Chef Craig Strong’s award-winning restaurant Ocean at Main celebrates one year 

Widely recognized as one of Orange County’s best new restaurants, Ocean at Main in Laguna Beach will celebrate one year in business this month. To celebrate the major milestone, Chef/Owner Craig Strong presents a new menu of approachable California coastal cuisine, imbued with fall flavors and a few luxe surprises. 

In its first year, the critically acclaimed restaurant was honored as a Best New Restaurant by Orange Coast Magazine, one of Modern Luxury’s 10 Most Exciting New Restaurants, and was named among OC Register critic Brad Johnson’s 75 Best Places to Eat.

Since its debut last fall, Ocean at Main has attracted a loyal crowd of locals and international travelers alike. As the restaurant heads into its second year, Strong presents new dishes that strike the perfect balance between elegant and playful – perfectly capturing the vibe of laid-back luxury in Laguna Beach.

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Ocean at Main Chef/Owner Craig Strong 

“This evolution of our menu comes from listening to our guests,” comments Chef Craig Strong, whose storied 25-year career is hallmarked with accolades of James Beard Award nominations and a Michelin star. “Our first year has given us much to celebrate, and it’s also been a year of listening and pivoting. As we enter into year two, I’m proud to present a new menu which reflects that. We look forward to continuing to partner with and serve our community for years to come.”

The new menu, which Chef Strong notes was conceptualized by listening to his guests, features approachable entrees ranging in price from $18 to $42. Dishes are brought to life with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients and classic culinary techniques. While new entrees include Pan-Seared Striped Sea Bass and a 12 oz Ribeye Steak, famed signature items like the Roasted Beet Salad and Oxtail Risotto remain.

Among the new dishes include a selection of bar bites, shareable appetizers which capture Chef Strong’s favorite flavors through playful presentations:

--Short Rib “Cigars” – horseradish crème fraîche, black pepper ash

--Fuerte Wings – housemade blue cheese, shaved carrot and celery

--Warm Artichoke and Parsley Dip – rosemary and parmesan flatbread

--Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps – carrot kimchi, Asian soy

While the new menu features moderately priced, approachable fare, Chef Strong continues to deliver dishes with luxe and allure. Guests who want to opt into a more luxurious dining experience can enjoy A5 Miyazaki Wagyu, imported truffles, and a la minute personalized tasting menus on any given night.

Ocean at Main is located in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach (222 Ocean Ave) and is open for dinner nightly from 5 - 10 p.m., and for weekend brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

For more information, visit or connect with @oceanatmain on Instagram and Facebook.