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Maro Wood Grill

1915 S. Coast Hwy. (Center St.) Send to Phone
The art of grilling is alive and well at this tiny Laguna Beach venue.

Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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Maro Wood Grill, Laguna Beach, CA

Maro Wood Grill Restaurant Review

: Situated just south of downtown Laguna Beach, this cozy venue is reminiscent of a beachside bungalow, where neighbors talk to each other as they take in the city’s coastal breezes. Most of the action takes place on the patio --- an intimate space featuring flourishes of bright orange, succulent plants, and owner Maro Molteni warmly greeting patrons. The cheerful ambience is made even happier by executive chef Debra Sims’ command of the wood-fire grill, which she uses to craft an Argentinean-inspired menu that changes daily based on seasonality, freshness and market availability. Her grill skills are evident with starters such as the toasty empanadas and the roasted edamame flavored with Sonoma salt and house-picked ginger. The grill is also used to full effect for entrées, which feature an array of fish, poultry and meat dishes. Among them is the classically prepared mesquite baseball steak with Yukon gold potatoes and house-made chimichurri. The restaurant's South American influence is also demonstrated by the number of wines culled from Argentina's lauded Mendoza Valley, including a few labels that pair well with daily dessert creations.


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