230 Forest Avenue

Built in the early 1930’s, 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant & Bar was once an open air market that served as the primary destination to procure sundries and fresh produce. The original doors still hang and are an historic element retained by the Laguna Beach Historical Society. These wooden accordion style doors still hang and open daily at 11am as they always have, welcoming guests looking for {nourishment} or a break from the multitude of activities that may bring them to or keep them in Laguna Beach for the day.

*The current operation was established and opened prior to the summer of 1995, making it the oldest continuously operated restaurant on Forest Avenue in the quaint village of Laguna Beach.


Marc Cohen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he first discovered his passion for cooking as a teenager at a local seafood restaurant. While still in culinary school at Johnson & Wales University, he won several gold medals as a member of the famed Chaîne des Rôtisseurs U.S. Culinary Olympic team that competed in Frankfurt, Germany.

Cohen has worked in some of the finest kitchens on the East Coast, before moving to the West Coast in 1995 to open his own restaurant, 230 Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach. The success of this restaurant earned him the National Silver Plate Award from IFMA in Chicago, as the top independent operator in the country. Following the continued success of 230, Cohen made Mission Viejo, California his home and opened his second creation, Opah Seafood Grill in nearby Aliso Viejo.

As Executive Chef and Operating Partner, Cohen continues to bring his 25 years of culinary expertise and love affair with seafood to 230 Forest Avenue and Opah Seafood Grill.