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230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
As featured in 3 Days in Laguna Beach
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230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114 (PCH)
+1 949-494-2545
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:30
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 12:00
Sun - Fri 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 15:30
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Corona Del Mar,CA
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70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us went out for dinner and to catch up on our lives -- several of the group had been to 230 Forest before, but I had not. So I left to order to the pros -- good choice -- they selected a wide range of food -- which we shared. Wine choices were enough as we went by... More 

Thank GLWH
Laguna Beach, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has excelled consistently for many years. The ingredients are always fresh, the atmosphere bright, and the service great. I recommend the salads and the seafood. The owner has another place in Laguna named Watermarc, and this is also a fantastic place to dine.

Thank Kevin L
Aliso Viejo, California
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went out for lunch in Laguna Beach recently and decided to give 230 Forrest Ave a try. I had walked past it often and always wanted to stop in. I can honestly say that I am sorry I waited so long to eat here! The restaurant is not huge, definitely an intimate feeling. I actually enjoyed having some friendly chit... More 

1 Thank Sean F
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56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good and service are good. Atmosphere fun and crowded Easy eat out spot without any hassle. Watch the crowds go by on the street from a table up front

Thank Getupandgoagain
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

This place was rated in the top 5 on Trip Advisor and did not disappoint. We worked our way through the starters and must say they were all awesome. The Bang Bang shrimp, which wasn't on the menu, was our favorite! When back in Laguna Beach we will be there again!

Thank David B
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

230 Forest Avenue, the sister restaurant of Watermarc in Laguna Beach, was a delicious place for a Sunday evening dinner in Laguna. We opted for inside seating due to cool weather, and the noise level was low even though the tables were close together. The grilled artichoke starter was excellent, as were all the entrees. Everyone cleaned their plates! We... More 

Thank Sasa323
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

An early dinner for three- including a 4 year old and the restaurant could not have been nicer. Staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. Made my son welcome- which always helps him behave well. But the food was awesome. Beautiful fresh fish and salad. Could not have asked for more.

1 Thank Twickers34
Jupiter, Florida
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206 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

We ate here for lunch which runs until 4 pm. Had fish tacos and chicken sandwich both of which were excellent. Were about $15 each. Service was exceptional and food was delivered quickly.

Thank DiverM
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stumbled in for an appetizer and Patty, a bubbly server with an infectious passion for the 230 menu took us on a hedonistic and crazy-good food odyssey. She convinced us to order the char-grilled artichoke and I honestly wanted a second, especially with the Hartford Court chardonnay pairing (her choice). Stayed, sampled all kinds of comfort food on the menu--chipotle... More 

Thank SharT14
Long Beach, California
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228 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My friends favorite restaurant here in Laguna. OMG she was right. We had calamari onion soup, salad, fried artichoke the Ruby Red cocktail and the cucumber martini. All are fantastic. Server was great and I will be back.

Thank Sailing_Sweetie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$80
American, Seafood
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 12:00
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 15:30
11:00 - 15:30
16:00 - 22:00
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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Aliso Viejo, California, United States
Billings, Montana
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?