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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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10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 78
    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
Funky, Friendly and Fabulous Fish!

Whether you are a local or just passing through -- make sure you have a meal at the Zoolu! Small little hole in the wall a block from the PCH. We have been here a number of times -- hard to get in -reservations are a MUST. Started with the calamari appetizer which was not like any you will have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Baltimore48
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Laguna Woods, CA
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Laguna Woods, CA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Whether you are a local or just passing through -- make sure you have a meal at the Zoolu! Small little hole in the wall a block from the PCH. We have been here a number of times -- hard to get in -reservations are a MUST. Started with the calamari appetizer which was not like any you will have... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

An out of the way place that the locals like. Swordfish is their specialty. Mine was with the macademia nut sauce, absolutely delicious. Careful, they are huge portions. On the menu they list the split charge. We did that and still had leftovers! Make reservations as it is a small place and it packs out!

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Galveston Island, Texas
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204 reviews 204 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
73 helpful votes 73 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
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6 helpful votes 6 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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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: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?