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    Pizza Lounge: Get The Best Gourmet Slice by the Beach!

    by marinarena Written Apr 16, 2014
    Pizza Lounge, Laguna Beach, CA

    Like your pizza fancy like me? Pizza Lounge is the place to go. for a high class bite - everytime.
    Located just steps from the beach along Coast Highway, Pizza Lounge is the best gourmet pizzeria in town. For those like me on the go in Laguna Beach, PL satisfies with a variety of slices consistently available. There are about 22 combinations of pizzas available (usually thin crust)- from classic cheese and traditional pepperoni that about every kid loves to the fancy Shrimp Cranberry Chipotle and the pizzeria's famous "Santa Fe" Mexican Taco. Slices can be a little pricey (up to $5.00) but are quite large.

    Other menu favorites include starters like hummus, gourmet salads, mac and cheese (inlcl. lobster).

    Craft beer available - affordable prices $3-$4-$5!!!

    Have to stop by for a slice or two at Pizza Lounge. If you're hungry in a group, get a whole!

    *There is another location in Huntington Beach, on popular Main Street

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    Ocean Avenue Brewery: Good Food but Dark Ambience

    by GracesTrips Written Sep 23, 2013
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    This is not going to be a glaring recommendation but an okay one. If everything else is packed, you can eat here. It's not bad but not amazing. I ordered pork tacos (and forgot to take a picture). It originally came out as pork sliders and had them take it back. The tacos were delicious but more of an appetizer than an entree. It was enough for me at the time but I didn't realize that when I looked at the menu. I still think in my mind, the waiter brought me the wrong dish because I'm sure my pork tacos were supposed to come with a side. My boyfriend ordered a prosciutto sandwich with fries and that was good, too. Even though it was a pub and the right thing to do is order a beer, I ordered a glass of white wine instead. It was actually very tasty! It was a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. I'm gonna say White House or something like that. We ate here for lunch. It's probably quite lively in the evening.

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    Gelato Paradiso: Have Gioia (Joy) in Gelato!

    by marinarena Updated Jun 21, 2013
    Gelato Paradiso, Laguna Beach, CA

    So you scream for ice cream italiano? No need to book your flight to Roma or Milano if you are in southern California. Go to Laguna Beach for Gelato Paradiso. Yes, AUTHENTIC is the key here. What you want off the menu is of real ingredients- milk with your favorite flavor like chocolate or strawberry and not a hard-pronouncing multi-syllable, artificial ingredient found in standard ice cream in America.

    Several smooth and creamy offerings include classics italian varieties like tiramisu and gianduia (milk chocolate w/ hazelnut), cookies and cream, Italian vanilla, strawberries and cream, and a variety of fruit flavors available during the summer months only (banana, watermelon, peach, etc)
    For you dairy-free sweet lovers, get a creative "sorbetto".

    For more of authentic touch, the menu is presented italiano. Choose from serving sizes in coppette (cups): Piccolo, Mediano and Grande. (A Piccolo is small but plenty enough for a typical person. Certainly, it costs enough- $3.50) Want a cone with your gelato, instead of a cup? Ask for "cono" and play $1 more. Want to add espresso with gelato? As for an "Affogato" (with espresso) or "Gelappè (espresso with milk). Affogato starts at $5.50, Gelappè at $6.50. Want a choice of cold drinks? Ask for one of the "Bevande Fredde", including Italian sodas. Newest to the menu are hard-crafted cakes, many of which named from popular Italian cities like Roma and Firenze.

    What's also really lovely here is the atmosphere. GP is located within the intimate, European-like alley called Peppertree Lane. Nearby are some of the most bustling restaurants of Laguna Beach

    Perhaps the sweetest thing about GP: Free sampling is possible and encouraged!

    Favorite Dish: Banana and Vanilla- simple goodness

    I'm a plain kind of gelato girl!

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    Royal Hawaiian: Barbecue and shrimp

    by davequ Updated Feb 26, 2013

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    Ghosts?:  I don bodda dem, & de don't bodda me....

    2013 - Closed - horrible. Laguna Beach's loss.
    Royal Hawaiian Closes

    Royal Hawaiian ... right on the PCH has been around for quite a while. Good food & drinks for locals and visitors.

    Favorite Dish: Everybody recommends
    (me too) the ribs & shrimp combo chased with beer, or better yet, your favorite big rum drink.

