What's New in Laguna Beach

There is always new things happening in Laguna Beach. Keep on top of all that is new and happening here by checking back to this page.

Now Open

AHBA

South Laguna welcomes AHBA, a relaxed, warm environment with roots that are primarily Mediterranean with an “angle” toward Isreali casual fare. The restaurant offers a bar that looks into the open kitchen, long community table seating, as well as a few patio tables. The team is initially serving breakfast and lunch, with plans to eventually expand to dinner. 

Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill

In late January, Maro and his brother, Martin, took over as 100% operators of the 65-year-plus grand dame Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill, and have been renovating interiors and menus for a fresh new Polynesian take! Experience a warm and breezy blend of the past, a beautiful present celebrating a new, masterful menu that marries our original Polynesian vibe with global coastal culinary, and a soon-to-be memorable future. 

Harley 

Harley debuts in Laguna Beach, taking the place of the former Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink space. Greg Daniels kept the space is the same, but the vibe is significantly changed up and the design is now mid-century modern. The menu features "New American Small Plates," explaining that he's designed this menu with dishes that are "simple but approachable." Daniels' menu items are only sourced from organic farms, ranches and rod-and-reel enterprises. Harley offers dinner seven days a week and is open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

South of Nick's

South of Nick’s Mexican Kitchen recently opened in Laguna Beach offering creative Mexican classics, a lively bar scene, an elite list of sipping tequilas all set within a beautiful historic Spanish Colonial abode.

Oliver's Osteria Mare e Monti

Oliver's Osteria Mare e Monti is an Italian restaurant, has opened in the former Ivory Restaurant space, located at The Hive in the Civic Arts District.

Ocean at Main

After serving nine years as executive chef at award-winning Studio restaurant, Chef Craig Strong has opened his own restaurant, Ocean at Main, in downtown Laguna Beach. Strong, who presently lives in Laguna Beach with his family, warmly envisions the 126-seat, 4,500-square-foot Ocean at Main as a welcoming establishment in this idyllic Southern California community. To help achieve his goal, the restaurant has undergone a physical refresh by Laguna-based Laurie Alter of Tuvalu Home and a rebranding spearheaded by Strong. Dylan Cloughen, who worked with Strong previously and was most recently with the Mina Group, serves as general manager. It is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Lost Pier Café

Operated by The Ranch at Laguna Beach, is a new beachfront dining venue located at the site of the former Aliso Creek Pier. The landmark diamond-shaped pier, built in 1971, became an extension of the Aliso State Beach for surfing, fishing and exploring the Pacific. 15 years later, a wave of El Niño storms crushed the existing structure and when engineers were brought in to rebuild it, they found the underwater canyons and powerful currents would make it difficult, if not impossible, to reconstruct and history would likely repeat itself.

The Seahorse

In 1926, a liquor store and a hardware store opened on the corner of Pearl Street and Pacific Coast Highway, and in 1946 it became its current namesake The Seahorse. For many years, it operated as a secret watering hole for the local gay community until it was eventually turned back to retail as Laguna Auto Parts. It recently reopened and today, they celebrate diversity and inclusion, and welcomes everyone. 

Laguna Beach Beer Company 

Offers a variety of brews on tap, as well as growlers to-go. Enjoy shareable plates, flatbreads, salads and more. Catering is also available.

Roux Laguna 

Brings a touch of New Orleans to Laguna Beach, taking over the space where Cafe Zoolu was, a 24-year dining fixture. The menu features their 1855 New York Steak, Atlantic Salmon, Catfish Orleans, Seafood Gumbo, and more - all reminiscent of the French Quarter.

Oak Laguna Beach

Oak 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. 

Coming Soon

Wild Taco

Wild Taco, named for its wild-caught seafood, will be located at 188 S. Coast Hwy. as the fifth restaurant of owner Thomas Carter, but the first in Laguna Beach. In addition to the Wild Taco in Newport Beach, Carter owns three Bear Flag Fish Co. locations in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. His new Laguna Beach operation will offer dishes made with seafood caught from his own boat.

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

About Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego and along the southern coast of Orange County. Known as home to hundreds of local artists, and set amid 20,000 acres of wilderness, Laguna Beach is primarily served by John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA) located just 20 minutes away. 

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. The Ranch also recently acquired a GLSand glass bottle crusher, which reduces glass to a sand-like product for use throughout the property.  The resort is the first hospitality entity in North America to acquire this machine. This is just one of many ways the resort is implementing sustainability initiatives in its daily operations. 

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. Casa Laguna is a recipient of the 2017 Reader's Choice Award by Conde Nast Traveler.

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

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.