Seabutter - Laguna Beach

4.4
59 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
An upscale sushi restaurant focused on classic Japanese dishes along with unique Seabutter take on rolls and sashimi dishes. No dress code is required at this Laguna Beach location and parking is a breeze.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Contactless payment available
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food our favorite sushi place
The chefs are so nice and generous;)
Their Instagram is the best to be prepared for what to order
Love this place,

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is great, everything else is pretty lacking for the moment…need to invest in better tables, chairs, cloth napkins, etc. for the prices they’re charging …if it was more upscale and had a view it would be the hottest place in town

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BrianS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for our twins who turned 14. We loved the location and the service was outstanding. The chefs special is off the charts delicious too!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in Laguna beach
We enjoyed how fresh and tasty the sushi
Service was great and very friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Intimate spot with some ocean view. Soft shell crab sushi roll was great.

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vipDavidF
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best sushi in Laguna at a reasonable price. Our to go place for sushi.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We had the chicken teriyaki and some sushi. The food was okay, but nothing special. Sushi was very expensive. Service was very good.

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vipGabriela
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, we loved every singe plate and service was amazing

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vipLuv2eat
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find.! Our server was so passionate about the menu, she recommended some great dishes that highlighted some of the best items. Blue fin carpaccio was excellent. The pressed sushi was interesting. The sushi was excellent and fresh. Will definitely be going back!

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DianaMac
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great view overlooking the sunset (dinner started at 5:30pm). The sushi was delicious, but definitely the top of the range for this level of sushi. 1 nigiri is about $8. We did the Chef’s Choice for $99 but I don’t think it’s worth it compared to other omakase I’ve had. Their pressed sushi is fine, BUT there’s too much rice. All in all, not somewhere where I would run back to but I wouldn’t hate going back.

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vipShaneJ
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food here is great, and the wait staff are attentive. The ambiance really holds this place back, though. The space clearly wasn't built out to be a sushi restaurant with a high price point, and the cheap finishes, furniture, and flatware / dishware really detract from the overall experience. I'll come back for the food, but I will get it to-go.

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vipRhondaroo
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

This place has EXCELLENT quality sushi. Sake selection was great, service was outstanding. The ambiance is what is tough...just need to elevate the experience just a tiny bit. The dirty windows were a total downer as it was impossible to enjoy the ocean views through them.
EXCELLENT quality sushi and lots of different choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 👏

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BradA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was very good but the music was loud club music. That's not what I'm looking for in a dinner out. Plz find different more relaxing music and we will revisit

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t let the humble digs and nitpicky reviews fool you… This is a top notch Japanese restaurant. Fantastic, fresh, melt in your mouth sushi. Cooked dishes were also delicious. Friendly, attentive service. We discovered Seabutter on a 4 day staycation in Laguna and loved it so much we came back a second time. So happy there’s another location up in LA!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very pricey

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to Seabutter 4 or 5 times since they opened. I love sushi, and would rate their quality and variety of options a 10! Atmosphere is good and some of the seating has an ocean view. The staff is friendly and the service is great. I highly recommend!

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2luvfood
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seabutter was so delicious and all in our party cannot wait to return and try more on the menu. All items chosen were melt in your mouth fabulous. Being there during sunset hour with windows open and Seabreeze made us feel comfortable and safe, The tables are spaced an appropriate safe distant for our times. We will be back and will recommend to friends.

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ChrisO
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my daughter and it was a great experience. The staff is great as is the owner. Customers are friendly and the place has a great relaxed feel. The food is absolutely great. Can't wait to try more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This waitress at the bar I think her name was Adeline?! Amazing server, Even better person. Anyway if you ever get her as your waitress she will take care of you like you are family! Anyway please see for your self!

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Jwalk327
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Nothing to write home about!

My wife and I decided to try this place since taking over in the old San Shi Go location, to see how it compared to our favorite sushi restaurant.

Aside from a fresh coat of white paint, new furniture, new lights, and blah walls, not much has changed from the old San Shi Go layout. Maybe it’s just because they are new, but this place needs some artwork or something on the walls to make it feel more inviting. The background music was pleasant

Our server warned us when we sat down that they are very understaffed and basically not to expect anything we ordered to come out right away. Boy, she was spot on! From basic edamame, to crispy rice, my hair grew 2 inches waiting for the food! Trust me, we weren’t in any hurry to eat, but the wait time between orders was ridiculous in my opinion. The sushi was good, fresh, and presented beautifully, but nothing to write home about, and not sure it was worth the wait or the price we paid. My wife loved her Mr. Crab roll, but at $21.50, you can’t afford to eat many of these in one setting.

