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C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery, Laguna Beach, CA

C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery

3.6
3.6
170 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
  • Great for scenic views
  • Great for brunch
  • Neighborhood gem
Established in 1982
C'est la Vie Restaurant and Bakeryoffers patrons a truly unique dining experience

Centrally located on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of Laguna Beach, our California French Cuisine is just feets from the Pacific Ocean .


Locals and visitors alike are drawn to the ambiance and relaxed atmosphere of our indoor bistro and are delighted to discover the best outdoor patio dining in Orange County. To complete the evening, try one of our house-made desserts with a glass of 10-year-old tawny port. C'est La Vie invites you to dine with us for a romantic dinner or a night out with friends or family!
Merci et Bon Appetit
Antonio Mecheri (Restaurateur)

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, International, Contemporary European
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 497-5100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    French, European and International Cuisine including Gluten free and Vegan cuisine. CATERING Regardless of the occasion, scale or nature of your event, the C'est la Vie Restaurant and Bakery event planning staff will work closely with you to plan the experience that meets your needs. From beach picnics to special gifts, our restaurant & bakery will help you celebrate your next occasion in the Orange County region. We offer box lunches, gift bags and an array of other options for pick-up. Call Antonio Mecheri at (949) 228-0949
  • Private party facilities
    Reserve the famous C'est La vie restaurant & let us help you make your next event special! With classic French food, fantastic service, and an unbeatable ocean view patio, C'est La Vie is the perfect venue for your next special private or professional event in Orange County. With 215 to 16,145 sq.ft
  • Neighborhood
    Laguna Beach
  • Cross street
    PCH and Forest Street
  • Parking details
    First Come and First Serve Private Parking Lot in the Back.
  • Public transit
    PCH and Park
  • Entertainment
    George, American & European Music, Saturday Night.Mignone Profant, French Singer, Friday Night!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 170 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.5Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

170 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    143 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    143 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The waiter was a complete scum bag totally arrogant and obnoxious. He refused to split the check for our table despite asking four times. Each time he argued with us and was rude. He was playing games to get a higher tip for larger party than taking care of us. Water had a bug floating inside it. No reorder of bread ever given despite requests and everyone’s water glass was left empty entire dining time. Avoid this place horrible service!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and good food. View of the beach from back patio

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  3. foodie

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The sign instructed us to seat ourselves, so we headed out to the patio. We waited for so long that my husband had to get up and fetch menus for us. We continued to wait. A busser passed by and smiled at us, so we asked if he could get our waiter, he shook his head yes. Even after multiple waiters walked by, not one of them acknowledged us. Despite our efforts, we couldn't get anyone to take our order. In the end, we decided to leave and we won't be going back!

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  4. SoCaliMan

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a Laguna/OC Culinary Landmark. Great for all occasions. The entrees are delicious, the service is impeccable, and the desserts are everything you would expect from a top level French Restaurant/Bakery. The patio in the back is a bonus!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Horrible experience, they doubled their pricing just for Mother’s Day. We watched three tables around us leave because no one helped them. One table left because they asked to move to an open table closer to water and the younger gentleman who was seating people was cleaning the table off and told them no, then he table that got sat next to them a few minutes later got up and moved to that table without asking and they let them have the table. It was shocking that they were not told the same thing. The people left. They also automatically charged gratuity and we were only a party of 3, I was shocked by this. Overall not the best experience, I will not go to this restaurant again.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited on Mother's Day, had very slow service, very high prices and very low quality food. At the end we were told we only had two choices for a tip 20% or 25% despite the poor service and bad food.

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  7. Traveler

    Philadelphia

    210 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    3went for Mothers Day, it’s tired, food was just ok…one told the waitstaff he didn’t like the food & they gave us coffee & a dessert as compensation. Bakery is good. We won’t return, the food just wasn’t great.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good but the service was terrible. Would not recommend. The view does not make up for it.

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  9. Lagunadiner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We thought we were going for the Thanksgiving special only to be told that it wasn't available until 4:40pm. This might have been Open Table's fault; not sure. Very disappointing. Thanksgiving day; seemed to be understaffed. Servers were harried, service was slow. Food was good. Not the special meal we had hoped for.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it was good. Great table looking at the water.

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FAQs

C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 497-5100.

C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery is rated 3.6 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for C'est La Vie Restaurant and Bakery

373 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Additional information

  • Cross street
    PCH and Forest Street
  • Neighborhood
    Laguna Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, International, Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    First Come and First Serve Private Parking Lot in the Back.
  • Public transit
    PCH and Park
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    George, American & European Music, Saturday Night.Mignone Profant, French Singer, Friday Night!
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (949) 497-5100
  • Catering
    French, European and International Cuisine including Gluten free and Vegan cuisine. CATERING Regardless of the occasion, scale or nature of your event, the C'est la Vie Restaurant and Bakery event planning staff will work closely with you to plan the experience that meets your needs. From beach picnics to special gifts, our restaurant & bakery will help you celebrate your next occasion in the Orange County region. We offer box lunches, gift bags and an array of other options for pick-up. Call Antonio Mecheri at (949) 228-0949
  • Private party facilities
    Reserve the famous C'est La vie restaurant & let us help you make your next event special! With classic French food, fantastic service, and an unbeatable ocean view patio, C'est La Vie is the perfect venue for your next special private or professional event in Orange County. With 215 to 16,145 sq.ft
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