242 Cafe Fusion Sushi
242 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-2444; 242cafefusionsushi.net
Chef Miki Izumisawa has passed away, but her memory lives on in this cozy and casual sushi spot on Coast Highway, which blends her passions for sushi, art and fun. Open only for dinner, with a small patio and a view of the ocean, the restaurant offers fusion rolls, traditional nigiri and omakase meals.
Asada Tacos & Beer
610 N. Coast Hwy., Ste. 108; 949-226-7263; asadatacos.net
Asada Tacos & Beer features a menu full of Mexican dishes as well as snacks like carne asada fries, street corn or short rib nachos. The brainchild of restaurateur Scott McIntosh, expect tasty plates, handmade tacos and a great selection of brews and margaritas.
Bianchi Winery Tasting Room
496 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-646-9100; bianchiwine.com
Bianchi Winery of Paso Robles, owned by Laguna Beach resident Glenn Bianchi, is opening an intimate tasting room in north Laguna for locals and visitors to sip the label’s various varietals. Charcuterie plates from The Butchery may also be offered.
656 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-371-0288; blkdotcoffee.com
Known for its slow-dripped Vietnamese craft coffee, this shop offers hot, blended and iced drinks in addition to banh mi sandwiches and savory toasts topped with avocado or sausage and egg.
Grazie Grazie! Pizzeria
610 N. Coast Hwy., Ste. 106; 949-715-0213; graziegraziepizzeria.com
Find classic Neapolitan-style pizza at this new counter service parlor at the Boat Canyon Shopping Center. Choose from options like a margherita, Burrata & Truffles or Bianco Verde (topped with pistachio pesto and honey) pizza in addition to salads and Italian dessert like tiramisu and gelato.
Husky Boy Burgers
802 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-9605; huskyboyburgers.com
A drive-in-style burger joint that serves the ultracasual crowd, Husky Boy Burgers is known for its namesake burger, which features pastrami atop a beef patty with cheese. Try a classic banana split or a root beer float for dessert.
Jan’s Health Bar
610 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-371-0023; janshealthbar.com
Popular Orange County chain Jan’s Health Bar offers smoothies, fresh juices and acai bowls, in addition to sandwiches and wraps, which are ideal after a long day in the sun.
361 Cliff Dr.; 949-497-5434; lasbrisaslagunabeach.com
Serving Mexican-inspired coastal cuisine, Las Brisas offers diners some of the best views in town. Popular for weekend brunch, the menu at Las Brisas also includes seafood-heavy signature dishes such as the steak and lobster enchiladas and the grilled rockfish tacos plus margaritas and other cocktails.
1223 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8992; mandarinkinglaguna.com
Open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, Mandarin King serves made-to-order Chinese cuisine that is free of MSG. Since 1984, this cozy restaurant has been a go-to for traditional favorites such as orange peel chicken, Mongolian beef and mu shu pork as well as other signature items.
Number Three Restaurant
320 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-549-4817
Located in a charming historic building with space for outdoor dining, this restaurant offers delicious meals at modest prices. Popular items include the cinnamon swirl French toast and California omelet for breakfast, the Madison Burger and a wide variety of shrimp dishes, from salads to burgers, dips and generously portioned shrimp pots.
Reunion Kitchen + Drink
610 N. Coast Hwy., Ste. 102; 949-226-8393; reunionkitchen.net
Reunion, operated by restaurateur Scott McIntosh, has a menu that features modern comfort foods like slow-braised short ribs and turkey pot pie. Perfectly crafted cocktails as well as a wide range of wines and beers are also available.
331 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-549-4354; royalhawaiianoc.com
First opened in 1947, Royal Hawaiian has gone through a few iterations over the years. A new owner, LA-based Boulevard Hospitality Group, has revived the hot spot, renovating the space to return the restaurant to its former glory, complete with Tiki decor, tropical cocktails like the Lapu Lapu and a variety of island cuisine from coconut shrimp to pork lumpia (like egg rolls), jerk chicken wings, tuna poke, ribs, Loco Moco and more.
Saline at Hotel Joaquin
985 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-5294; hoteljoaquin.com
Although temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Mediterranean-inspired eatery typically offers complimentary meals for hotel guests. While it is not currently open to the public, a stay may be worth it to try dishes like crab gnocchi, braised lamb and truffled tuna.
308 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-8888; urthcaffe.com
Located in a restored historic house with ample patio seating, Urth Caffé offers heirloom coffee, tea and boba drinks alongside gourmet cuisine and delicious desserts and pastries. The menu also includes options that are exclusive to the Laguna Beach location.
412 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9230; zeytooncafe.com
A Laguna favorite for dining on Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Zéytoon’s menu includes delicious items such as artichoke and mushroom soup, the Zéytoon flatbread and a toasted caprese panini. The cafe also features a top deck with stunning views, perfect for a light lunch before or after a quick romp on the beach.
230 Forest Avenue
230 Forest Ave.; 949-494-2545; 230forestavenue.com
Chef-owner Marc Cohen leads the kitchen at 230 Forest Avenue. The restaurant serves contemporary California cuisine with options such as chargrilled salmon and a chopped seafood salad with shrimp and crab, as well as meats, salads, sandwiches and various appetizers.
1006 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5188; activeculturecafe.com
A vegetarian and vegan haven, Active Culture’s menu is made up of meatless choices with fresh ingredients for a light meal. The cafe serves bowls, salads, wraps, shakes and smoothies—all perfect for enjoying on the patio.
