California Cuisine

Harvest at The Ranch at Laguna Beach dishes out bold, approachable flavors inspired by magical coastal canyons

Written by Susan Irby

Photo courtesy of The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Photo courtesy of The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Nestled in the canyons of south Laguna Beach, restaurant Harvest at The Ranch at Laguna Beach is located on the city’s newest hotel oasis. With the relaxed feeling of a coastal mountain lodge, spacious, warm and inviting are qualities guests will enjoy while dining at Harvest, a much-welcomed, upscale culinary destination since its predecessor at The Ranch at Laguna Beach shuttered in 2007. 

Having begun his career at the tender age of 14, the restaurant’s Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef Charles Imbelli takes a “California comfort” approach to his cuisine. Named among Zagat’s “Best 30 Under 30,” chef Imbelli’s palate and style reflect Italian and Puerto Rican family influences, as well as those developed while working with renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. “I live every day doing something I love,” shares chef Imelli. “At Harvest, I strive to create food that is comforting, approachable and surprising.” Supplemented by fresh ingredients from Harvest Garden, the property’s organic farm, the menu brings flavorful surprises with every dish, such as the Lamb Meatballs appetizer with preserved lemon. Entrees include the Harvest Burger with a colorful horseradish-beet sauce, Skuna Bay Salmon with red pepper tzatziki and, a menu must-have, the Half Mary’s Chicken with beluga lentils. For dessert, the creamy Pot de Crème with cocoa nibs and Apple Fritters are among the house-made selections. The full bar with artisanal cocktails includes the Cottage No. 9 with Templeton Rye, craft beer on tap and a well-balanced wine list. 

Harvest at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

31106 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA ~ 949.715.1376 | TheRanchLB.com