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“Exceptional Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tabu Grill - CLOSED

Tabu Grill
Price range: $25 - $60
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Nye's Place
Description: The word Tabu is from the Polynesian Tongan people's tongue and means, "Set Apart," which sets the tone for this unparalleled restaurant located in Laguna Beach. When you walk into Tabu Grill, you find yourself in a lush oceanic oasis of blues, exotic purples and aquamarines. More lush than its interior is the food, a highly-sought after "foodie" menu prepared by Executive Chef Kenny Raponi and his sous chefs in an open kitchen that allows you to watch the magic come together on every plate. A multiple award recipient, Tabu Grill received Zagat's coveted "Extraordinary to Perfection" score year after yea
Atlanta, GA
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167 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Exceptional Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stay at the Montage practically across the street, (see separate review) and stumbled on this restaurant by accident. Where has this place been all my life! Phenomenal food. Take a seat at the bar surrounding the kitchen and watch your fabulous meal come alive. The food is extraordinary, talk to the chef and other sous chef's etc. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Started with a crab appetizer then on to the pork chop and braised rib. Fabulous.
Parking is horrific, but go for the food and the experience.

  • Visited April 2012
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English first
Newport Beach, California
1 review
“Wow!!!! And not in a good way!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

My husband and I went there for our anniversary , made reservations and went because of a friends recommendation. Food was terrific and loved the vibe! The only thing that left a bad taste was that the manager made his way to every single table.... I say with confidence that it was every single one because there were only 8....to welcome them and ask them how their dinner was. Every table except ours. He couldn't have made it any more obvious that "he didn't care we were there" being only but a few inches away from us multiple times during our 2 hours there. Perhaps not the right "color" for them!!! With so may incredible choices in Laguna, put off that we opted for this one!!!! Very dissapointed and shocked!!

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Destiny888
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Santa Rosa, California
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Nothing Tabu about Tabu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

First the down side...parking is horrid. And the place is a bit crowded...I mean, the tables are set pretty close together. But while it's small, it's busy, and that's because it's good. If you can snag an outside seat, I would...

We started with the Scallops ($16.00) and Foie Gras ($22.00) LindySez: I will miss Foie when the good people of California enforce the ban come July 1, 2012 because it is so decadent and sooooo good when well prepared, as it was here. Hubby and I split a Wagyu Flat Iron Steak ($43.00) pricy, but large enough to share. They have a wonderful wine list, with many wines by the glass.

LindySez: Good food, nice vibe.

Visited March 2012
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Thank LindySez
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Laguna Beach
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Always great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

Every time we go it is a delight to our senses. What a wonderful representation of Laguna Beach. There is nothing I've experienced that I did not like in the 20 or so visits to Tabu.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank LagunaBeachFamily
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Los Angeles, California
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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“One of the finest restaurants in Orange County”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

A staple of South Laguna Beach, this intimate grill has a talent for incredible fish dishes. With an entertaining open kitchen, and beautiful patrons tucked into the corners underneath glowing Balinese inspired umbrellas and art, dinner is always a great experience. Excellent wine list and top-service though relaxed and comfortable - not pushy. Pricey but perfect for the special occasion or dinner to impress... Definitely worth becoming a regular

Visited March 2012
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Thank Nelson C
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