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860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
949-494-6825
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Ranked #10 of 154 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Annapolis, Maryland
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The fish was good here, but the restaurant was way too cramped inside. It has a small local feel, and that is exactly what you will get. Would only go back at a less crowded time, even though we did have reservations.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was our first time there with friends and everything we had was amazing! The 4 of us shared the calamari and I still couldn't finish my portion. This was not your average calamari - round or tentacles and kinda rubbery - this was a steak portions, lightly crispy breeding, soft texture, a sauce from heaven and flavors from the... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This was my fourth time in as many years. For the first time I got the swordfish and steak combo; the steak was cooked perfectly and was high quality meat. I knew the portions were big so I skipped an appetizer and dessert. My husband got the trip swordfish which he said was very good but not great. Our friends... More 

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Utah, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoy the place! The food is amazing with a unique blend of flavors and style. Make a reservation because every time we have been it's packed.

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Laguna Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Come early & sit at the bar. Watch Mike the master cook. It is a GREAT show. I always feel like I am going for a family dinner. Sweetest folks ever. You might get lucky and catch a Dodgers game - when in season. My fav is the Halibut. It's enough for about 3 of me - but I give... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Cafe Zoolu is absolutely a neighborhood gem! Sure, it is small and cramped, but the food is almost uniformly exceptional! We live just a few blocks away, and have had dinners there at least 75 times (probably more) over the past 20 years. I have had almost everything on the menu. I have read some of the negative reviews and... More 

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florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is my second review of Café Zoolu. The first time was a year ago while staying in Laguna Beach. I could not stop talking about this place after eating there and wanted to make sure that my initial reaction was a true representation of the quality of the food being served at this restaurant. Well I was not disappointed!!... More 

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Fountain Valley CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I've lived in Orange County for over 40 years. Shame on me for never visiting this epicurean establishment for fine seafood. We shared...and I highly recommend sharing everything unless you are a lumberjack....the ahi appetizer and the wonderful swordfish. We still took some of each home. But the quality far outshined the quantity. Simply delectable. Toni...the chef/owner's wife is a... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We returned to Cafe Zoolu to enjoy another excellent meal. We all had seafood dishes, soft-shell crab, sword fish, scallops and the best calamari appetizer. We split the calamari among the four of us, and thought the food server had brought us four orders, nope just one. Done Asian style with greens it was great. The soft-shell crab was perfect... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

You will want to bring a HUGE appetite to this restaurant as you will desire to savor every morsel of the substantial portions served by Michael and Toni. Swordfish (lemon caper) is my favorite main course. How do you envision a swordfish steak? About an inch thick and similar in size to a sirloin? It is time to reimagine your... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Zoolu

Address: 860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
Phone Number: 949-494-6825
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: Seafood, Californian

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