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Latest Articles & Press Releases

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"From acclaimed French bistros to thriving food courts, the restaurant scene in this SoCal region is thriving"

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Sunset Stunner Cocktail Recipe

May 2019: OC Weekly

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The Best Things we Tasted this Week

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Seas The Day

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Sept 2018:  Orange Coast Magazine
At Driftwood Kitchen, Brunch and Wine Pairings Beckon

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July 2018: Hendrix ModLux Magazine
Hendrix ModLux Brunch

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March 2017: Laguna Beach Magazine

The Moscow Mule Gets A Modern Mix-Over

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August 2016: Boardwalk Gemini

Coastal OC Breakfast Spots You Can’t Miss!

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June 2016: Hendrix Reveal

The operators behind Driftwood Kitchen and The Deck head south with Hendrix to Laguna Niguel!

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June 2016: Best Restaurants for a Date Night in Orange County

Driftwood Kitchen listed as one of the best date spots in OC by CBS LA.

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May 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

See why Forbes says we are part of Spending Two Perfect Days in Laguna Beach!

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March 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

Driftwood Kitchen makes OC Register’s 75 Best Restaurants in OC!

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February 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce presented 13 Spirit of Laguna awards during its board installation last Friday, Jan. 29.

President Larry Nokes emcee’d with co-host Pat Kollenda. Mayor Steve Dicterow presided over the installation and swore in the directors.

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February 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

“Celebrate your love with the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience overlooking the blue waters of Laguna Beach. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz will play Cupid as he presents a 3-course prix-fixe Valentine’s dinner menu on Saturday, February 13th, and Sunday, February 14th from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This special menu includes a romantic champagne toast and is priced at $79 per guest. 

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February 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

Rainer Schwarz, executive chef-partner, Driftwood Kitchen
“My favorite romantic meal took place last year at Spago at the Four Seasons in Maui. It’s absolutely beautiful alfresco dining with simple, great food — Wolfgang style! There are actually dolphins jumping in the ocean right in front of you, and a breathtaking sunset. I don’t even consider myself a romantic guy, but this experience was special — and my wife agrees!”

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February 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

“Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz will play Cupid as he presents a 3-course prix-fixe Valentine’s dinner menu on Saturday, February 13th, and Sunday, February 14th from4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Driftwood also boasts incredible ocean views. This special menu includes a romantic Champagne toast and is priced at $79 per guest.

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February 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

“There will be a 3-course prix-fixe Valentine’s dinner menu which will include a romantic champagne toast and is priced at $79 per guest.

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February 2016: Driftwood Kitchen

“Celebrate your love with the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience overlooking the blue waters of Laguna Beach. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz will play Cupid as he presents a 3-course prix-fixe Valentine’s dinner menu on Saturday, February 13th, and Sunday, February 14th from4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This special menu includes a romantic champagne toast and is priced at $79 per guest.

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December 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

“If you’re a Laguna Beach local, or even a visitor, you know that one of the best parts of the city is the incredible oceanfront views. And what better way to enjoy the sights of the coast than with a few drinks seaside. After grabbing a delicious meal at the adjacent Driftwood Kitchen, head on over to the nautical Stateroom Bar.

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November 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

“Join Driftwood Kitchen for a Thanksgiving feast prepared by Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz. Guests can enjoy an incredible California coastal seaside buffet from 1- 6 p.m. $59; kids (12 and under), $19.”

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November 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

“BEST WATERFRONT DINING (2015) Two levels over the coastal Pacific, with good food and better drinks? Heaven.

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October 2015: Driftwood Kitchen


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October 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

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September 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

“KX 93.5 FM Interview w. Chef Rainer Schwarz (Taste of Laguna)

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September 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

” Chefs from more than 30 restaurants will prepare and serve samples, and more than 200 different wines will be poured at the Newport Beach Civic Center during the second annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival this weekend.”

