Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar - Laguna Beach
Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar - Laguna Beach

Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar - Laguna Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://okurasushi.com/
  • Phone: 9497934320x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Happy hour from 4:30-6:00pm Daily
    Dinner:
    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 4:30 to 9:30
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 4:30 to 10:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Jin Heo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer offsite catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thalia Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar - Laguna Beach
Innovative,energetic and creative Japanese fusion cuisine!
Welcome to Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar.
The Japanese-fusion restaurant has entered the Laguna dining scene with its own style and specialties.
Okura has its beginnings in La Quinta, where award winning Executive Chef, Jin Heo has overseen the kitchen for the last seven years. He brings his expertise to Laguna.
The main dining room and lounge interiors offer soothing earth tones and subdued lighting. The music is lively and sets the tone for a vibrant scene. There’s also the covered and heated patio. Sake is a favorite and there are several to choose from the eclectic wine, sake and beer list.
With their approach to a friendly, accommodating, well trained and knowledgeable staff serving the best sushi and entrees using only the freshest ingredients, Okura is sure to be around Laguna Beach for years to come. So come in and see what we are all about… Irashaimase!
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Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar - Laguna Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (13)romantic (10)kid-friendly (9)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (8)great for outdoor dining (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)scenic view (3)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Love Okura
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We visit the Okura in LaQuinta all the time, this one is almost up there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Ok
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Just didn't get what we were expecting with the crispy rice and spicy tuna or the hamachi Jalepeno roll. There is a lot of good sushi in Orange County, and we would not return here. The employees were nice and helpful, but the food just wasn't top quality on this night.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious top grade sushi!
    Datenight
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious top grade sushi, wonderful friendly atmosphere, and awesome service. Owner Jau is lovely! We will be back! :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    jpinsc
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We just went here on Friday night and had a great meal. I have no idea why this place wasn't packed! The restaurant has a cool modern ambiance, the service was good and the food was outstanding (not to mention a really good value). Our table opted for the "unlimited" sushi and for under $35 per person we feasted on apps, specialty rolls and sashimi. We will be going back for sure! Highly recommend the garlic soy edamame, ribs and potstickers for the apps and all of the rolls were really good. Plus they had really good cooked options. Beautiful presentation as well. We just kept thinking, why is this place not bursting at the seams? Hush and Katsuya used to be in this location and didn't make it. Hoping this one sticks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Hsland
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Hamachi carpaccio was excellent! Good thing we don't live nearby or I would have to be there several times a week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Surprise
    JGJLAWVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    After years of disappointing dining experiences at this location (3 previous restaurants) due to noise, Okura finally got it right. The sushi was excellent, and the fabric decorating the ceiling dampened the noise so much that I actually was able to enjoy the food. The other restaurants had very good food, but when you can't hear someone seated immediately across from you, even when speaking loudly, there is a problem. I predict Okura will flourish. As a local who lives 5 blocks away, I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better service at the bar
    TNT2EATVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We normally eat in the restaurant. This time we chose to eat at the bar, no sushi bar, but actual bar. It was fun and entertaining. Sean was our bartender and he was attentive and engaging. I had the bento box with few changes (they made it no problem) and my fiance had the Madonna and Jalapeno roll...enough food for left overs. The cuisine has not disappointed us yet!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cooked dishes Good, Sushi Bad.
    timotmo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went to Okura on a Friday night at 8pm and was greeted coldly by the host, but that doesn't bothers me if the rest of the evening goes well. We we're led to our table and I noticed that the restaurant was only about half full so I asked if we can sit out on the deck area. The girl said they were having a big group come in. Ok, fine, but this so called group NEVER showed up and the deck was only half full. We sat our tabled and we decided to partake in the all you can eat meal $32 bucks a piece. I'll just keep it short.. The cooked dishes we're good, but ALL the sushi was had was horrible. Didn't taste fresh, fishy, rolls fell apart. Awful. Sorry, we live around the corner and would love to support but just can't.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Been By, Glad We Stopped
    tidbitsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great place for sushi by the sea. Our dinners were great as we tried to sample everything on the menu with a party of six. Our favorite was the hammachi carpaccio. And our server was friendly, knowledgable, patient and accommodating. Nice upscale place and a short walk from the heart of Laguna Beach and all it has to offer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi
    WWeeksVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great sushi and cooked items in a nice atmosphere. Service was very good and large sake menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Menu Options!
    LovefoodVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is a great Japanese restaurant with a lot of menu options. It's a nice addition to Laguna Beach!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Needs to Improve
    TNT2EATVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great place we bring all guests too as the cuisine has variety and food is consistent. Service is very friendly but not attentive. As much as we like this place, unless the service level improves we will not be coming here as often. Servers need training. They are very friendly and nice so that is not the issue. It's just the service is inconsistent and it looks like too many tables for not enough servers. They don't check back with you, you have to flag them down for anything. Bus staff is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reasonably Priced/Great Location
    Pamela
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I'm a resident of Aliso Viejo and I regularly eat sushi. I was not disappointed. The Okura is slightly outside the heavily tourist foot traffic which I appreciate. Since parking is a challenge in the Okura neighborhood, I parked about a mile south and hopped on the free trolley (only available during the summer season). The trolley was fun, scenic, and convenient. I plan to return to Okura.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food and uncomfortable seating
    Tgeere
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Sushi was not good at all. I have never been to a sushi restaurant where the rolls literally fell apart and tasted bad. All 5 members of our part agreed that it was one of the worst Japanese food experiences we have had. The miso soup was extremely salty and the seats along the wall require that your feet hang over the edge which is extremely uncomfortable
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Laguna!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    If you like GOOD sushi, quality dishes, and a nice atmosphere, check out Okura in Laguna Beach, new on the block. Super friendly staff and greeted by the owner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints!
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Okura Never Disappoints! The fish is fresh and the service is fast...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fantastic
    MonMx
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Looked for a local restaurant through Open Table, and this is what came up. I am glad we followed the recommendation. Out of the 6 of us that went, not one had any complaints about their food, or else. Would go back any time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okura is 2 for 2
    tothemoving
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We live in the Coachella Valley so previous to this trip, we had only frequented the La Quinta location. We were vacationing in Laguna Beach and decided to give their Okura a shot. It did not disappoint! Our hometown favorite dishes were consistently as delicious as we were used to and the service was excellent. Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy experience!
    Eclecticfoody
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Discovered this place when I attended a private wine event. And they were willing to substitute most of the food with what I wanted,since I didn't eat much raw sushi. The room was closed off from the main section and the service was impeccable. Danny, the manager is savy and accommodating. I decided to go back again with friends to check out regular dining. Well presented, fresh, good tasting. They custom make the sushi any way you want. I recommend the Hama carpa, seared albacore with crab, hamachikama. I enjoyed the rock shrimp. And I requested volcano with real crab. It was a delight! Good, caring service. Sports addicts will be totally at home with the TVs screening games. Well worth the drive up from Carlsbad!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 47 reviews are from the Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar - Laguna Beach reviews archive.
  • Great Japanese fusion
    FoodieLoriVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great sushi and excellent and interesting cooked dishes. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep coming back
    krasher
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Why would we keep returning to Okura? Because it is that good. Everything is fresh, beautifully served and the service is spot on. The other night was particularly nice because the heat kept a lot of people home. The place was relatively quiet which was such a nice change. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return Foodies
    TNT2EATVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We want good sushi, good Japanese cuisine, good service...we head to Okura!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sushi Place in Laguna Beach
    JohannaVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We moved to Laguna Beach last year and had been on a hunt for good sushi. We found it at Okura and we now go there about once a week. We especially like the Garlic Soy Edamame, Sunomono Salad, Robata, Tempura... my husband really likes the variety in the Bento Box. Everything is VERY reasonably priced, including the drink menu. We are slowly trying all the Sushi and Sashimi and everything is great. We LOVE the ambience- it is elegant but comfortable, inviting and beautiful. The staff is always very friendly and Daniel Reyes, the manager, greets us like family. They just need to get chocolate Mochi! :)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but SLOOOOW.
    frequenteaterVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was good and fresh, and the drinks were delicious, but the service was not good. The staff was friendly, but extremely slow. We were there to eat and drink - a LOT. We did a little of both and for a very long time. If the staff had just come to check on us more frequently, we would have had much more of everything.
