Best Ocean View Dining in Laguna Beach!

Hey there, foodies and beach lovers! If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate dining experience where the ocean breeze and stunning views complement your meal, you’re in for a treat in Laguna Beach. This charming seaside town isn’t just famous for its beautiful beaches but also for its incredible oceanfront dining options. Here you can find some of the best spots where the views are as mouth-watering as the food!

My Favorite Oceanfront Restaurants in Laguna Beach!

Ocean view from the Deck restaurant in Laguna Beach
Ocean view from the Deck restaurant

I’m just your everyday food enthusiast who happens to have a soft spot for the ocean. My adventures often lead me to places where the food is as mesmerizing as the view, and that’s exactly how I stumbled upon the culinary paradise of Laguna Beach. From cozy brunches watching the waves to romantic dinners under the starlit sky, each dining experience here has been nothing short of magical. Now, I want to share with you some of my favorite spots where the aroma of delicious cuisine blends perfectly with the salty sea breeze.

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Restaurant NameCuisine TypeSpecial FeaturesLocation DetailMust-Try Dish
The Deck on Laguna BeachSeafood, AmericanCasual, Oceanfront, Great for SunsetsRight on the beachFish Tacos
Driftwood KitchenSeafood, AmericanElegant, Upscale, Ocean ViewsRight on the beachPan-Seared Scallops
Splashes RestaurantContemporary CoastalIntimate, On-the-Water Dining ExperienceInside Surf & Sand Resort, ocean viewBrunch Specials
Las BrisasMexican RivieraPanoramic Views, Classic AmbianceOverlooking Main BeachGuacamole and Margaritas
Mozambique SteakhouseSouth African, SteaksRooftop Dining, Ocean ViewsSlightly InlandPeri-Peri Chicken
The Rooftop LoungeLight Bites, DrinksRooftop Bar, Stunning ViewsAt the top of La Casa del Camino, ocean viewCocktails
LarsenVaried, AmericanCasual Elegance, Beach VibeNear the OceanSeafood, Burgers
The CliffDiverse MenuSpectacular Ocean VistasOcean viewSeafood, Pasta
SkyloftBBQ, AmericanRooftop Dining, Lively AtmosphereCentral Laguna BeachBBQ Dishes
Lost Pier CaféAmerican Beach FareCasual, Beachside LocationRight on the BeachBreakfast Burritos
C’est La Vie RestaurantFrenchParisian-Style, CozyNear the OceanFrench Classics
Urth CafféOrganic Coffee & Café FareHealth-conscious, Cozy AtmosphereNear the Ocean, Breezy LocationOrganic Coffee, Smoothies, Pastries
Heidelberg Cafe & BistroBreakfast and LunchCozy, Outdoor SeatingOcean PeekOmelets, Fresh Pastries
OakModern CuisineWelcoming Atmosphere, Partial Ocean ViewSecond floor, near the oceanCocktails, Large Sandwiches

The Deck on Laguna Beach

the deck restaurant in laguna beach

This is the place to be if you love a casual vibe with an unbeatable ocean view. The Deck offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for a sunny afternoon or a romantic sunset dinner. Their seafood is fresh, and their cocktails are a must-try. Don’t forget to sample their famous fish tacos while you listen to the waves!

the deck floor area
The Deck restaurant

What I Liked About The Deck on Laguna Beach: I was really impressed with the steak and salmon at The Deck. It’s a delicious choice. The beautiful beachfront setting only added to the experience, making it a meal to remember. Whether it’s for the ocean views or the mouth-watering seafood, The Deck is definitely a spot I’ll return to.

my steak at the Deck restaurant
My steak at the Deck

The Deck Ratings and Reviews: 4.0/5 on Yelp​​.

Hours of Operation: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Driftwood Kitchen

Driftwood Kitchen
Driftwood Kitchen

Want a side of elegance with your ocean view? Driftwood Kitchen is your spot. Located right on the water, this restaurant offers a sophisticated menu featuring fresh seafood and steaks. The ambiance here is just right for a special occasion or a fancy night out. Make sure to try their pan-seared scallops – they’re a crowd favorite!

