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About 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.

7952 East Coast Highway
Newport Coast, CA 92657
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 715-7373

Website:
http://www.bluefinbyabe.com/

Catering:
Please call us for details.

Executive Chef:
Takashi Abe

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Bluefin Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (11)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Casual (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

This is one of the most Americanized, poorly executed examples of a sushi restaurant I’ve ever been to. The edamame was over cooked and chewy. The grilled octopus was served on a toothpick skewer with a little red pepper and potato. Having been to Japan, nowhere was there anything remotely resembling this. Sushi should be all about the rice and the way the fish is cut, thereby maximizing the flavor. The sashimi i had was cut into large, unappealing chunks with very little taste and poor mouthfeel. Save your money go to Wasa instead. This is a restaurant for wealthy people from Orange County that think this is what good sushi tastes like

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food is terribly expensive for what you get. Why is some funky seasoned rice served separately with the chirashi? Wtf? For $40 I expect a more than just tuna, shrimp and salmon. The other items were ok. You're just paying to eat in corona del Mar... Go somewhere else.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellence as always

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food and good service!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 8, 2017

One of the best Sushi places in the world.

Sushi and Sashimi absolutely amazing. Crispy tuna is one of our favorites!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Outstanding sushi. Wouldn't expect this level of restaurant in a mall location. Really pleasant experience overall. Got some hot saki, great appetizers, delicious sushi and sashimi. One of the best US sushi places I've been to.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Sushi/sashimi/tempura is outstanding...very expensive , but outrageously fresh and delicious...
service could be more attentive, and if every table is taken, it is very hard to have a conversation with those at your table...go early

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent service and food. Great for date nights or family nights

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Ridiculously expensive. Absurd. So disappointing, too bad because the food is usually very good. So unfortunate

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Bluefin is the BEST sushi restaurant we've ever been to and we've been to many as far as GREAT SUSHI. The service fluctuates every time we visit not sure why. We've noticed they only have 1 waiter and the hostess serves as a that as well as a waitress. She's good some times but she's rude other times which for my wife and I service is a huge part of the dinner experience. The sushi isn't cheap in pricing and it's in Newport Beach so you expect great service period. We've been going there for about 2 months now, almost every week at least once but that's about to change as the service does not match the quality of the food by far.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We celebrated a friend's birthday with each of us having the chef's omakase. It was excellent as usual.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food but highly overpriced

Come on many occasions and enjoy it but always feel we didn't get what we paid for. Overall good experience, staff polite and ambiance nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

They have excellent lunch box with which you won't be disappointed!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Bluefin was once my husband and my favorite sushi restaurant in town. Unfortunately it has gone far downhill. The food is not as good and WAY overpriced! A $30 lobster roll consisted of a tiny piece of lobster and a mound of rice around it that wasn't good at all. Also, our waiter was the water boy. The best thing on the menu is the crispy tuna. Otherwise there is way better sushi out there at a more reasonable and not so insulting price.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I always enjoy the BENTO BOX here. What taste delights.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went there on a Saturday night, every other restaurant in the area was jumping but Blufin was dead. The sushi is fresh but they need to work on changing the ambiance and lowering prices to bring in a younger, hipper crowd otherwise they won't make it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Absolutely incredible sushi! Authentic and creative, beautiful presentation and most importantly delicious!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent omakasi tasting menu. Everything is exquisite and perfectly presented. Some of the finest sushi in Southern California.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wow! I haven't had sushi this good since I lived in Japan! Very authentic and fresh. The pieces were cut in perfect sizes not gargantuan like a lot of Americanized sushi. We sat at the sushi bar. They offer an incredible variety that I haven't seen elsewhere. (At least not in San Diego) They had traditional dishes but also some very modern innovations like Kobe beef sushi. Their alcohol selection was also amazing. I will definitely be making the hour drive back for more!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We go there often. Sushi is very good with fresh ingredients. Staff is very friendly and helpful

