Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

4.4
1697 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Nirvana Grille serves California Wine Country inspired cuisine in the heart of Downtown Laguna Beach, between Main Beach & the Historic Festival of Arts. We are a neighborhood female owned restaurant by Laguna Beach Native Executive Chef Lindsay Smith. Our main focus is to feed our guests the way chef chooses for her our own family, in a warm and inviting atmosphere, just as if she were welcoming friends and family into her home. We take pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients available when creating our menu with Free Range & Organic Poultry, 100% Sustainable Seafood, Meats Free of Antibiotics & Hormones, Organic Grass Fed Ground Beef & Seasonal, Local and/or Organic Produce we strive to source within 300 miles. Being conscious about the food we serve, the impact of our waste to lessen our environmental footprint & supporting the local community we are within, is of the utmost importance to Chef Lindsay.

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  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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SherynH
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My vegetarian dish was fine. They were out of chicken and beef stroganoff was recommended. It was bad. Otherwise, as we were in a room by ourselves, nice and quiet.

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vipToledo
Toledo
6 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service, & ambiance! Highly recommend.

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vipRichW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience3

Lovely meal. On the downside, i was charged a service fee and found out after getting home as I had the bill emailed. What was that? It wasn’t the tip. Always feel abused in cases like this and it leaves a bad taste. Otherwise, lovely meal. Just be aware

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
Responded on 9 September 2021

Dear RichW, Thank you so much for your feedback and we apologize about any miss communication or any surprises. We will be sure to share these notes with the team and hope you will give us another chance in the future. Sincerely, Nirvana Grille Management

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vipPamelaAnn
Orange County
53 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef and owner Lindsay creates the most flavorful dishes and desserts. We had salmon, halibut and filet mignon. All with delicious side dishes. Thanks, Lindsay were glad you survived the pandemic with a creative take menu and farmers market.

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vipJaneKad
Las Vegas
100 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early so we could enjoy a leisurely dinner before the Pageant. We did not feel rushed & had great service from Alex. The food was excellent and very tasty. The wontons were just as good as we remembered. We enjoyed splitting the Mud Pie. We liked that it wasn’t huge, just right!

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vipLilaG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our date night here!

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Sheila
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to Nirvana Grille having had a great meal there once before, and it did not disappoint. We had tickets to the Pageant that evening and appreciated that the service was prompt and pleasant, not pushy. The food once again was outstanding; our vegan family member appreciated the choices on the menu, and we all agreed that the sweet potato fries appetizer was the best we’d ever had. Nice outdoor seating area despite traffic noise.

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viprsmclaughlin
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, I ordered a fillet mignon they were out but then came back and said they just needed to cut one. It was a New York, figured I would no know the difference, lol. The inside a bit tattered, defiantly not fine dining. With that said, it was ok.

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vipWineanddinedoc
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice vibe, great food and personable sever at reasonable price. Will go again for sure

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RyanM
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably good meal

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IsabelandMichaelinOC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were very allergen friendly and understanding. The chef came to speak with us. The waiter was great. The food was delicious. We will likely go back.

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vipNice
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nirvana
It lives up to it’s name
The “Kitchen Sink” Salad is the best ever
Pistachio Crusted Sea Bass
Is the reason you come back
The Apple Pie is the reason you don’t want to Leave

An 11 out of 10

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RUSSELL
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite place of ours to eat. The food is always reliably good and thoughtfully sourced. Small plates are available or larger dinners. Both wine and cocktails are available. The owner grew up in Laguna Beach and is very involved in keeping the restaurant vibrant and serving great food.

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vipSusanK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good was great. Mushroom ravioli was lovely. Chickem breast with veg quite good. Limited wine and beer list. Service good. Ambiance not so much. Very muggy indoors tables really close together and a kind of ripped up banquette. Not super expensive and $20 parking for all night meant we could walk to Pageant of the Arts which was super convenient.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were great. Service was under staffed... They did a great job, but there just was not enough servers to accommodate the volume of customers.

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CathyG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We had an amazing experience at Nirvana Grille prior to attending The Pagaent of the Masters. Service was slow starting due to shortage in staff (which they were very upfront about). Once our waiter, Alex, came to our table service was outstanding. Everyone on staff appeared to pitching in to help each other-very nice to see!

The food was outstanding and drinks and wine list perfect.
My only complaint was that the restaurant so much too warm. There was no air conditioning, and no way to open the window near our table.

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vipKaceyD
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Six of us ate here before the Pageant of the Masters and asked for an outside table. There were no umbrellas so we were staring directly into the sun for an hour. Then they sat a party of three with three huge dogs right behind us, so close that the dogs were hitting the back of my son’s chair. The service was so-so. As was the food. I ordered the shrimp scampi and it was so swimming in cream, yet somehow completely flavorless, that I couldn’t even finish it. The only somewhat redeemable part of the meal where the salads. If you stick to that, I guess you won’t be disappointed.

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DarcyC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and a nice, quaint ambiance.

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BurbankGal
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh food prepared to perfection. Halibut and salmon is excellent. Little noisy with too much wine being devoured at a couple tables nearby but that is a hit and miss thing. Stated it was for an anniversary meal but not recognized by anyone at the restaurant.

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JimP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been to Nirvana Grille but, after a wonderful experience, will return soon It's great for those attending the 2021 Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters; Nirvana is within an easy walk.
Food was outstanding and our waiter, Alex, did a great job.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Lauren; our server, put a touch of warmth & hospitality to an already wonderful meal. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting outdoors for a birthday celebration. Terrific service and great food.

