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What better way to get a taste of your favorite restaurant than by going out and enjoying it? Happy Hour is the time to escape from work and unwind with friends. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a few drinks or have an early dinner, Happy Hours come in many forms in Orange County.

Here’s our guide to where and when to go for drink specials, discounts, and bite-sized snacks:

Dana Point

Salt Creek Grille

French 75 Cocktail © Yelp

Address:
32802 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Since 1996
  • Provides “from-scratch cooking”
  • Custom-made menu items
  • Ingredients sourced locally
  • Fresh seafood, hand cut

The Point

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Address:
34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Excluding holidays and special events)

More information:

  • Craft beer
  • Food is grown locally
  • DJ at Midnight
  • Full Bar
  • Founded in 2012

Craft House

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Address:
34094 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 4 PM – 9 PM
Wednesday & Thursday: 4 PM – 6 PM
Friday & Saturday: 4 PM – 5 PM & 9 PM – 11 PM

More information:

  • One of Orange County’s best restaurants
  • New American cuisine
  • Craft cocktails at the bar
  • Seafood freshly caught in Dana Point Harbor
  • Established in 2016

Brio Tuscany Grille

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Address:
24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 6:30 PM

More information:

  • Family-owned and operated
  • sophisticated cocktails
  • Wide-ranging menu
  • Both a quiet and a lively atmosphere
  • Established in 1994

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

Famous Bloody Mary &
Bloody Mary Meal
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Address:
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Inviting indoor-outdoor atmosphere near Dana Point Harbor
  • Traditional American fare with an artisanal twist

Station Craft

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Address:
34150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • California cuisine
  • Fresh beer
  • Excellent service

Whitestone Restaurant & Bar

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Address:
34212 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday & Sunday, 4:30 PM – Close
(At the bar area only)

More information:

  • Handcrafted cocktails and a carefully selected wine list
  • Award-winning chef Anthony Celeste
  • Contemporary Cuisine
  • Founded in 2019

Coastal Kitchen

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Address:
34091 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Holidays excluded)

More information:

  • Friendly, comfortable atmosphere
  • Established in 2016

Stillwater Spirits & Sounds

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Address:
24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Wood-fired pizza
  • Upscale meals made with local ingredients
  • Founded in 2013
  • Syrups and infused liquors made in-house

Cali Costa

Margarita with Pineapple and Chiles © Yelp

Address:
34195 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, CA 92629


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Original hobby surf shop
  • Best Taco Tuesday
  • The best Happy Hour in town
  • Founded in 2020

Laguna Niguel

The Original Patsy’s Irish Pub

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Address:
28971 Golden Lantern St, Ste 108, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1984
  • Known for its Corned Beef Tacos
  • South Orange County’s Best Irish Pub

Hendrix Restaurant and Bar

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Address:
32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Everyday – Weekend, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Owned and run locally by Sentinel Restaurant Group
  • Established in 2017
  • Outstanding wine dinner

The Bistro K

Creme Brûlée, Coconut Cake and Tiramisu, and Espresso Martini © Yelp

Address:
30100 Town Center Dr, Ste M, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Dining on the patio
  • Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Traditional Italian dishes with a New World twist
  • Catering

Mangia Bene Cucina

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Address:
27281 La Paz Rd, Ste I, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


Happy Hours:

Every day, 11:30 AM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Orange County landmark for over 20 years
  • Traditional Italian fare
  • Desserts, pasta dishes, burgers, pizza, steaks, and appetizers
  • Catering services are available
  • Various beers, wines, and spirits

Knolls Restaurant

Great Craft Beer Selection © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Niguel Plaza
29971 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 3 PM – 7 PM
Sunday – Monday, All Day

More information:

  • Orange County’s Best Pizza 2016 – 2017
  • Casual American cuisine
  • Offers a great wine list, 16 craft beers, and a variety of specialty cocktails
  • Serves pizza, wings, pasta, salads, steaks, and seafood

Rangeen Kitchen

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Address:
28241 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ste G, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Every day, 3 PM – 6 PM (dine-in only)

