There is no shortage of fabulous Laguna Beach restaurants, with a variety of atmospheres and menus.
Just to name a very few, Nick's is a popular breakfast spot, Mozambique has exotic and amazing decor, while Las Brisas has a swell happy hour overlooking the ocean.
A very popular spot to eat is Las Brisas Laguna Beach. It's right at the top of the bluffs to the north of Main Beach. This ocean view Mexican restaurant has a festive atmosphere and serves fresh seafood, chicken and beef dishes. There is an outdoor bar and patio where you can enjoy margaritas and appetizers while overlooking the Pacific (or each other).
A walking path goes up the hill at the north end of Laguna's Main Beach from behind the bathrooms at the bottom of the bluff. This trail winds up and along the coast for fabulous ocean views. It'll take you right past Las Brisas, where the delicious smells and atmosphere will make you wish you had a reservation. Or you can stop in the patio bar for a drink and quick bite before taking a sunset stroll on to Heisler Park and back.
Las Brisas Restaurant is located at 361 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, California. They serve breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Reservations are suggested by calling 949-497-5434. The patio bar has a happy hour from 4 to 6 Mondays through Fridays.
There is valet parking, or you can park at a meter nearby. If there's no open space, try across Pacific Coast Highway in the neighborhoods, if you don't mind the walk.
For a casual, quick bite near the beach, even late at night, a superb find is Taco Loco.
My friend and I came upon Taco Loco when looking for a late night snack after the artists' opening night at Art Affair. Surprisingly, not many Laguna Beach restaurants are open late on a Wednesday night in summer.
I didn't expect anything special from a taqueria with late hours and no indoor seating, but we were blown away by the friendly service, delicious unique tacos and low prices.
They told us the tofu mushroom burgers were very popular, but I went for the blackened tofu mushroom taco. YUM. On subsequent visits, I've also loved the blackened fish tacos (cajun spiced). Friends have enjoyed the salads with cilantro dressing, the beef tacos, shrimp tacos and potato tacos. They also serve blackened shrimp tacos, blackened swordfish tacos and lots more. They serve an assortment of bottled tea beverages and also beers.
Taco Loco is at 640 South Coast Highway, close to downtown, between Legion and Cleo. Call 949-497-1635.
For the best coffee house in Laguna, check out the Koffee Klatch.
This Laguna Beach coffee house is the perfect place if you're looking to spend an hour or so at a little cafe that is NOT Starbucks. It's a small, dark cozy place. Romantic even, but not so romantic that you can't hook up your laptop to the free wifi and get a little work done if you need to, but in the evenings, it's more of a social atmosphere.
There are little glass tables with petite table lamps, sofas and cushy chairs to relax in, ceiling fans, a fireplace, sparkling decorative lights that aren't overbearing. In the outdoor brick alcove, there are a few more tables, a sofa, tiny colored lights and a fountain.
They also have wonderful coffee (even the decaf) and a huge tea selection. You can get your croissants or bagels toasted rather than nuked, and there are also some delicious looking pastries, cakes and tarts in the refrigerated cabinet.
The Koffee Klatch is right on Pacific Coast Highway, between Mountain Road and Calliope Street. Even if you don't like the atmosphere for some reason, you can take your coffee to go and take it across the street to the beach. The address is 1440 South Coast Highway. Metered parking on the street.
Other popular local restaurants include:
This is only the tip of the iceburg when it comes to Laguna Beach restaurants and eateries, so please feel free to comment below in the Facebook box about your own favorites and discoveries.
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