Would I go back? Maybe after they have settled in, staffed up, redecorated, and we’re a little more prompt on getting the orders out.

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ShantZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good is great but service/staff could have been better

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Marchkis
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This restaurant is hard to spot from PCH. It is on the third floor of a building and there is plenty of under-building parking accessible from either Brooks St on the South or Oak St on the north. There is an elevator and the restaurant validates the parking. We chose to be outdoors and there is a nice deck with ocean views and breezes. They are dog friendly. We had the shrimp and vegetable tempura which was good but the portions were skimpy and the dipping sauce was mostly vinegar and not at all like the traditional tempura sauce. We had the crispy rice with spicy salmon. The minced spicy salmon was good but the crispy rice, while crispy on the outside, was thick and chewy on the inside. We will have the spicy salmon in a roll in the future. We enjoyed the Sunset roll with spicy tuna, asparagus, etc. We also enjoyed the Salmon Medley of three pieces of different salmon sushi. The fish is fresh and the serving of fish on the sushi is very generous. A lot of the menu items are unique and not seen in traditional sushi venues and it was fun to try different takes on sushi.

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jarodm
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi was very good. Waitress was awesome and so pleasant and helpful. Cool chill quiet spot with good music and food.

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JerryB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I'm a Bay Area transplant and have eaten at 20ish sushi spots within 10 mile radius of Dana Point in the past year. Ventured to Irvine and even LA. Hands down the best spot I've found. Quality fish. Great choices. Chefs tasting menu. Melt in your mouth toro. very reasonable prices for their rolls. This will be my new spot!!!!

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LauraD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was good, and very affordable.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! My wife and I tried a variety of items from the menu… all very good. Loved the yellowtail jalapeño appetizer and the Tuna citrus pressed roll thing. Spoke with Owner, George, very nice and we are happy to have found this place.

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vipLisaY
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The sushi was excellent and we will definitely be back. Nice deck overlooking Coast hwy. Their club music was a little loud where we were sitting or maybe I'm just getting old. Wait staff did a great job of juggling a lot of tables.

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Cheryl
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sat outside. Very nice. Waiting for an updated wine/liquor list, "in the near future". Waitstaff/assistants need a bit more time on the job. Lacked confidence, "I don't know, let me check on that", etc. Food was very good. Liked the low-carb alternative!!!

Will try again in a few weeks. Maybe try sitting at the sushi bar next time.

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vipTheRogueDiplomat
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and lovely night out. The fish was very fresh and innovative, as was the rest of our food, but what really made the evening memorable was the warm, terrific service. Vika was kind, helpful, and we felt like we made a friend. We will definitely be back!

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vipmikea
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I left one star open in my rating for improvement since newly opened restaurants usually are working out a few bugs. That said, the food was excellent the staff seemed well trained and knowledgeable and the third floor outside deck with an ocean view is hard to beat. Looking forward to going back soon!

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GavinJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been to the restaurant a few times - food is excellent! Unfortunately the last time we were seated indoors ( had requested outside) and a very loud group of people sat next to us. A lot of shouting went on ( looked like a couple of them were intoxicated) and this was not pleasant. We ate quickly and left

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vipJENNINE
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was decent but satisfying. Service from management needs improvement.

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vipbbfergu
Palm Springs
38 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We booked this for our visiting daughters birthday and as a prelude to Pageant of the Masters. I hoped that since the Beverly Hills location seemed successful, that this restaurant may be promising. The sushi was expensive and not memorable. Service was slow. Miso soup was Luke warm. An overall disappointment. Will not go back.

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vipSeanH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

clearly not ready to be open. the ambiance is weird. help was pretty poor

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent sushi!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating my friends birthday here! The food was very good we loved the pressed rolls and crispy rice. Also, the hostess was so sweet and took such good care of us we loved her!! Will definitely be back 😊

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viplynni
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipEatapeach
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best sushi we have eaten. The crunchy onion albacore and spicy tuna were great as was the miso soup. Prices were very reasonable given the quality and quantity. Would go back in a heartbeat.

FAQs

Seabutter - Laguna Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 942-6042.

Seabutter - Laguna Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.