Adolfo’s Mexican Food
998 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. A; 949-497-2023
Adolfo’s has set the standard for fast, casual and affordable Mexican food since 1985. Also on the menu are burgers and fries. The surf crowd tends to file in around lunchtime, kicking back with a horchata or beer at the counter or on the patio.
Adonis Mediterranean Grill
202 Park Ave.; 949-715-4581
Gyros rotating on a spit give this little shop a savory scent that draws people in as they walk by. A simple menu consists of Mediterranean dishes like the gyro, a chicken wrap and a veggie plate. Adonis is perfect for a quick grab-and-go meal before taking in the downtown sights.
Alessa by Chef Pirozzi
234 Forest Ave.; 949-497-8222; alessalaguna.com
Part of award-winning chef Alessandro Pirozzi’s culinary collection, Alessa Laguna’s inviting atmosphere and artfully crafted Italian food have made it a downtown staple. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner; be sure to try one of Pirozzi’s homemade pasta dishes or one of the varieties of gnocchi.
460 Ocean Ave.; 949-497-8903; anastasiaboutique.com
This stylish little cafe adjacent to Anastasia Boutique has a hearty selection of French and American breakfast and lunch options including omelets, sandwiches, salads, pastas, fresh-baked bread, squeezed juice and more. The dog-friendly patio is great for sunny days.
Avila’s El Ranchito
1305 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-7040; avilaselranchito.com
Avila’s El Ranchito has been a staple in town for over a decade. The Mexican chain serves up classic dishes like fajitas, burritos, tacos, tamales and enchiladas, but guests can also grab a seat around the bar or outside on the spacious patio to enjoy one of the restaurant’s refreshing Cadillac or skinny margaritas.
1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-8989; banzaibowls.com
With all-natural fruit juices and no added sugar, ice or fillers, a Banzai Bowls smoothie is one of the healthiest snacks in town. Try a smoothie featuring ingredients like fresh fruit and soy milk, or indulge in the acai or pitaya bowls loaded with a number of delicious toppings for a guilt-free meal.
Broadway by Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre St.; 949-715-8234; broadwaybyamarsantana.com
Local and seasonal ingredients make up the inventive dishes that populate chef Amar Santana’s menu at Broadway. The contemporary cuisine at this fine dining establishment includes expertly crafted steaks, seafood, salads and small plates, plus an intimate chef’s table for a custom meal.
222 Forest Ave.; 949-376-7955; brusselsbistro.com
This downtown eatery transports its guests to Belgium with a cozy dining room and premium Belgian beer. Chef Thomas Crijns crafts Belgian-inspired dishes with a French flair. Additionally, a variety of happy hour specials are available every day.
222 Ocean Ave.; instagram.com/cabana_oc
Formerly called Suenos, a Peruvian restaurant, the space is preparing to reopen as Cabana with a menu featuring Latin flavors.
Carmelita’s Kitchen de Mexico
217 Broadway St.; 949-715-7829; carmelitaskitchen.com
A stylish addition to the area’s eateries, Carmelita’s draws a large dinner crowd every night with its menu inspired by different regions of Mexico. Try classics like enchiladas or chile rellenos, and indulge in inventive, handcrafted drinks like the cilantro cucumber or the strawberry jalapeno margarita.
C’est La Vie
373 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-5100; cestlavierestaurant.com
C’est La Vie offers casual indoor and outdoor dining in a European bistro setting. The French cafe and restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, in addition to its happy hour deals. C’est La Vie also features a bakery counter offering French pastries, macarons and other delectable goodies; call for information on wedding, birthday and special occasion desserts.
Chantilly Ice Cream
202 Park Ave.; 949-494-7702
Frozen treats are plentiful at Chantilly Ice Cream, where the lineup includes everything from frozen yogurt and Dreyer’s ice cream to smoothies. The shop satisfies everyone’s sweet tooth on a hot summer day from its convenient location across the street from Main Beach.
The Chocolate Soldier
1200 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 103B; 949-494-4462; thechocolatesoldier.com
Located in the historic Old Pottery Place, this chocolate shop sells gourmet truffles, peanut butter cups, toffee and other confections. The Chocolate Soldier also sells a selection of housewares and gift items such as fine china mugs and plush toys.
The Cliff Restaurant
577 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1956; thecliffrestaurant.com
Offering some of the best panoramic ocean views in town, The Cliff Restaurant is a relaxing option for breakfast or lunch, as well as a romantic setting for sunset dinners. With a seasonally changing menu of seafood, pastas, burgers and more, The Cliff is a favorite respite after shopping Laguna Village, or on the weekdays during happy hour.
Comedor at La Casa del Camino
1289 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-9718; comedorlaguna.com
Inside the historic La Casa del Camino hotel, Comedor features small bites, refined entrees, locally sourced ingredients and fresh seafood, with Executive Chef Glen Tinsley helming the kitchen, and lively entertainment that has included live music, jazz and salsa nights as well as karaoke.
The Deck on Laguna Beach
627 Sleepy Hollow Ln.; 949-494-6700; deckonlaguna.com
Located at Pacific Edge Hotel, The Deck offers the quintessential on-the-beach dining experience. A relaxed, breezy place for light bites and tropical cocktails, or a seafood dinner, the restaurant also sits adjacent to the hotel’s bungalows, at which guests can enjoy food and beverages from The Deck.