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MichaelY
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, fabulous food, will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service!

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vipMargeF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a Delicious meal my salmon was excellent
Close by from the sawdust festival

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Bebe
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tables for two very close together… could hear conversations from those seated next to you.

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Jake
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Although we were about 15 min late to our reservation, the hostess was very nice and was able to seat us right away; so, that was a plus and I was very hopeful about my dining experience. However, that experience slowly began going down hill after we sat down. We patiently waited on a server to come by, even made eye contact with a couple servers, but no one came to our table. It wasn't until after we spoke to the couple sitting next to us, who mentioned that they had been waiting for an hour and a half until their main dishes arrived to their table, that a server decided to take our order. That was because the couple next to us had to asked the server to go to our table after he brought out their food. Approximately 20 min after placing our order, we were told that they had run out of a main ingredient for one of the particular dishes we ordered and was given an option of substitution. One would think that we would've been told sooner, but we accepted the situation for what it was. We finally received our food 45 min later.

Overall, it was an okay experience. The place is nice and so is the ambiance. It gets a little loud because the tables are positioned very close together. The food was very good, but I'm not sure if it was because we were just hungry from waiting for so long or if it was actually tasty. Aside from the hostess, the service was not all too great. We also felt annoyed that our server was going a bit overboard on checking in on us to somehow make up for any inconveniences that we experienced thus far. It was unnecessary.

If you got this far into my review, just be wary that your server may automatically try to include a 22% tip charge to your bill.

I don't think I would recommend this place just yet, however, I would visit this place again to give it a second chance to redeem itself.

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vipSueR
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time at Nirvana and we loved it! The food, salmon, chicken wontons, salad, cheese bread, and dessert was amazing!

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CindyP
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I visit Nirvana Grille at least once a year on our anniversary. We have always been pleased with the food, service and ambience. We have always sat on the rooftop. Unfortunately, this year tge rooftop was closed, which was a disappointment. We sat at a little secluded table for two outdoors. The food was delicious. The waiter was friendly and helpful. We were a tad frustrated at the end of our meal when our water disappeared for a long time, as we wanted to order dessert and coffee. Finally we just ordered a dessert to go. Another guest informed us that our waiter, for some reason, was the only one left there to wait on tables, as well as tend to the bar. Strange .But, all in all, we enjoyed our dinner and we look forward to returning next July 7. Hopefully the rooftop will be open again.

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vipCAandMA
New England
218 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and owner/chef presence overseeing and pitching in! Wine list has excellent 1/2 bottle list, making food pairing easy!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we scheduled an early dinner, they were very busy. I ordered the branzino and my husband had the mushroom ravioli. Our food was fantastic, the fish was light and cooked perfectly. The ravioli we had before and once again, delicious. Our water, Alex, I think was his name was upbeat, friendly and attentive. I began to notice he was the only waiter working that night. He and the hostess were an amazing team, she greeted guests, cleared tables and delivered our food, he placed the orders , made drinks at the bar and cheerfully and calmly took care of every table that evening. So many businesses are struggling to find workers these days so we were impressed to see these two work so effectively. Thank you for taking care of us tonight:)

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vipKarenB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so delicious! Even on a busy night, the service was excellent.

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vipGailD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful date night atmosphere. Close to beach, theatre and art festival activities.
Alex V. was a terrific and fun server. The small plates were delicious. Garlic bread and glass of wine to start is a must. Ravioli and other small plates were so tasty. Definitely will go back as we love a restaurant that is classy with linen tablecloths and napkins.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good for the most part but service was absolutely terrible. Our waitress was clearly flustered and not with it. We had to seek out the hostess several times to get our orders in and get the check because our waitress was no where to be found. She was apologetic each time but then would continue with the terrible service and ignoring our table. Would not return. However the hostess was lovely.

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach
Responded on 23 June 2021

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize about this and will reach out to you privately as well. Best, Nirvana Grille Management

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Hairspray
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was impeccable, wine list assortment is always better than other neighboring restaurant and it's a good great spot in town that is often overlooked!

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vipDavid
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Deeply Disappointed! We have been regular customers for years. But the time before last (a month ago) my steak was overcooked. This last time (last week) the salad was not fresh, the leaves had turned yellow and I showed them to the server.
At the end of the meal, the server was going to give us our checks without the print out. I have had other places make mistakes on my credit card, so I asked to see the entire list of what we ordered. Imagine my surprise when our bottle of wine was NOT on the print out! I called the waitress over and said, "There is a mistake: The wine is not on the charge." Granted, I could have NOT called that to her attention... Instead of thanking me, she said the other waitress had taken our order for the wine -- which was NOT the case. I would have appreciated a simple" THANK YOU!" And maybe even, "I'm sorry!" NO such thing. We used to recommend Nirvana. We will not any longer.

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Nicole
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We discovered Nirvana Grille years ago when they were in Mission Viejo. This is the second time we've eaten at their Laguna location and it was fantastic! Everything was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is magical. The food is always fresh and delicious, and you can tell it’s made with care for the diners experience…. Try the goat cheese ice cream it is heavenly, and so is everything else on the menu… enjoy! You will not be disappointed.

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vipJanR
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good and interesting. Unfortunately, we had reserved an outside table not realizing there would not be an outdoor heaters so we had a bit of wait for a table inside.

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Blondie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took friends to Nirvana and they loved it. Cozy atmosphere, great service by Lindsay and the staff and the food was excellent. Great experience!

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Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 497-0027.

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 1697 OpenTable diners.

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