Bluefin Restaurant

4.7
700 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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Classic and creative sushi, sashimi and other Japanese dishes, many showing international influences, in a stylish contemporary setting, from Nobu Matsuhisa alumnus Takashi Abe.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 715-7373
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Takashi Abe
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Catering
Please call us for details.
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 700 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

most amazing sushi i’ve ever had

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great sushi as usual!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Birthday dinner that was amazing!

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Best Miso soup ever. Food is excellent. Service was just okay. Wait staff made no effort to interact...very cold. My husband was disappointed because he called earlier that morning to ask for a surprise birthday dessert. They said they would bring something at the end of the meal, and never did.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Wonderful sushi and drinks and great service as always!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Anniversary lunch.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The most authentic Japanese sushi I have had so far in Southern California. We felt a little rushed/pushed at first (we were sitting at the sushi bar). maybe we were slower to order since it was our first time. After that, we had excellent service, an older sushi chef that was really friendly and lots of really good fresh sushi, and nothing OVER sauced!! The best edamame, cucumber and kelp salad I have had! We ordered off the board and were not disappointed!! I was shocked at how expensive the prices were (sushi by the 1 piece) but the pieces were big and the cut rolls were really large. So, not a bad value after all! We would definitely go back for great sushi!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Felt pushed to finish early even though we had omakase

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Honestly for a bill that exceeded $250. For two people, one being 12, the service should have been much better. Our waiter did every thing except deal with his tables, he was in the back for a long time, he chatted with the host for a long time, he waited table like he had no idea what he was doing! Even the table next to us had issues. We dined there on thursday june 21st. Management should look into that-

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Ellent high quality seafoods, also created, speical display beautiful!!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Our overall experience was very good. The food was excellent. My only disappointment was that we indicated on our open table reservation that this was a special event [birthday], but that information apparently never reached the server. Not too big a deal because it was my birthday. A few years ago, another restaurant made a similar oversight on one of my wife's birthdays, and we've never been back.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

SO sad....unfortunately, what was once my favorite restaurant is not even in my top 20. For over a decade, I've absolutely loved this place for its imaginative and delicious cuisine. No longer. The quality is good but used to be stellar. It was always a bit pricey, but they have now doubled the prices. The prices on the nigiri menu have not changed, but you now get 1 piece instead of 2. I've been recommending this restaurant for many years, but I can no longer, in good conscience, do so.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The food was good but very expensive, not sure it's worth it - Nobu prices but not quite the menu choices. Their sushi is good but not like I remembered it when it was outstanding, a bit disappointing.

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Worst tasting Japanese food we ever had. Flavorless, bland and overpriced. How this ranks high is beyond belief.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Rolls expensive but you get 12 pieces. Sushi is priced per piece. I think it’s fresh and flavorful. It’s expensive but very tasty.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great service and wonderful sushi!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We love Bluefin and believe it to be the best sushi & Japanese restaurant in Newport even with other name sushi restaurants opening in the past year. The crispy tuna is wonderful, love the calamari with mango and all the fresh sushi. Good wine list for a sushi restaurant. Always delicious and enjoyable! Can’t miss.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Super in all regards! You'll love this place whether you order omakase, bento box, or sushi and sashimi.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fine as usual

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Good sushi and sashimi. Drinks were poor (e.g., no grapefruit juice; bartender does not know how to make a greyhound) and service little was slow on the uptake

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent food, good service, attractive presentation , fresh seafood

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Love everything about bluefin the food is always amazing and the service is wonderful

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

The best of the best! Amazing, beautiful, delicious in whatever form you order--omakase, Bento Box, a la carte, special tastes--all are great. The tables atmosphere is rather elegant, but not unfriendly and the same applies to the servers. Bar seating is a louder atmosphere, good way to make new friends and get menu suggestions, and watch the chefs at work. Don't miss the sake, or best of all, a sake flight.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding and authentic Japanese food. Friendly service with a smile. View if ocean. Lunch bento one if the best I have ever had and I have travelled throughout Japan. Will definitely visit this treasure again to try the omakase.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Losing it edge. Blue Fin roll was bad, not like in the past. Everything was so so. The place was not crowded on a night when it typically would be. Somethings happened to its quality.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Very pricey.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Been here before a few times and the nigiri had always been amazing. Seems like their standards/quality have since declined. The fish was cut very poorly. One piece was mangled, which is unfortunate since, here, one piece is what you get per order. The quality of the fish was average-good, meaning, what you could find in most reasonably priced, decent sushi places in Newport Beach or Irvine. Before, the quality here was noticeably better than most places, making the high prices worth it. Perhaps worst of all, the rice to fish ratio was way off, I assume to save money. Finally, the rice wasn't even prepared properly. It was overcooked. Very unfortunate.

Perhaps before, the prices were worth the quality of fish and skill of the sushi chefs, but not any more. Standards have dropped but prices have not. Big surprise.

I'm never one to mind paying higher prices for great sushi; hence, why I had returned after dining here a few times before. What I do mind is paying twice as much for the same quality and cuts of fish you could get nearly anywhere else in the surrounding areas.

As for service, we were never told her name but the woman who was serving us seemed impatient. Yes, she brought us our food and sake but left out such frills as friendliness, attentiveness, concern for our experience, etc. The manager, who at least had a smile on her face, didn't seem to notice our subpar experience. She didn't ask so we didn't bother saying anything.

Very disappointed. I can only assume ownership has changed since I had last been here.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

They made b day cake on dessert ~ it was great

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

As always, a memorable experience. Thanks to all the staff at Bluefin.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I don't understand the hype.
Spent $260 for a party of three, and found ourselves driving away with a sense of regret.

The service staff seemed a bit untrained but were friendly and accommodating. However, for the price, the food was very disappointing. Expensive ingredients don't always result in yummy taste.

There are too many places with much better food at much better price so I will not be going back.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My family and I, while on vacation, ate at Bluefin. It was definitely a memorable meal! All the ingredients are fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. We loved every dish we ordered. The service was quick and attentive. The wine menu, while not extensive, was well priced. We would definitely come back if we are in the area!!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We were looing for something with Excellent food and a nice low key setting

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5.0Dined on February 7, 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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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I loved the tuna crisp and lobster roll

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Impeccable service and quality of food.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

EXCELENTE COMIDA

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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