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McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach

4.6
4.6
163 Reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
Welcome to McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach! We are a “hip” modern industrial luxury tasting lounge that is a cross between a New York “Soho” music venue and a “Napa Valley” tasting lounge. This is not an ordinary winery by any means.

Featuring a 16-foot glass garage door, skylights, and a shaded patio, McClain Cellars brings the beauty of Laguna Beach into the tasting room. Along the bar, you will find artistic wine bottles with unique paintings on each. Each of the wines has a clever name like, “Summer Breeze,” “Love & Happiness,” “Promise Keeper,” and “Faithful Friend” to name a few. With the capacity to host up to 49 guests at once, this quaint venue offers free parking, easy freeway access and flexible hours. The tasting lounge is in the HIVE at 849 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA next to Kitchen in the Canyon and the Laguna Beach Beer Company.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 590-9980

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jason McClain

  • Catering

    Wine works for all occasions. Joining our wine club is the best way to take advantage of all the perks we have at McClain Cellars. ASK HOW TO JOIN OUR WINE CLUB FOR FREE To get the very best out of what we offer at McClain Cellars it's a good idea to consider our wine club. It's free to join and the cool thing about it is... you get to pick the wines for each allocation. It's really pretty simple. You join the club for free and commit to taking home 3, 6, or 12 bottles every quarter. For doing so you'll get 10%, 20%, or 30% off every bottle. On top of that, we offer you

  • Private party facilities

    Got a private event? Need an awesome place to have it? Our Wine Tasting Lounge is ready to host your next private party. We offer Private Chef Pairings, Wine Tastings, and much more. We also have wine by the glass and bottles of wine that come from our winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. You will have a chance to enjoy our wide collection of cheese, charcuterie, and light snacks as well. One of the all-time favorite items on our menu, besides the wine, of course, is our artisan popcorn. It's not your ordinary popcorn by any means. It is very unique. Air-popped, white hulless corn from Amish country with fresh herbs and spices made with our fresh Sant Ynez valley olive oils. Flavors such as black truffle & garlic, Garlic Pepper and Rosemary, and many more to pair with the wine. It's just yummy. We can not wait to see you at McClain Cellars and show you just how great wine is served.

  • Neighborhood

    Laguna Beach

  • Cross street

    Laguna Canyon Frontage Road

  • Parking details

    We have our very own parking lot with plenty of space. If, by chance, things should get a little busy... there is plenty of free street parking and metered parking as well. Located in the HIVE right next to the Sawdust Festival

  • Public transit

    Located in the HIVE right next to the Sawdust Festival and across from the Pagent of the Masters.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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Experiences

  • 5 Star Wine Tasting from the Santa Ynez Valley

    Multiple dates available
    Award-winning wines from the Santa Ynez Valley are waiting for you. Offering 5 different wine tasting flights to enjoy. All white, red & white, all reds, reserve only and the owner's flight. Choose the one that is best for you. We also offer an amazing Artisan Popcorn pairing that you can add to your wine flight features homemade flavors like Black Truffle & Garlic, Garlic Pepper & Rosemary, and many more.

What 163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South Orange County

    Notable Wine List

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  1. SG

    SpartyGal

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience3
    Totally awesome wine tasting but no food; not a good combination! Wines are definitely worth tasting and shipping home; not available in national distribution
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my birthday party. It was absolutely great! The service the location the wine. All amazing!
  3. MH

    MarlaH

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was awesome but overall pricing and discount structure left us disappointed. Tastings are too expensive and you have to buy 3 overpriced bottles to get a “free” tasting. This is our 3rd or 4th visit to a McClain’s location and probably our last. The wines are good but not fantastic. Pricing is what I would expect from a Napa/Sonoma winery with a pedigree not an urban winery just trying to make a name for themselves. FYI, I had to leave a rating for food in order to submit the review but we did not have the food. Valet parking is required and first 2 hours are free. That should have been enough time for a leisurely tasting but turns out we got back to the valet stand about 5-10 minutes late and we were charged $10 for parking. Not the fault of the winery, but left a bad impression after already feeling we were overcharged for our wine tasting.
  4. DN

    DebbieN

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    The server was excellent. However, management understaffed with only having 1 server for the entire place on a Thursday evening especially during Pageant of the Masters. I really hope at some point they are able to serve real food, even if just light appetizers.
  5. TL

    TracyL

    Las Vegas

    143 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wine and service was spectacular!!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on July 25, 2022Thank you so much for leaving us this review!! I am so glad you had an amazing time! We can't wait to have you come back again soon (:

  6. JR

    JordanR

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Our experience was excellent. I think that their wines are limited in terms of taste between the different varieties. However their popcorn and cheese selection was great. I think it is a little expensive for what you get but all in all we had a great time and plan to attend again at another location.
  7. RT

    RhondaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine was delicious. Juliana made us a charcuterie board which was awesome. A very pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
  8. L

    christyL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We didn’t have any food 😀but would love if you had some simple options like salads
  9. JM

    JavaMo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to relax and enjoy good friends, good service and great wines. Shout out to Taylor for being so accomodating for a "special visit" my wife and I made to the lounge.
  10. JW

    JeniferW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The wines are great. Lots of options. Prepare for light snacks for purchase. No outside food allowed. Pourers are friendly and accommodating. Relaxing and covid friendly. Love to hang out here
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience3
    Good wine but they need a kitchen. The pre-packaged snacks that they did have were very limited and not exciting.
  12. DE

    DELISH

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always on point!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Had a nice time. McCade was insightful and knowledgeable about the wines chosen.
  14. N

    Nemo1234

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everyone enjoy the wine. We felt like we had to wait a little too long in between taste but otherwise very nice experience

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on April 19, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review. We are so sorry you did not have the best experience. I am glad you enjoyed the wine and would still recommend us to others. We will definitely take this feedback to our team and make sure we are on top of it (: We would for you to come back and give us another chance to make it up to you!

  15. S

    Sara

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Very nice wine selection

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on April 19, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this nice review Sara. I am so glad you enjoyed the wine. We hope to have you join us again soon (:

  16. TZ

    TracyZ

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Impeccable wines

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on April 19, 2022Thank you so much for your review Tracy!! We hope to see you again soon (:

  17. KS

    KarenS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous experience lived the vibe, wine and people! We joined the wine club and can’t wait to go back!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on May 2, 2022Thank you Karen!!! I am so glad you loved our wine and the lounge! THANK YOU so much for joining our wine club. We can't wait to have you back (:

  18. G

    Gordy

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shane was the best. We were there as a couple celebrating a birthday and he made us feel so welcome and was so knowledgeable of all the wine. He had great things to say about the Mcclains and was just a great human. Thanks!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on April 11, 2022Thank you so much Gordy! Shane is awesome!! We always want to make everyone feel welcome and I am so glad you had a great time (: We hope you visit us again soon.

  19. JR

    JenniferR

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Taylor is the best thing about this place. The wine is great too! The music was loud and we were next to a bridal party....

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on April 11, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review Jennifer! I am so glad you enjoyed the wine. Taylor is the bomb!! We hope you come again soon and we will be sure to put you down next to a quieter area (:

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Place was a bit understaffed. Service was slow and the servers seemed overwhelmed. Wine is great - wish they had more food options.
  21. MB

    MichelleB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an enjoyable experience! We were helped by McCade and Shane, both wonderful hosts and knowledgeable about the wine they are serving. Will definitely be returning!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on March 30, 2022Thank you so much for this review Michelle! Shane and McCade are great!! I'm so glad you had such a nice time. We hope you come back soon!! (:

  22. C

    Choccolat

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience5
    Great wine but wish they served real appetizers….not just cheese and crackers. They need a small kitchen. It can be done….I’ve gone to other wineries where they serve cooked appetizers.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on May 2, 2022Thanh you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We wish we had that as well and we are hoping to install a small kitchen soon, but there are many regulations and rules to get past first to make sure everything is up to par! Please keep a look out for us to open this in the future! (:

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    The service was outstanding and wine was delicious. We had a reservation for 8 our table was ready when we arrived. I will definitely return for another visit.
  24. DW

    DaWil2

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere. Live music was nice. Can’t rate food appropriately as they don’t have a kitchen. It would be nice if they could pair up with one of the neighboring restaurants to offer at least some appetizers. They have a fridge with some grab and go prepacked cheese and meats. They’ll give you a cheese board to lay your items out and some plates. So that was nice. Service was good. They appeared a bit short staffed the evening we were there….but hey. It’s wine tasting. Who’s in a hurry anyway! 😉

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on February 28, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a kind (and understanding!) review. We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to have you back soon!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great customer service
  26. EM

    EdwardM

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Had a lot fun on a Sunday afternoon. Great wine! Great friendly service! We’ll be back.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on February 10, 2022Thanks Edward!! I am so glad you had a nice Sunday afternoon with us and enjoyed our wine!! We can't wait to have you back (:

  27. G

    Gertrude

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a friends birthday, GNO and we had the best time. This family owned business is a hidden gem of wine tasting. The outdoor setting is perfect for spring nice. Great tasting wines and amazing jalopino popcorn. 5 stars. Can’t wait to go back.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on February 10, 2022Thank you so much for this awesome review! I am so glad you and your girls had such a fun time! We cant wait to have you back (:

