Katsuya - Laguna Beach - SBE
Katsuya - Laguna Beach - SBE
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Katsuya - Laguna Beach - SBE

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sbe.com/katsuya
  • Phone: 9497934030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun-Thu 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Katsuya Uechi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: sbe Catering offers Katsuya's award-winning Japanese cuisine by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi at any location, for intimate dinners at home, meetings at the office or elaborate parties just about anywhere. Customize your event with tray-passed service, seated dinners or chef’s stations. sbe Catering can do it all! Visit sbe.com/events or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.
  • Private Party Facilities: From intimate to grand, let sbe Events + Catering plan your perfect event at Katsuya. Katsuya Laguna Beach accommodates up to 200 guests with design by Philippe Starck, on-site and off-site catering, custom menus by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, and premium mixology and specialty cocktails.
  • Private Party Contact: sbe Events + Catering 8776250411
  • Special Events: From intimate to grand, let sbe Events + Catering plan your perfect event at Katsuya. Katsuya Laguna Beach accommodates up to 200 guests with design by Philippe Starck, on-site and off-site catering, custom menus by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, and premium mixology and specialty cocktails. Visit sbe.com/events or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thalia
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Katsuya - Laguna Beach - SBE
Featuring the dynamic pairing of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck, Katsuya by Starck is truly a feast for the senses. With specialty cocktails, unique rolls and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters, Chef Uechi skillfully translates Japanese flavors to the American palate. Signature dishes include Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. With superb talent and exacting precision, Katsuya by Starck is changing the face of Japanese cuisine. Katsuya is the Los Angeles Times Readers’ Choice "Best Sushi Restaurant" in Southern California and one of OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S."
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Katsuya - Laguna Beach - SBE reviews from OpenTable diners
  • The place was great, as was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The place was great, as was the food. Sadly the service was pretty poor. Bad communication on seating a part of 2, even though reservations had been made hours before. We had to wait 45 mins after our scheduled reservation to be seated. This was also after checking with the hosted staff 3 times and the manager once.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Katsuya! It's pricey,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    I love Katsuya! It's pricey, but the food and cocktails are fantastic and the scene is really fun! I'm so sad that the Katsuya in Laguna Beach is closing...today is their last day open:(
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was fantastic. The
    foodfit
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The food was fantastic. The service started out bad. Not just bad, but nearly wanted to leave bad. We found out later that this was the last night that Katsuya was open and as a result much of the staff did not come to work. Katsuya did comp us a desert and entree, combined with the aforementioned closing issues, we did understand the situation and took that into consideration regarding our feelings with Katsuya. Too bad they are closing for in the end, the meal was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its a bummer that Katsuya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Its a bummer that Katsuya Laguna Beach is shutting down as of today based on what our server told us during dinner on Saturday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food was amazing. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    The food was amazing. Service was nice too. Docked a point on ambiance for all the super-casually-dressed people in the restaurant and the loudness of the music which made hearing my girlfriend rather difficult. Having a seat outside would really have helped out in this situation. All I asked for upon making the reservation, however, was a seat from where we could look onto the beach. We were fairly far from the window, which really wouldn't have mattered if it hadn't been so noisy inside. Don't know how fair it would be to dock service for this, so I'll leave it solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great variety on their menu
    Rammer
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Great variety on their menu - not just sushi at this Japanese restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    LadydiVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Terrible service. Even though food was great, I would not return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Katsuya is not worth the money.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Katsuya is not worth the money. Our check $$233 for 3, reduced by a 10% locals card,with only 3 drinks ordered, is highway robbery. Loud inside, help is hit and miss, and the food has gone down in quality. My 6th time eating there, but each time the quality is downgraded. With so many fabulous restaurants in Laguna Beach to compete, this one just isn't worth it. Pass - 6th time you're out.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Katsuya in Laguna Beach is
    AKrupaVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Katsuya in Laguna Beach is fantastic place to dine if you enjoy great sushi. As a local in the area I enjoy dining at Katsuya because of the fantastic service that I receive each time along with the delicious food. I tend to go for my normal choices, but with great suggestions from the server I try new items on the menu and haven't been dissatisfied once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The black Cod was divine.....the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    The black Cod was divine.....the rest of the food was average Japanese.... I was sorry they were out of soft shell crab dish.......We had the Creme Brulee for dessert and it tasted like sugary spun sugar....the sugar overpowered the flavor....and at $10.00 it was overpriced. The tea was delicious......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found it to be good food but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Found it to be good food but service was sub par. I've dined at Katsuya in Hollywood and thought it was far superior. It wasn't so busy for a Saturday night and consequently the servers seemed to be going through the motions with very limited enthusiasm. Beer was warm and when I asked to replace it with any other beer that was colder the server stated "that's as good as it gets." It also took a considerable amount of time between dishes for the server to circle back and ask us if we needed anything else. It's a shame, as a resident of south OC I was very hopeful to experience something similar to Katsuya Hollywood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have dined at the LA Live
