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230 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA

230 Forest Avenue

4.8
4.8
2681 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Don't be fooled by the crowds and the noise; they are all part of the scene here at Laguna Beach's sexy and intense 230 Forest Avenue. The lean deep room seduces you to the open kitchen, bustling bar, and concrete floors, creating a space that is part modern bistro, part martini bar, and part art gallery. It's the perfect spot to see and be seen, laid back Laguna-style. Executive Chef Marc Cohen is consistently recognized as one of The OC's top chefs. You'll be ready to award him a medal, too, after tasting his flashy-to-the-eye, tickle-the-taste- buds fusion appetizers and entrees. His dishes are often so stunning that they compete with the artwork on the walls, making for a thoroughly satisfying "artistic" experience.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00–15:30 Dinner Daily 15:30–20:30
  • Phone number
    (949) 494-2545
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Marc Cohen
  • Private party contact
    Ashleigh Mutty: (603) 707-6751
  • Area
    Laguna Beach
  • Cross Street
    PCH
  • Parking Details
    There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,681 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orange County

    Californian

  • South Orange County

    Californian

2,681 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    230 Forest Avenue offers a remarkable fine dining experience. The ambiance is sophisticated, featuring tasteful decor and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Each dish is a culinary masterpiece, meticulously crafted with a perfect balance of flavors and stunning presentation. The service is exceptional, with staff that are both attentive and knowledgeable, ensuring every need is met seamlessly. Ideal for special occasions or a memorable night out, 230 Forest Avenue excels in providing an extraordinary dining experience. Highly recommended for those seeking elegance and gourmet delight.

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  2. KayY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were greeted with warmth and exceptional hospitality. The food was prepared with the freshest ingredients and presented beautifully. The attentive and friendly staff made our dining experience truly memorable. 230 Forest is a must-visit for its outstanding food, superb service, and inviting atmosphere. An unforgettable culinary gem!

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  3. AlanS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always extraordinary! Given that we’re in Laguna Beach only two or three times a year, we’re compelled to eat at 230 Forest Avenue every time we visit, and have never been disappointed.

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  4. DougK

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food and very helpful staff. A definite be back place.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated Father’s Day at 230 Forest with my two boys, and it was an absolute treat. Our meal began with the warm rolls, which were extraordinary. Though I’m not used to paying extra for dinner rolls and initially thought it was a cheap appetizer, they turned out to be super tasty and worth every penny. Next, we tried the spicy tuna, which was like a smack in the face of heat followed by delectable tuna. It was an intense yet delightful experience. For the main event, our “sandwich fiesta” featured two of the Hot and Honey sandwiches, riding the hot chicken wave. The sweet nicely paired with the heat, creating a perfect balance. We also had the prime rib sandwich with jus and horseradish sauce. Everything was truly delicious, making for a wonderful Father’s Day celebration.

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  6. AlisonM

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    230 Forest is our all time favorite, amazing quality and reliable service. Thank you

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  7. SherylP

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always artistic and exceptional food and excellent service.

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  8. Gloria

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Very accommodating with an infant.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best dinner!!! Service was incredible, food was amazing

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  10. KMTO

    Central Coast

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It's my favorite restaurant as they always deliver a great experience with both food and service. This time however we were ignored by our waiter, the appetizer was dry and missing the flavoring it usually comes with and the chicken was drowned with a heavy hand of sauce. Not great but I'll still go back as everyone is allowed an off night.

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230 Forest Avenue is rated 4.8 stars by 2681 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 36 times today
Google Map for 230 Forest Avenue

230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    PCH
  • Area
    Laguna Beach
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00–15:30 Dinner Daily 15:30–20:30
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    There is metered parking all along Forest Avenue as well as several "pay" lots near by.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Marc Cohen
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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