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Great service, fun atmosphere, some good wines!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience3
    Shared two flights between 2 people and joined the wine club! Great unique blends.
  30. KA

    KAMIENA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Taylor was absolutely the best!!! She’s very knowledgeable and overall an exceptional host.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on January 26, 2022Thank you so much for this nice review! I am so glad you had such an awesome experience!! (: We hope you come back again soon!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    So fun! Staff was great. Wine really good!
  32. TB

    TimB

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine tasting was great. Live music playing and outside heaters made it a very relaxing evening.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the wine! I am a wine club member and enjoy the live music. Tastings are included in the free membership.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on January 4, 2022Thank you so much for your support as a wine club member! You are truly the backbones of our business and we appreciate you!

  34. PR

    PatR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    We were really pleased with our experience at McClain. We had visited the Solvang tasting room previously, but this was our first visit to McClain in Laguna. Our server, Chelsea, was super friendly and knowledgeable about the wines. The atmosphere is relaxed and very inviting. The wines are excellent. We chatted with the owner, Jason, for a few minutes before we left and enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm. We're happy that this fun wine experience is just down the road from where we live and we will definitely visit again.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on January 3, 2022Patty and Tim, thank you so much for taking the time to come visit us in both Solvang AND Laguna Beach! We're so happy that you've enjoyed your time spent with us and we can't wait to have you back!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambassador was very knowledgeable. The service was great. My husband and I got to sit on their comfy couches Ana hang out. Perfect midday date!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on December 30, 2021We are so glad that you had such a wonderful and comfy experience! We hope to welcome you back for another date-day ;)

  36. AN

    AshtarN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun place to do wine tasting! It was my first time wine tasting and Jamie was so knowledgeable and fun. She really made us feel at home and our experience was a 10/10! We’re visiting from out of town and we are definitely coming back next time we’re in Laguna! Thanks again Jamie, You were great!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on December 23, 2021Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind and wonderful review! We will certainly pass along your thanks to Jamie... We love our staff and we're glad you do, too :) Come back and see us again soon!

  37. j

    jaynem

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Great wine and fun atmosphere

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on December 8, 2021So glad that you had fun and enjoyed the wine! We hope to have you back in someday soon and earn 5 stars from you :)

  38. C

    Choccolat

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Good wine. Wish they served food tho....they tried but that fell thru....cheese and crackers don’t cut it for me
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing per usual! The live music was great as well!

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on December 8, 2021Thank you for the 5 star review! So glad you had a wonderful time, as usual ;)

  40. T

    Tbone

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    The wine selection were great. Will definitely return for more tastings.

    McClain Cellars - Laguna BeachResponded on November 15, 2021We are so glad that you enjoyed the wine and will be coming back... thank you for taking the time to leave us a kind review!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach is rated 4.6 stars by 163 OpenTable diners.

McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for McClain Cellars - Laguna Beach

849 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1839

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Laguna Canyon Frontage Road

  • Neighborhood

    Laguna Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 11:00 am–7:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have our very own parking lot with plenty of space. If, by chance, things should get a little busy... there is plenty of free street parking and metered parking as well. Located in the HIVE right next to the Sawdust Festival

  • Public transit

    Located in the HIVE right next to the Sawdust Festival and across from the Pagent of the Masters.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason McClain

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 590-9980

  • Catering

    Wine works for all occasions. Joining our wine club is the best way to take advantage of all the perks we have at McClain Cellars. ASK HOW TO JOIN OUR WINE CLUB FOR FREE To get the very best out of what we offer at McClain Cellars it's a good idea to consider our wine club. It's free to join and the cool thing about it is... you get to pick the wines for each allocation. It's really pretty simple. You join the club for free and commit to taking home 3, 6, or 12 bottles every quarter. For doing so you'll get 10%, 20%, or 30% off every bottle. On top of that, we offer you

  • Private party facilities

    Got a private event? Need an awesome place to have it? Our Wine Tasting Lounge is ready to host your next private party. We offer Private Chef Pairings, Wine Tastings, and much more. We also have wine by the glass and bottles of wine that come from our winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. You will have a chance to enjoy our wide collection of cheese, charcuterie, and light snacks as well. One of the all-time favorite items on our menu, besides the wine, of course, is our artisan popcorn. It's not your ordinary popcorn by any means. It is very unique. Air-popped, white hulless corn from Amish country with fresh herbs and spices made with our fresh Sant Ynez valley olive oils. Flavors such as black truffle & garlic, Garlic Pepper and Rosemary, and many more to pair with the wine. It's just yummy. We can not wait to see you at McClain Cellars and show you just how great wine is served.

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