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Las Brisas

361 Cliff Dr. (Coast Hwy.) Send to Phone
949-497-5434 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Laguna Beach institution with a good menu of Mexican-inspired contemporary seafood fare and an unbeatably scenic seaside setting.

Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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Las Brisas, Laguna Beach, CA

Las Brisas Restaurant Review

: Housed in a historic building that sits on a picturesque cliff overlooking the crescent-shaped cove of Main Beach, Las Brisas is a true Laguna Beach landmark. The menu focuses on Mexican seafood specialties with California flair. Start dinner with fresh fish and Mexican shrimp ceviche, fried calamari roasted in citrus beurre blanc or Pacific mussels steeped in a chile garlic sauce. You’ll find taco and enchilada combo platters, but your best bets are the fresh seafood dishes. Try the snapper Veracruzano, a lightly breaded red snapper filet filled with shrimp in a spicy tomato, caper and cilantro wine sauce. Some pass up the restaurant interior altogether for the relaxing outdoor patio, which presents margaritas and lighter fare like skillet nachos, chicken tinga tacos or a burger with green chiles and scallion aïoli. Drinks are strong and made with freshly squeezed juices and premium liquors. If you’re an early riser, don’t miss the breakfast buffet. A four-course Sunday brunch is affordable and includes free-flowing Champagne. While you can choose to end a meal with a berry and vanilla ice cream tostada or a coconut flan, you should always complete the experience with a stop to smell the roses in the adjacent garden, and then climb the small hill to a cliff-side gazebo with scenic shoreline views.


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