Watermarc

4.6
2147 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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JO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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DA
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
66 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

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

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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quality of food for the price was hard to swallow.

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

Watermarc provides the ‘ultimate’ dining experience...great atmosphere (architecture is cool!)...great service, and awesome food, and great wine selection !

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D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster roll- yum! Lamb chops- delicious! Zucchini Naan-tasty! Duck fat fries- Yes Please! Homemade Ding Dongs - too die for. We love this place! Excellent service, atmosphere-

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best oysters in town! Great burgers at 50% off during Happy Hour. Lamb chops were so tender and tasty.

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PH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, BLT salad was to die for

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CC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for lunch -- especially if you like wonderful hamburgers. Plenty of other choices if burgers are not your thing. The server was attentive, but didn't hover and we spent a very relaxing lunch escaping the rainy day in Laguna Beach. We'll be back to try other menu items!

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the décor, the food, the service and the ambiance.

It was a place where the acoustics were perfect. A balance between conversation and musical selections that matched the atmosphere.

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l
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a busy night with a high school formal and the weekend before Valentines Day. Watermarc did a very fine job however. Kevin was very knowledgeable about the specials and although he checked on us regularly he was never obtrusive. The shortribs had so much flavor and were large enough to split which we also did with the wedge salad. This was the perfect amount to leave room for some delicious dessert. The apple cake with toffee drizzle was warm, spicey, and moist. We enjoyed our dinner with friends immensely and look forward to the next time we go to Watermarc.

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LF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch and the waiter was so nice. We will return.

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ER
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so happy we found this restaurant on Open Table, otherwise may have never known about it. I am happy to have the reviews on Open Table, it made choosing a restaurant for my daughters birthday fun and new! We loved the food and the drinks were incredible! Great service and a cool place! Bet I walked by it 100 times! Not anymore!

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A
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Busy, but efficient service with interesting and clever take on some traditional food. Great adventure.

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LB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Would definitely recommend it.

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RM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food were great. We were seated by the side door so it was a little chilly when people came in and went out

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff. Always enjoy this fine establishment

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with my husband. Great food and wine.

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JH
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Tiny dining space downstairs so really close to neighboring diners. All good we ordered was perfect -burrata, squash risotto , short ribs, lyonnaise potatoes and the cauliflower ...no room for dessert!

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PM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So difficult to find fresh made gnocchi. And it is done so welll. Also they had a nice Turley Zinfandel by the glass. Will be heading back there soon.

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S
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun, up-beat, great food, not a place for a quiet conversation... but great for 4 or more!

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GG
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We made a reservation and the host tried to put us in a table with very tight conditions - no I am not fat.

When I asked if we could sit at another two top (there were three others open) she took us upstairs where nobody was sitting. Eventually the room filled so we didn’t feel alone - we can eat at home alone if you get my thinking on this.

The server was a bit grumpy

Food was great

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W
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watermarc has been a favorite lunch spot for several years, and was excited when they recently updated their lunch menu. We enjoyed a nice lunch, and look forward to trying them out for dinner soon.

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PH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Stellar service! Great food. Always a nice “buzz“ in the bar and restaurant. Perfect location adjacent to Peppertree Lane.

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent server and excellent food.
Nice choices on the menu.

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JG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watermarc is one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna. I live a few blocks away & always take friends from Newport or visitors from out of town here. The cocktails, food, wine and service are always excellent. Thank you, Watermarc staff!

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C
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time dining at Watermarc will not be our last. Our server was very knowledgeable and made several great suggestions. The cocktails and food was amazing. Our only negative was that we were upstairs at a center 2-top and felt like we were in a fish bowl.

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P
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has great food and great service. Right in the heart of Laguna Beach. The service was outstanding! Everyone loved their meal - Mussels, short ribs, pork chop and paella. Go there!

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FG
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and the food at Watermarc is always always great. I work in laguna beach and going to Watermarc for drinks after work is so easy and a no brainer

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were great for our anniversary!

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k
Columbus
59 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Excellent service and food. The naan appetizer was out of this world as was the vegetable paella.

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KK
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife enjoyed our 3rd wedding anniversary at Watermarc (on 02 Jan 19) and we could not have been more pleased we did! The ambience was good and the food and service were terrific! Both the seafood paella (her choice) and the smoked pork chop (mine) were memorable but probably our overall favorite item (we ordered) was the best-ever Brussels sprouts - they a re an absolute "must-have" in our opinion!!

Kevin (our waiter) and Lucy (the manager) were wonderful and we are already looking forward to our next visit!!

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MO
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location, fantastic food. Excellent wine selection. Noisy when crowded. Slightly cramped quarters. All in all great little restaurant.

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SC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

New Years Eve dinner for two. We’ve dined here before and had a great experience, but were moderately disappointed with the meal and service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar in back. Tables in front. The breakfast menu was short but food was very good. Waiter was 5 stars. The door girl 5 stars. The manager 5 stars. I would go back again.

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FI
Indiana
32 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was okay but I have had much better for the price. The fish was fishy tasting and really everything was just okay

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BI
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The strip steak and porkchop were excellent and reasonable value. The house salad was acceptable and reasonably priced although the chef recently eliminated nuts from this salad which was a mistake. The seafood paella was acceptable but the rice was soggy. The waiter recommended the tuscan red which was
well priced and excellent with the steak. The atmosphere is pleasant. All-in-all a solid but not stellar restaurant.

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JA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

In and out, less than 2 hours. Food was good, service above average. There is parking nearby but you should call and ask them where-I had a meter, but that is hit and miss when crowded in area. Nice free shuttle comes by, so you can park away, maybe free, somewhere and get to see the great high view of the ocean 35' below. We had the salad with lamb chops to start, then I had Fish (halibut) and cole slaw (the worst item-just too healthy, only shredded cabbage). should have tried another side. My niece had the salad nicoise with salmon. Iced tea was passion fruit, I'd have preferred regular black tea.

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R
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Menu is very rich and food was quite greasy. Too many other good choices in the area

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M
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as usual. Everyone at our table loved their dish.
We had a nice selection of cocktails and great service. Setting upstairs is often more quiet than the downstairs.

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