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    We have dined at the LA Live location before a Laker game so I knew what I was in for with the menu. However, even on a game night, the LA Live vibe is more adult than the Laguna Beach location. We booked the Laguna Beach spot for our first date night since the birth of our baby 6 months ago. I was very disappointed that night that almost everyone there had kids with them - little kids, in high chairs and baby carriers! Great for when we want to bring the kiddo, not good when I wanted a high-energy, adult scene. The food - I rated it "very good" because it is good... it's just not excellent. If you want excellent, go to Nobu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not enough bang for your buck
    Underwhelm
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Not enough bang for your buck on the appetizer crispy rice. The lobster was ok. I ordered the wagyu ribeye, this was definitely the only thing worth coming back for. It's hard to spend so much and still be hungry after.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good and menu selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food is good and menu selection is nice. Service was fair - server was friendly but forgot our edamame order (it never came) and forgot my wife's 2nd drink order, which we reminded him of and he brought afterwards. Noise level wasn't "energetic" - it was plain LOUD! Had to lean across the table to hear each other. Bad choice for Valentine's Day and any time you're looking for a more romantic setting. Only real reason I'm recommending was for the menu selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We came specifically for the
    Nikki
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    We came specifically for the sushi, and as such can not offer a review on the hot dishes. The sushi, however, was fantastic. We started with the Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, which was an incredible appetizer. The sashimi sampler was phenomenal. The Katsuya and Laguna rolls were also a delight. We also had a few items that were not on the menu. The first was a seared tuna with a crispy garlic slice on top and it was just to die for. Absolutely heavenly. The second was a kampachi sashimi, which honestly disappointed compared to everything else. There is a nice list of sake, but be warned it is not budget sake. Apparently Mondays are half off sake, so plan a visit for Monday if great sake is your thing. All in all, a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the food, and have
    marchefanVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We love the food, and have eaten here many times, but the service at 6 pm on a Saturday when there were only 6 parties in the entire restaurant and ample staff was lackadaisical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We arrived and order 2 cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We arrived and order 2 cocktails and an appetizer. The appetizer arrived right away, but our cocktails did arrive so we asked someone what happened. We kept waiting and then finally started our appetizer. Someone came and removed the dish before we were finished with it. Finallly our cocktails arrived and at that time we ordered our food. The next dish came out and the final dish, but before we finished the final dish, our waitress came by and started to remove it, so I quickly tried to use the chop sticks to remove the remainder of the mushroom and in doing so I knocked over my cocktail which was not even 1/2 way finished. The waitress said nothing nor did she offer to replace the cocktail. It was the worse dining experience we have
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for us.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    It's not that hip. It's not that trendy. If you want to show you can afford it then this is the place for you. I chose this place thinking it was similar to the one in Hollywood, which we liked. The place is very noisy. Huge dining room, looked more like a cafeteria. Music playing loudly so people were talking louder to compensate. The waiter apologized for the acoustics and said that they're working on it. The bar was slow at getting our drinks. We got our appetizer way before our drinks. The waiter was attentive and so was the manager who came over to apologize for the delay at the bar and asked us several times if we were OK. That's commendable. Open Table reservation stated it was a Bday. No mention of it. It was comp, though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for Friday and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Great place for Friday and Saturday nights in Laguna Beach
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent sushi and a very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Excellent sushi and a very cool atmosphere. Can add up in price depending how many items you try, but definitely worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Half price Monday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    We ate on a Monday Which is Laguna Beach locals night half price so the price was right. Food was good as was the service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and fabulous service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Great food and fabulous service. Only complaint was the acoustics, it was very difficult to have a conversation. Younger, well dressed patrons, coming from a 50 year old. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Very dissatisfied with the food. Way over priced for the lack of taste. After spending over $100 our group went elsewhere to eat. Small portions and all our sushi had the same blan taste.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    bobg
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    The food and service were excellent, the room very well done. The prices were too high for frequent dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once is enough
    live2dineVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    2 appetizers, 2 sushi rolls, 2 cocktails, $200.00 Need I say more?