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September 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

” Driftwood Kitchen might be known for its California coastal vibe, but executive chef and partner Rainer Schwarz brings years of international fine-dining experience to the Laguna Beach restaurant. Born in Austria, Schwarz began his culinary training at the age of 15 with an apprenticeship at a converted castle before traveling to Switzerland, Germany and France to work in various five-star hotels and restaurants. He met his mentor, chef Joachim Splichal, in Switzerland, and initially came to the States to join Splichal at an eatery in California.”

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September 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

” For seafood, steaks, and hand-shucked oysters — with an ocean view, of course — look no further than this sophisticated yet approachable downtown Laguna restaurant.”

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August 2015: OC Weekly

While Chef Rainer Schwarz oversees both kitchens, we prefer his seasonal updates from Driftwood. With an eye for detail and ability to balance tastes, this dining room is one of the tougher destinations to book at dinner. Our word of advice– squeeze in for lunch.

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August 2015: Driftwood Kitchen

” You can’t get any closer to the waves and every seat in the room has a spectacular view. The new Stateroom Bar within Driftwood Kitchen serves as a place to enjoy artisan cocktails with an emphasis on Bourbons and Whiskeys, artfully and creatively blended into tasty concoctions with a play on classic cocktails.  The acclaimed ocean-front eatery boasts an innovative menu that changes with the seasons, presenting guests with an unparalleled seaside dining experience.”

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August 2015: Driftwood Kitchen Introduces New Seasonal Dishes

” Driftwood Kitchen has received national acclaim for its breathtaking ocean views and an exquisite menu of seasonal California cuisine, which is overseen by Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz. His acclaimed menu of ocean-inspired offerings, now sees the addition of dishes featuring late summer and early fall ingredients, including squash blossoms, heirloom tomatoes, Asian pear, butternut squash, baby summer vegetables, yellow corn, red & yellow rainbow carrots, and stone fruit.”

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July 2015: Orange County Register discusses Driftwood Kitchen

“When you arrive at the outdoor hostess station, set up in the alley adjacent to the carport, the hostess will ask whether you want to sit inside or outside. It’s a trick question. Both dining rooms are technically patios, located outdoors overlooking the beach.”

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Summer 2015: Celebrate Summer with Stateroom’s New Late Night Menu

Sentinel restaurants featured in the new Laguna Beach Travelers’ and Residences’ Guide, available for purchase here.

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July 2015: Driftwood Kitchen Named as One of the 10 Most Exciting New restaurants in Orange County


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December 2014: Driftwood Kitchen Kicks off 2015 with Exclusive New Year’s Eve Bash

“Driftwood Kitchen, together with Tightrope Entertainment, will be ringing in 2015 with an exclusive New Year’s Eve bash in Laguna Beach. The celebration will take place at the beautiful oceanfront venue nestled up against the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. The main dining space boasts a large open-air patio with breathtaking views and an enchanting ambiance, which together create an unparalleled experience…”

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November 2014: 2nd Annual Champagne & Oyster “Sip & Shuck” raises more than $10,000 for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

“The Deck on Laguna Beach, together with The Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel, and the recently opened Driftwood Kitchen, raised $10,040 to benefit Laguna Beach-based Pacific Marine Mammal Center at the 2nd Annual “Sip & Shuck” Champagne & Oyster event held earlier this month….”

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September 25, 2014: Oceanfront Dining: Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach

“Oceanfront dining never gets old and Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach is one of the rare restaurants in Southern California that is right ON the beach. You will most definitely be awestruck by the view and the spectacular natural ambiance it exudes…”

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September 16, 2014: Driftwood Kitchen Introduces New Fall Menu

“Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz introduces new dishes with a fall focus to his acclaimed menu of ocean-inspired offerings. Diners can look forward to the addition of dishes featuring rustic fall ingredients, including butternut squash, alba truffles, collard greens, water chestnuts, and borlotti beans. New additions such as his Goat Cheese Panna Cotta and Roasted Baby Beet Salad will be accompanied by a flavorful lavender-infused pumpernickle toast and roasted pistachios…”

