An Ocean of Flavor
Modern, French cuisine with California influences. Ever-changing à la carte menus, chef’s tasting menus and private dinners at the Chef’s Table. Savor them all with perfectly paired selections from an extensive, carefully assembled wine collection. Welcome to Studio, where comfortably elegant evenings feature fine food and impeccable service in an artistic, Craftsman-style Laguna Beach restaurant at the edge of the Pacific.
The cuisine of Studio is Modern French with California influences. Chef Craig Strong draws inspiration from a breadth of cultures to create succulent dishes that pay homage to the bountiful fruits and vegetables of our region. Because of his strong relationships with local organic farmers, Chef Strong has exceptional access to the finest seasonal and artisanal products, making them the star attractions of his ever-changing menus.
To complement the cuisine of Studio, talented sommeliers have carefully assembled an artful collection of more than 2,500 boutique and esoteric selections. The educated sommeliers are always on hand to offer pairing suggestions, tastes of hard-to-acquire vintages and help in creating specialized menus for guests based on their wine preferences.
With a panoramic oceanfront location and modern French cuisine infused with California influences, Studio is the portrait of beachside indulgence. A refined and inventive menu reflects masterful attention to detail accented with an elegant, creative touch. Since its debut in early 2003, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach has become a culinary destination for discerning gourmets and oenophiles alike.
For a more intimate Orange County fine dining experience, guests can enjoy the private dining room overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They can also arrange to dine at the Chef’s Table, a warmly appointed dining room adjacent to the kitchen, complete with a stone fireplace and the interactive attention of Chef Craig Strong and his staff. Diners will create a menu and wine pairings based on personal preference or place themselves in the hands of the Chef to create a unique tasting menu for the evening.
Please note, Studio’s dress code requires gentleman wear long pants and close toed shoes; no athletic or beach wear permitted.
Set on an oceanfront bluff in the artistic village of Laguna Beach, Studio is designed to captivate the senses. Ocean breezes, sweeping views and lush landscapes create a refreshing sense of place at the water’s edge and a fitting backdrop for the shared enjoyment of fine food and wine. Situated facing due west, the Craftsman-inspired restaurant – reminiscent of an elegant yet charming beach cottage – treats guests to a striking view through expansive doors and windows, often open to the refreshing ocean breeze.
Custom-built wine vaults flank the entryway and spotlight more than 2,500 bottles of the restaurant’s wine collection. The unique, turn-of-the-century bar adds a sophisticated and classic touch, while the large communal bar area offers an interactive dining experience for sampling fine wines or small tastes from the restaurant’s award-winning kitchen.
The picturesque dining room seats up to 80 guests and perfectly captures the feeling of the area’s early Plein Air paintings. Rich, dark browns and rustic wood beams combine with elegant shades of cream and sand to create classic and warm décor with modern sensibilities. Tables are well spaced throughout the dining room to ensure an intimate experience and are appointed with carefully selected linens, the finest Raynaud china, and classic Riedel glassware.