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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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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the bakery, not the other food. Everything we tried from croissants to cakes were fantastic. We found the other food to be either flavorless or overly dripping in sauce.

Thank karenmcclu
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't be fooled by how the pastries look.... Extremely expensive for mediocre pastries!! The pastries looked extremely yummy on the showcase so my sister and I decided to try this place. I ordered a mocha mousse cake (I think it was called), and my sister ordered a fruit tart. We were thinking of ordering to go when the server/cashier/whatever told... More 

Thank Antonia O
Tustin, CA 92782
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy French songs, go on Friday evenings 6 pm to 9 pm. . Expensive menu. Service: they have professional waiters and new waiters. Depends who you get. Our waiter is always the Moroccan and he provides excellent service. Dress warm as the restaurant likes to keep the windows open. Free self parking in rear of restaurant. Otherwise, free... More 

Thank santamonican
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant kitchen is dropping the ball. Service is trying to make up the difference but it's hard. E say multiple meals returned for various reasons. One ladies burger came out frozen. Also wine list was limited.

Thank catalonio
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 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
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 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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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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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

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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, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Groups, View, Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?