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Cafe Zoolu

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Seafood, Californian
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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 18
    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
Most recent review
Lagunas best kept secret!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Kim K
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Branford, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Branford, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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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Newport Beach, California
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 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
Senior Reviewer
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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Laguna Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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: Seafood, Californian

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?