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  • Best Sushi Bar Chefs in town!
    adelatownVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My husband and I spent a wonderful evening at Okura on Saturday! We sat at the Sushi Bar and had a fantastic time trying various rolls. The chef customized everything for us based on our love of everything Spicy! Great place for date night or with a group of friends. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vibe at Okura
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a great time at Okura. From the moment we arrived, we were greated by warm happy folks in the front and our server, Destiny was the same. We enjoyed the filet and shrimp skewers, hamachi serrano, octopus salad, spicy tuna roll and albacore tataki roll. O yea, and the garlic edamame. We ordered too much food. Highlights were the filet skewers and spicy tuna roll. Next time we are going all out for the sashimi platter, which everyone was ordering. The fish looked absolutely amazing. We thought the prices were reasonable and the variety of section is far superior. The grill they have for the Robata has great flavor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    kwokman
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I know this location has not had luck with the restaurants occupying it. However, the food and drinks here were very good. Love the fact that they have great sushi, and have a kitchen for hot food as well. Would definitely recommend. They were also very accommodating of a guest in our party that was VEGAN.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Great sushi - great prices - great service - great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, fun server
    LinInDenver
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant! Fun drinks, main courses, and desserts. Edamame cooked perfectly, which is hard to do. Sushi fun, and reasonably priced. Mochi ice cream for dessert was so tasty. We visit the OC quite a bit and I must say this was the first time we encountered a server with personality on this trip. He was friendly and had fun recommendations. He and other staff cleared the table quickly between courses. Refills were copious and quickly provided. There was a big group party out on the deck (St Patty's Day!). Once they started to get really fired up, the staff quickly closed the patio doors so as not to disturb the diners inside. Very thoughtful of them, and the doors truly blocked the noise from us. We will be back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot! Great ambiance
    Noah
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great spot! Great ambiance and good food. Not as crowded as the good spots in downtown Laguna which is nice too. Will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very freindly
    IGIG
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Great food, great service and very friendly. We will go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 3rd times a charm
    TNT2EATVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We love this restaurant and make a point to bring new people there each time we dine. Great sushi, very nice waiters. Great tables. Service each time very friendly but slow and not as attentive. Yet beyond that would still go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This new sushi find is quickly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This new sushi find is quickly moving towards the top spot as my favorite sushi spot. Will definitely be returning again...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • such a disappointment
    OnceisenoughVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    mediocre at best. the fish in the sushi was basically grated and mixed with some mayo-ish concoction. so disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing...second time around
    TNT2EATVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Tried it once - fresh sushi, nice wait staff, friendly hostess. Tried it again - bento box -great variety for those who cannot make up their mind. Atmosphere-hip without being over the top. Perhaps this restaurant will make it, if it keeps up the quality and service! Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service!
    AV1958VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I took a large group of European visitors for a business dinner and all raved about the food and service. Our server, Dana, came out from behind the bar to give us VIP service. Dana was the perfect balance of courteous, professional, and timely with her service of a large group. The sushi was excellent and everyone loved the beef skewers enough that we placed several orders after the intial taste. I would highly recommend Okura for eveyone from a romantic dinner for 2 to large groups and business dinners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I hope people can support
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I hope people can support Okura, the sushi quality was great and the service was amazing. We will definitely be coming back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back.
    Foodlovas
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Started off with the garlic edamame which is always awesome, I enjoyed the Habachi Mango Roll very much. The Chocolate Soufflé was amazing, I almost bought a second! Service was nice, Destiny answered all my questions,. I've already started recommending friends to try this new and delicious place out! Perfect for a girls night out too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    AV1958VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Service and food were good, not great, but the overall dining experience was fine. Place was half empy on a Saturday night so I hope they survive until the summer business picks up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okura - from the desert to the sea
    SAC7
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    We often dine at Okura's in La Quinta; however this week we went to Okura's in Laguna Beach for my granddaughter's birthday. It is the same outstanding food as we always experience in La Quinta. The venue is beautiful, the service was wonderful, and of course the sushi, and all that goes along with it is superb. The food is innovative, not your typical sushi rolls! The bento box is terrific; in fact we ended up taking some home!
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