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Discover Starfish Laguna Beach…

A Tantalizing Exploration into the Ingredients and Dishes from the Coastlines of Asia.  Most Asian restaurants in Orange County, especially those in Laguna Beach, represent cuisine from just one region. However, Starfish Laguna Beach opened its doors in June 2011 from the inspiration to create what other Asian restaurants haven’t.

Our concept highlights cuisines across the mystical regions of Asia, not just one. Here, Laguna Beach restaurant addicts will discover tantalizing ingredients and dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea, and India. Delight the palate with fresh seafood, sushi rolls, curries, noodles, rice, wok-fired meat, and vegetable dishes – all brought together in this casually sexy setting.

Starfish Laguna also fills the gap for foodies who want savory Asian food, as well as a vibrant atmosphere with upbeat energy. Our Laguna Beach restaurant is undeniably hip but tasteful, playing soft chill beats where everyone feels welcome. Our marble, horseshoe – shaped bar takes center stage, welcoming guests to experience handcrafted libations, an innovative wine list, sakes, and craft beers.

We also offer an intimate outdoor patio with plush lounge furniture and tropical foliage for multiple dining options in Laguna Beach, CA. Starfish has become a local’s gathering spot; however, many guests drive from all over Southern California to experience what no other Asian restaurant in Orange County offers: delectable flavors of the East matched with consistency, style, and value.

Gretchen Andrews, Owner / Partner
Archie McConnell, Owner / Partner

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This passionate power couple brings both boutique fine dining and high-volume corporate experience to the table, creating an unforgettable hotspot in South Laguna.

Gretchen, a founding partner, has been leading Starfish into success since the concept was nothing more than a piece of paper. From artful aesthetic details to the complex recipes, Gretchen developed the offerings and ambiance into a sensuous, dynamic, and unforgettable experience. Her skill is in every feature.

Archie brings years of heavy-hitting corporate restaurant experience to this South Laguna gem. With a mind for business and plenty of charisma, he has helped to forge a strong local following as well as grow Starfish into a favorite tourist spot. This partnership has created a unique and unrivaled Laguna dining experience. From the first drink to the last bite of dessert, the passion of Gretchen and Archie for their staff and concept is inspiring and contagious.
What are you waiting for… Come see for yourself!