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Alessa by Chef Pirozzi

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234 Forest Ave, Cross streets PCH & Forest, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
+1 949-497-8222
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh, we love this restaurant! Anything we order has been wonderfully prepared. The wine list is impressive. We order two appetizers and an entre to share. That's plenty for us. The huge meatballs are not to be missed.

Thank karenmcclu
Delta, Canada
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148 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After stopping at many restaurants in Orange County on a none day Coastal adventure, we ran into this place nestled nicely on one of Laguna's prime streets. It was a great find, the food was uniquely flavored, the service was great, and we loved visiting it. We definitely will return to taste other Chef's creations.

Thank Ken L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm torn - parts of this dinner were great, parts weren't. We went very early which was nice because they got busy. When we made our reservation we said we were celebrating two birthdays - there was zero acknowledgement of this fact once we got there. Our waiter was indifferent. Not friendly, not a jerk, not really helpful or consultative,... More 

Thank knikkki
Grand Rapids
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always try one of the specials! They are always great, and the severing sizes are usually big. The service is good and even if they are busy they do not rush you. Very relaxing.

Thank pmt1234
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56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our go to restaurant for Italian food in laguna beach. Consistently good and reasonable Sit up front and watch the street walkers

Thank Getupandgoagain
Palm Desert, California
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Hands down, one of the best Italian restaurants in laguna beach! The food is delicious and fresh, but what's more awesome is the service they provide. Our waiter and food runner were amazing, kind, and always attentive to our needs. We came here in the past, but this time we went for our anniversary all the way from Palm Springs... More 

Thank DianaVP28
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Overbooked, so we were cramped in the middle, server had no time for anything, soup was cold and when asked for a spoon for the soup, you would think this was a must, the server brought a teaspoon. The plates were dumped on the table, and when asked the servers paid no attention. The manager set the tone with his... More 

Thank franchescaG
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is the time that you get upset with the bad service. The waiter just did not care, asked "this is only your order?", brought the drinks one by one, many delays, etc. Only the bill came fast.... The food though was excellent! You d better go to Nick's...

Laguna Beach, California
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381 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Stopped in to celebrate a birthday. Everything ordered was ample in size and cooked as if from momma Pirozzi's kitchen. We ordered the brussel sprouts which were very tasty, I ordered the meat balls and spaghetti. Others at the table ordered a lamb with homemade flat noodles and eggplant parmigiana. There was plenty left to take out. Service was friendly... More 

Thank Byron R
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Good restaurant, food was great and they were willing to work with my food allergies. Always a plus for me.

Thank SSZ87504

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 234 Forest Ave, Cross streets PCH & Forest, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2114
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 949-497-8222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?