What I Liked About Driftwood Kitchen: My visit to Driftwood Kitchen was nothing short of delightful. The standout for me was the steak, which was perhaps the best I’ve ever tasted. The freshness of the dinner, combined with the helpful and efficient service, made my experience memorable. The real cherry on top, though, was the dining room’s overlooking view of the Pacific Ocean, adding a serene and beautiful backdrop to an already fantastic meal.

Driftwood Kitchen Ratings and Reviews: 4.0/5 on TripAdvisor​​.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Splashes Restaurant

Nestled inside the Surf & Sand Resort, Splashes offers an almost ‘on-the-water’ dining experience. The menu boasts contemporary coastal cuisine with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. Whether you’re there for brunch, lunch, or dinner, the view of the surf and sand is spectacular. Their brunch is particularly famous, so consider starting your day here!

What I Liked About Splashes Restaurant: Splashes Restaurant truly left an impression on me with its fantastic combination of great food and an incredible ocean view. The Eggs Benedict was the best I’ve ever had, and the experience of dining outside with glass wind barriers was just perfect. The staff was attentive, enhancing the overall experience. And if you’re there for breakfast, the Banana French Toast is a delightful choice. It’s the kind of place where the ambiance and the flavors come together to create a memorable dining experience.

Splashes Restaurant Ratings and Reviews: 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM​

Las Brisas

Las Brisas restaurant in Laguna Beach
Las Brisas restaurant

Overlooking Main Beach, Las Brisas is a Laguna Beach staple known for its Mexican Riviera-inspired cuisine. The views here are panoramic, offering a great vantage point of the coastline. Perfect for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner, their guacamole and margaritas are a must-try.

las brisas

What I Liked About Las Brisas: Las Brisas in Laguna Beach is a place that holds a special spot in my heart. The butter poached lobster tail is exceptional, and the views overlooking the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking, adding a lovely ambiance to the meal. I also like their Tres Leches cake which was super moist and delicious. The outdoor seating is a treat, allowing you to take in the beautiful surroundings while enjoying your food. It’s the perfect blend of great Mexican food and an incredible setting, making it an ideal spot for both romantic evenings and special occasions.

Tres leches cake at Las Brisas restaurant
My Tres Leches Cake

Las Brisas Ratings and Reviews: 4.0/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Mozambique Steakhouse

seating on top of the roof at Mozambique restaurant
Rooftop seating at Mozambique

While not directly on the beach, Mozambique offers a rooftop dining experience with breathtaking ocean views. The menu features South African-inspired dishes, with their peri-peri chicken being a standout. It’s a great spot for a lively dinner or a weekend brunch with a view.

Mozambique restaurant in Laguna beach

What I Liked About Mozambique Restaurant: Mozambique Restaurant in Laguna Beach offers a great experience. The rooftop dining is a standout feature, providing beautiful ocean views and a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset. The live music adds a vibrant touch to the atmosphere. The food is excellent, particularly the peri-peri prawns which are flavorful, although a bit messy to eat. It’s a great place for a fun, lively evening out, and the service is professional and efficient.

Mozambique Restaurant Ratings and Reviews: 4.0/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

The Rooftop Lounge

La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach
Rooftop Lounge is at the 4th floor of La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach

Located atop La Casa del Camino hotel, this spot offers one of the best rooftop views in Laguna Beach. It’s more about the drinks and the view here, but they do serve light bites. It’s a fantastic place to catch a sunset and enjoy a cocktail.

Rooftop Lounge at night
Rooftop Lounge at night

What I Liked About The Rooftop Lounge: The Rooftop Lounge is a place that truly stands out for its spectacular views. Having dinner there was a nice experience. They do have a new menu though (since February, 2024) which is more casual. Not a lot of menu choices but I liked the street tacos, Linguine Alfredo and a fruity Sangria.

Sangria at Rooftop
Sangria at Rooftop

The service was friendly and professional, and the ambiance was just perfect for a laid-back, enjoyable meal. The combination of great food, amazing drinks, and the best views of Laguna Beach makes it a must-visit spot.

Street tacos at Rooftop
Street tacos at Rooftop
Linguine Alfredo with chicken at Rooftop
Linguine Alfredo with chicken at Rooftop

The Rooftop Lounge Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM.

