448 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, California 92651, USA
WatermarcIf you can score a window seat at the Watermarc in Laguna Beach, consider yourself among the lucky. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway, the Watermarc is a people watcher's dream thanks to its large windows and oversized front patio. It's also an oenophile's fantasy as the restaurant worked carefully to pair its dishes to its hundreds of wine varietals. The restaurant's extensive menu, including its wine selection, is meant for sharing. Pick a bottle for the table, then move on to a few shared plates known as "grazing plates." Order a plate of sizzling shrimp, a few oysters, salt cod, ahi watermelon skewers, and charred octopus for a full seafood experience. Make sure not to look past the seafood entrees either, such as scallops in lobster risotto and the Chilean sea bass with wild mushroom quinoa. You are, after all, at the ocean, might as well taste her offerings.