Tommy Bahama: An Off-Key Bahamian Rhapsody

The chain's new Laguna Beach restaurant-cum-clothing store has some kinks to work out before it can relax on the beach

Putting me in a mood more conducive to spending three figures on a Hawaiian shirt I’ll probably never wear was Chris, our waiter, who took the good-natured, rowdy verbal jabs of a particularly drunk table with aplomb and offered to split a shared plate between my date and me at no extra charge. Even if the food I sampled is not yet up to Laguna Beach standards, his is the kind of service that is. I dared not tell him that I thought the banana-cream pie he suggested for dessert had a stale crust akin to shoe leather or hardened Play-Doh. I bet Tommy Bahama wouldn’t, either. He’s that kind of guy.

Tommy Bahama, 400 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 376-6886; Open Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-midnight. Appetizers, $6-$16; entrées, $13-$25. Full bar.

More like this, please
JC Vera
More like this, please

Location Info


Tommy Bahama

400 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Laguna Beach

This review appeared in print as "A Slightly Off-Key Bahamian Rhapsody: Tommy Bahama’s new Laguna Beach restaurant-cum-clothing store has some kinks to work out before it can relax on the beach."

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Neale Smull
Neale Smull

I was surprised at the excellent quality of the food. You can try them out at their Newport location during Restaurant Week to save a few bucks and get a nice sampling.

Spider John
Spider John

"a Jimmy Buffett of the corporate world"

In case you were not paying attention, with his own Margarita-ville clothing and restaurants, Land Shark beer, etc. Jimmy Buffet went corporate years ago. Still a fun concert, but he is in it for the money. Not a judgment, an observation.

Wave Shoppe
Wave Shoppe

Are they going to sell Tommy Bahama shirts as well as food?


I think it's a great use of the location, but as a (former) local, I can't imagine picking Tommy Bahama as my go-to spot for a nice dinner.