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July 2014: Top Chefs in OC: Chef Rainer Schwarz 

“Dine at The Deck, and your palate will be plied with the freshest fish creations you’ll ever taste…” 

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July 10, 2014: New Coastal Dining Gem: Driftwood Kitchen

“The highly-anticipated opening of the beautiful beachfront restaurant, Driftwood Kitchen, is finally here. The restaurant sits on the cliffs above the crystalline waters at Sleepy Hollow Beach in Laguna Beach offering guests stunning ocean views while breathing in the crisp ocean breezes…”

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June 25, 2014 – Now Open: Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach | OC Weekly

“Inside or outside?” the host inquired. That viewpoint above is considered INSIDE. Beyond the picture windows, a handful of tables along the perimeter make for even better sunset panoramic shots … 

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June 22, 2014 – Driftwood Opens in Laguna Beach | OC Mom Dining

Driftwood Kitchen has just opened in Laguna Beach bringing ultimate beachfront dining to guests in Orange County. The restaurant features the freshest seafood, steaks and handcrafted cocktails to enjoy while basking in the beautiful panoramic ocean views …

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June 20, 2014 – Driftwood Kitchen Anchors History & Innovation in One Beautiful Gesture | Stu News Laguna

For months I’ve been waiting for this moment. I’ve finally walked through the doors of the new Driftwood Kitchen, the eagerly anticipated restaurant in the old Beach House location …

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June 19, 2014 – Driftwood Kitchen Opens in Laguna Beach | WHERE OC

Dine at Laguna’s newest oceanfront restaurant for seafood, steaks and hand-shucked oysters, alongside handcrafted cocktails. Try the octopus a la plancha taco with Mexican wild shrimp, jicama-cilantro, avocado mousse and tomato-pineapple chutney …

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June 12, 2014 – Driftwood Kitchen Brings Oceanfront Dining to Laguna Beach | LOCALE

“I draw inspiration from many places for this menu and I have partnered with some of the best purveyors around, but the primary focus will be on the diversity and freshness that the ocean provides us with” -Chef Rainer Schwarz …

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June 11, 2014 – Driftwood Kitchen to open in Laguna Beach | Examiner

Driftwood Kitchen, the newest concept of Sentinel Restaurant & Hospitality Group, will open Tuesday, June 17 in Laguna Beach. The oceanfront restaurant will feature seafood, steaks, hand-shucked oysters and handcrafted cocktails …

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June 10, 2014 – Driftwood Kitchen Opens This Month in Laguna Beach | Food Enthusiast

The team that brought us The Deck on Laguna Beach and Fireside Tavern in Costa Mesa will open their newest concept in Laguna Beach, Driftwood Kitchen, on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. The oceanfront restaurant presents a dining experience featuring the freshest and finest seafood, steaks and hand-shucked oysters …

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June 10, 2014 – Oceanfront Dining at Driftwood Kitchen | Greer’s OC 

Oceanfront dining options just got even better now that Driftwood Kitchen will be opening on Tuesday, June 17 in the former Beach House spot in Laguna Beach …

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June 3, 2014 – On the Line: Rainer Schwarz of Driftwood Kitchen, Part Two | OC Weekly

My interview with Austrian-born chef Rainer Schwarz continues as he entertains our second round of questions. And did we mention that Driftwood is close to opening this month? …

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June 2, 2014 – On the Line: Rainer Schwarz of Driftwood Kitchen, Part One | OC Weekly

Timing is everything, so when the opportunity to share Driftwood’s concept also meant that we were privy to learning it’s less than a month out from opening its doors, I call it luck …

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May 2, 2014 – Facelift Underway for Local Landmark | Laguna Beach Independent

Chef Rainer Schwarz recently revamped the menu of Laguna Beach’s Deck restaurant with sophisticated seasonal entrees. Soon his sous chefs will turn out the same dishes next door, turning on the burners in the adjacent Driftwood Kitchen following a $2 million makeover of the former Beach House restaurant …