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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
+1 949-494-2545
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood salad” (46 reviews)
“halibut” (46 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Def enjoyed eating a few appetizers outside before heading back to John Wayne. The tacos were delicious! It is stops like this that really give you the vibe you're wanting when visiting a place like LB. I appreciated the artisan feel of the dishes and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank KRM210
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite fine dining restaurants in Laguna Beach and a good place for lunch, as well. Love the hazelnut-crusted halibut for dinner and seafood salad for lunch.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Trek26425209168
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant has a varied menu and the food is quite good. Tables near the outside are beat on warm evenings.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Thomastoo
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Quiet Monday night. Easy to get a table. Usually jammed on weekends. Always a good meal. Will be back twice a year. Great service. Awesome bartender.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Don C
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Food, service and atmosphere were all good the evening we stopped in for early Friday night dinner. Street parking was easy.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tiz108
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

Bistro setting with indoor seating. Friendly service. Very good food with excellent chicken sandwich and salmon on salad. Good fries. Street noise and poor acoustics marred the experience. Expensive food in a town that is very proud of itself.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 11, 2018

Never a surprise here. Food is always fresh, wait staff is attentive and the place is always crowded. Even with a wait, it's worth it! Great quality, good quantity of food and the drinks are always great!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank glenn288
Reviewed September 9, 2018

I like to grab a bite here whenever I'm in town to visit family. Be sure to get the sea bass whenever they offer it, you won't be disappointed!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank wanderingpapillon
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Every few years we eat at 230 Forest. It has been reliable and interesting until this visit. The waitress was cute but got everything wrong. I mean everything. This really frustrated the guys at our table. The shrimp scampi was mostly pasta and not edible....More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank gmgOc
erica d, General Manager at 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Hello- My name is Erica and I am the General Manager here at 230 Forest Avenue. Please let me apologize for the sub par service and the food was not edible, mostly for the fact that you and your guests were disappointed. I am very...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018

We asked to be seated outdoors for lunch, and it was intimate. You wouldn't want to be discussing anything terribly personal nor embarrassing, because there were people seated inches away. Service was fine, but the food was great. One of us had the kale salad...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank kooikermom
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May 31, 2018|
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Response from John K | Reviewed this property |
It can get a little noisy inside. Unfortunately I would say this is a drawback of a few of the restaurants on the forest avenue strip.
Robert S
April 7, 2017|
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Response from Don C | Reviewed this property |
No-this restaurant is on Forest Avenue
November 18, 2016|
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Response from thymetobe | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure the menu I posted is going to go through but if you search for the name of the restaurant and the location, Laguna Beach, they have the menu on their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-494-2545
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