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“Tina Gem Packs a Huge Culinary Punch”
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Tabu Grill
Price range: $25 - $60
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Reservations
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, Georgia
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Tina Gem Packs a Huge Culinary Punch”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you were not looking for it, you would miss it. But then you'd miss out on the wonderful people and fabulous food offered in the tiny but very interesting establishment. Decor is off the hook neat, the long table made from a single tree is uber neat and the food is superb. The wine list is very good and fairly priced. Overall, a great place to dine

Visited June 2012
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“great fppd”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

We really enjoyed the food. The atmosphere is a bit dark and can be a bit noisy. Service is very good. I would go again. We were a large group and it was difficult to hear everyone at a long table.

Visited May 2012
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Laguna Beach, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing place”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

This tiny gem is fabulous! The decor, staff and food are all outstanding. I have been a few times and every visit has been top notch. The food is fresh and sooooooo good! The staff is always wonderful and very knowledgable about the menu. They have a great wine list also. It is costly, but well worth it. I would recommend making a reservation since the place is small. You will have a fabulous meal!

  • Visited March 2012
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126 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great food, and a fun atmosphere”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

We had an amazing dinner at Tabu Grill. The food was creative and delicious, and the portions reasonable. There is an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare the food. The service was terrific, and friendly. The negative is that the restaurant is small, and the tables are somewhat close together. We went early in the evening, but I can imagine in can feel quite cramped. I would definitely go back when I am in the area.

  • Visited May 2012
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Weston, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Outstanding~”
Reviewed May 10, 2012

Wow...what a meal we had! The waitress was terrific too. Such a great environment.

Visited April 2012
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