Dizz’s As Is
2794 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-5250; dizzsasis.com
Owned and operated by the Pitz family since 1977, Dizz’s is a favorite spot amongst locals thanks to its laid-back atmosphere and friendly service in a 1920s wood-shingled house with patio dining. The eclectic menu features steaks and seafood dishes served on unique mismatched dishes.
247 Broadway St.; 949-715-9249; gelatobydolce.com
Meaning “sweet” in Italian, Dolce Gelato features the authentic Italian treat from which it takes its name. More than 20 handcrafted, rotating flavors are offered, with new flavors introduced every Friday at the family-owned shop. Themed months offer flavors based on things like fairytales and the beach.
2894 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-1000; thedrakelaguna.com
Equal parts restaurant and entertainment venue, The Drake will have you feel like you’ve escaped to old New York. Enjoy lamb lollipops, Maine sea scallops, filet mignon with a peppercorn sauce and many other entrees and shared plates—plus cocktails named after famous songs—for a delicious night in an upscale jazz-inspired atmosphere.
619 Sleepy Hollow Ln.; 949-715-7700; driftwoodkitchen.com
Boasting sweeping views plus ocean-themed decor, Driftwood Kitchen offers fresh seafood, steaks and delicious appetizers. The Stateroom Bar provides artisanal cocktails, with an emphasis on fine whiskeys and bourbons. Add a gorgeous view of the Pacific and a sun-soaked patio, and you have the recipe for an unparalleled dining experience.
Fin at Hotel Laguna
425 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1151; hotellaguna.com
A modern Japanese restaurant on the newly renovated ground floor of historic Hotel Laguna, Fin offers sushi, sashimi, cut rolls and starters like smoked salmon miso and tuna shitake. Fin joins another restaurant, Larsen, and a bar within the hotel.
Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen
340 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-484-8140; finneyscrafthouse.com
Recently opened in the space formerly occupied by The White House—following an extensive restoration of the historic building—Finney’s Crafthouse is a small regional chain serving an eclectic menu with everything from tacos to pizzas, burgers and salads, plus appetizers like mini lobster rolls, bacon deviled eggs and poke nachos as well as signature cocktails and 30 local craft beers on tap.
448 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. A; 949-464-9255; gelatoparadiso.com
Inspired by the romantic streets of Italy, Gelato Paradiso features artisanal gelato and sorbetto offerings that are handmade in small batches every single morning. Choose from a wide selection of up to 30 flavors daily, or sample several at once by following the shop’s popular pairing suggestions.
540 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 108; 949-494-9306; ggscafebistro.com
GG’s is known for its classic Mediterranean flavors. Open for lunch and dinner every day, as well as for breakfast on Sundays (complete with morning cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys), GG’s welcomes diners to enjoy salads, sandwiches, kebabs and other entrees. The restaurant also offers a gluten-free menu.
1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-4342; ginaspizza.com
Gina’s Pizza is a quick, casual option for lunch or dinner. Order pastas, salads, sandwiches or pizza, including the famous cheese BiggaSlice or the full BiggaPie.
The Greeter’s Corner Restaurant
329 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0361; thegreeterscorner.com
Named for the town’s original greeter, the late Eiler Larsen, The Greeter’s Corner Restaurant provides a relaxed setting for visitors and locals alike to enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch. Choose from morning specials like omelets, eggs Benedict and French toast, or sink your teeth into a hamburger featuring the restaurant’s peppercorn sauce.
Gu Ramen Taps & Tapas
907 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-0825
A casual ramen spot, Gu Ramen offers flavorful bowls of noodles and broth with toppings like egg, corn, spinach and chashu, or pork belly. Choose the level of hotness as well, with bowls ranging from non-spicy to extra spicy. Also try fresh plates such as the spicy poke salad or the hibachi fried rice.
250 Beach St.; 949-494-9109
Take a seat at the sushi bar and chat with the chefs as they prepare specialties right before your eyes. This casual spot features Japanese- and island-inspired decor plus a TV at the end of the bar to watch while noshing on sushi rolls, calamari and more.
Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro
1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4594; heidelbergcafe.com
Have a seat inside and order at the counter or sit outside on the breezy patio at this breakfast and lunchtime gem. Well-known for its coffee creations, the casual cafe’s menu showcases morning options like a Belgian waffle and walnut banana pancakes or, for heartier appetites, the bacon omelet.
213 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-2743; hennesseystavern.com
You’ll find menu items ranging from bar bites like pub nachos and beer-battered onion rings to Irish favorites such as fish ’n’ chips and shepherd’s pie, as well as a breakfast menu and options for kids. Plus, enjoy $5 drinks and appetizers during the weekday happy hour.
Kebab | Kurry
793 Laguna Canyon Rd., Ste. A; 949-715-0340; kebab-kurry.com
With spices flown in from India, this authentic restaurant offers Indian, Moroccan, Turkish and Persian dishes from kebabs to curries, samosas, hummus and more. The kebabs are made with hand-cut meat, sourced from California farms and cooked over a live fire. Enjoy your meal on the patio with canyon views.
Kitchen in the Canyon
845 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-715-5388; kitcheninthecanyon.com
This friendly neighborhood cafe boasts a menu of both breakfast and lunch options. Dine on the spot’s omelets, breakfast burritos or avocado toast in the morning, but don’t forget to stop by in the afternoon for wraps, salads or sandwiches on the lunchtime lineup.
The Koffee Klatch
1440 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-6867
A quintessential independent coffee shop, complete with a cozy outdoor patio and free Wi-Fi, the Koffee Klatch is a quaint place to sit down and enjoy the morning with a meal or light bite. Coffee is a given, but patrons can also enjoy dining on salads, sandwiches, pastries and hot breakfast items.
