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Cafe Zoolu

860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
949-494-6825
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Ranked #30 of 147 restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Californian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Tempe, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This restaurant is small and off the main street but appears to be a local favorite. Reservations are a must! The ahi is out of this world and the swordfish is just as amazing. The swordfish sampler is my favorite as I am able to try multiple variations. One of the main reasons I look forward to visiting Laguna is... More

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Chico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

After reading all the amazing reviews we were disappointed with our meal. Now, I love fish, sushi, tartare, I am not against raw fish. However, I dont think swordfish is one of those meant to be eaten partially raw. Swordfish is tricky, its horrible if overcooked, and tough if undercooked. mine was undercooked. I ordered the sampler, the sauces were... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I've dined here for years. The ambience and food are the Best. I suggest you sit right at the counter and watch Mike the owner prepare your dinner. You can tell him how you'd like it and he'll take care of it. All the while his wife Toni oversees the personalized service to their guests.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

A must!!!! Great place hidden gem! The swordfish is the best and the sea bass was out of bounds!!!!! If you like a low key great place.. This is it!

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Laguna Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I have been to Zoolu three times and am always amazed by the large portions and great food, you simply cannot finish your meal and the largest of appetite will be satisfied and enjoy the best quality of seafood or chops.

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Las Vegas, NV
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

First of all I probably would have never considered going to this restaurant just walking by and seeing this "qwerky building" as another reviewer stated BUT a couple of people my husband works with recommended it so we took the chance. It is located off the beaten path a block behind So. Coast Hwy. on Glenneyre. It is very small... More

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Redlands, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My family and I were looking for some great sea food for a special occasion. Read the Zoolu Cafe reviews which were generally much better than most, but I was a little nervous about the small, qwerky building and dining area. There's only 11 tables in the restaurant so it's a little close, but the food is absolutely fabulous!! We... More

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San Clemente, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We just had dinner here tonight. Have eaten here several times before -- always good.I forget how large the dinners are! No need to order anything else. I wis the wine list was a bit more diversified too. Come hungry or you will leave with a "doggy" bag!

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florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

Sea Bass and Calamari read the reviews. You must share, not because you will not be able to eat it yourself but everyone should share in the experience of tasting the best Sea Bass and Calamari you have ever had. Chef Michael is so friendly. Ok the place is not much and the air flow is bad but if had... More

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laguna beach
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We are locals and head to Cafe Zoolu every week or two ... and are never disappointed. Chef Michael is an incredible artist ... cooking up a storm in a tiny kitchen that is open to the counter. Of course the swordfish is their signature dish and it is incredble ... the best I have ever had anywhere on the... More

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