McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach

4.6
80 reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
Welcome to McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach! We are a “hip” modern industrial luxury tasting lounge that is a cross between a New York “Soho” music venue and a “Napa Valley” tasting lounge. This is not an ordinary winery by any means.

Featuring a 16-foot glass garage door, skylights, and a shaded patio, McClain Cellars brings the beauty of Laguna Beach into the tasting room. Along the bar, you will find artistic wine bottles with unique paintings on each. Each of the wines has a clever name like, “Summer Breeze,” “Love & Happiness,” “Promise Keeper,” and “Faithful Friend” to name a few. With the capacity to host up to 49 guests at once, this quaint venue offers free parking, easy freeway access and flexible hours. The tasting lounge is in the HIVE at 849 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA next to Kitchen in the Canyon and the Laguna Beach Beer Company.

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Experiences

  • 5 Star Wine Tasting from the Santa Ynez Valley

    Multiple dates available

    Award-winning wines from the Santa Ynez Valley are waiting for you. Offering 5 different wine tasting flights to enjoy. All white, red & white, all reds, reserve only and the owner's flight. Choose the one that is best for you. We also offer an amazing Artisan Popcorn pairing that you can add to your wine flight features homemade flavors like Black Truffle & Garlic, Garlic Pepper & Rosemary, and many more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 80 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FrankA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Went here for the first time since I started following their Facebook page. Was very pleasantly surprised to find a quaint local wine tasting Venue. Taylor was our server and she did an amazing job. Super attentive friendly and helpful. Made for a fun experience. We joined the wine club as well. Wines were easy and smooth drinking. Next to some great restaurants as well.

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TammyW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Amazing customer service! The staff we encountered were friendly, upbeat, and had great conversation. They seemed to really be happy and genuine, which made our experience awesome. We did not get anything to eat, but we enjoyed the great selection of wines. We liked the option to be able to select reds/whites because two in my party don't like whites and the other doesn't like reds, but McCain's menu option allowed us all to get what we wanted. The space has some cute artistic elements which appeal to me and also provided some great photo ops with my friends. Plus the live music was quite good and wasn't so loud that you couldn't hear. I will definitely return as this was just an overall great experience to enjoy with my friends.

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vipStephanie
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service & wine! We’ll definitely be back.

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vipDELISH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always worth the drive from LA!

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LisaC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Wine is quite good, but pricey. Service was very attentive. Music was good. We were disappointed no popcorn was available. As a result we had to choose food from inside and were surprised when our bill came and the food price exceeded what the menu indicated.

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vipKitty
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had so much fun wine tasting!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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DellS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff, always a treat to spend time at the lounge.

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vipMonicaAlexis
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We came here for an afternoon adventure this weekend and loved it. Everyone is so kind and helpful. Parking was easy and we had a perfect table. My dad did a white tasting and I had a glass of the Open Arms. We also both tried the Port and decided it just wasn't our jam for the day but it was so kind of them to allow us to try it. They were sold out of their popcorn and I was so sad because it sounded like such a fun accompaniment to the wine so we will definitely be back for more wine and hopefully popcorn!

Special shout out to Bailey and Caitlin (apologies if I misspelled names or got them wrong!) They were both so kind and helpful! We would come back just because of their customer service!

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vipAlexD
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

McClain is the perfect place to spend a casual weekend. The wine is OUTSTANDING! The make-your-own cheese board was such a fun idea! We loved every minute of our experience. As we were leaving for our next destination, they started setting up live music too! One thing we wish the had was more food or maybe a food truck parked close where we could buy food from. We wanted to stay longer but couldn't eat only cheese and crackers.

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Lynda
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved sipping wine, talking, and enjoyed our visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my daughter for her 24th bday as we love wine. Our server Julia was excellent and so nice! We enjoyed the atmosphere and wine. We will be back!

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OrganicOCGirl
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a nice place. Our ladies night was so much fun here. We had the best server and the flights are a great deal. Would highly recommend going here.

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vipSteveS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Perfect little hideaway for a wine tasting. Super friendly service and great wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! It was our first time at McClain Cellars, and our waitress was phenomenal! So knowledgeable and a great personality! Plus, the wine flights were absolutely delicious! Even bought a few bottles! We tried their gourmet popcorn flight as well! Yum! We look forward to coming back next time we’re in Laguna!

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Winelife
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Don't go hungry. The only food options are popcorn and so called (not as advertised) "charcuterie" which is a display case of pre-packaged crackers, cheese and meat (sold out) that you unwrap at your table (they provide the plates.) The "Popcorn Sampler" sounded like fun until we saw and tasted it. $12 for 4 small, bland cups. Cost to make? .50 cents MAX. Charging $12 is greedy. Why not provide it free with a wine flight or bottle? It costs almost nothing to make. The wine's were good; flights run $20-35 for 5 pours. Our server struggled with timing so we had to wait quite a while in between pours. Overall, not a great experience. It will do if all you want is a glass of wine, but not if you're going for the whole "as advertised" experience.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on 12 May 2021

