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Cafe Zoolu

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860 Glenneyre St, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2733
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mission Viejo, CA
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cafe Zoolu closed its doors and disappeared with the setting of the sun the end of June. Goodbye and Good Retirement, we will miss you.

Thank Grandpagolf1
Orange County, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very unassuming hole in the wall type of place, but the food is just better than wonderful. The staff is laid back and very personable. Their specialty is the seared tuna, and the "Baseball cut" is the thing to get, really great flavor and done to perfection. We have friends from LA who visit and that's the... More 

Thank Roger B
Chino Hills, California
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been coming to Cafe Zoolu for over 15 years. It is seriously my favorite restaurant. In Laguna Beach, some of the restaurants can be pretentious. Cafe Zoolu has great food, a relaxed, beachy vibe, and great service. My husband gets the Cowboy steak and says it is one of the best he's ever had. I love that they have... More 

Thank shannonballou
Laguna Beach, California
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206 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

All good things must come to an end, I guess, but Cafe Zoolu was never just a "good" restaurant, it was a GREAT restaurant, and indeed my favorite in Laguna Beach for the last 20 years. Located just blocks from my home, we often walked to Zoolu for an appetizers-only dinner, and have plenty left over for another full meal.... More 

1 Thank James J
Laguna Niguel, California
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73 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This place doesn't offer much of an ambiance, but it serves up the best swordfish 've ee had. Most of the fish is very good, but the swordfish can't be beat. It's served three different ways, or y can get the combo and try althree

Thank l0nnieand
Huntington Beach
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Been coming here for over 15 years. Food is always great. Had the Alaskan halibut, very tasty , big portions and excellent service. Make reservations or it will be hard to get in. It is a small converted house.

Thank mrkfish
Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Reportedly, due to close on May 29, 2016. A favorite of our friends that live in the area. One of two restaurants that are on repeat when we visit.

Thank tootallsd
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Being a local we have a fantastic selection of restaurants ! This place is simply the best we have to offer , no ocean views , no luxury seating , but the best food you'll eat in Laguna for sure.

Thank Rick S
Laguna Beach, California
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

I think they have closed and what a shame. Fantastic grilled meals. Best try calling first. If open, make a reservation.

Thank John D
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Big old guys wearing aprons and cooking on vintage stove tops right in front of you could be a put-off, but it is part of the fun! The locals all call it their "favorite place to eat". It does look like an old time cafe, but plates up sophisticated cuisine. Ask for reservations at the bar as that is part... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $80
Seafood, American
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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

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