More information:

  • Indian-Cali cuisine
  • Happy Hour Special – 10% off on all appetizers, 20% off on all beverages

Bricco

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Address:
28083 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 4 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2017
  • Beers on tap, homemade desserts, pasta dishes, a wine bar with chilled wine dispensers, and hand-tossed pizzas
  • Happy Hour Promo – $ 1.5 Off beers, $ 2 Off wine by the glass

Salt Creek Wine Company

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Address:
30100 Town Ctr Dr, B-2, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursdays, 3 PM – Closing

More information:

  • Casual and comfortable setting
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Large wine selection
  • Founded in 2003

WR Kitchen & Bar

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Address:
28061 Greenfield Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 1992
  • The best BBQ in Southern California
  • A relaxed dining experience
  • Full bar, prize-winning BBQ, snacks, and tacos

Board & Brew – Laguna Niguel North

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Address:
27000 Alicia Pkwy, Ste B, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Happy Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Genuine California lifestyle
  • Founded in 2016
  • Craft beer and signature sandwiches
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • A beach setting

Laguna Beach

Oak Laguna Beach

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Address:
1100 S Coast Hwy, Ste 202, Golden Lantern, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live DJ 
  • Diverse cuisine
  • Rustic modern ambiance

Reunion Kitchen + Drink

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
610 N Coast Hwy, Ste 102, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Weekdays, 4 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Cocktail creations
  • Contemporary comfort food

The Cliff Restaurant

Mango Sunburn © Yelp

Address:
Laguna Village Arts and Flowers
577 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Live Music
  • Oceanfront dining

Starfish Laguna Beach

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Address:
30832 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Daily, 3 PM – 6 PM
(Called Opium Hour)

More information:

  • 90-item menu
  • Family-oriented method of service 
  • Carefully selected beverage menu
  • Fusion of coastal Asian cuisine

230 Forest Avenue

Mission Fig Margarita © Yelp

Address:
230 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

More information:

  • Fresh seafood
  • Opened in the summer of 1995

Coyote Grill

Hibiscus Margarita © Yelp

Address:
31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious food
  • Peaceful views
  • “Best Bloody Mary” in the Orange County Register and “Best Fish Taco” in the Orange County Weekly
  • Featured in 2003 on television programs like Rachel Ray’s “$40 a Day”
  • Laguna Beach Magazine named “The Best Margarita” and “The Best Burrito”

Las Brisas

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Address:
361 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Panoramic view of Laguna Beach’s coastline
  • Traditional Southern California cuisine
  • Elegant dining areas and a tranquil outdoor patio
  • World-class service and a chef-curated menu

Lumberyard

Yard Bar © Yelp

Address:
384 Forest Ave, Ste 10, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 5 PM

More information:

  • Casual but stylishly modern
  • Wine and cocktails are only available for pick-up (Order online)
  • Currently only offering a limited menu for pick-up and delivery

Mozambique

Steak and Lobster © Yelp

Address:
1740 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
Weekends – 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Established in 2005
  • Inspired by the vibrant seaside restaurants of South Africa
  • South Orange County, California’s largest event-oriented restaurant.
  • Vegetable or beef Samoosas, Chilean Sea Bass, Peri-Peri prawns, and other dishes are on the menu

Skyloft

Deck views © Yelp

Address:
422 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Happy Hours:

Monday – Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM

More information:

  • Delicious and “down-home” ribs, smokehouse steaks, brisket, fresh seafood, creative salads, pasta, and sandwiches
  • Handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers, and winery selections from the coast
  • Taco Tuesdays and more

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The Sawdust Festival

Laguna Beach is well known for its summer festivals and love for the arts. One of my favorite events in Laguna Beach is the Sawdust Festival, it has been held during summer and winter seasons since 1967. At the festival, local Laguna Beach artists feature their welding sculptures, handmade jewelry, glass blowing, and so much more.

