Our latest issue out now!Fall 2017
From our Spring 2012 issue
When I know I’ll be dining at The Loft, located in the Montage at Laguna Beach, I anticipate my visit until arrival. It’s the combination of an amazing setting with unparalleled ocean views, delicious menu and exceptional service that I always look forward to enjoying.
The service is exquisite from the moment of arrival. They are always on their game here. One of my favorite parts is that they have an expert sommelier and formagier on hand. Yes you read that correctly, here you will always have available to you an expert in wine and cheese to help select the perfect pairings that complement your meal and satisfy your taste buds.
At the helm of The Loft is Executive Chef Casey Overturn. His menu is ambitious – he updates it seasonally and it features locally grown and sustainable foods whenever possible. Everything is so good here –even the bread basket! Many times when dining out, I’ll skip the bread to save room for the “real” food. At The Loft I never do that – the bread basket is actually one of my favorite things. You receive a delicious assortment that includes crispy seasoned flat bread, salty pretzel rolls and gluten-free cheese puffs.
As a starter the Black Truffle Risotto hits the spot – it is thick, rich and creamy and the truffles add a layer of depth that is truly satisfying. Another must-try is the Beluga Lentil Soup, it has a unique carrot foam and pop of crème fraiche – you will wish for seconds on this one!
When you get to the main course for meat-lovers the Coffee Crusted New York Strip steak is literally melt in your mouth good. You will be hard pressed to find a better steak in town. If you prefer seafood the Salmon is always an excellent choice, it is flavorful and rich topped with crispy breadcrumbs and surrounded by fresh vegetables – yum. For dessert the lemon Crème Brule is simply among the best I’ve had – the citrus custard with crispy sugar topping is amazingly good!
From the five-star service to the divine menu to the exceptional setting, The Loft is truly one of Orange County’s culinary gems.
Location: 801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Price: Entrees begin at $28 Information: 866.271.6953 or visit montagelagunabeach.com