    For a ghost story from someone who lived there, check out bluefelt's tip:

    Bluefelt Tip

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    C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery: The good life...and also good food

    by BLewJay Updated Nov 15, 2012
    Quiche Florentine
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    It was a nice and sunny day in Laguna Beach, so after walking around the town, we decided to get a bite to eat. As we walked along Coast Highway, we thought that we'd like to get a seat where we would have an ocean view. C'est La Vie fit the bill, so we went in and had lunch. Great service, delisious food and awesome views!!!

    Favorite Dish: LJ ordered Quiche Florentine (spinach, onion, mushroom and cheese served with a mixed organic baby green salad), Christine ordered Grilled Ahi Tuna Niçoise (flash grilled Ahi tuna filet with kalamata olives avocado, tomato and hard-boiled eggs with wild honey and whole grain mustard dressing) while I had the Grilled Salmon Sandwich with fries (grilled filet of salmon with soy ginger, tomato, lettuce, red onion and wasabi cream). For dessert, I can't remember what the name of it was, but lets just say that there was lots of chocolate!!!

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    Taco Loco: A very very decent local taco joint

    by davequ Updated Sep 19, 2012

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    1 lobster taco & a navel bananabell, please

    I LOVE this place!!

    The deceptively humble taco is in my opinion a Laguna Beach / SoCal specialty.

    This is an excellent local joint.

    - They serve beer, have a heated terrace, and prepare an awesome and wide array of delicious tacos from around 11am until late in the evening, ~ midnight.
    Until 2am weekends - which is what is so cool about it. You can grab a fresh taco and walk across the street down to the beach after 1 am. Heaven.

    Favorite Dish: Not on the menu but the Lobster taco they served up was incredibly delicious and addictive. Highly recommended. Everyone raves about the calmari tacos as well. Lots of veg stuff also. Check out the MENU on the website.

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    Taco Loco: Eat Ecletic at Loco

    by marinarena Updated Aug 9, 2012
    Calamari quesadilla (1/2 order), Taco Loco, Laguna
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    Take a pal with you at Taco Loco, a unique, entertaining fast food culinary joint and taco stand experience. Split in two little separate hole-in-the-walls, Loco has a kind of split personality. There is a hippie San Francisco vibe and culinary foodie-like tradition with a Cajun Mex influence on the menu here. Go figure, and eat here!

    Don't expect run-of-the-mill beef, chicken, pork and basic fish for taco and burrito fillings. Have your choice of blackened servings of chicken, potato, mushroom, tofu and veggie "phish".
    Yes, you vegetarians and, yes, even vegans can be delighted here! The later four filling are options for you, so no complaining of just beans and rice and side salad to eat.

    The popular local hangout, off historic PCH, draw a capacity crowd especially on the weekends when there is often sidewalk entertainment. At my first visit during the monthly art walk, there was a talented guitarist rockin' out for an intimate crowd.

    Besides comida mexicana, Loco offers pasta and burgers on special nights.

    Check the Loco site for details.

    Favorite Dish: Calamari Quesadilla (half order)

    Calamari within quesadilla is meaty, not just fried batter. Rejoice!
    The half order size is just enough but if you are hungry, the full order will suffice.

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    Dolce Gelato (ex- Tutto Amore): Scream for Italian Ice Cream!

    by marinarena Updated Aug 7, 2012

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    Dolce Gelato, Laguna Beach, CA

    Dolce Gelato is an authentic Italian ice cream shop started in 2010, perfectly close to the beach. Previously, this was an authentic Italian owned gelateria. Thankfully, DG carried on the locale's autentico flavor.

    The hardest thing is here deciding on which flavor to try. Check website for the most current menu. I personally like that fact that there is banana option (banana cream), the best plain and simply delicious flavor of all.

    Favorite Dish: Banana, Vanilla bean- go for simplistic sweetness

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    Romeo Cucina: Long for Romeo!

    by marinarena Written Aug 7, 2012

    For a lovely dining experience out, come to Romeo Cucina, just over a block away from the Laguna shore. Started by brothers and sisters of the Romeo family, the gorgeous, colorful Italian restaurant is a prime place for a romantic date especially but it's perfect to suit a fix for foodie fancy Italian.

    Menu options are given its original Italian language, often a good sign that the food is authentic.
    Expect no fake americanized version of Italian cuisine here. Rather, the pasta is light and served al dente, and ingredients look and taste fresh. There is a decidedly southern Italian influence in the dishes, considering the Romeo family roots in Calabria.

    Not only is Romeo for the palette but a feast for the eyes. The interior decor scheme borrows from a kind of arte nouveau concept. Lunch and dinner is served. Resevations are not vital, but suggested during peaks evening hours on Fri and Sat. I'm come here on late Sundays, and there was room. Reservations: (949)497-6627.

