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Eat + Drink

Mixing it Up

Local bartenders share memorable stories and their favorite drinks to make at watering holes around town. By Sharael Kolberg and Laguna Beach Magazine Staff   Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, enjoying a date night, going out for a night on the town with friends or just flying solo, when you pull...

Enticing Eats

Starfish Laguna Beach continues to draw diners with its Pan-Asian dishes, Opium Hour specials and an atmosphere that feels a world away from Orange County. By Sharon Stello   For more than a decade, Starfish Laguna Beach has been a local favorite, bringing together the vibrant flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China...

On a Roll

Sushi restaurants are at the height of popularity in town, as new spots and old showcase the culinary technique, artistry and tradition behind the beloved cuisine. By Ashley Ryan   It’s clear that the sushi scene in Laguna Beach is on a roll: In the last eight months, at least four restaurants...

Dining on Display

From chef’s tables to open kitchens, it’s like going to dinner and a show at several Laguna restaurants. By Ben McBee and Laguna Beach Magazine Staff   Sitting at a chef’s table or counter, as they often are, diners find themselves front and center for all the action. See the flames as...

Eye-Opening Elixirs

p Garnishes galore fill these over-the-top bloody marys, local versions of the breakfast beverage of choice after a night out. By Sharon Stello   Following a night of celebrating, imbibers may be looking for a way to revive themselves the next morning. A bloody mary is the traditional eye-opener, a cocktail made with...

A Triumphant Return

Popular amongst locals, sushi spot San Shi Go has reopened in town, bringing a slew of customer favorites with it. By Ashley Ryan   Ask a local to give you recommendations for San Shi Go and you’re likely to end up with a whole list of dishes to try—not that that’s a...

Inspired Italian

Oliver’s Osteria continues to impress with authentic dishes and charming ambiance. By Sharon Stello   From homemade pasta to perfectly grilled steaks, seafood and traditional dishes like chicken Marsala, Oliver’s Osteria offers a taste of Italy tucked away in Laguna Canyon. And locals aren’t the only ones taking notice: After being open...

Secret Sips

Enjoy clandestine cocktails at these speakeasy-style bars around Orange County—just keep it on the down low. By Sharon Stello   Back in the 1920s, when Prohibition banned the production and sale of alcohol, speakeasies started popping up for those seeking to drink despite the law. These underground watering holes often required a...

Leave it to the Chef

At Rebel Omakase, tradition and creativity come together for a curated meal rooted in remembrance. By Ashley Ryan   Japanese cuisine—especially the art of sushi-making—is steeped in tradition, but enhanced by creativity. From selecting the freshest seafood to perfecting the rolling techniques and dreaming up exquisite plating designs, there are so many...

Coastal Cuisine

Hotel Laguna’s new Larsen restaurant serves up ocean views and fresh dishes by Craig Strong. By Sharon Stello   Tucked at the back of Hotel Laguna’s newly renovated ground floor, expansive windows frame the waves rolling onto the sand mere steps from Main Beach. At sunset, streaks of pink and purple paint...