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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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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
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Quiet Conversation (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I have Japanese food at least once a week, travel a lot on business, and I think BlueFin is the best sushi / sashimi restaurant in the country. Expensive, but Takashi Abe and his supporting cast of chefs make this a superb dining experience, "edible art." Fresh ingredients, wide range of specials all brilliantly prepared. Be bold and tell the attentive staff "Omakase" (feed me what the chef wishes...don't say this if you're concerned about the price). Great setting, fantastic food and a broad enough menu to make you want to go back...often

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I loved the tuna crisp and lobster roll

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Impeccable service and quality of food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We ordered the omakase and it was splendid! We'll do it again and again. Essentially this is Chef's choice and at Blue Fin it has variety, many different flavors, total freshness, and some haute cuisine, too. The presentation and flavor of the abalone portion cannot be given sufficient praise. There's no reason to drive to Nobu Malibu if you're closer to Corona del Mar and Blue Fin.

Tags: Spicy, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 30, 2018

EXCELENTE COMIDA

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The hostess greeting was tepid; the Latino wait staff—with whom I spoke Spanish with—were delightful. The food was excellent: all senses.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Visited Bluefin during Newport Beach Restaurant Week for lunch. It was packed and busy, and food was excellent, but service not so much.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Had lunch during NB Restaurant Week. First time there. The appetizer was nothing special. The sushi dish was fresh and tasty. My fish and mushrooms entree was just ok. Husband had the shrimp entree again just ok. Fish soup was nice and hot but it had rice in it which was impossible to eat without a spoon. The mango pudding dessert was amazing, so yummy and the lychee ice cream that came with it was delicious too. The petite slices of strawberries, mangoes and blueberries was a nice touch. Our waiter and the service staff was very nice and prompt. The only thing that spoiled our visit was when we were paying our bill, I asked if we could have refills of our hot green tea. The waitress actually told us no because somebody had a 1pm reservations and she wanted the table. I informed her that we actually had 1pm res but arrived early. She then saw that she didn't charge us for the hot tea that we had during lunch and had to redo our check. She said that because we had a 1pm res. she agreed to refill our tea. I looked around and there were 3 seats open at the sushi bar and two other people just got up to leave at the regular tables and there were only two people waiting at the door. We were there from 12:20pm - 1:15pm, just shy of an hour for a 3-course meal and she wanted to kick us out. She ruined our lunch and left a bad memory of our time there. We will not be returning.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We've eaten at Bluefin many time before, and it has been consistently outstanding. We were a bit disappointed this time. The restaurant experience did not live up to our past experiences here. We felt we were a bit rushed, perhaps because they were pretty heavily booked during Newport Beach Restaurant Week. hk

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Bluefin is truly authentic sushi. Our Japanese colleague joined us and concurred that the quality of preparation is equal to a fine Tokyo sushi bar. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu which was three courses. We all started with a lovely amuse bouche followed by delicious crispy rice miso soup with snapper which was flavorful and light. Two of us had the seared ahi salad with a perfect portion of seared, sesame crusted ahi, salad greens and a piquant dressing. Just perfect. Our colleague enjoyed the omakase sushi for the second course. The sushi was perfect and abundant! This dish alone would have been a full meal. For the third course I had the grilled tiger shrimp and scallops which were perfectly cooked and enhanced with a light, perfect sauce below the shellfish that added just the right accent. The whole meal was wonderful and we are already planning our next visit to Bluefin!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The sushi at Bluefin is THE BEST around the OC, we visit at least Once a month but we try to hit this spot Twice per month. The sushi is AMAZING super fresh, excellent variety, the sushi chefs are very friendly and prompt, however the service at the tables lacks the level of service to match the food BY FAR. We usually spend between $320 and $500 every time we visit, we prefer to sit by the sushi bar as the sushi chefs do a much better job tending to us than when we sit at a table. This should be fixed, I know bluefin does very good but if the level of service was better at the tables this restaurant would never have an empty table which the management MUST take a look at very soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Beautiful presentation and delicious food (fresh sushi)! Great service! Quiet enough to enjoy catching up with a friend!

Restaurant in Crystal Cove Promenade, across the street from the ocean. After lunch, walked across the parking lot to enjoy the view.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Service took a little longer, but great food. Would recommend it for anyone looking for best sushi in OC.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Bluefin never fails to have the freshest fish possible, presented with flair. We eat here fairly frequently, and the menu is always changing depending on what the chef finds that's up to his high standards. If you're really hungry, do the omikase- it's a LOT of wonderful plates that are just delightful! My husband and I will split it, and then maybe order one more item if there's any room left. Awesome!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great restaurant week menu! So much food, all wonderful. Excellent service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food here is always excellent and presented beautifully

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 16, 2018

It's my favorite neighborhood restaurant. We were there to try the set menu( 5-course) for the Newport Beach Restaurant Week. Great presentation, Great tasting, Fresh food! Perfect!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Artisan sushi masters with an impeccable selection of amazing fresh fish.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great! Best sushi in OC

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Probably the best sushi in Orange County. Not cheap but it's worth it.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It wasn't the same as in Japan or South Korea for omakaze. I had expected too much from this place - mistakenly believing that higher price in an affluent neighborhood meant I would be served omakaze that at the very mininum - must be consumed in < 30 seconds. The rice is everything - it lacked bodied flavor, I expected more.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife & I ordered Omakase Lunch Set. They forgot to give us the main course. Everything else was good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

When everything is first class, you simply couldn't ask for more. This is a super restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Fun, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our favorite place

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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 2, 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 29, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 7, 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 21, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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

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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 1, 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 29, 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 23, 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.

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 (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 21, 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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 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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