Picayo

★★★★☆

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Although it was very easy to get a reservation, and the maitre d was friendly, overall it rates in one of our top 10 worst dining experiences. The place was empty and next to us was the most annoying couple. They were so loud and pompous that my husband and I could barely talk. They were going on and on about traveling through Europe and how amazing the food was that I should of known right there, the restaurant would suck. I ordered soup and when it came the waiter did warn me it was hot. So I waited about five minutes for it to cool, and it was still scalding hot. I tried to eat it but burned my toungue several times. I finally had to tell the waiter (after we waited 20 minutes and it still didn't cool) that just to bring my entree. Then the entree came and I joked it would be too hot. Well sure enough it was also insanely hot. By this time I was starving. After another 20 minutes I could eat the top layer of my entree. We didn't even stick around to try desert and they did take the soup off our check, but only because I told them I could never eat it. We wished Tom Collichio was present to tell the chef to pack his knives and go home and I dreamed about throwing my scalding hot soup on the pompus douchebags next to us that wouldn't shut up. If you want good french food, go to Lulu's Cafe in Laguna Hills instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

Although it was very easy to get a reservation, and the maitre d was friendly, overall it rates in one of our top 10 worst dining experiences. The place was empty and next to us was the most annoying couple. They were so loud and pompous that my husband and I could barely talk. They were going on and on about traveling through Europe and how amazing the food was that I should of known right there, the restaurant would suck. I ordered soup and when it came the waiter did warn me it was hot. So I waited about five minutes for it to cool, and it was still scalding hot. I tried to eat it but burned my toungue several times. I finally had to tell the waiter (after we waited 20 minutes and it still didn't cool) that just to bring my entree. Then the entree came and I joked it would be too hot. Well sure enough it was also insanely hot. By this time I was starving. After another 20 minutes I could eat the top layer of my entree. We didn't even stick around to try desert and they did take the soup off our check, but only because I told them I could never eat it. We wished Tom Collichio was present to tell the chef to pack his knives and go home and I dreamed about throwing my scalding hot soup on the pompus douchebags next to us that wouldn't shut up. If you want good french food, go to Lulu's Cafe in Laguna Hills instead.

Pros: Good parking, no wait

Cons: Hot food and annoying patrons

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I love this place. Its a small restaurant on Coast Highway and they serve delicious dishes. The Chef is amazing, he will come and greet you and explain whatever you want regarding the dishes being served and answer any questions you may have. The service is the best!

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★★★★★

I love this place. Its a small restaurant on Coast Highway and they serve delicious dishes. The Chef is amazing, he will come and greet you and explain whatever you want regarding the dishes being served and answer any questions you may have. The service is the best!

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I had read about this in my zagat and came with somewhat high expectations. We made last minute reservations and the host on the phone was friendly. Unlike some overrated restaurants in Laguna, I was surprised to find there was no wait and we were seated promptly. It was semi romantic and the staff were very friendly, always smiling, and attentive, and personable. I believe the owner seated us and kept offering us their own baked olive bread which was fresh and warm and soooo yummy. I felt like I was in NY with all the wonderful restaurants which I've missed very much...the menu was appealing from the (I can't say the full word for some reason they say it's inappropriate so I mispelled it) Rak of Lamb, to the Foid Gras, the scallops, pastry wrapped salmon, Ribeye...or Chilean Seabass. I went with the Seabass which was good...but with the caper lemon tartar sauce (or that's what I tasted)...it was heaven in my mouth. I miss good food that's decently priced. It's not cheap, but it's not expensive either. Also their garlic mash potatoes were very yummy. I will definitely be going back there. I also tried the shrimp and scallop special with saffron sauce...I must say the sauces are what I enjoy most. Though I had high expectations, I tried to not expect too much, but overall the experience was delightfully good. Compared to restaurants in Laguna...it's 1 of maybe 3 restaurants I would say is worth going to. Sorrento Grill and The Cottage being the others. Oh last thing...the purse appetizer puff pastry was also very very good...yum!

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★★★★☆

I had read about this in my zagat and came with somewhat high expectations. We made last minute reservations and the host on the phone was friendly. Unlike some overrated restaurants in Laguna, I was surprised to find there was no wait and we were seated promptly. It was semi romantic and the staff were very friendly, always smiling, and attentive, and personable. I believe the owner seated us and kept offering us their own baked olive bread which was fresh and warm and soooo yummy. I felt like I was in NY with all the wonderful restaurants which I've missed very much...the menu was appealing from the (I can't say the full word for some reason they say it's inappropriate so I mispelled it) Rak of Lamb, to the Foid Gras, the scallops, pastry wrapped salmon, Ribeye...or Chilean Seabass. I went with the Seabass which was good...but with the caper lemon tartar sauce (or that's what I tasted)...it was heaven in my mouth. I miss good food that's decently priced. It's not cheap, but it's not expensive either. Also their garlic mash potatoes were very yummy. I will definitely be going back there. I also tried the shrimp and scallop special with saffron sauce...I must say the sauces are what I enjoy most. Though I had high expectations, I tried to not expect too much, but overall the experience was delightfully good. Compared to restaurants in Laguna...it's 1 of maybe 3 restaurants I would say is worth going to. Sorrento Grill and The Cottage being the others. Oh last thing...the purse appetizer puff pastry was also very very good...yum!

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Pros: ample portions, interesting menu with a nice range of seafood and meat entrees, some nice flavors,
decent wine list.

