Nick’s is the crown jewel of the Laguna Beach world. But not because of Michelin stars, or a chef from Top Chef, or a seven-course tasting menu featuring baby quail eggs and celery foam. Quite the opposite. This casual restaurant is the ultimate Laguna go-to because it’s one of the most crowd-pleasing restaurants you’ll ever encounter. You will also encounter ridiculous wait times, zero reservation availability (unless you book many weeks in advance), and the greatest prime rib sandwich of all time. Go for a post-beach lunch, go for drinks and snacks at the bar, or go for a dinner date. And get the prime rib sandwich.
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Wine Gallery, a Laguna Beach local hangout, is a fun wine bar with a good Happy Hour and a solid food menu.
O Fine Japanese Cuisine
O Fine is your best bet for affordable sushi in Laguna Beach (or anywhere nearby).
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Plan Check downtown has great bar food and an even better beer list, an ideal combination for pre-gaming an event at Staples.
Simmzy’s is a beach-themed bar/restaurant and an ideal spot for an after-work drink and some food.
Birdie G’s is a comfort-food spot in Santa Monica that feels both nostalgic and completely different from anything else in town.
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Selanne Steak Tavern
For a special occasion in Laguna Beach, Selanne Steak Tavern is the place to go.
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