermarc's regular coffee tasted it's been sitting there longtime, we had a few sips and asked for decaf coffee instead. Decaf coffee tasted fresh!
They charged both Regular and Decaf coffees for each of us.
The bartender/server told us " IT'S LIKE YOU DRINK COKE NOW AND CHANGE TO SPRITE LATER, SO I HAVE TO CHARGE REGULAR COFFEE AND DECAF COFFEE."
Does it make sense to you ??

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had heard great things about his restaurant. The manager (?) was very snooty and openly rude to the hostess in front of us...kind of set a bad tone for our date. The food was delicious and very well presented. The hostess was polite and our waiter was great...they need to reconsider management and how they speak to both employees and customers. It was very off putting and uncomfortable. I would return for the food. Expensive and there really isn’t much of a “view”, but it’s in a quaint part of Laguna and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We've been here several times for anniversary and a few times with friends. A bit on the pricey side but always a good meal and ambience...if you get a seat upstairs. If I couldn't sit upstairs I would rather pay to eat somewhere else. Always enjoyable and service has always been good. And of course you have to get the best gelato in town next door after dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

All our grazing dishes and main courses were delicious and well prepared. Paella was a particular favorite for some of our party. But the item people two days later are still mentioning is the ahi watermelon skewer. Great combination. Good wine list and they brought us tastes of several wines to help us decide.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was terrible, especially considering the prices.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of my favorites for years - consistently great food and top notch service

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice choice for brunch in Laguna.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

One of the best meals we’ve had lately. Our server was lovely (on New Years).

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We've gone to Watermarc many times. Mostly on Sunday for brunch. They have great bloody mary's at a great price. I especially like their duck confit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had an excellent meal on a Saturday night. The service was efficient and courteous. The atmosphere was pleasant and the food was generally good except for the ribeye steak which
was excellent and reasonably priced-$49 for a 16 OZ cut. Also, the bread pudding was very
good. All-in-all an fine evening at a reasonable value.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We look forward to visiting Laguna when we visit from Texas! Watermarc is ALWAYS a place we dine. Their door is fresh and creative. The house made chips are the best splurge. The paella dishes are great but really large portions so maybe sharing this with a salad is a good idea. Plank salmon is beautiful and delicious!
Lunchtime salads are great as well as sandwiches.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, People Watching, Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The most incredible lobster house roll that was worth going back for - the salads were well flavored and tasty and the service was excellent - dinner items were a bit more innovative and worth going out of the way for than breakfast and lunch which were pretty standard

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic food and service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Watermarc never disappoints from the great menu to the impeccable service. Happy hour is great to score a $5 cocktail.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Loved the Ricotta Cheese, raisins, honeycom & nuts appertif and The Watermarc cocktail. I recommend asking for a booth though as the chairs by the alley windows are not comfortable and the table for 2 is small.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Consistently good service and food in comfortable atmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Best mussels in Orange County! On dinner menu but you can order for lunch

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great place to have lunch on the patio and bring your dog. The fish and chips is my favorite. The Watermarc martini is also very good.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have been several times to Watermark and the food is always good, but they really seem to have upped their game in terms of food quality and presentation and service. This last visit was fantastic start to finish. Real cooking here folks and real flavor. Lot's of love in the kitchen without shortcuts. The crab cake appetizer was a medley of flavors, with great additions to the two impeccable crab cakes themselves. My wife had the seafood paella and I had the chicken and chorizo paella and both were really solid. Way better than your average restaurant paella. Bravo! Can't wait to come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

These folks pay attention to detail and deliver fabulous food and friendly service.
When I visit Laguna Beach I also want to try a new place for dinner but end up
at Watermarc because I know the meal will be outstanding and the service attentive.
I have never been disappointed.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A perfect dining experience! It was my birthday dinner and I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Great service, delicious food, must try the tomato bisque, ready to drive back just for that soup! I wish I can remember our servers name, he was perfect!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

we enjoyed the small but generous plates of lamb chops, mussels, octopus. great friendly service and nice drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

We love this restaurant, the service and food are very good. The servers are particularly well trained and attentive. The noise level can be overpowering at times due to loud parties... but that's a Saturday night dining experience during the holidays in many Laguna Beach restaurants.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 27, 2017

There are many good food options in Laguna Beach but Watermarc is one of few who provide different food options. Excellent service !

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Delicious food. Our second time in two months. This is a "go to" restaurant for us in Laguna Beach.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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