I personally love buying ceramics there for the succulents I have scattered around my house. My favorite part about the festival is watching my children create their own ceramic vases and cups. They both look forward to using the pottery wheel and their creativity to make something for themselves.

Best Events Laguna Beach

The Pageant of the Masters

The Pageant of the Masters at The Festival of Arts is a one of kind production featuring the life-sized re-creations of world-famous artwork.  Over 500 volunteers from Laguna Beach and surrounding cities come together to make this performance possible, volunteers pose on stage to look exactly like famous paintings, sculptures and other works of art.  It is simply breathtaking.

Music in the Park

I absolutely love Music in the Park, which takes place at Bluebird Park every Sunday evening during summer.  The whole community sings and dances at the free concerts where tribute bands like The Beach Boys come to play.  I always enjoy setting up a picnic for my family and I before the concert so that we get an awesome view of the stage.

Best Events Laguna Beach Natalie Boyle

One of the things that makes Laguna Beach truly beautiful and unique is its art in public spaces.  More than 100 pieces of art are scattered around town on display.  The artwork truly reflects the city and its heritage as an artist colony founded in the early 20th century.

National Geographic Gallery

Laguna Beach is a mecca for artists and today boasts more than 100 art galleries and artist studios. While it’s hard to pick just one favorite gallery, I absolutely love walking in the National Geographic fine art gallery.  To see such stunning landscape and wildlife photography on oversized canvas is both breathtaking and emotional. I also love that a large portion of their proceeds go to wildlife and conservation.

At any festival or gallery in Laguna Beach I know I will have a fantastic time with my family, and be in awe of how much talent and hard work is invested into making each one so amazing.

I hope you get to attend some of these events in Laguna Beach soon! Here are a few more events that are popular in Orange County:

Best Events in Irvine

If you are wanting to move to a city with a great community and events throughout the year, Laguna Beach would be a great place to consider. I would love to take you to grab a bite at Zinc Cafe to see how I can help!

Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727

Laguna Beach's Best Restaurants
Zinc Cafe

When it comes to dining, Laguna Beach has many restaurants to choose from that range from delicious taco stands to exotic South African meals. Since each restaurant in Laguna Beach offers unique dining experiences, there is somewhere for everyone to fall in love with. Here are a few of Laguna Beach’s best restaurants:

Zinc Café

Zinc Café is one of my favorite spots in Laguna Beach. I love having breakfast or a latte on their patio, and it’s also one of my favorite spots to meet clients. My personal favorite drink is their chai tea latte, it is creamy with a little bit of spice. I will often treat myself to one of their freshly baked scones or muffins and a cup of fruit, which usually pair perfectly with the chai tea latte. I recommend visiting Zinc for breakfast during the week because on weekends it can be hard to find a seat.

Laguna Beach's Best Restaurants ZInc Cafe

Rasta Taco

Just a short walk from Zinc is one of my favorite casual lunch spots, Rasta Taco. I absolutely love their outdoor seating and relaxing reggae music. This taco stand is the perfect spot to stop after a day at the beach. My family and I will often come here after a late morning at Main Beach. I always order their refreshing pineapple sangria with their juicy al pastor taco after being in the sun all day, Rasta Taco never disappoints. Many of my clients choose to live in OC for the great weather. Why sit inside for breakfast or lunch when you can enjoy the fresh air and ocean breezes at spots like Zinc Café and Rasta Taco.

Laguna Beach's Best Restaurants Rasta Taco

South of Nick’s

With over 100 restaurants to pick from, my husband and I often choose to dine in Laguna Beach for date-night. It’s also a popular destination with my girlfriends for a moms’ night out. Mexican food and margaritas are two of my favorite things, so over the summer I was excited when the popular South of Nick’s in San Clemente opened another restaurant in Laguna Beach. The restaurant’s flavorful Mexican and Southern Californian cuisine never disappoints and neither do their fantastic margaritas like their spicy lover. My favorite dish at South of Nick’s is the Shrimp Diablo because of the great flavors and my love for seafood.

