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30832 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (Montage Resort Drive & Pacific Coast Hwy.)
+1 949-715-9200
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11:00 - 21:00
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Laguna Beach, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of Laguna's hidden gems. Archie and Gretchen run one of town's best restaurants. Food and atmosphere are fantastic. There's literally nothing on the menu we haven't enjoyed. You would never believe this restaurant is hidden in a local shopping center. Locals know to sit at the bar with Nick and Adrian on weekends. Don't miss their Hot Fish, Wet... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Coconut Rice here at Starfish is to DIE for! I do not normally eat rice, but find myself ordering it on it's own every time I come here. It's a rather small restaurant, but you feel transported to another city when you are inside. The staff is usually very friendly and they have a vast assortment of drinks from... More 

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Thank CharlieeMariee
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi CharlieeMariee! Thank you for sharing what you love about Starfish Laguna! We are so happy to hear you enjoy the drinks, dishes, and service during your visits, and look forward the the opportunity to continue to impress you. Best wishes, Gretchen and Archie More 

Elmsford, New York
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121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't let the restaurant's location in a strip mall above the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna fool you. It is a first class dining experience in a casual setting. Starting with a variety of inventive cocktails and moving on to varied, innovative, and delicious Asian fusion-inspired offerings, served by friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff, I return here every time aI visit... More 

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Thank SAREsq7
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with the team here at Starfish Laguna, and the TripAdvisor community! We are so happy to hear you find innovation, diversity, and value within a first-class experience here with us. Our entire team is committed to offering nothing less than a top-notch experience to every guest who chooses us,... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The shrimp fried dumplings and filet mignon satay was delicious. I asked for my pad thai to be a little bit spicy and I got a bowl of noodles drenched in sauce. I'm sure the pad thai is delicious but the sauce blasted out most of the other flavors.. it was a little disappointing given the price. But the setup... More 

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Thank Keturah E
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Keturah, Thank you for taking the time to provide valuable feedback regarding your recent experience at Starfish Laguna! We are happy to hear you enjoyed both the dumplings and satays! We did want to reach out regarding the Pad Thai. We use guest feedback as a valuable tool in our growth and evolution moving forward. The Pad Thai is... More 

Corona del Mar, California, United States
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186 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We tried Starfish for the first time this past Saturday night. We made a reservation on OpenTable and were seated right away. The ambience is dark with an energetic vibe. We met friends for dinner and enjoyed our dinner. Great place to people watch. We shared the filet satay and they were good, not over cooked at all. The crispy... More 

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Thank Sherena T
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Sherena, Thank you for taking the time to share feedback about your experience here at Starfish Laguna. The team hear at Starfish takes all constructive comments as a useful tool in gauging the pulse of our clientele - what they're enjoying, what they are not, and where we can continue to grow and improve. We are happy to hear... More 

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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Enjoyed eating here. The staff was super friendly and attentive and the food was great! Enjoyed the sashimi appetizer and a seafood thai bowl with the coconut sticky rice--delicious!

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Thank Kelly B
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for joining us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed friendly, attentive service and had a great experience with our menu! Hope to have you join us again! Gretchen and Archie More 

Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

This review comes after my 3rd visit. My first and second visit preemted a fondness for the place and did not want to review based on my partiality. So, here goes! My 1st and 2nd visit was correct in feeling how I feel now. Starfish is on the South end of Laguna Beach, away from downtown. It is located in... More 

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Thank Neil S
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi Neil, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts with the team here at Starfish Laguna, and the TripAdvisor community! We could not continue to grow and build our little South Laguna gem without the continued support and feedback of our patrons. The entire team here strives to pour our passion, knowledge, and dedication into... More 

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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

STARFISH Laguna Beach is one of those hidden Gems, the locals know it well, and once you visit, you'll know why too! It's hidden in the Aliso Creek Shopping Center, located directly across the street from the Montage Resort. As soon as you enter STARFISH, you already know you're in for a unique Asian dining experience! The restaurant has a... More 

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Thank LagunaBch
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Starfish Laguna. This review relays the exact experience we strive to replicate for each and every guest to join us! The entire team here at Starfish is extremely grateful to you for sharing this experience with us, and the TripAdvisor community! Each member of our team has an incredible passion and dedication... More 

Farmington Hills, Michigan
1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Fantastic service and appetizers for a good price. Made a great Valentine's Day dinner by just trying several different dishes

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Thank carycru
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hello!! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the team here at Starfish Laguna, and the TripAdvisor community! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed a fantastic experience and Valentine's celebration, and found value with our menu. Thanks for entrusting your special day to us! Hope to see you return soon - Gretchen and Archie More 

Boise, Idaho
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We went to Starfish twice during our week-long stay in Laguna Beach and really enjoyed it both times. Loved the interior, the friendly and efficient service, and most of all the food. Ordered the pho the first night because I was getting over a cold and it was so yummy. The second time we ordered all appetizers and small plates:... More 

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Thank JylDee
Gretchen A, Owner at Starfish, responded to this review

Hi JylDee! Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with the team here at Starfish Laguna and the TripAdvisor community. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed two visits to our Laguna gem! Our entire team, both culinary and hospitality, strives to replicate this exact experience for every guest who joins us. We know you have many options here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$36
Cuisine
Seafood, Asian, Thai, Sushi, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Television, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30832 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    (Montage Resort Drive & Pacific Coast Hwy.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-715-9200
Description
The tastefully provocative STARFISH LAGUNA is located directly across from the Montage Resort, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This gem of a restaurant is located in the heart of the Aliso Creek Shopping Center off Pacific Coast Highway, South Laguna Beach. From the moment you enter STARFISH , you will feel transported to an exotic wonderland of Coastal Fusion. The menu features Asian Fusion cuisine, highlighted with ingredients from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, and Japan. From delectable fish fresh from the sea, to savory and enticing beef, chicken and vegetable dishes, STARFISH has something to excite every palate. Delightfully unpredictable, the menu will pleasure your palate with tastes of Ginger, Lemon Grass, Thai Basil, Jasmine, Daikon, Thai curries and soy sauces. Summer rolls, pho, udon noodles, coconut rice, wok sauté, ribs and other chef's expressions of American renditions of classic Asian cuisine will be served. Equally as enticing as the menu is the ambience. STARFISH is destined to enchant with exciting contrasts of deep, vivid colors of the sea with those of radiant sunset skies. Tufted banquettes in luminous soft turquoise sensuously welcome guests, while sultry black lacquered tables and chairs complement the lush decor. The elegant, horseshoe-shaped STARFISH bar further welcomes you as it takes center stage. Muddled libations flavored with tarragon, ginger, coconut, lemongrass and mango will be prepared as you observe. Asian mojitos, martinis, sakes, craft and imported beers, and boutique wines are served to excite your palate.

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