Cons: undisciplined staff - gales of laughter repeatedly heard from the back room, wait-staff high 5ing each other as they pass, staff hanging out in waiting area. wait staff pours and refills wine glasses without asking if patron wants wine, nobody checks back once the food is delivered until the meal is over, the lobster bisque had a lovely flavor with no hint of lobster present whatsoever. For $10.00, put some lobster meat in it! The ribeye was suspiciously similar to a thin cut of london broil with a very unoriginal, thick wine reduction that showed no evidence of the shalots promised. It's $20.00 meals for $35.00 and an ambiance that while pleasant does not make up the difference.

Make no mistake, its a fairly nice place with fairly good tasting food. The ambiance in the sunny day room section of the restaurant feels in no way upscale or elegant. The point is that this place is priced like a 4 or 5 star restaurant that doesn't deliver on the promise.

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★★★☆☆

Pros: ample portions, interesting menu with a nice range of seafood and meat entrees, some nice flavors,
decent wine list.

Cons: undisciplined staff - gales of laughter repeatedly heard from the back room, wait-staff high 5ing each other as they pass, staff hanging out in waiting area. wait staff pours and refills wine glasses without asking if patron wants wine, nobody checks back once the food is delivered until the meal is over, the lobster bisque had a lovely flavor with no hint of lobster present whatsoever. For $10.00, put some lobster meat in it! The ribeye was suspiciously similar to a thin cut of london broil with a very unoriginal, thick wine reduction that showed no evidence of the shalots promised. It's $20.00 meals for $35.00 and an ambiance that while pleasant does not make up the difference.

Make no mistake, its a fairly nice place with fairly good tasting food. The ambiance in the sunny day room section of the restaurant feels in no way upscale or elegant. The point is that this place is priced like a 4 or 5 star restaurant that doesn't deliver on the promise.

Pros: creative menu, ample portions, decent wine list

Cons: way overpriced for the quality, ambiance, and service

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My boyfriend and I checked this out before the Pageant this year. The lobster bisque, lamb chops, and flourless chocolate cake was a sure winner for me. ...Oh, and if you can make it for their happy hour (Sunday - Thursday @ 5-8pm), their bartenders will really fill up your martini glass for $5. Try the Shorebreak, it's truly sinful.

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★★★★☆

My boyfriend and I checked this out before the Pageant this year. The lobster bisque, lamb chops, and flourless chocolate cake was a sure winner for me. ...Oh, and if you can make it for their happy hour (Sunday - Thursday @ 5-8pm), their bartenders will really fill up your martini glass for $5. Try the Shorebreak, it's truly sinful.

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Explored around my new neighborhood and stumbled upon this hidden gem and thought I would try it some day. A friend of mine came down for a visit, so I decided to finally try it out. Our server was Charity who has a vast knowledge of boutique wines and helped us pick out our wines for our meal. Every one she picked out we liked. An unexpected starter was the salmon rillette, which my friend quickly gave me a scared stare (he doesn't like salmon). He tried it, and really loved it to his surprise. We both had the Foie Gras and it was sinfully melt-in-your-mouth delicious. For entree, I had the scallops and while he had the filet. Both were prepared very well with great flavors and perfectly cooked veggies. We are always too stuffed to try any of their desserts.

I have been back several times with different friends and have tried their sea bass and bouillabaisse (all have been excellent). Every time I go, I always ask for Charity. This is one of my favorite restaurants to visit in Laguna.

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★★★★★

Explored around my new neighborhood and stumbled upon this hidden gem and thought I would try it some day. A friend of mine came down for a visit, so I decided to finally try it out. Our server was Charity who has a vast knowledge of boutique wines and helped us pick out our wines for our meal. Every one she picked out we liked. An unexpected starter was the salmon rillette, which my friend quickly gave me a scared stare (he doesn't like salmon). He tried it, and really loved it to his surprise. We both had the Foie Gras and it was sinfully melt-in-your-mouth delicious. For entree, I had the scallops and while he had the filet. Both were prepared very well with great flavors and perfectly cooked veggies. We are always too stuffed to try any of their desserts.

I have been back several times with different friends and have tried their sea bass and bouillabaisse (all have been excellent). Every time I go, I always ask for Charity. This is one of my favorite restaurants to visit in Laguna.

Pros: excellent food, location to me, locals night, knowledgable and friendly wait staff (and owner), new Martini Bar

Cons: no view

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Very accomodating, and food was great. Parking was not hard at all, the restaurant is small and intimate, and the manager/owner makes a point to check in with everyone at some point during the meal.

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★★★★★

Very accomodating, and food was great. Parking was not hard at all, the restaurant is small and intimate, and the manager/owner makes a point to check in with everyone at some point during the meal.

Pros: parking, intimacy, food

Cons: water refills

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To sum it up, our experience at Picayo was FANTASTIC! Our server, Chad, was world-class, and the food was nothing less than perfection. Even the bread basket was superb. The chef offered us a complimentary salmon pre-appetizer, which was a delicious surprise. The entrees and appetizers were very savory and the desserts were extraordinary. The creme brulee and chocolate truffle cake were perhaps the best we've ever had. We highly recommend the lobster bisque and shrimp cake appetizers as well as the seabass and sea scallop entrees. We can't wait to visit Picayo again in the future! Two thumbs up!

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★★★★★

To sum it up, our experience at Picayo was FANTASTIC! Our server, Chad, was world-class, and the food was nothing less than perfection. Even the bread basket was superb. The chef offered us a complimentary salmon pre-appetizer, which was a delicious surprise. The entrees and appetizers were very savory and the desserts were extraordinary. The creme brulee and chocolate truffle cake were perhaps the best we've ever had. We highly recommend the lobster bisque and shrimp cake appetizers as well as the seabass and sea scallop entrees. We can't wait to visit Picayo again in the future! Two thumbs up!

Pros: Great Service, Delicious Food, Ample Parking

 

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