1555 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA | Directions 9265133.530359 -117.773167
This USED to be our favorite restaurant – This used to be our favorite restaurant to take guests to, celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
The magnificent view coupled with the (once) exceptional cuisine created a memorable experience for any occasion.
Beautiful view but the food was a disappointment. The Lobster was mushy and tasteless. The server exchanged it for their Halibut entree. It did not compare to what we had experienced it in the past. The Lamb entree my husband has enjoyed many times in the past was bland and uncreative in it's preparation.
The service used to be impeccable. Now the servers seem rushed and only mildly concerned that there was a problem with the meal. It was a shadow of the former upscale service we had always associated with the Surf and Sand Hotel.
The only resemblance to previous dining experiences at Splashes tonight was the crashing of the waves and the large bill after dinner.
For your veiwing pleasure only. – This restaurant is good for a drink as well as relaxing with your pretty dates.
The food is very average, nothing inspired or fusion about it.
You are paying here for the incredible ocean and beach view only!!!
Good for flirting, dating, drink or maybe getting a ocean-view room in the Surf and Sand hotel!!!
Excellent, but... – The food is healthy and wonderfully prepared and presented, the view is breathtaking, but when it gets crowded the noise level is so deafening that it completely destroys the experience. Each table has to talk louder than the next one for anyone to hear anything. I cannot understand why they don't improve the acoustics. Go only at off hours, when it is not crowded.
travelodge with a view – this hotel has no a/c. when you arrive tired from traveling and wanting to settle in, that room has been cooking in the sun and it is HOT. When you open the patio doors, the breeze does not come unless you open the hotel door. There aren't even ceiling fans! Even cheap mexican hotels have ceiling fans. The room does have one big, loud, old, cheap fan, the $9.99 type (not a nice quiet occilating one). This is simply not ok for a hotel that costs as much as it does. We paid $450 for the night. It also did not have a safe or a coffeemaker. That said, the closeness to the beach and surf, and the sunset views from your room while eating excellent room service food actually makes it worth the money, assuming that you can't find a better place for the money, which I don't know...
Great View and Food – Splashes has really upgraded its menu from years ago. The food is definately worth checking out and the view is incredible.
Splashes...A Wash Out – After hearing about the amazing view, I decided that we would celebrate my girlfriend's birthday at Splashes. When we arrived, we were seated promptly at a table with a nice ocean view. Unfortunately, the view is the only thing worth mentioning about this establishment. The service was very slow and "amateurish." Expecting the food to be as pleasant as the view, we ordered the Lobster Ravioli and the Prime Rib. The ravioli was bland and the prime rib was forgettable. Since I had specified that this was a birthday dinner when making the reservation, I was told that a piece of cake would be brought out. However, all that was brought to our table after dinner was a bill for a very overpriced dinner. There are nice places to eat dinner and enjoy the view of Pacific Ocean, but Splashes is definitely not one of them.
Getaway from the Strife – The Surf & Sand hotel is the only hotel in Laguna Beach that is actually ON the beach. It's a luxurious (and expensive) getaway for Angelenos who need to decompress. The rooms are comfortably furnished and large shutters allow you to leave your balcony doors open to hear the surf but "shut" out other guests from your view. The small gift shop stocks local artists and sells souvenirs for the well-dressed traveler. The high room rates will force you to save-up for this stay.
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