What's New in Laguna Beach

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ROUX Creole Cuisine brings a touch of New Orleans to Laguna Beach, taking over the space where Cafe Zoolu was, a 24-year dining fixture. The owners have brought in Chef Norm Theard, whose creole recipes are 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.

oak laguna beach officially opened its doors on August 2nd and brings a rustic yet modern menu and environment, rich with coastal favors and local inspiration, to Laguna Beach. oak's coastal California comfort food menu starts with small plates to share including the Local Albacore Stack, South-of-the-Border Ceviche, Fried Green Tomatoes and Crispy Duck Drums. Seasonal soups and fresh salads are available for the lighter fare. Burgers and Daily Taco offerings include the signature Oak Burger, Chef Z's Hot Chicken and Sandra's Pork Shoulder Tacos. oak is open for lunch and dinner service daily from 5:00pm. 

Harmony Tea Bar opened July, 2017, and believes there's a cup of tea out there for everyone - whether a traditional cup of Bao Zhong oolong tea, or a handcrafted cup of cold-brewed milk tea, filled with delicious honey boba.  Their mission at Harmony Tea Bar is to introduce our local community to the wonderful world of tea. They focus on using natural, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible and providing exceptional customer service.

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

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. 

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.

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 is the recent recipient of two highly distinguished accolades. Architectural Digest named The Ranch at Laguna Beach among their top 18 new hotels in the world. Hotelier Mark Christy and his sister/designer Laurie Alter (who owns and operates Tuvalu, a much sought-out home accessories store in downtown) refreshed the resort and golf course to create a rustic, yet welcoming ambience, conjuring up what Laguna Beach looked like back in the 1920s. Everything was custom designed from the furniture to the fabrics, emanating a beach cottage feel - West Coast simplicity at its finest. The Ranch at Laguna Beach is also the newest member of the exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a collection of boutique hotels in extraordinary places around the world with a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the first hotel in the state of California to receive the invitation-only membership, and is one of only six member lodges in the United States.

In Winter 2017, Montage Laguna Beach is slated for a renovation to take place throughout its 250 guest rooms, main lobby, The Loft restaurant and other areas throughout the 30-acre property. Inspired by the resort's surroundings and Craftsman architecture, the refresh will feature a natural palette and modern furnishings, while staying true to its classic roots. In order to minimize impact on guests, the guest room renovation will take place in phases and all areas of the hotel will remain accessible. Innovation is at the forefront at Studio restaurant, Montage Laguna Beach's five-star dining experience. Chef Craig Strong recently debuted a six-course vegetarian tasting menu with dishes that play on classic French specialties made vegetarian. Vegetables are at the center of the plate with twists on classics, like Pot‘ato'-au-Feu, a take on the traditional Pot-au-Feu beef stew, and Crimson Beet Tartare, Chef Strong's take on a traditional steak tartare, with a golden beet ‘yolk' in place of the expected raw egg yolk.

Montage Laguna Beach has also launched a new cocktail program, with 17 unique signature selections for each of its three distinct venues at the resort. Each creation begins as an inspiration from a classic, and then the bartenders add their own spin while highlighting seasonal ingredients and flavors. From whiskey and IPA-inspired Five O'Clock Somewhere at Studio to summer-centric raspberry, lemon and vodka A Rose By Any Name at Lobby Lounge, there is sure to be a flavor for every palate. And for the philanthropic imbiber - the $1,000 Cinque Stelle concocted from The Balvenie 40-year-old Scotch whisky and Disaronno Riserva Amaretto poured over hand-chipped ice in a cut crystal double rocks glass is served in Lobby Lounge. For each Cinque Stelle ordered, Montage Laguna Beach will donate $500 a local charity, chosen by the guest.

Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, the 23-room luxury boutique hotel, redesigned their 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.

Fun Fact
Did you know that Laguna Beach has more beachfront lodging properties than any other California city? From cozy inns to luxurious resorts, take in panoramic ocean views and fall asleep to the sound of the surf.

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

Check out the 2017 Official Laguna Beach Visitors Guide and start planning your trip Today!

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