Neighborhood favorite Tabu
Mothers Day at Tabu was superb! Food service and ambiance was all we could ask for. One of our favorites.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dine by the sea!
Tabu Grill is a small local restaurant. They have an open partial kitchen with a bar surrounding so you feel like you are a part of the complete dining experience. There are few tables outside however the view of the pacific ocean and sunset are amazing. The food is amazing with complex layering of flavours. I had the chicken; which I very rarely order at restaurants because why not choose something you don't eat at home all the time. My husband ordered the Sea Bass, it was amazing! Melted in your mouth. The chicken was the breast, it was tender and juicy, well executed.
The only negative about the experience was service, it took almost 10-15 minutes for anyone to come to our table after we were seated. After that service was spot on.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Easily my favorite place to eat in Orange County and I've been to them all.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful for our anniversary.
The food was amazing! My steak was better than our last 3 steakhouses visits. The gnocchi appetizer was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful! A perfect romantic date-night dinner with my hubby!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
always have a wonderful meal
always have a wonderful meal here and Nancy goes out of her way to make all feel special. Dominic was very good
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent and interesting
Excellent and interesting food preparation . . . foodies will enjoy.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quirky Laguna Foodie Spot
I took a client for dinner and had a wonderful experience. Warm ambience, a bit noisy so we didn't really get to talk business too much. But really nice wine by the glass selections and wonderful food. Knowledgeable waitress also and overall friendly staff. Go!
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We shared several "Small Plates".
We shared several "Small Plates". The tomato salad and the scallops were stellar. I'd avoid the lemon cake and try something else next time.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food !
This is one of the best restaurants in southern California. The food is amazing! Well worth the experience. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service
We had the onion soup to start, which was creamy with goat cheese. Very tasty. Then we had the Cesar salad which was also good. The Sea Bass was delicious! The salmon was good but nothing special. The restaurant is small, so your pretty crammed in there. There are also a few tables outside which allow for a little more room. The service was great, prompt & friendly. We love this little place & will be back. Note, it is a little pricey & the meals can be on the small side.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had been talking about coming here for a long time for dinner. We had a great experience, from service, to table to
most importantly the food. A caution , if you are a large portion lover, this wont be for you, but we like smaller portions and
they were perfect for us.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!
Went here for my son's birthday and had seen high reviews on Zagat. First impression, it was small and cramp. Kind of gave me the impression it was a bar restaurant. But once the food came out, it was delish! I really liked the fish and the dessert. Service was up to par. We were able to view our food before it was made because we were sitting next to the open kitchen. Only thing I was not impressed was being charged for water to drink
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have our third reservation in one week. The food has been fantastic! We've enjoyed the salmon special,sea bass, and lamb. It was all delicious. These amigos will truly miss this when we return home.
I left out the curried carrots. Well,actually, I ate all of them. Delicious.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tabu - worth returning
we were visiting from Chicago and a friend from L.A. recommended it. The service was friendly yet professional. The food was very good. A limited menu but very good options....something for everybody. All items were very flavorful and everything paired perfectly. The decor was surprising...reminded me of a restaurant in college in Austin---It was very dark inside (painted a very dark blue with a mish mash of eclectic items around (colorful large umbrellas on the ceiling reminiscent of Chinatown, Polynesian paintings of women on the wall and some large wooden carvings that appeared Indian or Indonesian. Nevertheless, the food/service was excellent and we would definitely go back.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and presentation
The food and presentation were superb. The decor is certainly unique.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great small restaurant in
Great small restaurant in Laguna with excellent food and great wines. They had a happy hour from 5:30-6:30 that featured half priced wines by the glass and some outstanding appetizers that could have been the entire meal. Very inventive dishes with wonderful flavors. A must when visiting or living in Laguna.
7/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I really enjoyed Tabu grill. The food was over the top great! The service was excellent and the vibe was very relaxing. I have already recommended Tabu to friends. Looking forward to our next visit!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are coming back!
This was an excellent place to have dinner with friends. We enjoyed all the favors and each dish was described perfectly by our server, Rene. This is the place for great food and service with comfortable atmosphere!
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Did a search on OpenTable for a last minute date spot in Laguna Beach and found an opening at Tabu. After reading the reviews I booked my reservation for my girlfriend and I who was visiting from Arizona. The music, ambiance, food, wine, and service were all what I was hoping for. We shared several plates and enjoyed Sangria and wine as well as a great desert. Overall, I recommend Tabu Grill and will be returning.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big yes, little no
Ambience, service, presentation, taste- wonderful, as good as it gets.
Wine list- unreasonably expensive in a state where quite acceptable, affordable wines are the rule.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go here once a year to celebrate our anniversary and birthdays. Always outstanding food and service. Our server, Miriam, was very attentive without hovering. They have a great wine list, but we bring our own which they happily serve to us.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We sat on the balcony overlooking
We sat on the balcony overlooking the courtyard........great food and service!!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and service. Sit inside unless you want to see cars/hear them racing by. Perfect for a special occasion!! We will be going back for sure!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, a little over price
Great food, especially the rib eye. Miso sea bass is ok, I've had better but still good. excellent service. venue a little tight. take are too close to each other. table next to you can definitely hear your conversation.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had several small plates.
We had several small plates. Recommend the scallops and smoked salmon. Eclectic wine selection that was pricey but we had 2 glasses of a moderate but excellent Malbec.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gastonomical Delight At Tabu!
From Hello...to Good night...the best there is in Laguna!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you love fresh greens served with a new flavor twist, Tabu offers some intoxicating options like the Strawberry Fennel Salad w/ Baked Brie, and the Cucumber Salad w/ Candied Kumquats and Feta Cheese. We loved both salads.
