Harley Laguna Beach

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232 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Harley is a Laguna Beach restaurant focused on creative, seasonal menus backed up by real hospitality. This mission is demonstrated in all aspects of the project, from Daniels’ collaboration with local food producers to find the best and freshest meat, seafood, and vegetables in the area, to welcoming diners into the space, to carefully crafting and preparing the food, to a renewed focus on giving guests the best overall restaurant experience they’ve had in a long time.
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4.4
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4.5
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ST
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

We went on a Sunday night ( Presidents’ Day weekend so May have affected the outcome) with another couple .

We had a reservation and sat down quickly . However we sat there for 15 min before anyone acknowledged us or even brought water .

Although we were relaxed and enjoying the company we were thirsty . Our waiter was very nice but you could tell was very very busy so I believe they were short staffed. We had to ask for things several times .

We waited quite a long time for our cocktails.
We ordered our dinner and a bottle of wine. It would’ve been nice to enjoy the wine while we waited for our dinner but it never came., Until we asked for it twice.

We could hear the wait staff telling other tables that the kitchen said there would be no meal modifications that they were just “too busy”.

The food was good but although everyone was kind, the service was very poor.

Perhaps a non-holiday weekend would be a better outcome I don’t know

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food & the atmosphere

GL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was just not very good. Sat upstairs it was as if they forgot us.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

VDay, it was busy but we got a great lounge area on a couch with a fireplace 1/2 hr before our table. Excellent by the glass wine list and kumamoto oysters that are hard to find. Seated on time. Whole cauliflower head amazing! Desert with honey ice cream divine. Overall top notch!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Harley!!! The price points for the food and wine list were perfect. The service was great. We might even go back tonight, twice in a row.

JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening our server was very knowledgeable about the menu he gave us great suggestions that added to our delicious dinner. We will definitely be back

MC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

It’s tough to criticize the food when asked in the moment when the service and ambience are terrific. We had been to Harley for brunch, and we loved it. Pancakes are amazing! Tonight, on Valentine’s Day, we both had steak frites ordered medium. My husband’s steak was medium, but mine was well. The sauces weren’t lovely. No depth in the red wine peppercorn, and far too much fat in the blue cheese sauce. The braised greens and fries were amazing, but the butternut squash soup was too salty and buttery. We didn’t try dessert because we worries it wouldn’t be good. We’ll definitely give Harley another try, but tonight was less than we hoped.

PM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fabulous menu with a wonderful combination of elevated comfort food and prime steaks!!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Service was good but our waitress could have used a little help with the drinks order considering her section of 8 tables was upstairs! Greg is amazing and has done an incredible job with the Harley concept. The butternut squash soup was on point!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Eat upstairs so you can talk

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing!! From the second we stepped foot inside to the second we left it was wonderful. We booked with open table and a table was ready right when we arrived. Our waiter was just wonderful. So sweet and informative. The food was RIDICULOUS. Amazing quality and flavor. I loved being able to meet with the talented chef. Stunning job!! i would highly recommend dinning here. I will definitely become a regular.

GC
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, the open kitchen creates a great atmosphere and it was delightful to watch the talented chefs at work. The food is excellent. We are vegetarians and the abundance of dishes available made choosing difficult. Must tries are the halloumi, grilled avocado and potato. Although everything looked fantastic. Just aShame we have to leave before we can return!!! This is top of my list on our next visit!!

m
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Cory recommended a Chenin Blanc by Lo Fi as an option instead of the Chardonnay I asked about. It was reasonably-priced & was amazing! It's fun trying new kinds of wines we wouldn't have considered on our own. The brick chicken was very moist with a crispy finish - yummy! The Scottish Loch Duart salmon was delicious too. We shared a beet salad with goat cheese, which actually had more beets than lettuce. Most beet salads have just a few bits of beets, whereas this one had big chunks of red & yellow beets - very flavorful. We'll return to try the 7-course chef's tasting menu when we don't have to rush off to the theater!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time at the bar watching the chefs and experimenting with spicy sauces. The entire team obviously takes pride in the unique and delicious food and the dining experience. We will be back as soon as possible!

ME
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Harley. Loved all of the personal touches, like the cookies at the end! Great happy hour options too. Will be back!

s
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Hmmm... our first visit to Harley and we were excited.
The four of us all ordered different food items but we started with Hibiscus martinis, scotch and a beer.
Service was slow to begin with but was better as we went along. Drinks were good. Oysters good. Entrees good pita bread and hummus was not.
Overall I have to award 4 points as everything could have been fine tuned.
We will try again during the week.
Thank you!