La Rue du Chocolat
448 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. B; 949-494-2372; larueduchocolat.com
Whether you’re looking for chocolates in the shape of sea animals or caramel-covered marshmallows, La Rue du Chocolat probably carries it. Known for its specialty handmade confections from around the world, the small shop will satisfy even the most discerning
La Sirena Grill
347 Mermaid St.; 949-497-8226; lasirenagrill.com
With two locations in town, La Sirena Grill is a go-to spot for fast, casual Mexican food. Family-owned and committed to fresh, sustainable ingredients, the restaurant offers tacos, burritos, daily specials and more.
Laguna Beach Beer Co.
859 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-715-0805; lagunabeer.com
The owners of this Rancho Santa Margarita-based beer company, who live here in town, opened a tasting room in Laguna Canyon in 2018. In addition to its core and specialty beers, the brewery serves up guest brews, shared plates, artisan flatbreads and salads.
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-715-9463; lagunacanyonwinery.com
Let your taste buds guide you through Laguna Canyon Winery’s tasting rooms, where visitors can sample a selection of boutique wines. The winery also hosts tasting parties featuring handcrafted wines, food and live music.
Laguna Coffee Co.
1050 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. B; 949-494-6901; lagunacoffeeco.com
A boutique micro coffee roaster, Laguna Coffee Co. uses a European roasting process to create distinctive blends. Enjoy your coffee black, blended or any way in between while relaxing with a pastry at one of the independent coffee shop’s small tables. The shop sources its beans from places like Honduras and Ethiopia, and also offers fresh fare including a variety of bagels and toasts.
801 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-0642; lagunafeast.com
Known for “Taco Tuesday all day long,” Laguna Feast’s version of the regional holiday offers $1.25 tacos and discounted beers. On the restaurant’s regular menu, you’ll find Mexican dishes like enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tostadas, burritos, tortas, tamales, guacamole and carne asada.
Laguna Fish Co.
400 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-1002; lagunafishco.com
A fast-casual concept featuring fresh seafood and a full bar, this eatery serves items like fish and chips, ceviche, seafood tacos, a poke bowl, fresh oysters and fish soup of the day in the historic Heisler Building space previously occupied by Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store.
Larsen at Hotel Laguna
425 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1151; hotellaguna.com
Larsen is named after the city’s first official greeter, Eiler Larsen. Based on historic Hotel Laguna’s newly renovated ground floor, the eatery offers a fresh take on coastal California cuisine.
Le Macaron Laguna Beach
154 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5282; lemacaron-us.com
At this patisserie filled with sweet treats that make perfect gifts, visitors can pick up low-calorie macarons in a variety of flavors as well as other French treats like eclairs and madeleine cookies. Also available are gourmet candies, gelato and decadent cakes.
384 Forest Ave.; 949-715-3900; lblumberyard.com
Located in a historic building downtown, Lumberyard’s plush leather and mahogany—and dramatic, horseshoe-shaped bar—give the restaurant a classic feel. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant’s menu features traditional American dishes like hearty burgers, rotisserie chicken, steaks, soups and salads.
Marine Room Tavern
214 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-3027
This downtown bar has been “where the locals gather” since 1934. The oldest bar in Laguna Beach, the Marine Room features great drinks, a pool table and live music from musicians from throughout Southern California.
Maro Wood Grill
1915 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-793-4044; marowoodgrill.com
Dedicated to sustainable and seasonal ingredients, this establishment features a small heated patio, some indoor tables and a few seats at a counter near the open kitchen. But what the restaurant lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor: Find a selection of empanadas, seafood, salads and steaks on the menu.
849 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-590-9980; mcclaincellars.com
This tasting lounge, located at The Hive shopping center in Laguna Canyon, showcases wines made in Santa Ynez. Many of the bottles feature interesting names, like the Laguna Sunrise muscat. Visitors can also purchase things like olive oil and flavored popcorn while enjoying live music on the patio.
McClain Cellars Wine Library & Tasting Lounge
381 Forest Ave., Ste. 100D; 949-490-5998; mcclaincellars.com
A new downtown space next to the Visitors Center houses a temperature-controlled wine cellar with more than 600 of the brand’s library wines, with another 500 labels available on-site in the tasting lounge. The library is exclusively for wine club members.
248 Forest Ave.; 949-715-6990; moulinbistro.com
Take a trip to France without leaving Laguna Beach. Try artisan breads and pastries, along with assorted cheeses and cold cuts. The bistro and cafe also features prominent French dishes that aren’t easy to find in America, such as the croque-monsieur and ratatouille plus a crepe station unique to this location.
1740 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-7100; mozambiqueoc.com
Mozambique brings Africa to Laguna with flavorful dishes and exotic decor. Signature items like the peri-peri prawns and vegetable samoosas populate the menu at this steakhouse. With a romantic atmosphere downstairs and a hip ambience upstairs at the Shebeen Lounge, Mozambique is a popular choice for those looking for a cultural experience.
Natraj Cuisine of India
998 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-9197; natrajlagunabeach.com
Tandoori delicacies, like the specialty chicken marinated in yogurt sauce and fresh spices, along with an array of appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts, are plentiful at Natraj Cuisine of India. The fresh, authentic dishes are on the menu for lunch or dinner.
