Best Tacos in Laguna Beach

It is only 90 miles from Laguna Beach to Mexico and in that short distance Laguna has adapted many great tastes from south of the border. While visiting Laguna Beach, nothing beats the Best tacos in Laguna’s tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Laguna has casual and upscale restaurant options to choose from, serving fresh and delicious Mexican fare. Many restaurants offer “Taco Tuesday” special deals for those traveling on a budget. Here are some local insights for the top spots for the best tacos in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach Guitarist, Alec Bridges suggests eating a salmon burrito at La Sirena Grill.

Alec bridgesAlec is an award winning musician and local Laguna legend.

La Sirena has a two locations in town. If you are downtown shopping, visit the location on tucked away on Mermaid Street.  The South Laguna Location is in the shopping center directly across from the Montage Resort.

Best Tacos in Laguna Beach

Adolpho’s Mexican Food, which serves a wide array of Mexican plates, is a local hang out and has some of the best tacos in Laguna Beach. Enjoy delicious shrimp tacos with your favorite Mexican beer across Pacific Coast Highway from Anita Street beach. Adolpho’s is a great place to go for lunch before or after surfing.

Laguna Feast is also a must try for best tacos in Laguna Beach. Carnitas, beef, and chicken tacos are only $1.25 on Tuesdays, which is a bargain you do not want to miss. This small shop offers authentic tacos and a relaxed atmosphere.

Go to Wahoo’s Fish Tacos for tacos unlike anywhere else. This Mexican fusion style restaurant offers quality, tacos with an Asian flare. Located right above Oak Street Beach, Wahoo’s is the perfect place to check the beach. Try a fish taco or the Kahlua pork. 

best tacos in  laguna beachFor a more upscale experience, visit Carmelita’s Kitchen. This bar and restaurant is reminiscent of a Cabo Cantina, and serves delicious tacos along with other Mexican specialties. Carmelita’s has some of the best ceviche in town. Carmelita’s offers a range of top shelf margaritas and is a great place for a night out.

Just north of Laguna Beach in the Crystal Cove center, is Javier’s Cantina. This nightclub style restaurant is the perfect place for a great food and drink. This trendy cantina offers some of the best tacos in Laguna Beach along with drinks and dancing. Come for dinner and stay to party!

Another Crystal Cove option is Taco Tuesday at Bear Flag Fish Company.  There is always a special on fish tacos every tuesday.  This is a perfect lunch spot after strolling on the empty beaches of Crystal Cove State Park.

A long time staple in Laguna, Olemendi’s Mexican Restaurant.  Located on the top floor of the Village Faire shopping center on Coast Highway at Oak Street, Olemendi’s offers a traditional menu accompanied by occasional minstrels singing your favorite mariachi tunes.  This family run restaurant is great if you are traveling with kids.

With all these fabulous taco options in Laguna the only questions you will ask yourself is – which taco to try first!

Laguna Beach Restaurants: CaliFrench Cuisine

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The Laguna Beach restaurant  and food scene is defined by the eclectic talents of local Chefs.   Caroline Cazaumayou’s Califrench Cuisine perfectly describes her: a chef that combines the best of French and California cuisine.  Caroline is a native of the Provence region, an area in the south of France famous for its’ colorful and fragrant cuisine.

Califrench CuisineHer roots in the Laguna Beach Culinary community run deep.  Caroline has taught cooking in Laguna Beach and Orange County for the past 19 years in stores including: Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and the Pottery Shack. She is the co-owner of Cooking by The Sea in San Clemente, and teaches at Antoine’s Café. Caroline also teaches privately. She is an adept, experienced and entertaining instructor with her main focus on delightful and elegant dishes with a special emphasis on simplicity and planning. Caroline also caters throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties.

To enjoy the food she had always loved from home, Caroline had to take matters into her own hands when she first moved to California. She started to cook for friends and one thing lead to the other, before she knew it she was teaching cooking and catering all over Southern California.  She fondly remembers her three years of cooking at the Pottery Shack when it was the Old Pottery Shack.

Where Chefs Dine Out in Laguna Beach

Caroline Cazaumayou Dining out as a chef is a tall order.  High quality ingredients and a menu with a twist are what Caroline looks for when seeking a Laguna Beach restaurant.  Caroline’s favorite Laguna Beach restaurant is Broadway by Amar Santana.  Chef Santana’s restaurant is inspired by New York and features Modern Cuisine of The Americas. The best seat in the house at Broadway is the Chef’s Table where you can view all the action and an intense dinner theater unfolds nightly.  Be sure to check out their Prix Fixe Menu on Mondays and Small Plate Specials on Tuesdays.

Caroline’s favorite activity in Laguna Beach is a sunset beach walk and picnic.  When dining al fresco, Caroline recommends a selection of fine cheeses, cold cuts, marinated olives, peppers and beans, great crackers and good wine.  And there you have the perfect day in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach Dining

Photo Courtesy of Mark Sanderson

Laguna Beach Farmers Market

To achieve the best in California cooking you must start fresh, local and in season ingredients.  Check out the Laguna Beach Certified Farmers’ Market, Caroline’s favorite shopping spot.  Every Saturday from 8-12 you will find many local farmers’ selling fresh and unique items.  One of the biggest trends in cooking is the local food movement.  This is a collaborative effort to build a more locally based food economy.  One can certainly see this in operation this at the Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market.  Not only will you find great local produce, seafood, and locally baked bread, you will see all the locals.  This is where the City shops. The Laguna Beach Certified Farmers’ Market is located in the Lumberyard parking lot near City Hall on Forest Avenue.

Living Laguna Vida

I have lived in Laguna Beach  for over twenty enriching years and, like most, have fallen in love with the beauty, community and life style.  I am an avid waterman and take advantage of the surfing, stand up paddle, snorkeling, tide pools and rough water swimming that Laguna Beach is famous for.  Laguna is also renown for it’s art and art festivals, specialty shops, boutique hotels, bars, music venues and restaurants.  There are a variety of other activities including shopping, biking, hiking and walking through rugged canyons or sea side parks.

The word is out about our town which makes Laguna Beach  a popular vacation destination.

We get a steady flow of visitors from all over the world.  Recently, I was driving around and noticed a couple from out of town who looked a little lost.  Apparently, they walked down gallery filled Forest Avenue and headed south on Pacific Coast Highway to find themselves at a corner where all you could do was get gas.  They could have walked across the street and walked south on the beach to take in the magnificent views around town or stop off at an ocean front restaurant (e.g. the Deck) or make their way to the HIP district for a unique shopping experience.

What to do in Laguna Beach

I have surfed, shopped, walked, hiked, biked, paddled, played music and eaten my way around Laguna Beach for the past twenty years or so with the help of my family decided to create this blog for visitors to Laguna Beach. This travel site is dedicated to Laguna Beach visitors that want to experience Laguna the way the locals do. The best places to eat, shop and have fun. If you are in Laguna Beach for just the day or longer we have great tips for you.

I hope you enjoy the website and hope you enjoy your stay in Laguna Beach