    Come in for happy hour (Mon-Thurs)* 6.95 Menu. Deal! Molto bene!

    *subject to change

    Suggested Price range: $21-$30 per person considering a dinner entree price with drink (soft/wine);
    $35-$50+ p.p. consindering an appetizer, dinner entree with drink (soft/wine)

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    Nirvana Grille & Bliss Bar: Very Nice Restaurant

    by GracesTrips Written Aug 3, 2012
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    We enjoyed a very nice dinner experience at this restaurant. I liked that the menu accomodated for different appetites. So, for example, you could add scallops, shrimp, filet mignon, pork tenderloin, etc. to a salad or entree. And, you can add 3 or 6 scallops.

    My boyfriend ordered the pork tenderloin chop. Wow, it was absolutely delicious! I ordered a beet salad with arugula and added 3 seared scallops (they gave me a choice of steamed or blackened but I asked for seared). It was great and just enough food. Because we shared a pretty large plate of fries as our appetizer. The fries were served with 2 types of dipping condiments and every fry was crispy!

    It was a surprisingly good experience and would go back again.

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    Las Brisas: Have Upscale Mex by the sea

    by marinarena Updated Jul 25, 2012

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    entrees at Las Brisas, Laguna Beach
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    Much renowned Las Brisas, formerly the Victor Hugo Inn, is a Laguna landmark and upscale restaurant escape, ideal for a romantic, intimate meal. It boasts of awesome Pacific views, attracts big crowds and above all, gives an artful flair to Mexican food.

    Menu options are breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Having savored lunch options alone, I have been satisfied. Portions on entrees are sizable, ingredients are fresh and flavor is not held back, and all of these is key to great Mexican cuisine.

    One maddening thing about Las Brisas is that the menu is limited when seated outside (on the patio). Why is it that the area of the restaurant which is most desirable to dine does not have the full menu? The patio menu, featuring antojitos (appetizers) is affordable and does featured a daily happy hour, from 4-6PM. The full, indoor seating menu offers a grand selection of signature seafood dishes, including "coctel" combinations of shrimp, crab and lobster.

    It is highly recommended to make reservations especially for indoor seating, as the dining rooms are not huge to meet demand. Regularly, Las Brisas has a flux of guests, visitors and locals alike and on special occasions and about every weekend, it reaches capacity. However, with planning and patience, guests will leave enchanted with the ultimate restaurant experience that is Las Brisas.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken nachos- loaded with cheese, salsa, etc. This should be shared with another person, or two. Not recommended if you are cutting back on calories.

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    Dad's on Balboa Island: World's Best Frozen Bananas!

    by londonlover Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A local institution
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    A cute little ice cream shop on the main street on Balboa Island, is home to the best frozen banana you will ever have. As for the extra large banana with butter brickle. It will cost about $2, and you will want to have one every day for the rest of your life.

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    Mosun Sushi/ Sake Bar and Club M: Sushi

    by Cammel11 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Mosun is one of the best sushi joints in town. On Wednesday nights the sushi menu is half off! It is best to get there really early (around 4 or 5pm) or else you will have to wait at least an hour for a table! Late night they open up the doors next to the restaurant for Club M.

    Favorite Dish: Crunchy roll and Sour Patch Martini

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    Orange Inn: Grab coffee & rolls here above the beach

    by davequ Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Right next to Eiler's Inn and right above the Cleo street steps down to the beach, this is where you can stop for caffeine buzz, rolls, and some amazing shakes.

    Run by locals who are fun to talk to.

    Favorite Dish: Killer rolls and smoothies in the morning, and the Date Shakes or any of the milkshakes for afternoon beach strolls north along the beach from the Cleo steps are magically delicious.

    Pick up a date shake and then take a left outside and enjoy it as you walk down the Cleo stairs to the beach.

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    Cedar Creek Inn: Cedar Creek Inn

    by Erin74 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Cedar Creek Inn is a wonderful, cozy restaurant in central Laguna Beach. Even on summer days, this restaurant makes you want to curl up next to the fireplace with its rich, dark wood interior. This is an elegant restaurant, but not horribly expensive. It's a great place to take a date or to meet your parents for dinner.

    There is often live entertainment during dinner (a jazz trio accompanied by a singer, sometimes) and that really creates an inviting space as well. This is one of my very favorite places to dine in Laguna!

    Favorite Dish: The menu has lots of choices and is primarily American food. Try their fresh fish or any of their delicious chicken dishes. Cedar Creek Inn also has a great Sunday brunch.

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