Neapolitan Pizzeria & Birreria
31542 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4531; nealaguna.com
Neapolitan Pizzeria & Birreria is a casual eatery featuring wood-fired pizzas made from scratch such as the Funghi, which contains shiitake mushrooms, fontina cheese and fried egg. Classic versions like the margherita pizza and pepperoni are available here as well, plus there is a selection of small plates, desserts and craft beers on the menu.
Nick’s Laguna Beach
440 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-8585; nicksrestaurants.com
With an expansive, contemporary bar and exposed brick walls, Nick’s hosts a diverse clientele, from the after-work crowd to visitors looking to dine on American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken, steak, salads and more. The “liquid assets” menu showcases a selection of wine, beer and specialty cocktails.
303 Broadway St., Ste. 101; 949-497-0027; nirvanagrille.com
Nirvana Grille Executive Chef Lindsay Smith describes her food as clean California cuisine, with a culinary philosophy centered on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Smith finds culinary influences in American, French and Latin flavors, and the eatery also offers gluten-free and vegan menus.
Oak Laguna Beach
1100 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 202; 949-940-3010; oak-lagunabeach.com
Owned and operated by Laguna Beach locals, this eatery’s menu focuses on California cuisine that highlights locally sourced ingredients as well as tempting desserts and cocktails. A brunch menu is also available, complete with dishes that range from tostadas to omelets and chilaquiles.
853 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-715-0261; oliversosteria.com
Italian chef Erik De Marchi brings his traditional family recipes to Laguna, blending them with American influences to create unique lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and takeout menus at this canyon eatery. Dishes include pastas like cacio e pepe and tagliatelle alla Bolognese as well as risotto, various antipasti and classic desserts.
703 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-6085; orangeinncafe.com
The wood-paneled beach cottage on the corner of Coast Highway and Cleo Street has long been a favorite of beachgoers for both breakfast and lunch. With boardshorts-and-sandals charm, Orange Inn, which started as a juice bar, serves sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as breakfast burritos, baked goods and refreshing smoothies.
981 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1353; thepenguincafe.com
A local favorite for more than 50 years, the family-owned Penguin Cafe proudly owns the label of “hole in the wall.” With diner staples, the cafe draws breakfast and lunch crowds daily for omelets, bowls, burgers and more.
397 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-2277; pizzabarlagunabeach.com
Featuring handcrafted pizzas, along with gluten-free crusts and vegan options, Pizza Bar also has filling pastas, crisp salads, ciabatta sandwiches and fresh-baked cookies. Grab your lunch as you head down to Main Beach.
170 Beach St.; 562-715-1510; rastataco.com
This casual, grab-and-go eatery offers affordable tacos, burritos and other dishes inspired by the flavorful street food of Jamaica and Mexico. Take advantage of deals on Taco Tuesday as well. The small patio is dog-friendly so you can enjoy a bite on-site even though there is no inside dining room.
361 Forest Ave., Ste. 103; 949-664-3186; rebelomakase.com
Set aside two hours to experience this sushi restaurant’s 19-course omakase, or “chef’s choice,” meal that changes every day based on what the chef finds at the LA fish market that morning. Reservations are required for omakase. Walk-ins may be accommodated for the a la carte menu as space allows.
680 S. Coast Hwy.; reddragonca.com
In the works for years, Red Dragon finally opened its doors with a soft opening in March, offering dinner only for the time being. Currently running a prix fixe menu, you’ll be able to sample a number of traditional Chinese dishes, with a focus on Cantonese cuisine and dim sum. A full grand opening is scheduled to take place at the end of May.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
248 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-3799; rmcf.com
Fudge, truffles, caramel apples and other sugary indulgences line the walls of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which is located right across from sun-soaked Main Beach. A chocolate lover’s nirvana, Rocky Mountain entices with a huge selection of gourmet sweets made there at the shop.
249 Broadway St.; 949-497-6627; romeocucina.com
This charming eatery is open for lunch on the weekends and dinner each night, serving up flavorful Italian options including homemade pastas, risottos, wood-fired pizzas and more. A seasonal happy hour is available as well.
The Rooftop Lounge at La Casa del Camino
1287 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-2446; rooftoplagunabeach.com
The Rooftop Lounge offers ocean views, delicious food, signature fresh fruit mojitos and one of the best happy hours in town. Stop in for Sunday brunch or light bites and sips while enjoying breathtaking sunsets from the roof of the historic La Casa del Camino hotel.
Roux Creole Cuisine
860 Glenneyre St.; 949-715-3707; rouxlaguna.com
After a brief stint serving spice-filled Creole cuisine exclusively, Roux changed direction, bringing in a brand-new chef. Though some of the old favorites like Catfish Orleans, gumbo and jambalaya are still on the menu, Roux also offers organic salads, salmon, steak, pasta and more.
30622 Coast Hwy.; 949-497-7829; rubys.com
Look to Ruby’s Diner for hearty American classics for the whole gang. This family-friendly restaurant offers diner staples, including cheeseburgers and milkshakes. Kids will also enjoy the classic cars parked out front and the 1940s decor. Dine inside or on the rooftop patio with an ocean view.
Rum Social Kitchen & Cocktails
448 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-549-4014; rumsocial.com
Offering island-inspired fare from the Caribbean and Polynesia, this restaurant serves tropical cocktails and dishes like plantains, tuna poke, rum-braised beets and Mary’s Farm Jamaican jerk chicken.