Then you can move to a small plate option or a regular size entree, again with great choices with outstanding flavor combinations. I had the Mero Sea Bass, where the fish was cooked beautifully and married with a sublime spicy tomato and lemongrass broth. And to top off the meal with a Chocolate Malt Semi-freddo was a great ending to a superb meal.
One of the best meals I've ever had; not just in Orange County.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistent high quality restaurant
Consistent high quality restaurant in terms of food and service.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best dining experience ever
We have had wonderful dining experiences at some of the worlds finest, but still rank Tabu as one of the top three all time.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
one of the best
great food, great service, great ambience, great wine list, etc etc etc
one of the best restaurants in laguna beach
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Natural healthy food/great taste
Set out thinking the menu looked limited, but were pleasantly surprised that they had a food choice from every category. Natural healthy food choices with preparation that intrigues the palate and stimulates your taste budes. Small neighborhood restaurant, but uniquely attractive and even has as small front patio dining area. Service was quite good. The only down side is parking for this gem, it has very limited parking for guests and the surrounding area is not well suited for street parking. So get there with time to spend to look for parking, but certainly worth the experience.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderfu dining experience
What a great place! The food was exquisite and the service impeccable. Thank you for a fine dining experience.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Food / Friendly Scene
We heard that Tabu is a local Laguna scene... and that is what we wanted. The place is quaint, warm, and has an open vibe. Everyone smiles. The hostess was super sweet and kind... gave us a choice of table. We sat in the bar area next to the chef action in the room. Our server was very nice and cool; she tolerated our corny jokes and jibs. She was a fun lady. The first bite of food was 'off the charts'.. excellent.. and the dinner that arrived shortly thereafter was remarkable.
I would highly recommend Tabu to anyone... good job to the team there.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was delicious, had to holdback urge to lick the plates
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding! I will definitely go back. I do not drink so I cant say if the wine list was good. I am assuming yes because everything else was high quality.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, Quaint, Slightly Pricey
Took my date here at sunset. Nice view of the ocean until dark. The ambiance is nice and lit perfectly for an intimate couple or two. The music didn't quite match the mood as it was a bit up-tempo.
We had the artichoke starter, the scallops, and the short ribs. My date doesn't eat much so we had to pass on a main dish, which was a bummer for me b/c I wanted to try a steak or the sea bass. My artichoke was good. Almost undercooked as it was hard to scrape. My date's was soggy. Not sure why the two were so different. The scallops were excellent. Probably the best I've had in a long time. The short rib meat was perfect and a good size. The wine was pricey for the quality. Had a Pinot Noir that wasn't $90 worth. Probably $50 max. Great svc.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome flavoral dishes- loved them all!
Great service, atmospjher..
Over all a 10!!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
/she has done a great job
She has done a great job with the food, the staff and the comfort and ambience.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tabu Grill best in OC
We really enjoy this restaurant. Food is superb,menu is always very interesting, the service is terrific and the wlcome from Nancy is always warm.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ate at Tabu last Wednesday...The whole experience was cool! The Chef is very talented!! We are foodies and this place did not disappoint!!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great dinner(s)
A few years ago, Tabu Grill's food rated 29 on Zagat. I never thought that Tabu Grill was that good despite the fact that has been my favorite restaurant in CA for nearly 10 years. Well, after two dinners last week, it is at least a 28 and probably a 29. We had the tasting menu both days -- with another couple on Sun and my wife and I on Thu. Food with great flavor was prepared before our eyes (we sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen, on Thu). From the bar we marveled at the vast array of fresh ingredients, the three friendly and very busy chefs, and the creation of our 4 courses plus the wonderful grilled bread, Tabu Grill treats you to fabulously tasty and beautifully-prepared food in a quiet, romantic environment with great service.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent from Start to Finish
We were greeted and seated by the friendly staff, our server was buzzy, informed and friendly. The food was quite simply outstanding with a wide menu choice and the wine list equally outstanding. Recommend the Greywacke - not cheap but well worth the $ for the taste. Throughout the staff were attentive without being intrusive - a fully rounded enjoyable experience.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Cloth and spice
Situated on the famous Pacific Coast Highway just South of Laguna Beach and a neighborhood stroll from a secluded cove the restaurant envelopes and embraces you. The clever mixture of cloth and dark tones gives Tabu an inviting and comforting feeling that instantly adds to the convivial ambiance of the space. The food is spiced to provide an array of rich textures and flavours ranging from citrus to accents of Indian flavouring across a variety of traditional and eclectic American fare. Whether you looking for seafood, poultry or meat, you will surely leave both satisfied and content.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome service, great food!
Although I was expecting more seafood on the menu, the items available did not disappoint. There was evidence of imagination and presentation in each dish. Great taste was achieved with few ingredients, everything fresh and visually pleasing. The decor is simple and exotic, the service great! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal from start to finish.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tabu was fine......Not terrible....
Tabu was fine......Not terrible....Not extraordinary....it was fine. Service was excellent and the meal was fine!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a small ceremony today and came here for Dinner.
Wow everything was Perfect!
The Poke was Sublime.
Asian Pear Salad MMM'
Miso Sea Bass and a Perfect Pork Chop with Braised Belly
Chocolate cake, Banana Bread, Apple Tart Desserts.
I cant wait to come back and bring friends.
Been driving by for years and finally stepped inside for a Very Special Day and We are So Happy We did.
Zagat Rated Best in OC I can see why.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and great food! The ingredients used were really very fresh!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food great Ambience. Will be going back soon
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Festive dining spot
Excellent food and beautiful decor. Loved the experience!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We only live up the hills from the restaurant and wandered in for the first time. We will be cming back often - the basil pesto gnocchi is the BEST!!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM