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Mare Culinary Lounge

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696 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Cleo St)
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 02:00
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81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here at the recommendation of a long time local. It is off the beaten track adjacent to the Holiday Inn. Best bet is to try and get a table on the charming outside Terrace but it is frequently booked for large groups.. I ordered the limoncello pasta with lobster. Absolutely delicious!

Thank pasadena4
Lodi, Ca
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80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We chose Mare for our son's wedding rehearsal dinner AND we are happy we did. The food was excellent, the service ( for 60 guests ) was well organized and efficient. Kevin , the head waiter was great, very personable and communicative. The patio where we were seated was nicely decorated, comfortable and cozy- even for 60 guests The Chicken... More 

Thank irishrover40
Laguna Beach
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205 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Used to love this place, but ate there last night, and something has changed. Should have known as it was practically empty, for a restaurant in Laguna on a busy Pageant night that's unheard of. Service started out extremely slow and somewhere between cocktails and appetizers our server changed. The pasta was under cooked, the table was never cleared, in... More 

Thank LagunaGypsy
Laguna Beach
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109 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

the food is good not as good as Alessa's even though it's the same owner yet it is still very good.....location is great especially the patio and there is a full bar

Thank Khoshid
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We walked in to the Mare as a group of six and were seated at a nice table by a friendly pleasant hostess. Unfortunately that was the only decent service we had. The waiter, who eventually deigned to take our order, obviously couldn't be bothered with a group of non drinkers. He was surly and impatient with us taking our... More 

Thank Anthony L
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited Mare during our holiday in Laguna beach as we were staying in the hotel above the restaurant. The restaurant was very clean and inviting and we received a friendly welcome. Complimentary warm bread and dip was offered which was very tasty. I ordered the chicken funghi which was delicious (although my only bit of feedback... More 

Thank Amy B
Philadelphia, United States
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Homemade gluten free ravioli with an amazing tomato sauce. Trout with sautéed vegetables that was a portion big enough for three. Crispy skin on the fish. Lightly seasoned. Simply superb and worth the money.

Thank Cynthia O
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Still afavorite, but getting a little frayed at the edges. The burata cheese on the "heirloom tomato carpaccio" was not a good as in the past.

Thank Frank M
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is our favorite restaurant in Laguna. Each item we have ordered has been excellent. I can't even recommend one selection as all are terrific. I'm partial to seafood so that's my go to item, but friends usually order more traditional Italian fare. If you're looking for something other than Italian, those options are also available.

Thank karenmcclu
Laguna Beach, California
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241 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Mare is within easy walking distance (3 blocks) from my home, so I thought that I'd give the restaurant a try last December. The food -- Mediterranean cuisine -- was decent, but not of particular note. The restaurant was crowded with office parties, so the service was understandably slow. My osso buco was on the dry side (how is that... More 

Thank James J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, Mediterranean
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 696 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    (Cleo St)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 715-9581
Upscale Modern Decor Italian from the Alessa and Cucina Alessa Chef Alesandro

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?