1826 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0400; rumarioc.com
Revived under the new ownership of Ivan Spiers, who also owns Mozambique, Skyloft and Laguna Fish Co., Rumari now offers both Italian and Greek-inspired cuisine from pasta to lamb chops, souvlaki, moussaka, chicken Parmesan and halibut piccata in a romantic setting.
384 Forest Ave., Ste. 4; 949-793-7990; ryegoods.com
Known for its bread and other baked items, Rye Goods has opened a cafe in town, serving avocado or peach ricotta toast, an egg bagel sandwich, seasonal soup, a grilled cheese sandwich with mint pesto, specialty coffee drinks and take-away breads from country rye to challah, brioche and jalapeno cheddar, plus rye pretzels.
1750 Coast Hwy.; 657-392-4424; saigonbeach.com
Serving up Vietnamese favorites and creative spins on traditional dishes, this new eatery offers everything from pho noodle soup, banh mi sandwiches and spring rolls to Shakey Shakey Beef, Golden State Curry, Crazy Rich Bao buns and pork belly lollipops.
Salerno by Chef Pirozzi
220 Beach St.; 949-497-2600; salernolb.com
A Laguna Beach staple since 1975, Salerno serves authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. Classic staples such as salads, soups, pastas, meat entrees and seafood populate the menu, with the option to create your own pasta as well; top traditional or gluten-free noodles with sauces like creamy pesto or mushroom.
446 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-15469; lagunabeachsaloon.com
The Saloon is a small, cozy bar with a friendly staff and great drinks. With an intimate setting and chalkboards listing daily specials, the bar makes for a perfect stop before or after dinner at one of the nearby surrounding restaurants.
San Shi Go (closing; last day is Sept. 16)
858 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1551; sanshigolb.com
Although its former location closed, this eatery has moved into the former Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar space. Through the years, sushi lovers have come to San Shi Go for some of the freshest, most inventive rolls in Orange County. Have a seat at the sushi bar with a Japanese beer while watching the chefs.
The Sandpiper Lounge
1183 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-4694; sandpiperlounge.com
Known as the “Dirty Bird” by locals, The Sandpiper is where legends are made. The old bar is a true dive, complete with dartboards, strong drinks and live music. Open for more than 75 years, the popular bar doesn’t serve food but is known as a late-night hangout after many of the other local venues close.
1200 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9888; sapphirelaguna.com
Located in the historic Old Pottery Place, Sapphire, Cellar-Craft-Cook is a new take on an old favorite. Chef Azmin Ghahreman has turned it over to Russ Bendel, known for Newport’s Olea and Ironwood in Laguna Hills. The refreshed menu includes duck meatballs, Alaskan halibut, a wagyu beef burger and more. Pantry at Sapphire next door offers quick to-go options.
1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-942-6042; seabutterla.com
Bringing a Beverly Hills concept to Laguna Beach, Seabutter offers contemporary sushi and sashimi dishes that highlight a talented culinary team and the freshest fish. The innovative menu also features hot plates and a chef’s special multicourse dinner.
1796 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-4533; pearlstgeneral.com
After transitioning from a 1940s gay bar to an auto parts shop, The Seahorse inside Pearl St. General has become a neighborhood watering hole once more. Offering an ever-changing lineup of beers and an extensive list of wines from California and around the world, the bar also serves cheese plates and creative snacks like duck wings, crabcakes and salmon tacos.
Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9881; selannesteaktavern.com
Selanne Steak Tavern, a culinary venture from former Anaheim Ducks hockey player Teemu Selanne, is an upscale tavern serving chef-driven comfort food, small plates and steaks cooked ot perfection. Sectioned into distinct venues, the restaurant accommodates customers with an open downstairs tavern, outdoor patio, wine room and upstairs dining room.
977 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-7622: sergiosempanadas.com
Find empanadas for every craving, from those featuring traditional fillings like carne asada and spicy pork to more creative options like macaroni and cheese empanadas. Frozen empanadas are available for cooking at home, and the eatery also offers salads, soups and more.
777 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-6044; 777lagunabeach.com
Located on the grounds of Laguna Art-A-Fair, the former Tivoli Too! has been transformed into a more casual dining option, where festivalgoers will pay in advance then find a table or walk with their food. With Art-A-Fair closed for 2020, service will return in 2021.
303 Broadway St., Ste. 108; 949-494-6296; shirleysbagels.com
Supplying freshly baked bagels, Shirley’s features a selection of classics like poppy, onion and everything bagels, and the more adventurous jalapeno and sundried tomato. Enjoy these with cream cheese or as bread for a sandwich to go with your cup of delicious coffee.
422 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-1550; skyloftoc.com
Enjoy live music and sweeping ocean views from the rooftop at Skyloft. The eatery also boasts menu items like brisket, ribs and pulled pork, as well as beer, wine and cocktails, plus a daily happy hour.
211 Broadway St.; 949-715-9200; slapfishrestaurant.com
Sitting just steps away from Main Beach, this “grab and go” lunch spot features meals that are easy to eat en route to the beach. The menu features lobster and shrimp rolls, chowder fries and fish tacos. Additionally, all seafood items are caught sustainably and responsibly.
Slice Pizza & Beer
477 Forest Ave.; 949-715-3993; slicelb.com
This pizzeria offers customizable pies as well as curated salads and sandwiches, all crafted with fresh ingredients from the local farmers market. Slice is housed in a building that was erected in the early 1900s with a long community table as the focal point where groups can sit spread apart as well as a bar with stools along the window.