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Great Beer
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This was our "special" sushi place - a bit overpriced, but the quality of the fish was worth saving up for the splurge. However, it would be surprising if we went back again - two of us had bones in our sushi: one in a seared albacore sushi, and one in a yellowtail sushi. I've never in all my life experienced this, but it really made me nausea, and of course it happened very early in the night. Well, we at least saved a bunch of money because my appetite left me.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. The food quality and preparation is excellent, service is efficient and unobtrusive and the place has a nice ambience. They have a thoughtful menu which doesn't come off as a hustle as many do; very direct and no nonsense.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We love Blue Fin. We are big sushi snobs from LA and always visit Blue Fin if we can sneak out for a date night. The quality and presentation is beyond!! Love love love!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Best Sushi in OC. Best in the nation. Kelp salad the bomb. Toro is incredible. Ask for a salmon boat.

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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We ate here two or three times each time we visit California. Enjoyed everything, especially crispy tuna.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The crispy tuna is the best !!! The meso black cod is also excellent. Small place, so reservations are a must. Service is quick and prices are typical for dishes served.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Overpriced. Quality of food is average.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Need more steats

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Great quality and authenticity, felt expensive but can't complain about the food, the Sushi was outstanding, will recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

So sorry. Looking forward to great sushi. It was good but not memorable considering price. Service not great.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I recently chose Bluefin for my friend's birthday dinner. It was our first time and we'd been wanting to try it, so we were really excited. Unfortunately, it ranked at the top of the worst restaurant service experiences I've ever had. When I got there, the waitress couldn't find my reservation. After I was seated, I sat for 10 minutes without being acknowledged. Then the same waitress (named Sawako?) eventually asked if I wanted something to drink. She brought my wine but immediately walked away. 10 more minutes passed and I flagged down a waiter asking who the server for my table was. He said he didn't know, but brought the soup I asked for. The restaurant had even started clearing out somewhat from the dinner rush. At this point, my friend and I decided to finish what we had and go to the great little Italian restaurant next door. We were at Bluefin for a total of an hour, and in that entire time, nobody ever took our dinner order. In fact, the menus and sushi order slip were still on the table when we left. Overall, the service was deplorable and this establishment didn't even meet the basic expectations of customer service. Given the high prices and the location, one would assume the wait staff would strive to achieve high standards. Further, this waitress has no business working in the service industry, and it appears that her behavior is a pattern, based on some of the previous reviews. By the way, when we went next door to Modo Mio, I explained my predicament to the hostess and she said not to worry and that they would take care of us right away, even though they were full. And they did.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fish is fresh
portion is very small and too expensive
Service is very slow and poor.
not worth the value.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Not to be missed! Bluefin Restaurant is a must vist on our annual vacation to Newport Beach. Excellent fresh food, an amiable staff, and a clean and well maintained restaurant. There is ample parking.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Amazing!! Everything was perfect

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Good sushi! Cooked food was also good! Enjoyed our meal!

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Bluefin is our favorite sushi restaurant in Orange County & elsewhere as well. Wonderfully fresh sushi & sashimi plus innovative cooked items. Great service. Always busy so make a reservation. Nice sushi bar & they recognize regulars but take care of first timers. Good wine & sake list. Nice omakase menu or make your own selections-you can't go wrong! They have the best spicy tuna on crispy rice anywhere.
There are now a lot of places for sushi in Newport Beach, but this is the best around for high quality & value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Fish quality should be more fresh. Sometimes the fish is too soggy which mean it is not fresh. Service is ok but not too friendly and not too accommodating. We go there often because we live close by but they never greet us with a friendly smile. They never seem to recognise us.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

One of my favorite sushi places - love the Bluefin Roll!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Service has improved a lot. Food quality is excellent. They should improve on wine selection and extend opening hours

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

This was the second time I dined at Bluefin. The toro literally melts in your mouth. The lobster miso is bomb. I genuinely believe this is some of the best, freshest sushi I've had outside of Japan.

Tags: Healthy
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