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Bluefin Restaurant
Bluefin Restaurant

Bluefin Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.BluefinbyAbe.com
  • Phone: (949) 715-7373
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Takashi Abe
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call us for details.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bluefin Restaurant
Classic and creative sushi, sashimi and other Japanese dishes, many showing international influences, in a stylish contemporary setting, from Nobu Matsuhisa alumnus Takashi Abe.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We heard great things about this place. For the most part the food was good not sure worth the price. The service was below average for what you pay. I would have expected superb service!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Best Japanese food around. We love to order the Omakase when we dine here. The creativity and skill that Takashi Abe uses with every dish is a wonderful treat to your taste buds and eyes!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Bluefin prior to attending the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The place was busy as usual but our table was waiting. The atmosphere was pleasant and the food and service was great. Highly recommend this neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Lived in Japan for 15 years so can appreciate first rate sushi. ALL and I really mean ALL the food came out well within 10 minutes of the order being taken, talk about pre-prepared. Food just lacking flavour and sadly it seemed freshness too. Restaurant lacked any ambiance, my first time there could just have been unlucky timing but it was 7:30pm on a Wednesday."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Bluefin at a point symbolised the best in Japanese cuisine. Those days have passed them by. Bluefin continues to cater to the well-heeled crowd from Orange County's coastal communities. The ambiance once unique (wall of water) seems tired. The menu still contains many of the signature dishes of the past decade. Unfortunately the quality of the food has diminished. Once offering some of the freshest seafood in the O.C. the restaurant is cutting back on quality i.e. oysters, albacore, sweet shrimp. These are your basic menu items, not specialties. What struck me even more were the open seats available to the walk-in crowd; something 5 years ago would never have happened."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I had the sashimi lunch. Great presentation but the fish just didn't have the oomph....it wasn't fishy...didn't seem fresh.. Least to say, it wasn't satisfying. There was a nat inside the calamari salad and they graciously comp'd it (standard within the industry though). This place definitely is not cheap."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "at first I wasn't sure about this restaurant because the menu is long and is not only sushi which was what i wanted. Anyhow we tried it and what a great surprise! We ordered first the Japanese Egg plant marinated with miso and shrimp on top. Just amazing! then we had miso COD, about the most fresh i ever had. Then came the sushi, OMG. Toro (chu-toro) that melts in your mouth, amazing wild king salmon, sea eel (anago) and Uni. One of the best meals I've had. I have eaten sushi in Japan and other top places. This restaurant should be a 5 start restaurant, and at least one michelin star."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "sushi was excellent and good service, very fresh and tasty"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Beautifully sculpted and arranged Omakae courses arrived in timely manner. All seafood was among freshest I've had in any Japanese establishment and was accompanied by various accouterments which served to accentuate flavor and texture. Hot dishes were perfectly prepared and sauced. Course portions were perfectly sized and spaced as to offer time for personal conversation. Although wine list was not terribly extensive, there were a number of selections to choose from (bottles as well as wines by the glass) which paired well with the cuisine and were fairly priced. Dessert was "Americanized" yet quite delicious. Service was professional and non-obtrusive. All-in-all, one of the best "foodie" dining experiences in recent months."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Bluefin is amazing. Honestly the best sushi I've ever had. Melted in my mouth."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "When I arrived at the restaurant late, my party had already sat down and, I assumed, ordered drinks. After some time, the waitress appeared, asking for our order; I asked her for a drink order first which she took and walked away. She brought my drink and walked away... I realized that I was the only one in my party with a drink order. Even though the waitress had been at our table twice, the never asked the rest of the group if they wanted to place a drink order. Generally, abrupt service without any frills (smiles or follow-ups) and seemingly disorganized."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We love Bluefin!!! Ate there only once but its not because we didn't try. It's a small restaurant but always packed. I would highly recommend, but make your reservations early We thoroughly enjoyed the tuna tartare."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Delicious food: great sashimi:wonderful cooked fish: fun sushi bar"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Second time we have dined here, enjoyed it very much. Will return when we are in the area. Loved the tuna appetizer."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had the special lobster roll, lots of cucumber , rice , very little lobster which was chewy. Sorry guys but this roll was not special. Cucumber salad was very good"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've been to many Japanese restaurants but this is vet authentic and upscale!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great fresh sushi. Definitely try the sushi omakase menu! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Blkuefin was a great find. We were in Lagune Beach for business/fun and thought it would be a nice change from Italian and seafood; it was great. The service could not have been better. The waitress was very patient with us in helping us make our choices and everything was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Although the sushi chef was good, the wait staff had little knowledge of Japanese food. I have had fresher and better fish at other sushi restaurants at more reasonable prices."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The sushi chef is good. I have had fresher fish.at other sushi restaurants. The wait staff is quite untrained and have no knowledge of Japanese food."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "From the time we walked in rikko spoke at a very angry and rude with us. When I asked for sushi bar I was told others have reserved it even though the chairs were available. During the entire time I felt offended and we were treated very poorly. I don't recommend this place "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Good atmosphere. Will definitely return for more. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food is excellent here. Incredible variety! I highly recommend the Omakase menu. I wish the ambiance was a bit better and the service too."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Sushi here is definitely a cut above most others. It's a bit small but the sushi bar is pretty long to make up for the few tables they have."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Outstanding sushi! Very fresh seafood and beautiful presentation. Clean and attractive restaurant with friendly chefs and wait staff."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The finest sushi and japanese cuisine in orange county and one of our favorite restaurants. Great menu, fabulous service, very helpful. We cant wait to return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Bluefin was excellent. This isn't your typical sushi restaurant. Yes, they have nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, but the specialties are prepared with flare. Try the "live" selections for an adventure. And the saki selections were some of the best we've seen."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great Japanese foods. Fresh fishes and excellent choice."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Bluefin has many unique dishes and an outstanding selection of sake. Hard to find items such as Abalone and Hairy Crab. Don't miss the Bluefin special roll!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Wonderful food, prepared by some masters. We enjoyed our meal and had good service."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I went to an early dinner reservation at 5:30 and the restaurant quickly filled. The food presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. I really like the red miso soup with mushrooms. Every plate that passed our table looked fantastic. I will definitely go to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "There are so many fantastic sushi options in the LA area for half the price. I can't recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great fresh food with amazing flavors. Unique sushi bar preparations. Sushi chef was so friendly and willing to experiment and make us different options to try. We had sooo much fun. Highlight of our trip. All staff was attentive and service was top notch."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Quality of the fish is excellent - best part about this sushi place in OC. Sushi chefs are friendly and talented. Prices on some dishes are out of line ($40 for a too-small Golden Eye Snapper sashimi for example). Might have just been a one time thing, but we had 830pm reservations on a Saturday night and by 915pm they were already wrapping up the sushi bar and (politely) pushing customers to conclude their meal. Our bill came before our last dish was served as were the parties seated on either side of us. I get that it was the night of changing to Daylight Savings Time and the restaurant crew wanted to go home, but in this case it was poor form to compromise a still half full restaurant group of patrons."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We eat at Bluefin quite often. It was not up to its usual standard Friday evening. Maybe it was because chef Takashe Abe was busy doing other things -- and one of the other chefs prepared our Sushi Omakase. There was a noticeable difference from the last time we had the Omakase and Abe was able to prepare it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed a mixture of the very creative small dishes and classic nigiri. Food quality was top notch and presentation was beautiful. We ordered in sets over a two hour period and no one rushed us, plus questions were thoughtfully answered. Highlights were the kelp salad and spicy tuna on crispy rice."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Had the chef's menu and sake flight for lunch. Every bite was divine, from seared halibut to the freshest sushi and sashimi ever. The sashimi salad was as beautiful as any presentation in Tokyo, and as delicious. We eat scallops a lot, but the scallop sushi was the best scallop ever. The $35 price for the multi course menu was good value. All in all, a superb lunch."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We've dined here many times and this time it was very good but not as spectacular as it had in the past. The sushi, tempura and other cooked items were excellent. Our food with a $40 bottle of wine was $180 which is somewhat high for 2 people. The restaurant was quite empty for a Saturday eve."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Rumor was that this restaurant has the best sushi in Orange County. Rumor was right. Selection, quality all great. Just be ready to open your wallet - this restaurant falls on the $$$$$ category."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The fish was very fresh. The waitstaff was knowledgable. The bluefin roll was incredible! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014