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Cafe Zoolu

860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
949-494-6825
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Ranked #8 of 151 Restaurants in Laguna Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood, Californian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Laguna Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Being in the hospitality industry for over 20yrs now in Laguna, this is the first place I tell our guest to get reservations, now after all these years its no surprise on our many returning guest they always have made reservations prior to arrival. Always best at first to sit at the cooking bar for a meal and watch the... More

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Westlake Village, California
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46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Thank you Cafe Zoolu for consistently serving amazing, creative seafood dishes. We come to Laguna at least once a year, and our first night there we always go to Cafe Zoolu. I love the Chilean Sea Bass. We walk there from our hotel, and every time I am amazed at the small white shack with the VW bus parked out... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The food is fabulous! The owners are awesome and humble. I have been coming here for 12 or so consecutive years. The vegetarian (or fish) burrito cannot be beat. You will never finish it! Truly, the food is crazy great! Sit at the bar for an experience. Michael, the owner, is a doll. He used to be a major baseball... More

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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was having a discussion with a real estate broker and the subject got around to food. While I rarely eat seafood, I mentioned I wanted a special place to take my wife and he said I had to try Café Zoolu. This restaurant is full of paradoxes. It's a little, out-of-the-way dive. Hard to find and looks a bit... More

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Irvine, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We walked right by this little spot before we realized what it was. Luckily we had a reservation because it gets packed.The food was everything you will read by others. The baseball cut of swordfish and scallops are HUGE but cooked perfectly. Calamari steak appetizer was a meal on its own and tender. I may return just to see if... More

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