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Big Fish Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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540 S Coast Hwy Ste 200, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2473 (Legion)
+1 949-715-4500
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11:30 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 23:00
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Dana Point, California
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188 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Fish has a nice view from just about anywhere in the tavern. Lots of drink options. Food is just average, but what one might expect for a place like this. Certainly nothing to write home about. Fun place to have a drink, then find dinner elsewhere.

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Thank Tom M
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food and great service! I didn't have very high expectations but it surprised me. There is food for everyone's taste from the youngest one to the oldest. Pretty good prizes for the food quality AND quantity!!

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Thank Claudia V
Rowland Heights, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got there before the Friday Night crowd hit. Had an OK cup of New England style clam chowder and a great sea food cobb salad. Would have had a bowl of the clam chowder but my waiter warned me that the salad would be huge, and he was right! For first time visitors parking is a problem... I ended up... More 

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Thank retireejim2016
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted a fresh fish dinner so we choose this resturant based on the reviews. The fish was fresh and well cooked but the portion size was very small especially for the price. The kicker was the price for the drinks which tasted watered down. The waitress was helpfull and attentive.

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Thank Suzanne c
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly empty restaurant. Should have been a clue on a Saturday night. Daughter order fillet well done. Took 30 minutes to get meal. Cut into it. It was medium rare. It happens, no problem. They took it back and re-cooked it. Still pink. Like rubber. Mgr came out. Then they said they would re-make it. That took 25 min. Asked... More 

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Thank Kschwartz62
Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Our hotel concierge recommended Big Fish Tavern when we were looking for a casual spot to enjoy within walking distance of our hotel. We arrived just in time to watch the sun go down over the Pacific. Our Hostess saw to it that we had a corner spot right by the window, our cocktails packed a punch, food was tasty... More 

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Thank OMGYoga
Ivins, Utah
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We were craving good seafood, so we drove 5 1/2 hours to stay over one night and eat seafood. Big Fish did not disappoint us and our waiter was kind and friendly.

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Thank justmoxie
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Our entrees and drinks were incredible. Waitress was attentive, but didn't hover. Perfect evening until we ordered dessert. Creme brulee was awful. Whoever threw it together needs to go back to the dishroom. All three were not tempered correctly and had the consistency and texture of lard. One bite was more than enough. How that disgusting mess made it passed... More 

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Thank Maebeth F
Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

The place is a decent bar that also serves food. If you go to drink then it's fine. If you go to eat, then expect bar food, bland and greasy.

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Thank robmcd
Venice, Italy
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The food was fine, and the service was good, however, the food was not good enough to go back with so many awesome restaurants in laguna beach

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 S Coast Hwy Ste 200, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2473
    (Legion)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-715-4500
Description
House of BIG FISH and Ice Cold Beer – the name says it all. This seafood savvy neighborhood hotspot boasts an upbeat atmosphere and a straightforward menu of fresh fish perfectly paired with one of the best ice cold beer selections in town. From the clean, vibrant interior to the relaxing ocean views of the wraparound dining patio, BIG FISH is uniquely Laguna Beach.

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