M
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

We went right when the restaurant opened and thought it was overpriced and so-so. My husband and I thought we would give it a second chance. The drinks took over 20 minutes to get from the bar.
The food was overpriced and disappointing. We ordered the oysters which they put the shells on rocks instead of ice. I like eating very cold oysters. These were cool, not cold. The horseradish had zero taste. It was like dried out and can’t even tell it was horseradish.
We also ordered the chicken pot pie which was a complete joke. All pie crust and not even a cup of filling in it. Maybe 3 pieces of small chicken and a couple pieces of potatoes. Terrible !
We also ordered the salmon which was awful too. They left the blood line on the fish plus I’m not a fan of fish that is served with the skin on.
Let’s just say, we probably won’t eat there again. So many great places like Broadway, 230 Forest, Brussels bistro that have similar food and way better.

S
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

A lot of water refills. 4 of us, 3 ordered steak. 1 chicken pot pie. Chicken pot pie was very dry. Tasty but dry. 2 of the steaks were prefect. 3rd one was under cooked. Sent it back. Instead of cooking another they reheated it. Came back hot and under cooked. Sent it back again. Came back the same.

By the time it came back the same everyone else was almost finished.

Coffee tasted like the bottom of the pot. Terrible.

Will not go back. Very expensive.

SP
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was amazing! Super nice people who work there and very relaxed place to go.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved it! Will go back soon!

S
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food & service.

JC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and outstanding service by our waiter, Ilya.
I would recommend it to anybody for any special occasion.

k
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The grilled avocado is outstanding! A must have! Try the hibiscus martini and wild boar ragu - my other favorites too.

LE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We eat out often and have learned to lower our expectations for many Laguna restaurants. However, Harley is the exception. We know that every time we go, we will have an outstanding meal in a beautiful setting, with servers who are attentive and personable. We know we will pay a bit more but it's worth it to us to support a locally run, earnest restaurant that is not jaded and is eager to understand its local customer base. The cocktails are creative, the entrees delicious and perfectly wrought, and the bourbon pecan pie with flaky beef tallow crust is worth the indulgence. (And with the check they bring you homemade salty chocolate chip cookies like Chef Greg Daniels's grandma used to make.) I wish to mention here how it kills me to read on Laguna's neighborhood social media apps people bemoaning the closures of various stores and eateries, but when you ask them if they consistently supported them the answer is typically no. NOT that Harley is going anywhere, but my point: Don't let this elevated, thoughtful dining experience get away! Go - and go often!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was great, food and drinks were amazing would definitely recommend this place to everyone.

AS
Los Angeles
456 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Its always a pleasure to have dinner at Harley. It's a warm, welcoming atmosphere and the food is delicious. I loved the new marinated and grilled shrimp, and the pork chop was juicy and flavorful. Both had nice smoky notes from the open wood grill. The wine selection was nice and complimented the meal. I look forward to returning soon.

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get the taste of Harley, you will not regret it, but make sure to come hungry!!

c
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed it !

BM
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Thank you Greg for making this a new locals favorite!! 20% off for locals is very nice!! Thank you for going on NEXT DOOR and shucking oysters for $1.00 each that night. You got me out of my jammies and 48 oysters later and your awesome burger we were happy campers!!

R
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The service by the waitress and manager was very good.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Waitress was trying to hurry us up from the second we sat down telling us she had clients in the morning. They shouldn’t accept 8:15 reservations if they want to close so early

f
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent vegetarian options
Brussel sprouts great
Tacos amazing

A
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most incredible meal in Laguna! Organic, fresh homemade pastas, salads, steaks, family style so you share everything and enjoy more than you can eat!!

OT
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Tooooooo freakin’ noisy. Will not be back.

W
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No matter the occasion, this is the place to go! The food is amazing! The drinks are creative and delicious! The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. The wine list is perfect. The atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable.
The chicken pot pie was incredible. The crust to filling ratio was spot on. We also had the beef and barley stew and topped it off with the pineapple upside down cake. AMAZING!
My only complaint, if I had to find one is that, it's all the way in Laguna Beach instead of around the corner from me.

SP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed my time at Harley. We went there on a recommendation from a friend, and I could not have been more excited. From the minute we ordered, the experience was wonderful. We shared several items, the chicken pot pie and the meatballs being the stand outs for me. I really enjoyed the ambiance, and the service was fantastic.

Also, chocolate chip cookies with the bill? Yes please!

CR
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Harley is becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach!

GM
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

I reserved the upstairs private dining room with the manager a week in advance when we arrived they promised it to another booking, after tense moments they agreed to let us use it as the other party had booked the room 90 minutes after our reservation, but made it clear we would have to vacate the room at 7:30.
They delivered the coffe at 7:25 and the manager came up and said the other party had arrived and we needed to pay bill and leave!
Bread was not good, food was sub par, $30.00 corkage fee was way too much, not a good experience, won’t be back !
Tab was 400.00 for 4 pot pies and two bowls of pasta!

J
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The bread they use for eggs Benedict was aweful. It was week old bread that fell apart. Nothing special about their breakfast. Cocktails are good

TZ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Harleys food is unique and outstanding. Their bartenders and service staff are professional and know their job. Downstairs can get loud so if you want a quieter area ask to sit upstairs. Sitting at the bar is always fun. The wild boar pasta is our favorite along with the jammy eggs and hash fries.