In recent years Laguna Beach has reinvented itself as a go-to destination for some of the area’s best restaurants and bars. Whether you are a serious foodie, love a well-mixed craft cocktail, or simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of an oceanfront bistro, there is something in Laguna Beach for everyone. Here’s a look at some of the area’s most popular establishments.
Selanne Steak Tavern – 1464 South Coast Highway
Opened in November 2013 by the Anaheim Ducks hockey legend Teemu Selanne, this chef-driven steakhouse occupies the former location of French 75 and embodies the spirit of the classic American tavern. Chef Joshua Severson offers up a variety of contemporary steakhouse dishes while pastry chef Heather Fisher delivers irresistible retro-treats. Featured steaks range from filet mignon to rib eye to the 32 ounce “Lord Stanley” cut of wagyu beef, all served with unbelievable marrow butter. Meals are paired with an excellent selection of Napa Valley and other California wines. For more information please visit www.selannesteaktavern.com.
The Rooftop Lounge – 1289 South Coast Highway
If you want a night out on the town at one of the area’s trendiest spots, then head to The Rooftop Lounge. Located on the roof of La Casa del Camino hotel, this is the absolute best place to watch the sunset while indulging in a fresh fruit Mojito and sampling some excellent California cuisine. Every Monday through Friday the lounge offers happy hour from 3pm to 5pm where guests can sip Mojitos, beer, wine and well drinks for half price. Some of the tasty treats on which to dine include shrimp penne pasta, hibachi salmon, spicy seafood chowder, a Tuscan platter of assorted cheeses, Italian cured meats, roasted vegetables and truffle olive oil, and a delicious Breads and Spreads Trio with smoked salmon, sundried tomato-artichoke pesto and eggplant tapenade. Please visit www.rooftoplagunabeach.com for more information.
Brussels Bistro – 222 Forest Ave.
Craving the flavors of Belgium and France? Then you must check out Brussels Bistro. Diners can relax on their casual terrace while enjoying a premium Belgian beer or dine underground in a more urban setting. Executive Chef Thomas Crijns has crafted a menu of authentic dishes with includes Beef Tartare, Pork Shank with Mustard Sauce, Belgian Onion Soup, Duck Confit with Red Wine Sauce and much, much more. Their signature cocktails will delight the tastebuds and include the Chocolatini, the Moscow Mule and the Cucumber Basil Martini. On Friday and Saturday nights the brasserie transforms into one of the hottest nightclubs in town. For more information visit www.brusselsbistro.com.
Broadway By Amar Santana – 328 Glenneyre St.
Voted one of “Orange County Top Cocktail Bars” by O.C. Weekly, Broadway By Amar Santana not only delivers exceptional cocktails but also wows with its menu of Modern American Cuisine. Ingredients come from local farms and dishes include such mouth-watering treats as Grilled Marinated Vermont Quail, Thyme Basted Prime Filet Mignon, Slow Braised Sonoma Lamb, Fried Brussels Sprouts and Japanese Eggplant Agrodolce. The interior is reminiscent of a New York City industrial-space theatre with an open kitchen at center stage. A chef’s table with seating for six overlooks the frenzied activity of the kitchen theatre. For more information please visit their website at www.broadwaybyamarsantana.com.