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A restaurant resource for dining out in Laguna Beach

LBM_38_Dine_Big Fish_New Items_By Jody Tiongco-68Big Fish, Bigger Menu 

The House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer already boasts a large menu with selections varying from south-of-the-border plates to Vietnamese pho, and it’s about to undergo a shift toward more “sustainable seafood cuisine,” with hopes of satisfying even more palates, explains owner Chris Keller.

“We are always looking for ways to improve and make changes that we think are heading in the right direction,” he adds. “Just like we did in 2008 at K’ya Bistro (of which he is also owner) by introducing an ‘all small plates menu’ at affordable prices to Laguna Beach.”

The additions in question will feature farm- and sea-to-table food offerings, as well as some new brews. But Chris assures guests that many of the staple Big Fish favorites will remain on the menu.

The total of 11 new items available this summer include a Mexican take on lettuce wraps with blackened fish, bacon-wrapped scallops, Peruvian crab ceviche, shrimp and sausage gumbo, a four-kale salad with quinoa, grilled octopus and chowder fries. —K.P.


The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove

15 Crystal Cove; 949-376-6900; thebeachcombercafe.com

BJ’s Pizza and Grill

280 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-3802; bjsrestaurants.com

The Cliff Restaurant

577 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1956; thecliffrestaurant.com

The Deck on Laguna Beach

627 Sleepy Hollow Ln.; 949-494-670; deckonlaguna.com

The Greeters Corner Restaurant

329 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0361; thegreeterscorner.com

Husky Boy Burgers

802 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-9605; huskyboyburgers.com

Johnny Rockets

188 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-7252; johnnyrockets.com


384 Forest Ave.; 949-715-3900; lblumberyard.com

Nick’s Laguna Beach

440 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-8585; thenickco.com

Ocean Avenue

237 Ocean Ave.; 949-497-3381

Orange Inn

703 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-6085; orangeinncafe.com

Penguin Cafe

981 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1353; thepenguincafe.com


853 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-715-8700; remarkslagunabeach.com

Ruby’s Diner 

30622 Coast Hwy.; 949-497-7829; rubys.com

Shirley’s Bagels

303 S. Broadway; 949-494-6296; shirleysbagels.com

Splashes Restaurant and Bar at Surf & Sand Resort

1555 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4477; surfandsandresort.com

Stonehill Tavern at The St. Regis Monarch Beach

One Monarch Beach Resort; 949-234-3405; stregismb.com

Thalia Beach Cafe

907 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-4880; thaliabeachcafe.com

Tivoli Terrace

650 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-9650; tivoliterrace.com

Tivoli Too!

777 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-6044; tivoli-too.com

Tommy Bahama Bar & Grill 

400 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-6886; tommybahama.com

Umami Burger

610 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-342-1210; umami.com

SapphireCooking up Success

Azmin Ghahreman, owner of Sapphire Laguna restaurant, has pledged to raise $100,000 over the next year for Project Hope Alliance. The money will be used to help support programs that help homeless children attend and succeed in school. Chef Azmin will raise the money, in part, by organizing a collaborative luncheon series with Jennifer Friend, executive director for Project Hope Alliance. The lunches will aim to increase awareness of Project Hope Alliance’s mission and of the fundraiser. “Every child deserves a healthy start and the mission of Project Hope Alliance is perfectly in line with my commitment to bettering childhood nutrition, one school at a time,” Azmin says.

The chef has been involved in helping children in various ways through the years, including launching a program called Sapphire at School in 2007. The program brings healthy lunches to seven schools in Orange County and serves more than 4,200 students daily.

Jennifer adds, “Words cannot express our gratitude for this new partnership with Sapphire Culinary Group and the generous contribution Chef Azmin has pledged for the families.” (949-715-9888; sapphirelaguna.com) —J.A.


Brussels Bistro

222 Forest Ave.; 949-376-7955; brusselsbistro.com

California Contemporary

Anastasia Cafe

460 Ocean Ave.; 949-497-8903; anastasiaboutique.com

Broadway by Amar Santana

328 Glenneyre St.; 949-715-8234; broadwaybyamarsantana.com

Cafe Zoolu

860 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-6825; cafezoolu.com

K’ya Bistro Bar & The Rooftop Lounge at Hotel La Casa del Camino

1287 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-9718; kyabistro.com; rooftoplagunabeach.com

The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach

30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420; montagelagunabeach.com

Madison Square & Garden Cafe 

320 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0137; madisonsquare.com

Mosaic Bar and Grille at Montage Laguna Beach

30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420; montagelagunabeach.com

Nirvana Grille

303 Broadway, Ste. 101; 949-497-0027; nirvanagrille.com

Sundried Tomato Cafe

361 Forest Ave.; 949-494-3312; thesundriedtomatocafe.com

Tabu Grill 

2892 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-7743; tabugrill.com

Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink

370 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-8686; 370common.com

230 Forest Avenue

230 Forest Ave.; 949-494-2545; 230forestavenue.com

Watermarc Restaurant

448 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-6272; watermarcrestaurant.com

The White House 

340 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8088; whitehouserestaurant.com

Wine Gallery

1833 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 110; 949-715-8744; winegallerylaguna.com


Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen 

31732 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-6311; evascaribbeankitchen.com


Mandarin King 

1223 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8992

Peony Chinese Cuisine

215 Broadway St.; 949-497-5777; peonycuisine.com


Dizz’s As Is 

2794 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-5250; dizzsasis.com


C’est La Vie 

373 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-5100; cestlavierestaurant.com

Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

30801 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-6420; studiolagunabeach.com


Heidelberg Cafe and Bistro

1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4594; heidelbercafe.com

Global Cuisine

Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

1 Ritz-Carlton Dr.; 949-240-2000; ritzcarlton.com

Sapphire Laguna 

1200 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9888; sapphirelaguna.com


Natraj Cuisine of India

998 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-9197; natrajlagunabeach.com


Hennessey’s Tavern

213 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-2743; hennessystavern.com

Italian & Pizza

Alessá Laguna Beach

234 Forest Ave.; 949-497-8222; pirozziculinary.com

Gina’s Pizza 

610 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4421; 1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-4342; ginaspizza.com

Mare Culinary Lounge

696 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9581; mareculinarylounge.com


31542 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4531; nealaguna.com

Pizza Lounge

397 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-2277; pizzalounges.com

Polina’s Salerno Italian Restaurant

220 Beach St.; 949-497-2600; polinassalerno.com

Ristorante Rumari

1826 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-0400; rumari.net

Romeo Cucina

249 Broadway; 949-497-6627; romeocucina.com

Ti Amo Ristorante 

31727 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-5350; tiamolagunabeach.com

ZPizza (reopening mid-summer)

30902 S. Coast Hwy.; zpizza.com


The Giving Tree

Rooted in Laguna’s village, Green Tree Boutique is branching out with a new pantry selection of organic, earth-friendly edibles. Sold separately or in pretty gift packages, goodies include artisan Bellocq teas; pure raw honey in flavors like lavender, lucuma papaya and ginger; a variety of salts and spices from Salt Farm; Morris Kitchen’s sweet syrups; chutneys; coffee; and more. Dedicated to brands that uphold the highest ethical and environmental standards, the store also carries kitchen and picnic essentials such as bamboo platters and cheese planes—all perfect for pairing with a gift basket of edible treats. (949-715-8715; greentreeboutique.com) —A.B.


Adonis Mediterranean Grill

202 Park Ave.

GG’s Café-Bistro 

540-108 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-9306; ggscafebistro.com

Zéytoon Cafe

412 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9230; zeytooncafe.com



998 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. A; 949-497-2023


480 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5533; asadalaguna.com

Avila’s El Ranchito

1305 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-376-7040; avilaselranchito.com


217 Broadway; 949-715-7829; carmelitaskitchen.com

Coyote Grill

31621 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-4033; coyotegrill.tv

Laguna Feast 

801 Glenneyre St.; 949-494-0642; lagunafeast.com

La Sirena Grill

347 Mermaid St.; 949-497-8226; 30862 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-499-2301; lasirenagrill.com


1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-4148; olamendislagunabeach.com

Papa’s Tacos

31622 Coast Hwy.; 949-499-9822; papastacosinc.com

Taco Laguna

211 Broadway; 949-494-4477

Taco Loco

640 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-1635; tacoloco.net


enoSTEAK at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

One Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point; 949-240-2000; ritzcarlton.com

House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer 

540-200 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-4500; houseofbigfish.com

Las Brisas

361 Cliff Dr.; 949-497-5434; lasbrisaslagunabeach.com

Maro Wood Grill

1915 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-793-4044; marowoodgrill.com


1740 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-7100; mozambiqueoc.com

OceanView Bar & Grill at the Hotel Laguna

425 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-1151; hotellaguna.com

Rock’n Fish

422 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-497-3113; rocknfishlb.com

Selanne’s (opening summer 2013)

1464 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9881; selannes.com


30832 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-9200; starfishlaguna.com

SOS_060312_DG_087Food for Good

Food meets philanthropy at Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, which returns to Montage Laguna Beach June 2. Host chefs Craig Strong and Lee Smith along with acclaimed guest chefs from around the country will share farm-to-table food, wine and specialty cocktails with guests as they enjoy live music and panoramic ocean views from Studio restaurant. All proceeds from the event benefit the Community Action Partnership of Orange County and Second Harvest Orange County Food Bank Capistrano, two organizations fighting to end childhood hunger in OC. Presale tickets are $150 for the chef tasting and $250 for VIP, which includes a private post-Taste event where guests can mingle with the chefs. (877-268-2783; tasteofthenation.org) —L.D.


Laguna Culinary Arts

845 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-0745; lagunaculinaryarts.com


845 Laguna Canyon Rd.; 949-494-4006; lagunaculinaryarts.com


Hapi Sushi

250 Beach St.; 949-494-9109

O Fine Japanese Cuisine

30872 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5551; ofinejapanesecuisine.com

San Shi Go

1100 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 303 (upper level); 949-494-1551

Sushi Laguna

231 Ocean Ave.; 949-376-8786

242 Cafe Fusion Sushi 

242 N. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-2444; fusionart.us


Laguna Thai By The Sea 

31715 Coast Hwy.; 949-415-0924; lagunathai.com

Royal Thai Cuisine

1750 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-494-8424; royalthaicuisine.com

Thai Bros.

238 Laguna Ave.; 949-376-9979; thaibroslaguna.com


Active Culture

1006 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-5188

Banzai Bowls

1100 S. Coast Hwy.; 949-715-8989

The Stand

238 Thalia St.; 949-494-8101

Zinc Cafe

350 Ocean Ave.; 949-494-6302;

zinccafe.com LBM

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