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A curious fusion of well-trained
    anon
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    A curious fusion of well-trained chefs and OC brashness. Having four separate and uncoordinated kitchens means the food arrives haphazardly. Philippe will have to learn that poor acoustics and loud boring music is very last decade
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went there Friday night and
    Martin
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Went there Friday night and was not impressed with my experience. The edamanes were tasteless. The $14 crispy rice w/ spicy tuna was the most overpriced sushi i've seen in years. The four mini bites had 0.05oz of tuna on it. The Robata skewers were fair and priced accordingly. The dining room decor does not match the prices, the chop sticks are the same as the ones used in japanese fast food restaurants. On a positive side, the service was attentive. The restaurant was not busy (on a Friday night) and one would wonder why.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was amazing and our waitress'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Food was amazing and our waitress' suggestions were all spot on delicious! Initially, we were sat at the sushi bar....with reservations and open tables. Other than that, we had a very positive and memorable night at Katsuya.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the restaurant is just way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    the restaurant is just way too loud. hostess desk was unorganized. took a long time to be seated and it was not even close to full.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sushi ... makes up for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    Great Sushi ... makes up for the not so great ambiance and slow service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time in a month there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Second time in a month there and no one I'm talking no one there!!! About 4 tables at 8 pm on a Friday night. Sorry, but Laguna is a miss should have been in Newport. It's a loud BOO!!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went in on Friday 11/2 at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Went in on Friday 11/2 at 7pm and the place seemed completely dead. Outside dining covered 'patio' seemed cold and uninviting.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience at Katsuya
    AKrupaVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Great experience at Katsuya - enjoyed the ambiance, the service and the food. Overall, I recommend to those that appreciate Sushi and a fun/energetic environment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had exceptionally bad service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    Had exceptionally bad service, including a waiter who ignored us. We also assumed we were receiving a free desert and where then charged.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Katsuya had very good sushi
    DenzelMogVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Katsuya had very good sushi and hot foods. Little on the pricey side. Only complaint that the noise is to loud. You can't carry conversation to well due to the acoustics or layout that create a a tunnel/loud noise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible dining experienced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    It was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long while. It was a group of four of us celebrating a birthday. The waiter was pushy constantly making suggestions on what we should order some of which were special items not on the menu that ended up to be ripoffs. The food was bad and very disappointing. Two in our group had been to the Brentwood location and loved ta it. This place could not live up to the expectation. The restaurant was so cheap that it didnt even offer anything for my friends birthday. The sushi was terrible compared to the ridiculous prices they charge, which probably explains why it was more than half empty on a Friday night. one of our desserts was terrible and the waiter just said "really" and did nothing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better Than Expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Food was better than expected. Service was great!! The only complaint I had was how fast the dishes all came out. It is like they have all the dishes premade sitting under the heat lamp...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the price tag
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Way overpriced for what it is. Fresh fish & good sushi, but definitely not worth the price tag.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DO NOT GO HERE!
    LillyVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    I had a horrible experience here. The food on the menu and the specials that are normally good in the LA locations, were terrible here! They didn't seem to care about the look of the place either: there was soy sauce spilled on the floor and no one cleaned it up and the menus had dried up soy sauce on them and were torn. Definitely would NOT recommend to anybody!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience.
    Virtue
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Wonderful dining experience. Make sure to ask about the off menu sushi.
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    • Noise LevelModerate