First and foremost I would like to thank you for visiting our Laguna Beach Wine Tasting Lounge. We certainly appreciate you taking the time to leave a detailed review. As the General Manager of this location, I welcome any and all feedback. I notice that most of your displeasure is in regards to our snack selection. In a normal, not post-pandemic world, our shelves would be fully stocked and ready. Unfortunately as everything opens up at once, (which as a business we are THRILLED about), our suppliers are very much behind. Feel free to call our distributor rep to confirm. It is not as simple as "go to the market and restock", but I certainly appreciate the suggestion and will keep that in mind. We are a wine tasting lounge first and foremost, so I am certainly sorry our snack selection took away from your wine experience. As for the size of our popcorn flight and price..just as you mentioned, it was a sample..therefore will be small. We have plenty of bags of popcorn should you have enjoyed it and wanted to take your own yummy bag home! Our popcorn is all air popped by hand and made special with our own olive oils and special seasoning. This good-stuff isn't mass produced..therefore the pricing reflects that. As for the feedback of your WINE tasting experience, the very reason you came, I apologize our Wine Ambassador wasn't as quick as needed to keep wine in your glass. I see you dined with us on Mother's Day, which I'm sure you understand was a very busy day for us. We have a fairly new team and for many, it was their first holiday experience with us. So while it may not have been lightning quick, I can assure you there is no one who CARES more than my team. We try our hardest to remember what pour everyone is on, but sometimes it slips our mind. I apologize if that was an inconvenience, but remembering over 30 guests flights can sometimes be tough. I am certainly glad you enjoyed the live music and our atmosphere. I would love to invite you back to try our "stupid-good" wine again and give us another chance, but should you decide not to, I understand. We only wish you the best!

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Alaina
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my mother here for mother's day and we had a wonderful time! Shane was very helpful and also the blonde lady who works there (can't remember her name). Such a lovely atmosphere with artwork everywhere and there was a live musician. We also got their flavored popcorn to have with our wine and it was so delicious that we bought some to take home. All of their wines were really tasty and they give you a notecard to take notes about each wine. Can't wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Mothers Day 5/9/21

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun night with friends!

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KeithB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to relax and have a fantastic glass or wine, or two.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had great staff, I would really visit this place again

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Kami
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time, and great food. Staff was awesome. I am sad I am moving out of state and won't get a chance to come back for a while.

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NancyA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Great wine any time of the day. Gourmet Popcorn and packaged charcuterie items available, along with chocolate bars.

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Jenny
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was fine my fourth time there music was great wine was great had to wait for the table for the first time but glad they were busy!

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kylek
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved this place great for a date night. The staff was super sweet and they had live music.

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Cheesy
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall nice experience. Wines are good but overpriced.

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JuanitaL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere! Amazing Wines! Fantastic service! McClain Cellars never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite winery!! Was looking for wine tasting in Orange County and found this place among others. We didn’t really care for the other places but loved this place!! The service was AMAZING!! We never had to wait for anything. I love how they have several people taking care of their customers. I also liked their menu setup with several different flight options. They have a deli case where you can create your own charcuterie board and gourmet popcorn too. They even had live music when we were there (Sunday). And their bottle labels are SO cool. We will definitely be back soon!

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PaulaR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun appetizers -great wine fun atmosphere - so fun after not being out for so long- thanks for such a great time

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JohnP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It would be nice to still get food from the local restaurants. Thank you

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Wineandspiritscafe
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mcclain Cellars was a wonderful experience. The staff was excellent and made me feel comfortable and like a VIP.

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vipBethLinge
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience!

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LauraD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at McClain Cellars. The staff was exceedingly friendly and the wine was even better. We loved the vibe and will definitely return. Five out of five Stars from us.

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CathieU
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winery with awesome wines! Staff and owners were very nice and accommodating. We will definitely come back again!

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NancyA
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

McClains is always a lovely evening. Great wine, as always!

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vipTerriM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine fun atmosphere! Cara is so friendly! Great wine and popcorn!

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KoreneB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little winery with nice live music and very good wines. They have a nice outdoor covered patio to sit, relax and enjoy.

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vipDELISH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

always a great time! the atmosphere and the live music ++++

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vipYogadance
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Love mcclains fir date night

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czkhath
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We went there this past Saturday, and it was quite crowded. The server was very nice, but she was so busy because she had SO MANY tables including a pretty large birthday party right next to us. The three of us ordered a flight each, and it took awhile to get service. I had the white wine flight; the sparkling wine was very good, but the rest of the flight was pretty awful! The sauvignon blanc was basically just flavored water. The rest of the flight wasn't much better either. Very disappointing. The regular red flight (there were a few choices there) were also pretty disappointing. We asked for water so that we could clean our palate between the flights, and when she finally came back with water, they were in the tiniest, like 4 oz. glasses. I guess they wanted us to buy bottles of water. We asked for more water, too, after we drank our baby glasses, and we never got them. Would definitely NOT recommend this place, especially when it's busy.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach
Responded on 31 March 2021

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We truly value feedback from our guests as we continue to evolve, grow and improve. I am so disappointed to hear about what happened with the water. We will be addressing that with the staff, as you should have been brought a bottle of water for your table. While wine preferences are subjective, we are happy that you gave us a chance! We are always making new vintages so we do hope that you give us a try in the future, as we'd love the chance to make your experience better next time!

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McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach is rated 4.6 stars by 80 OpenTable diners.

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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.