Larsen

This is a hidden gem for those who love a blend of elegance and a laid-back beach vibe. Larsen’s menu is a delicious mix, offering everything from fresh seafood to hearty burgers. Their outdoor seating provides a beautiful view of the ocean.

What I Liked About Larsen: Larsen in Laguna Beach offers an unbeatably spectacular location with views that are perfect for people-watching. The day-long brunch menu has many tasty dishes. While the service is competent and friendly, the portions can be small. The scallop entrée, for instance, included just three scallops. Despite this, the ambiance and location make it a great place for a drink and some appetizers, particularly if you’re looking to enjoy the beachfront setting.

Larsen Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4/5 on Google and 4.5/5 on OpenTable.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

The Cliff

The cliff restaurant in Laguna Beach
The Cliff restaurant

Talk about dining with a view! The Cliff offers one of the most spectacular ocean vistas in Laguna Beach. It’s a great place for those who enjoy a variety of food options, as their menu is quite diverse, featuring seafood, pasta, and vegetarian dishes. The ambiance here is lively and welcoming, perfect for enjoying a meal while watching the surfers and sunset.

The Cliff restaurant
Wedding area of the Cliff restaurant

What I Liked About The Cliff Restaurant: The Cliff Restaurant is a place I enjoy for its incredible ocean view and relaxed dining. The diverse menu caters to all tastes. On my last visit, the fish tacos and grilled shrimp salad were perfectly prepared. The atmosphere is casual yet beautiful, making it ideal for enjoying with friends or family.

my pinacolada drink at the Cliff

Their attention to service is great. It’s also a popular spot for events like weddings, where they’re known for their excellent catering services.

my food at the cliff restaurant

The Cliff Restaurant Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.0/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM.

Skyloft

If you’re looking for a place with not just great food but also a vibrant atmosphere, Skyloft is your go-to. Their rooftop dining area provides an amazing view of the Laguna Beach coastline. Known for their BBQ and American cuisine, they also have a great selection of craft beers and cocktails. It’s a fantastic spot for a fun evening out with friends or family.

What I Liked About Skyloft: Skyloft in Laguna Beach offers a memorable experience with its rooftop dining area that provides beautiful ocean views. The menu is varied, and the food is consistently well-prepared. I’ve always found the service to be friendly and attentive. I’ve had the veggie tower as an appetizer and grilled salmon which were both great.

Skyloft Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.0/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Lost Pier Café

Lost Pier Cafe in Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach
Lost Pier Cafe in Aliso Beach in Laguna Beach

For a more casual and authentic beachside experience, Lost Pier Café is a must-visit. This quaint café is right on the beach, offering a laid-back vibe with classic American beach fare. Their breakfast burritos and fish tacos are local favorites. It’s a perfect stop for a quick bite after a morning swim or surf session.

Beautiful Ocean view at Lost Pier Cafe in Laguna Beach
Beautiful Ocean view at Lost Pier Cafe in Laguna Beach


What I Liked About Lost Pier Cafe
: Lost Pier Cafe is a delightful beachside spot with an unbeatable atmosphere. I was really impressed with their avocado toast and the breakfast burrito. The cafe offers a casual and relaxed setting right on the beach, making it perfect for a laid-back lunch. Service is quick and efficient, and the food is delicious. It’s the ideal place to enjoy a meal with the sound of the waves in the background.

Lost Pier Cafe Menu
Lost Pier Cafe Menu

Lost Pier Cafe Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 9:00 AM until sunset.

C’est La Vie Restaurant

This restaurant brings a touch of French cuisine to the Laguna Beach oceanfront. C’est La Vie is known for its Parisian-style outdoor seating and cozy atmosphere. Their menu features French classics along with a great selection of wines. It’s a romantic spot, ideal for those who want to enjoy a quiet dinner with a beautiful ocean backdrop.

What I Liked About C’est La Vie Restaurant: C’est La Vie Restaurant in Laguna Beach has a beautiful decor and nice view right by the ocean. The ambiance is cozy and romantic, making it a great spot for a special date night. It’s the perfect blend of fine French dining and the relaxed Laguna Beach vibe. I liked the seafood fettuccine pasta, slice of cake and an espresso. Espresso was small, a couple sips only.

