Bluefin Restaurant
Bluefin Restaurant

Bluefin Restaurant

  • 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: 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
64 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (19)great for lunch (12)hot spot (8)romantic (4)late-night find (2)good for groups (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Outstanding sushi... A bit pricy
    JockoVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The sushi was fantastic as indicated on zagat. Not much ambience in a high end strip mall and a bit spends. Overall good during our visit
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best sushi place in Newport Beach area
    GmoneyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Although Bluefin is on the pricier side, you get your money's worth in terms of food quality, service and ambiance. My family always enjoys our experience there and our go to place for high quality Japanese food. It's also nice that it's in Crystal Cove Plaza so you can walk around before and after the meal. And the drive on PCH to and from the restaurant is also an added bonus given the gorgeous views of the ocean.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    SamC
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Not all the Japanese chef can make good KAISEKI dish. Blue Fin Crystal Cove is the best in Orange county and LA county, based on my experience. It worth my 50 minute drive(one way) to enjoy the meal.
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    great for lunch, special occasion
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  • over priced...
    shakalaka4food
    Dined on 10/18/2014
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  • Always a treat!
    MargaritaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We loooooove Bluefin!!! The food is ever so consistently good and the service is always excellent. It's also nice that a sushi place takes reservations which is always a bonus. I highly recommend Bluefin. Chefs Norio and Tony are awesome and Jason our server is always so helpful and on it! Overall a 100 star experience every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What an art!!!
    Mako
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food were incredible, needless to say the quality, freshness and taste of the food, every dish was so artistically displayed and truly beautiful. The chef put so much thought on every bite. Totally impressed. Definitely five star restaurants and the for this quality, the price is incredibly reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Primo Sashimi and Sushi
    SanRamonNige
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    One of the best Sashimi and Sushi restaurants I have been to in a while. The seafood is absolutely fresh and there are many choices. Excellent array of Saki also. I would highly recommend the Blue Fin. It is small so I would recommend reservations for both lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Outstanding service,FRESH fish
    JackiegVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Dined here with a group and the service was outstanding, the deal for the omakase is a must, they were extremely accommodating to switch out individual courses based on a few personal tastes. Overall GREAT experience and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inhale as it Melts in your mouth
    PhilDot
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had sauteed mushrooms covered with truffle shavings, yellowtail belly, crunchy tuna, and eel. Melodies for the mouth.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Excellent Japanese
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Bluefin is probably the best Japanese restaurant we have in the OC. The food, service and ambiance are all great. The halibut carpaccio and the salmon in ponzu are excellent starters. Be prepared to spend $$$ if you order many items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sushi
    sdurland
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We planned a detour in Newport Beach before driving to San Diego. We are sushi fans so I did some checking in advance and made reservations before flying out. The location was a bit hard to find as it was in a higher end mall, but it did not disappoint. We were seated promptly and the waiters were very attentive. The sushi bar extends the majority of the length of the restaurant with several chefs. We wanted to try a cold saki and the recommendation was great. While ordering the waiter honestly realized that we were probably ordering more food than we could consume so we backed off a roll. The amount was perfect. The sushi was delicious. The rolls were much bigger than we were used to, which was nice. The fish was very fresh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • All great.
    GourmetdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great sushi and other fresh fish, great service and a great experience altogether we have been here multiple times and it is always good. Spicy tuna on crispy rice beats out other sushi restaurants with the same appreciate the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was very good. Will certainly return when in the area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DanO
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went with my wife for our Anniversary. It was a great experience. The fish was amazing and melted in our mouths. The Bluefin flight of sake was just right! Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    fishVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This our favorite sushi restaurant anywhere in the world! We travel here and always go to bluefin at least one time during our trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Exceptional quality sushi and service. Early lunch was a good time for quiet dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • all good
    LeneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    everything we ordered was extremely fresh and delicious. 4 of us all give it rave reviews.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelming
    SKIPVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What an underwhelming meal. not only was the fish not very fresh but the service was abysmal. There's better sashimi next door at Bear Flag for 1/4 the price.
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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great !
    ocha
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was the same taste as the Japanese sushi. I will be back again!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
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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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 367 reviews are from the Bluefin Restaurant reviews archive.
  • 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.
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    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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  • 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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  • beach goer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Delicious food: great sashimi:wonderful cooked fish: fun sushi bar
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    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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    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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  • 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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