Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach

4.2
1702 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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  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DarcyC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and a nice, quaint ambiance.

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BurbankGal
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

MY
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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MargeF
Los Angeles
6 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
27 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
8 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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vip2legit
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to be back inside nirvana! The food was excellent and the veggie plate was amazing as usual. The salmon was phenomenal and cooked just to my preference. We also shared the molten chocolate cake for dessert and couldn’t have been happier with our experience. Chef was checking on all the guests and it was an intimate and delicious experience.

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celiaw
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We always love Nirvana grill! Haven’t been since the pandemic, and it seems to have changed a bit. Food all came out super fast and we felt very rushed! We commented on how fast everything came out and the waitress seemed to pride herself on how fast she was at getting food out. We expect a little bit more of a dining experience, but it felt more like a casual fast restaurant.

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DeannaO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place, seems like a local's go to. We definitely will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh food and charming waitress

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TimB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We first eat at Nirvana many years ago when it was new and very popular. We rediscovered it pre-pandemic and it was just as good, a testament to its survival. Happy to say last night didn’t disappoint especially as we went with friends that had never tried it and questioned why they had never been before.

My wife is still talking about the delicious whole branzino.
Definitely on our go-to list going forward.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect Laguna Beach vibe

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vipRickT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day

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BrittanyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I understand it's difficult during covid, but everything was bad. From the service to the food to the decor, it's all pretty bad. I wouldn't even know where to start.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went today , the service was so bad, I was so disappointed. . We waited a long time for our order, I asked about my order but the waiter went two times to check on it and we didn’t get my first starter. The restaurant designated one waiter for our door dinning, he couldn’t manage the orders alone . We waited 45 min and left the restaurant as I never got my appetizer.
We usually dine out a lot but today was something else. I was looking forward to a nice cozy time but they manage to spoil our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Please check your bill beacuse is digital the system they have it’s very suspicious they add extra food on your bill extra charge not very happy with that not recommended

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vipJacquiew
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Nirvana Grill. I have been going there since it opened years ago.

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vipGaryS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to be back after pandemic. Food excellent as we recalled! One of our few favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Vegan options are not marked on the menu but the waiters were very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible customer service.

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bluey
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I've been to Nirvana Grille several times because the food is usually pretty good. However, the service is always lacking in some way. Each time, I attribute it to some issue such as weather, new hostess, COVID, etc. and I keep going back. But this time, our reservation was once again incorrect. We had suggest to them how to solve the issue...Our waiter was way too busy to be attentive. And at $39 for a plate of BLACKENED SEAFOOD DI MARE (what I got), I expected it to be outstanding but it was okay. The plate was cold. My friend who also got the plate, hers was cold too. Not a great value for the money. Mostly, I wish they would get their service up to par. Get the reservations straightened out so I don't end up standing at the entry waiting for them to figure out where to seat us! Dinner for 4 was near $300 so I expect way better service and way better food. May not be going back to Nirvana Grille a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food is ok, but overpriced. The service is aweful. While still working on the appetizers, the main dishes already rushed out. Won’t go there any more.

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markd
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our outdoor seating was literally on the sidewalk of Broadway in Laguna Beach, so the meal was mixed with gasoline and diesel fuel and the sound of constant traffic. They are making due during Coronvirus, but we expected to be on the roof, not on the street. Service was a bit slow, I don't blame our waiter though, he seemed to be serving the whole place by himself. The food was good, but not great, nothing jumped out at us. Portions for appetizers and salads were on the small side, entrée was about right. Overall, I would say it is average and we're not likely to go back.

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Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 497-0027.

Nirvana Grille - Laguna Beach is rated 4.2 stars by 1702 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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