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234 Forest Ave. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | Laguna Beach | 949-497-8222

Location Description:

Located within view of the lifeguard station, on the city's busiest one-way street, Alessa takes no reservations and routinely spawns Avatar-like lines on weekends. It's noisy, cozy and cramped, less a restaurant than a bar with tables and chairs squeezed into every possible corner to maximize the prime real estate. You'll no doubt be seated almost shoulder-to-shoulder to the next guy, so close you'll mutually drool at what the other's having, like the zucca, a butternut squash-stuffed ravioli drenched in brown butter and garnished with deep-fried sage leaves. Though the dish is merely an appetizer, like the most memorable scene in a great movie, it's the one you'll talk about on the ride home.

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  • Cuisine(s): Italian
  • Price: $$
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Street
  • Extra Info: Dinner for two, $25-$60.

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