Ristorante Rumari
Ristorante Rumari

Ristorante Rumari

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.rumari.net/
  • Phone: (949) 494-0400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Vincenzo Crivello
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Local catering available for pickup or delivery. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private areas or restaurant buyout options available. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Vincenzo or Massimo 9494940400x
  • Special Events: ~VALENTINES DAY~
    ~OPEN MENU WITH SPECIALS~
    SEATINGS for dining available EVERY HOUR starting at 5pm,6,7,8,9,and 10pm. Late arrivals will have a 5 minute grace period.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bluebird Canyon & Diamond
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ristorante Rumari
Ristorante Rumari (Italian for "Restaurant of the Sea") is one of the most popular restaurants in Laguna Beach. It is popular for three primary reasons. First because of its fine Italian soul food. Second because of its location, away from the traffic and congestion of downtown Laguna. This makes it especially popular with the local residents of Laguna as well as those who have been referred by a friend, business associate or concierge at one of Laguna's many boutique hotels. There is abundant street parking as well as a small free lot behind the restaurant. (If you have ever tried to find a parking space in downtown Laguna you will appreciate Rumaris' location) The third reason this restaurant is so popular, and some say the most important reason is the Crivello Family, Vincenzo and Massimo and their mother Bina and father Antonio. Rumari is truly a "Family Affair" and has been for more than 24 years!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Ristorante Rumari reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)romantic (24)special occasion (19)fit for foodies (16)notable wine list (11)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • flipnkat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food and service were excellent. We would definitely go back again when in town!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fantastic
    lovewine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    If you love Italian food you will love Rumari. If you love Italians you will love Rumari. The waiters are Italian . The food is authentic just like you get in Italy and everyone is friendly. Vince the chef loves his food and will cook it exactly the way you like it just ask for any variation you want and he will pull it off. Well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighbors
    Three2eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great Italian gem with fabulous food and great service right in our neighborhood. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Restaurant
    ValentinesDiner
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food is great, ranging from pasta to the best Grilled Veal Chop I have ever eaten. My wife and I have been coming to Rumari's for years and have never had a single disappointment. I recommend that you make a reservation as the restaurant has limited seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here very much. The service was great and the waiter very helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disappointment
    sky1jord
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went for wife's birthday, expecting outstanding food based on other reviews. The bruschetta was outstanding although had way too much raw garlic. The biggest issue for us was the standard Americanized way of cooking Italian pasta dishes: Drowning the pasta in oil and/or sauce. Surprising, given that the owners claim to cook authentic Italian, where, by our experience, the pasta is simply coated in sauce, leaving an almost dry plate at the end of a meal. Way too expensive for a meal no better than dozens of other Italian restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Local Restaurant
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent service and classic Italian food. Great to find simple and unstuffy dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    Orvy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food and the service are always great! The ambience is very friendly and cosy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    Sphinxa
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of the best Italian restaurants in Orange County with excellent pastas as well as great seafood and meat dishes. Ask for the Minestrone soup, its as good as it gets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food and service!
    MarisaPeasley
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The chicken Valdostana is excellent. The scallop special was so good! I love the ensalata verde
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Laguna Beach area
    daijonesVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Consistently great with amazing food and excellent service along with a nice ambience although can get a bit loud, one of our few go to restaurants after much experimenting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh
    Lucky55VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Two years ago I would say this was the best Italian food in Laguna. The food was delish, the service impeccable.... When I returned it was nothing like it use to be...the service was terrible, the food was soso and I was sad to say I wouldn't come back. I use to live in Laguna and have dined here many a time when it was a gem... I was disapointed!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Italian Dining
    REWonFood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, excellent service, and very good atmosphere. I was looking for last minute out-of-town fine dining and this was great online find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was very good and crowded. Very accommodating in food deviations, which I really appreciated. Pasta was very garlicy. and good. Service attentive. My friend got the risotto and she said was very good- and we got gelato for dessert which was good. Parking was challenging, but that is Laguna for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Simply one of the best Itailian resturants in Orange County. Small and family owned, personal, consistamtly great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold meatballs
    AaronVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had spotty service and cold meatballs served to us. Every dish was adequately average but the prices are for a five star dining experience. Bottom line is this place fails to meet moderate expectations.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great and unique Italian food
    OCEricVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the gnocchi stuffed with mushroom covered in arrabiata sauce and slices of homemade sausage to the buttery tomato sauce poured over the side of spaghetti, this place does it right.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 226 reviews are from the Ristorante Rumari reviews archive.
