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“A Gem of a Restaurant!”
Review of Sapphire Laguna

Sapphire Laguna
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Ranked #27 of 186 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$50
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Brooks
Transit: Mass transit and Laguna shuttle on the same block.
Description: The cuisine at Sapphire Laguna is characterized by Chef/Owner Azmin Ghahreman's distinctive international style, its cornerstone is the freshest possible local ingredients. The evolving menu changes seasonally - based on what is freshly caught and available from small farms, nearby markets and artisan suppliers. Chef Azmin's says: "When you dine at my restaurant you are traveling through the world's markets with your palate, and you don't even need a passport." Sapphire Laguna also features reach-in wine vaults which house an eclectic wine collection - more than 900 bottles, emphasizing varietals from around the world. All vintages are stored in temperature-controlled units behind a rustic wall made from actual wine staves. In addition, approximately 25 wines by the glass are available. Menu samples and wine offerings can be found on Sapphire Laguna's Website.
Reviewed August 16, 2018

We decided to try this Laguna fixture as it was just up the way from our hotel with outside table seating. We started with the Heirloom Tomato salad which was fresh and delightful. My wife had the Hawaiian Baramundi which was cooked to perfection, flaky, flavorful and a delight overall. I had the braised beef cheek Bourguignon which was hearty, tasty, well balanced and fell apart in the mouth. Yum. The outside seating was wonderful since the weather is always perfect in Laguna. This restaurant is a hidden GEM and sparkles on Hwy 1. I recommend this Sapphire!

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Sapphire_Laguna, Manager at Sapphire Laguna, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Greetings Thomas B,

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dinner with us on our patio! We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed August 10, 2018

Super service, excellent food, lovely wine, cannot fault this gem. I had the burger which was very superior to most, our kids both enjoyed their meals, this was a spontaneous delight.

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Sapphire_Laguna, Manager at Sapphire Laguna, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Dear E C,
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful review. We are truly so happy that you and your family had a great experience and enjoyed the burger, wine and the kids menu options. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you!

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Reviewed August 6, 2018

We've had lunch there 3 weeks in the row. Always great. I like the fish taco's with there wonderful salsa and my husband's favorite is the Cobe Burger. The staff is friendly and helpful. Nice atmosphere inside and out.

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Sapphire_Laguna, Manager at Sapphire Laguna, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Greetings annette425,

Thank you for the wonderful 5 star review! We are truly so happy that you and your husband had a great experience and that you enjoyed the fish tacos and burger. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you!

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Loved our dinner at Sapphire. The food, service and ambience were so good we changed our plans and drove out of our way to return for an equally great lunch next day.

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Sapphire_Laguna, Manager at Sapphire Laguna, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Greetings mybelle48,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review! We are so pleased that you had an amazing experience here at Sapphire for dinner and lunch the following day! We look forward to you joining us in the future and once again, thank you for the kind review!

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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I made a reservation at this restaurant. When we went, they told us we had to wait 15 minutes because they weren’t ready for us. We waited almost 30 minutes before they even attempted to seat us. Didn’t offer us anything to drink. They have good reviews but I guess have a plan B.

Thank Amanda J
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Sapphire_Laguna, Manager at Sapphire Laguna, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Greetings Amanda J,
Thank you for bringing your experience at Sapphire Laguna to our attention. We are sorry for the inconvenience, and we are taking every measure to ensure this kind of service deficiency does not happen again. We hope that you give us the opportunity to provide you with the flawless food and service experience that our guests are usually accustomed to. Thank you, Sapphire Management

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