Lost Pier Cafe Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.0/5 on Yelp.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Urth Caffé

Urth Caffe at Laguna Beach
Urth Caffé at night

Urth Caffé is not right on the ocean, but close enough to feel that cool sea breeze. It’s the go-to spot for awesome organic coffee and fresh eats. Perfect for grabbing a cup with friends and soaking up that Laguna Beach chill.

Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach

What I Liked About Urth Caffé: Urth Caffé in Laguna Beach is a true gem. I love their focus on organic and healthy options. The coffee is some of the best I’ve ever had, rich and flavorful, and their selection of teas is impressive. It’s not just the drinks that are great, though; their food menu is fantastic too. I particularly enjoy their Tostada, Bread Pudding, Grilled Chicken Pesto sandwich, and Avocado Toast. The atmosphere at Urth Caffé is laid-back and inviting, making it a perfect spot for a casual meet-up with friends or a relaxed solo lunch. Plus, being so close to the beach, I often take my coffee to go and enjoy a walk at the Heisler Park.

Urth Caffe Tostada meal
Tostada meal at Urth

Urth Caffé Ratings and Reviews: Rated 3.2/5 on Yelp.

Hours of Operation: Open daily from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on weekdays and longer on weekends.

Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro

Heidelberg cafe and Bistro

Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro is a cherished destination in Laguna Beach for those seeking a delightful breakfast or brunch experience in a laid-back setting. Known for its classic offerings such as pancakes, omelets, burritos, burgers, and salads.

pastries at Heidelberg Cafe
pastries at Heidelberg Cafe

What I Liked About Heidelberg Cafe & Bistro: This place is great for a quick breakfast or lunch, with options to sit inside or outside. I read that it’s been around for 20 years, but their website doesn’t offer much background information, such as who currently owns it or the story behind its name. There’s no “About” page on the website as of now (February, 2024).

eggs and sausage at Heidelberg Cafe
Eggs and sausage at Heidelberg Cafe
mimosa at Heidelberg cafe
Mimosa

Outside seating is a bit limited, but I managed to find a small table. The service was quick, and my order of eggs with sausage and a mimosa was served fast. When you sit outside, you can catch a glimpse of the ocean. The food was really good, and I plan to go back. Next time, I want to try their lattes.

menu at Heidelberg cafe
Menu

Heidelberg Cafe Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.2/5 on Yelp.

Hours of Operation: M-F 6:30-2:00 pm, Sat-Sun 7:00-3pm.

Oak Restaurant

Oak restaurant in Laguna

Oak Restaurant in Laguna Beach is a great place for those seeking a modern restaurant that offers a welcoming atmosphere that pairs perfectly with its innovative menu.

outside seating area at Oak
Outside seating area at Oak restaurant. Oak is at the second floor. Downstairs is a pizza place which is not part of Oak.
Ocean view from the Oak restaurant in Laguna Beach
Ocean view from the Oak restaurant in Laguna Beach

What I Liked About Oak Restaurant: I had lunch there and I liked that the sandwiches were quite large. Also, my Lagunarita cocktail was delicious.

my Lagunarita cocktail at Oak restaurant
My Lagunarita cocktail at Oak restaurant

The outdoor seating area provides a lovely setting with a partial view of the ocean. The service was attentive and friendly.

Pesto chicken sandwich at Oak restaurant
Pesto chicken sandwich at Oak restaurant
yummy Cunab-ish sandwich at Oak
Cunab-ish sandwich at Oak

Oak Restaurant Ratings and Reviews: Rated 4.5/5 on various review platforms.

Hours of Operation: Open Monday-Tuesday closed. W-Th 11:00 – 9 pm. F-S 11:00 AM to 10:00 pm. Sunday 10:00 – 10:00 pm.

Wrapping up my food adventures in Laguna Beach, I’ve got to say, each spot was its own kind of awesome. From chill beach vibes to cool rooftop views, every meal was more than just food – it was a whole vibe. Whether you’re here for a quick visit or a local, these places are worth visiting.

me on the beach
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Hi, I'm Kat, the adventurous spirit behind TasteCaliforniaTravel, your guide to the hidden wonders of California. Having called California home for the last 15 years, I am thrilled to take you along on my journey and share the adventures that this incredible state has to offer.

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