Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

2012 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. " Studio

Craig Strong
Laguna Beach, CA

It's hard to top a California dining experience like the one at Studio, surrounded by panoramic Pacific Ocean views, nestled into a cozy cliffside Craftsman house. Craig Strong's modern French-California cooking riffs on seasonal ingredients ranging from foraged wild mushrooms to locally caught fish. This is the signature restaurant of the Montage Laguna Beach, but Strong is no stranger to fine resort dining as a celebrated alum of The Dining Room at Pasadena's The Ritz-Carlton and The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. His exceptional pastry skills also continue to impress, as does the wine list with its 2,500 selections.

 Read's restaurant review of Studio


Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.

MASTERS OF MIXOLOGYDiscover craft cocktail bars and restaurants that put as much thought into what goes in your glass as what goes on your plate.