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Kitchen in the Canyon is a neighborhood café where enthusiastic food lovers can come together and eat delicious food and enjoy Kean coffee. They also offer on and off-site catering services, and a Home Chef Program featuring an extensive assortment of cooking classes for individuals, small groups, and corporate events such as team building and cooking for a cause.  

Salerno by Chef Pirozzi features a pasta menu different from Alessa and Pirozzi, chef stated, "Mamma and Pappa Vittorio are here from Napoli to make sure menu and new pasta are made the 101% Napololetana way." It's located at 220 Beach Street.  

Another Kind Cafe offers clean-tasting, authentic dishes from Vietnam and Thailand, along with other SE Asian specialties. Their food is marked by a commitment to detail, smart sourcing, and balanced flavors. The restaurant design is an eclectic mix of industrial and retro -- evoking a Bangkok food stall (complete with house-made Thai iced tea!).  

HARVEST at The Ranch at Laguna Beach marries the bounty of the season with the atmosphere and creativity of Laguna Beach, inspired by the local flavors, ingredients and traditions of American and California Cuisine. HARVEST features outdoor patio seating with inspiring Aliso Canyon and golf course views. As an homage to the original homesteaders, handcrafted food and drink will be a focus throughout your dining experience with many ingredients grown on property and sourced thoughtfully. The menu will change seasonally and take advantage of the herbs, fruits and vegetables grown on site from our ¼ acre Harvest Garden.

Reunion Kitchen + Drink, owned by Scott McIntosh, opened in October 2016 and offers hearty, all-American comfort food.

Laurent Vrignaud's Moulin Bistro opened its doors in September 2016 with the mission of making guests feel as if they have been transported to France. For breakfast, request a made-to-order crepe or waffle. Lunch will introduce a hot dog utilizing pork sausage made in-house. At dinner, locals will covet the patio while sipping on French beer and wine. Your sweet tooth may also choose between a selection of ice cream crafted by Stephane Treand. It is located at 248 Forest Avenue. 

After a few years of being closed, the 65-year old Royal Hawaiian reopened in September 2016 and features classic Hawaiian fusion cuisine.

Asada Tacos + Beer in the Boat Canyon shopping center opened in late August and features Mexican fare. 

Jan's Health Bar opened in the Boat Canyon shopping center in North Laguna and offers quick/healthy fresh juices and smoothies, sandwiches, soups and salads, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille opened in June 2016 in the former Ocean Avenue Brewing space at 237 Ocean Avenue under new ownership. The brewery offers lunch & dinner, Mexican food, craft beer and cocktails, burgers, seafood and more.

Taverna Laguna opened in Spring 2016 in the heart of downtown. This is the first California location for Lombardi Family Concepts, with eateries in Texas, Las Vegas and Mexico. The menu features a variety of Italian specialties including risottos, homemade pastas and wood fire pizzas. Libations include aperitifs, craft cocktails, beer and wine. They make their own gelato and desserts. Taverna is committed to using fresh and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch.

Coming Soon

Executive Chef Chris Tzorin of Oak will bring local flavors of rustic modern, California comfort fare to Laguna Beach in mid to late Summer at 1100 S. Coast Highway. A bar will be dedicated to crafty cocktails with exotic flavors, wines by the glass, brewed ales, IPAs and lagers.

Slice, a fast-casual restaurant, has plans to open on Forest Avenue in late September 2017 and will offer personalized pizza, salads and a slice of the day special. Beer and wine will also be available. 

ROUX Creole Cuisine will bring a touch of New Orleans to Laguna Beach, taking over the space where Cafe Zoolu was, a 24-year dining fixture. The owners are bringing in Chef Norm Theard, whose creole recipes were inspired by this mother, a New Orleans native. Great music, flickering lanterns and an aroma of gumbo, étouffée, jambalaya, rice & red beans, beignets and seasonal dishes - all reminiscent of the French Quarter - are expected. Scheduled to open in late 2017. 

Red Dragon is scheduled to open in the former Mosun/Club M location in late 2017. Restaurateurs Ensan and Ruth Zhao will introduce their native Cantonese cuisine to Laguna Beach. They are bringing in two Hong Kong chefs to ensure authenticity to the nightly menu. In addition to the extensive remodel to both floors, there will be a rooftop terrace.

Other Restaurant News

Cafe Zoolu, a 24-year dining fixture in Laguna Beach (known for its baseball filet-sized swordfish that Zagat named "Best Swordfish on the Planet," closed its doors in May 2016, as owner/chef Michael and his wife Toni Leech seek a welcomed retirement. Michael Byrne, a Laguna resident who was a Zoolu regular and co-owner of The Saloon bar in town, has plans to take over the space and open a new restaurant, Creole, along with business partner Norm Theard.

For a complete list of Laguna Beach restaurants, please visit www.visitlagunabeach.com/restaurants

Hotel Happenings

Exciting updates have taken place at hotels around town! Check-in and find out what's new.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach recently completed a property wide renovation to include its guest rooms, a new pool, spa, meeting space and its restaurant, HARVEST. In June 2017, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the newest member of the exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

Casa Laguna Inn and Spa redesigned the guest rooms and lobby, partnering with famed celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard whilst honoring the historic nature of this property. Each furnishing is bespoke for the property from their signature MLB drapery to the hand painted imported French tile throughout the guest room bathrooms and lobby. The project was completed in March 2016, and is positioned as a 23-room luxury boutique hotel, debuting under the new name, Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa

The Laguna Beach House made its grand debut in April 2015; after its $1.5 million renovation to the boutique hotel. All 36 deluxe guestrooms and public spaces - including the lobby as the hotel's social hub, an expanded pool deck and the brand new meeting space - have been remodeled to reflect the carefree spirit of the property's beach town location. Chic coastal décor and vintage furniture create the look and feel of an open, airy beach cottage with a palette of natural, warm colors with vibrant pops. Oceanic scenes are depicted in the design and the artwork, and surf, skate and sand accents are spread throughout the property. The accommodations are designed specifically to reflect the laidback California vibe, with beach accents abound. Succulents, vintage surf books, with custom-made surfboards hanging over the beds. Your will also find a Surf Shop displayed throughout each guestrooms; where you can take home small handcrafted instruments, canvas totes and coastal-inspired accessories by Australian brand Sunnylife and Venice Beach-based Convivial.

In 2015, Montage Laguna Beach completed its newly renovated Catalina, Sunset and Aliso Suites. Inspired by the resort's surroundings, each suite has a natural palette, modern furnishings, brick and stone hearth gas fireplaces and state-of-the-art technology. The 2,000-square-foot Catalina Suite offers panoramic ocean views and boasts an expansive balcony spanning the length of the entire suite. State-of-the-art technology allows guests to personalize all aspects of their accommodations, including LED ceiling lighting and sound system, housekeeping requests, hotel restaurant menus and prompting the Do Not Disturb signal. Spa Montage has a collection of new treatments, packages and personalized series as an addition to the award-winning menu of services. The updated menu features the latest innovations in beauty, wellness and European spa science. New treatments include: HydraFacial - a resurfacing system that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates using the Vortex-Fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Salt and Stone Kur - salt crystals soften and exfoliate while stimulating circulation as ocean botanical water soaks away tension and prepares muscles for a full body massage incorporating Himalayan salt stones infused with pink grapefruit and lemon oil.

Other recent renovations that are taking place or have been completed include: The Inn at Laguna Beach's brand new exteriors with new awnings; and Laguna Brisas Hotel's guest rooms, parking lots and balconies.

For a complete list of Laguna Beach hotels, please visit www.visitlagunabeach.com/hotels.

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