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373 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2111
+1 949-497-5100
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The group I was with stopped to get something sweet to take back to the conference and it took 20 minutes to serve 6 of us one by one purchasing a pastry. And when I had the pastry is was not worth the wait. It definitely was a la European style - and not so sweet - but it tastes... More 

Thank Tanya W
South Bloomingville, Ohio
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Lovely patio is so nice for lunch - the indoor restaurant is very nice, too. Selections had something for everyone and our server was an added bonus. He was friendly, charming and had a great sense of humor, too. Thanks Tilo (not sure of the spelling). The sweets looked wonderful but we did not indulge.

Thank KathyLivesInOhio
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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166 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Reading the reviews prior to our visit made the place seem spotty on food and service, but our group of ten (small family day-reunion) was quickly seated and our drink orders were just as fast. The lunch we had come for was comfortable and clean, and our orders were fairly large. I had the turkey sandwich and it was considerable... More 

Thank DermDude1
Laguna Beach, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Be careful on what you eat there, the restaurante lighting is gloomy maybe because they don't want you to see it....BUT YOU CAN CHOCK ON IT! I found a big piece of plastic stick in my salad and it hurt the inside of my mouth plus I choked on it. Manager Antonio (Tony) was careless, disrespectul and a total jerk... More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The small pastry case and take-away order counter was full of beautiful made-on-the-premises goods. The pastries are eye candy and as tasty as they look. The tarts are buttery and filled with the freshest fruit. Don't miss this place when in Laguna Beach

Thank AMC3430
Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We slid in for some dessert! I had the lime cheesecake which was awesome. You can tell it's homemade. My hubs has the chocolate mouse roll cake! Topped it off with a Perrier and it was a perfect afternoon sweet snack! The young man working the dessert could get was very helpful and polite!

Thank Dianamwill
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Went in for lunch because it looks nice and the lunch specials Looked good value. were only given main munu by first young waiter. After a while older waiter came over to take order. We had to ask about lunch specials which he then verbally told us. We ordered drinks and the specials off lunch menu. When we finishes the... More 

Thank Noel012014
Newport Beach, California
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I wanted to begin my pre-birthday morning sitting on the deck at C'est La Vie with my friends enjoying a cappuccino listening to the waves crashing on the Laguna Beach coast, but the deck was closed and not accessible for my friends wheelchair. I started my day a little disappointed, but then the waiter "Michael" surprised me with a sweet... More 

Thank StardustNB
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I stopped by with my family after dinner at another place to pick up some pastry to take home. After waiting for less than 5 mins we were greeted by a very pleasant gentleman who explained the cakes and sweets selection and I placed an order. He got everything ready and then passed over the bag of sweets and said... More 

Thank Vladimir B
Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I chose a table by the street so I could people watch, but there are beach view tables. I had a salad which was dressed well and fresh. I asked for several omissions in the salad which they easily did. Enjoyed a nice lunch. Can be a bit noisy.

Thank Deborah K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$47
French, American, European
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 373 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2111
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-497-5100
Laguna's only California French restaurant located in downtown Laguna, with spectacular ocean views overlooking Main Beach. Excellent cuisine with a French bakery. Full liquor license. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and parties. Free parking on premises. Romantic outdoor patio, incredible dinner menu, best coffee and dessert. Lobster special on Wednesday, French Night Prix Fix Menu on Friday night and Live music on Saturday & Friday. Full size bakery with home made traditional French patisserie with twenty one MACARON flavors including chocolate camel milk macarons, "CAMELRONS."

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