South of Nick’s
540 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-3717; nicksrestaurants.com
Nick Nickoloff of Nick’s Laguna Beach decided to bring his other chain, South of Nick’s, to town, serving up dishes with Mexican flair. Enjoy sharable orders of queso fundido or shrimp taquitos before indulging in specialties like chicken chipotle, pork carnitas or the mini soft taco platter.
SouthSwell Hand Dipped Ice Cream
1330 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-388-4984; southswellicecream.com
Started in San Clemente, a new location has opened in Laguna, offering vanilla or chocolate ice cream bars, frozen bananas and soft serve dipped in warm chocolate and topped with your choice of sprinkles, nuts, crushed candies, potato chips, pretzel pieces and more. Specialty bars include a s’mores-inspired treat and The Scout, made with Thin Mint cookies.
Splashes Restaurant and Bar at Surf & Sand Resort
1555 S. Coast Hwy; 949-497-4477; surfandsandresort.com
With dining that’s practically on the sand, Splashes offers cuisine inspired by the sea as well as soups, salads and steaks. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or one of the restaurant’s inventive top-shelf cocktails. Splashes is a solid choice for light bites or romantic date nights with a spectacular oceanfront view that’s guaranteed to impress patrons.
Succulent Coffee Roasters
272 Broadway St.; succulentcoffeeroasters.com
With a full espresso bar and a rotating selection of single origin coffees and blends, Succulent Coffee Roasters serves both batch and cold brew as well as pour over specialty coffee, plus breakfast and lunch items, loose leaf tea from Rishi and matcha from Matchaful.
231 Ocean Ave.; 949-376-8786
This popular sushi spot offers a wide variety of rolls that taste as good as they look, along with other Japanese favorites. The atmosphere is comfortably casual and the space includes a patio for outdoor dining.
Taco Loco (closing; last day is Sept. 30)
640 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-1635; tacoloco.net
A casual spot for both quick lunches and late-night eats, Taco Loco serves up delicious tacos, salads, quesadillas, nachos, fajitas, burgers and even Mexican pizzas. The small outdoor patio space is a great spot for enjoying a beer or glass of wine with your meal.
The Taco Stand
699 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-210-9001; letstaco.com
Founded in La Jolla and inspired by taco stands in Tijuana, where the founders grew up, this small chain offers tacos filled with a choice of carne asada, al pastor, chicken, grilled or batterd fish, spicy shrimp, mushrooms or nopal (cactus), as well as burritos and quesadillas, sides like carne asada fries, street corn on the cob and more.
Terra Laguna Beach
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-9650; terralagunabeach.com
Since opening on the Festival of Arts grounds back in 2018, this romantic, upscale restaurant, formerly Tivoli Terrace, offers artistic fare in its creative space. With an emphasis on sustainable California cuisine, enjoy food made with fresh produce and ethically sourced meats while you peruse the artwork at the renowned festival.
238 Laguna Ave.; 949-376-9979; thaibrothersrestaurant.com
The family-owned and operated Thai Bros. has been serving Thai food out of a cozy shop since 1994. Open for dinner, the eatery invites diners to sample appetizers, curries, soups, salads, seafood, chicken, and rice and noodle dishes. Vegetarian options are also available.
Wahoo’s Fish Taco
1133 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-0033; wahoos.com
A local legend born in the heart of coastal OC, Wing Lam’s Wahoo’s Fish Taco epitomizes the Southern California beach lifestyle with its walls adorned with skate and surf company stickers and casual Baja-style fare. The famous fish taco restaurant offers a children’s menu, indoor and outdoor seating, and beer on tap as well.
237 Ocean Ave.; 949-497-3381; thewharfoc.com
The Wharf offers a unique combination of Cajun and Asian cuisines. From crawfish mac and cheese, and a pork belly shrimp burger to a Cajun seafood hot pot and grilled Maine lobster, there is something for everyone.
1816 S. Coast Highway; 949-235-8785; instagram.com/wigzlb
A sandwich shop called Wigz has opened in the former Charles’ Wigs shop space. Owned by local Zac Cornwell, who also grew up in town, Wigz serves up several “sandos” from spicy tuna to corned beef, pastrami on rye, a pesto grilled cheese and the Laguna Italian. Kids will eat up the grilled cheese and the traditional or grilled peanut butter and jelly. In addition to a few small tables inside, seating is available in front of the shop and on a nice patio out back.
188 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-549-4282; thewildtaco.com
Formerly a Johnny Rockets diner, this new space has the same owners as the Newport Beach location, who also run Bear Flag Fish Co. The fast-casual eatery provides a 56-seat restaurant featuring a menu with wild-caught fish options and other proteins in tacos as well as enchiladas burritos and more, plus breakfast on weekends.
Wine Gallery Wine Bar & Kitchen
1833 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 110; 949-715-8744; winegallerylaguna.com
Wine Gallery perfectly serves the happy hour and dinner crowd around an expansive, marble-topped bar. Culinary creations like wood-fired pizzas, short rib tacos and house-made ravioli, along with cheese plates, complement the varied wine list.
381 Forest Ave., Ste. 100-A; 888-986-6910; yummydogs.co
This new eatery serves a variety of gourmet hot dogs including New York-style and Chicago-style dogs, ones topped with chili or mac and cheese, corn dogs and alternative proteins ranging from turkey dogs to spicy Polish sausage as well as a vegan option. There’s even a breakfast dog and snacks like nachos or a Bavarian pretzel. And the space features an arcade for playing video games.
