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Cafe Zoolu

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Californian, Seafood
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860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
949-494-6825
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
OMG Great fish and service.

This was a spot recommended by a friend. Its a small place with a hippie van out front (which belongs to the owner and chef. I had the fro swordfish. It was out of this world. Also try the calamari. Best I've ever eaten. Two and split a small appetizer. Really good food. Need a reservation.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Gladden W
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Galveston Island, Texas
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Galveston Island, Texas
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177 reviews 177 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This was a spot recommended by a friend. Its a small place with a hippie van out front (which belongs to the owner and chef. I had the fro swordfish. It was out of this world. Also try the calamari. Best I've ever eaten. Two and split a small appetizer. Really good food. Need a reservation.

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Glendale, California
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186 reviews 186 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had heard about Cafe Zoolu from friends, who had not been, but had read about it. It was described as casual with really good food. It sounded just right for a lazy Sunday afternoon. We made a reservation for 5:00 p.m. thinking we didn't really need one. When we arrived there were only three patrons in the restaurant. But... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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163 reviews 163 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We walked in no reservation, (next time we will make them), but he had a table we could have for an hour! Cool vibe, casual, $$$! One relief room, lol! We split ahi, yummy. Big portions so split! Can't wait to go back.

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Branford, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Our visit came on the recommendations of locals and it was without a doubt, wonderful. The swordfish and seabass were the best we ever had. Its a cool little place thats big on great food prepared by the owner. Its not about frills, its about a great meal and good people. We're from Connecticut and will definitely be back on... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We were greeted by a somewhat rude hostess and finally seated at a minute high table near the bar, even though we had a reservation. We were served by about four different people who didn't seem to communicate with each other about what we had ordered. However the salad and main courses were very good. We both had sword fish... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

My husband and I ate here on a recent trip to Laguna and loved everything about our experience. We've been to Laguna several times and always gravitated towards the restaurants on the main strip or something with a view, often times presented with a fine experience but also a very touristy one. Cafe Zoolu was a welcome reprieve from our... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
  • Phone Number: 949-494-6825

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: Californian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?