The 12 Best Restaurants In Laguna Hills In 2022


Situated in southern Orange County, Laguna Hills is a sleepy and quiet suburban neighborhood that is home to over 31,000 residents.

And with the myriad of dining options in the area, it can be an overwhelming process of choosing a good place to eat. But have no fear! I’ve hand picked twelve of the best places in town to grab a bite to eat.

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Baja Fish Taco

baja fish taco

Baja Fish Taco serves some of the best coastal Mexican food in Orange County, period.

The fish tacos are legit, the shrimp tacos are legit, the burritos and the quesadillas are legit, everything here is delicious.

My go to order is guacamole and chips and the carne asada plate with pinto beans and rice. I like to take the tortillas that come with the plate and make little tacos.

The rice and beans are really good too. It’s soft, buttery and creamy and it’s not often that I mention the rice and beans from a restaurant, but that’s how good it is over here.

They also have an excellent selection of salsa at the bar to help accentuate the flavors of your meal.

There’s no part of the plate that I don’t clean off and I’m sure the dishwashers in the back appreciate me making their lives a tiny bit easier.

23020 Lake Forest Dr Ste 130 Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Chaupain Bakery

Chaupain Bakery

Chaupain is arguably one of the best bakeries in Orange County.

When you go here you will be treated to a treasure trove of the most delicious pastries, croissants, danishes, quiches and bread loaves.

In addition to their extensive selections of pastries, they have a full breakfast menu serving sandwiches, breakfast burritos and other morning favorites.

Our favorite thing behind the case is the chocolate and pistachio croissant. It is buttery, flaky and so damn delightful when it touches your tongue.

You don’t have to travel to Paris to get authentic tasting pastries, Chaupain is just as good, if not better.

24401 Ridge Rte Dr b104, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Soba Izakaya MINAMI

soba minami

If you want an authentic soba and udon noodle experience, you can travel halfway across the world or you can visit Soba Izakaya Minami.

When you walk into the restaurant, it feels like you are transported into a modern soba noodle house in Osaka.

The Soba and Udon noodles are meticulously hand crated to perfection.

When you order the soba, you order by portions sizes. 3 portions is the average amount. They bring it out in a large bowl with a dipping sauce. Check out this video to learn the technique to properly eating soba.

If you aren’t in the mood for soba, they have an extensive menu that includes curries, tempura and rice bowls.

24391 Avenida De La Carlota Suite A, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Tacos de Birria Los Carnales

Tacos de Birria Los Carnales

Birria tacos are having a moment right now in the Mexican food scene and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve more than likely seen enough photos on social media to pique your interest.

Basically, birria are just tacos filled with a stewed meat that is quite juicy and tender and is often served alongside a cup of consume for dipping.

There’s probably one one place in Southern Orange County that is serving authentic birria and that’s Tacos de Birria Los Carnales. It’s a pop-up located in a church parking lot and its making the birria godfathers in Jalisco proud.

23802 Avenida De La Carlota, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Woodfire Kabob

woodfire kabob

Located in the back of the once thriving Laguna Hills Mall, Woodfire Kabob is the last glimmering light in the cemetery of a forgotten shopping center.

The restaurant prides itself on its authentic Persian and Mediterranian food made with the freshest ingredients.

The menu here includes classic Persian staples like Baba Ghenoosh, Chicken Koobideh, Lamb Soltani, Baghali Polo and Adas Polo and suffice to say, everything here is phenomenal.

24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1055, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Porch Box

Porch Box

Porch Box is a takeout style restaurant that’s all about American home comfort food. Think roasted chicken, pot-pies, pulled pork and quiches.

The concept is simple, you order a main entree that comes with three sides that you can customize any way you want.

I usually opt for the roasted chicken, which in itself is a huge portion, with their mac and cheese, cornbread and salad. Everything comes neatly package in a box and ready for you to take devour at home or on a picnic.

25616 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Terra Mia Pizzeria

Terra Mia Pizzeria

There aren’t many places in South Orange County where you are going to find authentic New York style pizza, but Terra Mia is making the pizza makers in Brooklyn proud.

The pizza here is hand tossed to perfection and made with sauce that is made from scratch and topped with only the finest ingredients.

I’m partial to the meat lovers pie, which comes with mouth watering sausage, ham, bacon and pepperoni. Other highlights of the menu include the margarita pie, the meatball sub and the Chicken parmesan

Don’t forget the garlic knots! These things are seriously addictive. I could eat entire order with the quickness of a malnourished college student coming home for winter break.

And if somehow you still have some space left in your stomach, the cannoli is a indulgent way to end your meal.

24731 Alicia Pkwy Ste E Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Kings Fish House

Kings Fish House

If you need to satisfy a craving for seafood, there is no better place than Kings Fish House to satiate your oceanic hankering.

This place has everything seafood and I mean everything! Oysters? Check. Lobster? Check. Crab? Check. Chilean sea bass? Check. Fish and chips? Check. Sushi? Check. Whatever you are in the mood for, they got you covered.

I went here yesterday night and had an excellent meal from beginning to end. And if you are wondering, I started off with the New York Sour cocktail with crab cakes, fish and chips for an entree and finished off the meal with bread pudding.

24001 Avenida De La Corlota Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Ironwood

ironwood

Ironwood is a modern casual restaurants that is serving New-American cuisine derived from local farmers and seasonal ingredients.

Opened since 2016, Ironwood has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best restaurants in town.

They boasts an extensive menu that has something for everyone, even the pickiest eaters.

Seasonal offerings are available, but you can never go wrong with the Crispy Jidori Chicken Schnitzel and the Bone-In Ribeye.

This is a perfect place to get a nice drink and eat a good meal in a relaxed atmosphere. The service is excellent, and the staff is super friendly and helpful.

25250 La Paz Rd Suite 100, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Greek Bistro

Greek Bistro

Greek Bistro is a family-run restaurant that has been around for over 15 years and serving the community the finest and freshest Greek food in all of southern Orange County.

You will find all your favorite Greek delicacies on the menu. Whether you are craving some kebabs or falafel or gyros, Greek bistro uses only the highest quality ingredients and your taste buds will definitely take notice.

The combination plate with chicken and shrimp never fails to satisfy. Leave some room the freshly made baklava.

25292 McIntyre St suite a, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Cecilia’s Tortilla Grill

cecilias tortilla grill

Welcome to Cecilia’s Tortilla Grill, a family-run restaurant that has been providing the community with authentic, high-quality Mexican since 2015.

True to its namesake, Cecilia’s makes their tortillas fresh, daily and comes in a variety of flavors including jalapeño, chipotle and cilantro-lime, which is available in both flour and corn.

A wide range of food is available here, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, taquitos and quesadillas.

They also have a great breakfast menu with offerings such as chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and more.

For dessert you can’t miss the Bunuelo Bowl, which is a decadent offering of crispy tortilla dusted with cinnamon and sugar and topped with ice cream, chocolate and whip cream.

25250 La Paz Rd STE 140, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Kin Sushi

kin sushi

Kin Sushi is one of the best hidden gems in Laguna Hills. Their philosophy is to provide quality sushi to ‘make every customer feel worthwhile and happiest.’ I can definitely attest to their motto, as every time I eat here, I leave satified and happy.

Kin has an awesome selections of rolls. My favorite is the Albacore Jalapeno Roll, which includes spicy tuna & shrimp tempura topped with albacore, garlic & jalapeno.

Their sashimi is top notch and their bento box combos are a great value.

If you are looking for a sushi restaurant where you can find great sushi that won’t cost an arm and a leg, look no further.

25381 Alicia Pkwy Ste M Laguna Hills, CA 92653

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