Zinc Cafe & Market
350 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-6302; zinccafe.com
This little European-style cafe on Ocean Avenue attracts vegetarians with its meatless menu, but diners can also enjoy delectable coffees and teas as well as breakfast and lunch items such as huevos rancheros, quiches, sandwiches, salads and more. Just next door, stop by the market for take-home items like artisanal cheeses and fruit platters.
31732 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-549-4556; eatahba.com
Ahba offers Mediterranean-American fusion fare. Enjoy dinner or weekend breakfast at the eatery, which cooks up dishes like the popular Ahba Burger and half chicken with harissa and chimichurri as well as creative items like a squash blossom quesadilla and Japanese sweet potatoes with morita chiles and labneh.
31621 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4033; coyotegrill.tv
Since 1989, Coyote Grill has served locals and tourists that venture down south with its super casual, Baja-style fare. The recently remodeled restaurant welcomes guests for a margarita, taco, enchilada or specialty plate.
Harvest at The Ranch at Laguna Beach
31106 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-1376; theranchlb.com
This restaurant blends local flavors with warm comfort foods. A seasonal menu, which incorporates herbs and produce grown on site, includes everything from avocado toast and grilled salmon salad to New York steaks and whipped potatoes. Seating on the patio offers views of the canyon and golf course.
La Sirena Grill
30862 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-2301; lasirenagrill.com
With two locations in town, La Sirena Grill is a go-to spot for fast, casual Mexican food. Family-owned and committed to fresh, sustainable ingredients, the restaurant offers tacos, burritos, daily specials and more. The south Laguna location is known for its extensive number of craft beers on tap.
The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420; montagelagunabeach.com
The Loft offers fine dining during breakfast, lunch and dinner hours with panoramic ocean views. Resort guests and locals can enjoy a menu of American standards, with dishes highlighting seasonal produce, seafood and meat. Don’t forget to enjoy the cheese gallery, which features over 150 global selections.
Lost Pier Café
31131 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-4210; lostpiercafe.com
Located at Aliso Beach, this quick-service counter, owned and operated by The Ranch at Laguna Beach, sells breakfast items, seafood, sandwiches and salads right on the sand. It also offers beach chair, umbrella and portable fire pit rentals and s’mores kits.
Mosaic Bar and Grille at Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420; montagelagunabeach.com
Located near the Mosaic Pool at Montage Laguna Beach, the outdoor Mosaic Bar and Grille serves casual California-inspired cuisine like salads, sandwiches and seafood alongside relaxing, breezy coastal views.
O Fine Japanese Cuisine
30872 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5551; ofinejapanesecuisine.com
Enjoy both traditional and fusion Japanese fare as well as a premium sake list at this popular restaurant. Have a seat around the contemporary, blue-lit sushi bar and dive into an adventurous menu of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and katsu along with many other Japanese favorites. Leave it up to the chef with omakase menu options.
31622 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-9822; papastacosinc.com
This small corner shop serves quick and tasty, made-to-order Mexican food favorites, and its breakfast menu of items like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros are available throughout the day. With limited seating indoors, Papa’s Tacos is an ideal spot for carryout meals.
South Swell Donuts
31660 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-6171
A small shop favored by Laguna Beach locals, South Swell Donuts features a broad menu with an eclectic mix of sweet and savory items. In addition to more traditional doughnuts and bagels, the eatery offers more substantial fare in the way of Vietnamese-style pho, or noodle soup with a flavorful broth.
Starfish Laguna Beach
30832 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9200; starfishlaguna.com
This stylish restaurant serves up innovative and delicious Asian fusion dishes, including small plates like the crab banh mi sliders, wok-fired edamame and Korean tacos, as well as large entrees such as seafood Thai curry.
Studio at Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420: studiolagunabeach.com
Blending modern Californian cuisine with coastal influences, Studio is an elegant, Craftsman-style restaurant with hand-selected ingredients like fresh seafood and produce from the on-site garden. Currently open for special events only.
30822 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4949; zpizza.com
Originally founded in Laguna Beach, fast-casual eatery zpizza, now a chain, offers signature and classic topping combinations, as well as a menu of salads, sandwiches and side dishes, with both gluten-free and vegan options.
AVEO Table & Bar at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club
1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point; 949-234-3915; waldorfastoriamonarchbeach.com
Enjoy an alfresco meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner at this Latin-inspired eatery. The chefs focus on using fresh ingredients that shine at the resort’s seaside setting.
The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove
15 Crystal Cove; 949-376-6900; thebeachcombercafe.com
Located in historic Crystal Cove, The Beachcomber Cafe is a quaint cottage-turned-restaurant positioned right on the beach. Choose from breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that feature large serving sizes and plenty of cocktails to enjoy with the view.
Bourbon Steak Orange County at Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club
1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point; 949-234-3405; waldorfastoriamonarchbeach.com
Bourbon Steak features luxurious menu items including steaks that have been butter-poached using the chef’s signature technique as well as flavorful dry-aged cuts of meat, sides like truffle macaroni and cheese plus timeless cocktails and wine options.
enoSteak at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point; 949-240-2000; ritzcarlton.com
Intimate steakhouse enoSteak specializes in dishes that incorporate grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and organic, local produce. The fine dining restaurant features an extensive wine list.
Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point; 949-240-2000; ritzcarlton.com
Spectacular ocean views create the perfect backdrop for gourmet meals from a Latin-inspired menu that shines a light on sustainable seafood as well as organic meat and local produce at this resort restaurant.