Bluefin Restaurant
Bluefin Restaurant

Bluefin Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluefinbyabe.com/
  • Phone: 9497157373
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • 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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Bluefin Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (11)great for lunch (10)romantic (7)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • The best sushi in town.
    GourmetdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Bluefin always delivers and did so again. Some recent menu changes including a new omakasi menu. All good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So fresh, so good!
    BunnyVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I am not a sushi eater but went to appease my teenage daughter. I was a little hesitant to try sashimi or raw fish but the Blue Fin roll and other specialties were delicious! California Rolls were to die for. Next time we are back visiting from Houston, we will sit at the bar to watch the cooks prepare the food with such precision.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!!
    LovefoodVIP
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    MrbdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    jbondy8VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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  • Ankimofav
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
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  • Definitely you pay a premium
    Repeatguest8VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing!
    Alejandro
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    sushi was excellent and good service, very fresh and tasty
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Babi loves Bluefin
    LeeBabi1
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi ever
    Kaarina
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Bluefin is amazing. Honestly the best sushi I've ever had. Melted in my mouth.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but...
    Techdoll
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delighted1VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beach goer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Delicious food: great sashimi:wonderful cooked fish: fun sushi bar
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MameVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Second time we have dined here, enjoyed it very much. Will return when we are in the area. Loved the tuna appetizer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, not great
    Raquetsprt
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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
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  • Best Japanese restaurant
    Faith
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I've been to many Japanese restaurants but this is vet authentic and upscale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Rosco
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great fresh sushi. Definitely try the sushi omakase menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PhilaFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average with high price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
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  • Sushi.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
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  • Bad service
    Sammy2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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
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  • Blue fin Blew us away.
    Speed
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Great dining experience. Good atmosphere. Will definitely return for more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Japanese!
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 348 reviews are from the Bluefin Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Still GREAT sushi
    ausYUVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi in OC
    Macbeans
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Outstanding sushi! Very fresh seafood and beautiful presentation. Clean and attractive restaurant with friendly chefs and wait staff.
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  • The finest sushi and japanese
    tj8746
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Sushi Stepped Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Japanese foods. Fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great Japanese foods. Fresh fishes and excellent choice.
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    special occasion
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  • Outstanding presentations!
    rmanakaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but busy little sushi bar
    DrFumblefinger
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Wonderful food, prepared by some masters. We enjoyed our meal and had good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went to an early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Overrated sushi
    alhatVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    There are so many fantastic sushi options in the LA area for half the price. I can't recommend this restaurant!
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  • outstanding omakase experience
    nycvacationers
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be great - but...
    BillElisaVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not up to usual standard
    HerbK
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great quality Japanese fusion
    Eat2live
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh Omakase!
    MaryfVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Consistently Good
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.