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Welcome to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

Operated as a tranquil alternative to bustling family-style resorts, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing escape from work and worry. Built on a terraced hillside in the 1920s and 40s, today’s Casa Laguna is often compared the to the Mission-style villas of Spain. In order to assure a romantic, calming ambiance, room occupancy is limited to a maximum of two persons regardless of age. Accordingly, our inn would not be suitable for children, infants, groups, or events. Our guests can relax on a garden patio, schedule a massage and therapeutic soak, or take a picnic to nearby Victoria Beach. Our inn is only 1.5 miles from downtown Laguna Beach shops, restaurants, art galleries, and renowned summer art festivals. Public transportation is available just outside our door. Our inn is famous for fabulous gourmet breakfasts. We have been recognized as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels and Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the United States, as well one of the Top Ten Luxury Inns in the world. Read more...

Welcome to Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

With historic Mission architecture, lush gardens, and expansive ocean views, Casa Laguna Inn and Spa is unique among Laguna Beach hotels. Unlike bustling family-oriented resorts, Casa Laguna is intended as a tranquil getaway for couples and individuals. Our bed & breakfast-style inn is all about all about romance and serenity. Read more...

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Mar 15, 2011 · 1 Comment

Reviewing Lunch at Maro Wood Grill

I could be wrong, but I think this is Laguna’s smallest fine dining restaurant. I counted four tables for two outside, and six, maybe eight seats inside at the counter—and three or four parking spots out front. So if you want to eat in, be prepared to walk a block and wait for a table or hope to get lucky. And, the quality of the food and service tells me the waits are just going to get longer. We arrived in time to grab a lunchtime table that had just become available on the small-but-classy open-air patio out front.  

Lunch or Dinner, the menus at Maro Wood Grill are just as petite as the restaurant, but there are new selections every day, and from what we saw on the tables around us, you’re bound to find something you love. I chose beef & onion empanadas that were perfectly toasted and tasty ($3.00 each or six for $15.00). So that we experienced a good cross section of the lunch menu, my husband chose the 8 oz Grass Fed Paso Prime Ribeye Steak with Mushroom, Cheese and Onion Savory Bread Pudding ($25.00). The steak was done to perfection and oh-so delicious, apparently without any sauce or added flavorings except a sprinkling of crunchy finishing salt. The savory bread pudding was also spectacular. I would not do it justice to describe it as a moist “dressing,” because it is so much more than that.

This is Argentinean food (or Argentine if you prefer), which we’ve had before, both at restaurants and at private formal Asados. And although Maro serves a wide variety of meat and vegetable dishes, they, like most Argentineans, are all about wood-fired beef—in this case, grass-fed Paso Prime beef from California’s Central Valley.

How does a top new restaurant with less than 20 seats stay in business? By offering family dinners to go; and, home delivery (although it appears that the latter is still being organized). Like the restaurant itself, Maro’s hours are varied and eclectic. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays, the restaurant is open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, serving from the same menu throughout.  On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, they serve lunch from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm; then, they serve a reservations-only Prefixe Dinner from 6:00 P.M. to Midnight. Want to know what’s cooking? You’ll find every day’s lunch and/or Prefixe menu on Maro’s well-organized facebook page.

 Bottom line: We loved Maro’s food and service at lunch. We’ll plan to try the Prefixe in the very near future.  Maro Wood Grille is just one-half mile from Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, at 1915 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA. If you plan to stay with us and would like to enjoy a Maro Wood Grill lunch or dinner on one of our beautiful patios, just be sure and let us know in advance so that we can make the arrangements.

1. jeannette debaca said:

I have been requested to eat lunch here, can you please send me lunch menu. thank you Ms DeBaca

On Aug 13, 2011 at 07:19 pm

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