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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

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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 8
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  • 8
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  • 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
A great little hideaway

A tiny little place a block over from PCH.m Known primarily for seafood - especially swordfish. Seared sesame crusted ahi was delicious. Nice wine list. Friendly and efficient staff. Very cozy The hours begin at 5:00 pm. Give it a try!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Sheila G
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Irvine, California
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Irvine, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

A tiny little place a block over from PCH.m Known primarily for seafood - especially swordfish. Seared sesame crusted ahi was delicious. Nice wine list. Friendly and efficient staff. Very cozy The hours begin at 5:00 pm. Give it a try!

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Redlands, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Food was great, huge portions. I was told they specialize in the swordfish, however I had Chilean Sea Bass. The servers didn't really act like they wanted to be there!

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Newport Beach, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Swordfish dominates the menu but numerous other amazing selection are mixed in, such as Chilean Sea Bass, Alaskan Halibut etc . The portions almost require a sword to deconstruct. Imagine if you will, a portion of the freshest fish, so delicious, so thick that the shadow it cast covers your dinner plate. We were warned about the size of the... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Having dined all over the world on 6 continents and being a very picky fish eater, Mike's preparation of Sea Bass that he received fresh daily was quite sublime! Ample sized servings, great wine list in this quaint little off the beaten path cafe is not to be missed when in Laguna. Sit at the bar and watch the locals... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Split swordfish sampler with wife. Excellent! $7 split charge not appreciated, though. Buffalo, moz, basil salad excellent, also. Companions had excellent house salad. Hubby had swordfish skewer. Said excellent but lots leftover. His wife had soft shell crab app as main course. Said off the page good. Service good. Delightful female server. Male waiter a bit haughty. $40 for bottle... More 

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Laguna Beach, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

You should make a reservation or be prepared to not get in or wait. The food is always amazing. We take visitors in Laguna for exceptional food at a local hangout.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Zoolu was a happening restaurant in the 1990's and really hasn't changed that much. It's like a time machine. Remember when portions were really big. The wedge salad I had for an appetizer was enough for a meal. I had to try the meatloaf. That turned into 3 meals with the doggy bag I took home. Lots of fish and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Fabulous food. We split the swordfish 3 ways and still couldn't finish it. We started our meal with some lovely wine and then had the salad with falafel which was divine. Love this restaurant. Great service too.

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I really enjoyed the laid back vibe of the wait staff, and the main cook being in main front room. the food speaks for itself. It is absolutely the ONLY place to get the best swordfish around. Love Love Love this place.

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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Outstanding seafood dinner on a Laguna Beach backstreet. When I arrived, the place was nearly empty but I was told I could take one seat at the counter - everything else was "reserved". But, that gave me a front row seat to watch Chef Michael Leech do his magic, lovingly cutting his slabs of fish and grilling them to perfection.... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Zoolu

Address: 860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
Phone Number: 949-494-6825
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Beach
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
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: American, Seafood

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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: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, 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?