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Broadway

My husband and I love also love to dine at Broadway by Amar Santana for date-nights. This restaurant features a flavorful drink and dinner menu that we can’t get enough of. We love the Spanish octopus and bone marrow for starters, the chicken livers, and foie gras are second favorites. For dinner, we’ve tried nearly every entrée on the menu. We’ve never been disappointed, the brussels sprouts side dish is a must!

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The Loft at The Montage

My children’s favorite special occasion restaurant is The Loft at The Montage. They love sitting on the outside balcony where they are provided with warm blankets. The view of the ocean is stunning and sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.

We usually order the cheese and charcuterie to start. After, I usually order the filet for dinner and my husband the New York steak, always prepared perfectly to temperature. The kids love their mac and cheese, but what they look forward to most is their dessert. They always get ice cream with sprinkles! In these special moments, dining on the balcony and watching the sunset over the ocean with my family, I truly feel so blessed. There is no place in the world I would rather live

Thanks for reading about Laguna Beach’s best restaurants! Below are a few more fantastic restaurants in Orange County:

Top 5 Restaurants in Irvine

The Best Restaurants in Laguna Niguel

Top Restaurants in Newport Beach

Corona Del Mar’s Best Restaurants

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Laguna Beach, I would love to grab a bite to eat at Zinc Cafe!

Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727

One of the things I love most about Laguna Beach is the variety of quaint stores and the shops downtown.  There are many boutiques scattered throughout the town that sell everything from stunning jewelry and clothes, to surfboards and skim boards.

I absolutely adore the home store Tuvalu, which sells the most beautiful coastal home décor. From their beach styled plates and mugs to their furniture and artwork, the store truly embodies the Laguna Beach relaxed coastal lifestyle.  It’s one of my favorite home stores to pick up a closing gift for a client, of course when I am there I usually always find something for myself too.  If you need a new coffee table book or a decorative item for your home Tuvalu is a must visit.

Best Shopping Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is home to one of my favorite jewelry stores, gorjana. Their jewelry is lightweight, delicate and designed to be layered and worn multiple ways. When I walk in gorjana I can’t help but pick up a new necklace or bracelet for myself or a gift for a friend.

Whether dressing for work, date-night or a trip to Disneyland I almost always slip on a piece from gorjana. In the photo the shortest necklace and longest necklace that I am wearing are both gorjana, I’m also wearing their stacking Amara ring set which I absolutely love!

When it comes to clothes, The Shop at Laguna is the place to go since their pieces are fashionable and unique. Many women obsess over their chic sunglasses, and variety of shoes and sun dresses that can be worn for almost any occasion. I found one of my favorite Levi’s jeans at The Shop, they have so many washes and styles that it’s difficult not to buy them all! This is definitely the place to shop and splurge on a few items for yourself or perhaps pick up a gift for the fashionista in your life.

Laguna Beach Shopping

Hobie is another one of my favorite stores to shop at downtown. I always find the most adorable bikinis and boardshorts at Hobie for me and my family. They also have a huge variety of clothing; they have so many graphic shirts to choose from that I often find myself picking up more than just a few tees for my boys. Not only do they have fashionable clothes, but they also have handcrafted surfboards and paddle boards as well. My boys love to admire the boards and dream of learning how to surf as soon as they get a little older.

Best Laguna Beach Shopping

Another home store that I love to stop at is Vertigo home.  They have the most unique home décor items that showcase a mix of mid-century, modern and European flair.  They offer everything from kitchen items to outdoor furniture to custom upholstery to Izipizi glasses. 

Their home décor items and furnishings are so unique and fun, you may feel as though you are walking through an art museum as you walk through the store. Vertigo is the perfect place to pop in for fun and unique home inspiration or to pick up a unique gift for that artist chic friend.

Laguna Beach Shopping

Here are some more shopping spots in Orange County that I enjoy:

The Best Shops in Newport Beach

The Best Corona Del Mar Shopping

The Best Shopping in Irvine

If you are thinking of buying or selling your home in Laguna Beach I would love to take you to South of Nick’s to see how I can help.

Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727

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