  • One of my Favorite Restaurants
    Seabreeze73
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food is aways great, and the service is wonderful. Always love coming here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite gem
    funlover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Rumari is like a big family & always fun. It is a real neighborhood gem. The bar is full of locals. Always same staff. Great for groups of 12. Never a bad meal. Service impecable. Little romantic tables in the back. Quick service. Go for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NA
    therealbroderickcrawford
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a good time with wife and will surely revisit in the coming weeks
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't live up to reputation
    jeff
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Maybe because I'm a New Yorker and have been fortunate to have eaten in many truly excellent Italian restaurants, Rumari was really just okay. Great service, excellent music that started at 9:00 on a Thursday nite...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tasting food.
    Italiano
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The food we ordered was great. The ambiance was not good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food fun place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This restaurant has great food. Most of the waiters are Italian and go out of their way to make sure your meal is great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in Orange County
    daijonesVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in Orange County and in is very under rated I think partly because those that go here a lot may not express there feelings and want to keep it quiet. Not too big and can get a bit noisy but menu is great and food and service are impeccable as is the flexibility of the chef to adjust dishes per our needs/desires, quite authentic Italian food with great variety. We come back here every couple of months and have never been disappointed other than getting stuck in with big parties at Christmas where it was just too busy and loud..
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Internetboy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food; great attention. A laguna-locals staple for a long time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood residents
    bopejac
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very nice ambiance, great food , always a special time to be there, quick and excellent service,..friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service but horrible food
    Dina
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very friendly staff, great service. Nice ambiance inside. The best part of the meal was the bread and olive oil. The antipasto salad ($16.95) tasted good but it was strictly slices of meat and cheese and spicy carrots & cauliflower but no other veggies. My lasagna ($18.50) was the worst Italian food I've ever had. It came piping hot in a dish covered with a hefty layer of grease. The grease permeated the lasagna and it was difficult to get a decent bite without lots of grease. When the waitress grated fresh parmesan cheese over the lasagna it immediately floated in the layer of grease. My dining companion ordered a grilled sausage/peppers/pasta entree that was OK, but not worth $27. Sorry, we won't be back!
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  • 1st class italian
    Robbie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Italian cuisine made in Italy. Great menu with you traditional italian dishes. No pizza though. The taste is refined and presentation worked on. the waiting staff is very well trained for a fine dining experience. prices are up there but well worth it for what you are getting. great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Mother's Day dinner
    OCfoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a nice table by the window. It was busy but quiet and very easy to have a conversation. Food was good. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto was delicious. Lobster ravioli with saffron sauce was yummy too. Tiramisu and strawberry gelato are a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Laguna Beach Italian!
    CDMBill
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had not been to Rumari in years and we had missed out: delicious house made ravioli, a truly exceptional carbonara and a deep wine list. Wow!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've been going to Rumari's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We've been going to Rumari's for 12 years, since we first moved to this area. The food is always exceptional; and I think, the best Italian in the area. Service is great, low key, and friendly. The noise level is perfect - while not silent by any means, it at lease allows 4 people having dinner together to have a conversation - love Rumari's !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So, so and... so.
    TonyTheSwede
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Had in mind a nice, Italian dinner. Food was alright but service a little bit off but friendly. We were seated at a table in the corner, and had to wait a bit to long for everything, service, food, drinks, check and so on which kind of let the over all impression actually threw a not that pleasant shadow over the food. Credit's though for not being shy when asked for extra garlic. The pelicans and seagulls that passed our terrace at The Surf&Sand in Laguna that night fell dead down right at the spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced product
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I found the service to be less than ordinary. The waitress would disappear for 6-10 min. at a time. We felt alone at times when we needed to order. The product was average at best but well above average in price. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Italian
    RayWVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Nice people, good food - well prepared. Was there on a Saturday night - all tables filled - some large parties - a bit noisy - but lively - my party of 4 enjoyed the food - swordfish was amazing - black linguini with seafood - very nice. Will go again and recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Excellent food and service, Compared to other times in the past it was pleasantly quiet!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food. Good service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The recommended appetizers were ok. Burrata mozzarella was very good, however the tomatoes were not. The prosciutto was very hard to eat. The asparagus wrapped in prosciutto was good, but would have been better with skinnier asparagus. The basal mic reduction was too sweet. My chili sea bass was fantastic!! Very good flavor and fish was perfectly cooked. My husband had the veal piccata, not very flavorful, not enough lemon. The cannoli was awesome! I've never had cannoli, but I would return here for this fantastic dessert!!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming restaurant
    Munchielvr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Charming restaurant and excellent service. The food was delicious and the restaurant was very romantic. Excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical Italian fare & good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Typical Italian fare with good service. No surprises - good or bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good experience
    Dave
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and service was excellent, this was our first time dining at Rumari. Our complaints: noise level a bit high, prices a little too high for this type of place, and there was a cold draft of air through the restaurant that made it impossible for us to dine without out our jackets/sweater on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    jcbarney
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Largest portion of fish I have ever had both Cod and swordfish were large and excellent
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate