Ristorante Rumari

4.7
509 reviews
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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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RM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Had a memorable evening with my love.

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Z
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely a throw-back to old style Italian restaurants. Serving staff are well dressed but a bit talkative with the bartender, when there are few clients. We ordered calamari for an appetizer, since that is our favorite. It was cooked perfectly...light and flavorful. My wife had the sea bass which was exceptional. I had a dish I could not pronounce, but looked like giant ravioli stuffed with spinach with a vodka type sauce. Very good. They give you about a dozen little pieces of bread right out of the oven. The bread was perfect to sop up the sauce. Good desert menu, but I just wanted spumoni ice cream, but they only had spumoni cake.

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PA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an amazing night/ dinner at Rumari! The food was amazing the waiter was amazing the service was amazing. Couldn’t have asked for a better night! Thank You Rumari we will be back to see you soon.

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D
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate setting, outstanding service. He was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable but not disruptive to conversation. The seafood was excellent Highly recommend

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J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joaquin was an absolute fantastic waiter and the food here is some of the best Italian I’ve ever had. We were in Laguna celebrating my dads 70th Birthday and this dining experience was the cherry on top of a great weekend. Not only was the food AMAZING but so was the service.

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LB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy our dinner!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet , clean , great food and great service

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HP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were starting in Laguna overnight and enjoyed our meal. The service was amazing and we had a vet nice view of the ocean from the table. I had some of the best lobster ravioli and my daughter had a special plate of shrimp. Their bread is amazing and we left very full! I would definitely return for another meal.

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C
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner just delightful

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BH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Veal was tender....sauce perfect. Lobster raviolis in saffron sauce....delish! Just wish there were more on the plate.

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JF
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant, we love it here. amazing food, great wait staff and hostess. Can't go wrong here.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Ristorante Rumari. We were delighted from the moment we entered until we left. The food was exceptional as well as the service. We will definitely be back.

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M
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rumari rocks!

Old-school Italian restaurant, Martine is a delightful server, everyone working there is happy.

The cuisine is amazing, everything was top-notch, best lasagna I have ever been served.

Highly recommended!

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LO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server (Fiorna? from Argentina) was outstanding. Very friendly and on top of things. The carbonara is out-of-this-world delicious.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food! Would go back in a heartbeat!

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OT
Los Angeles
234 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We haven’t been here in a while. But, it’s always good. The gnocchi is simply amazing. I’m not thrilled with their regular gnocchi dish. But, their ‘gnocchi special’ was great. The staff & service are excellent. The ambiance is that of a ‘local, family-run Italian restaurant’ - a nice change from the ‘over-the-top restaurants’ in Laguna Beach. The wine selection is adequate (better bottles than wines by the glass). This place is a great choice for a local Italian place.

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S
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rumari’s is like being in Italy
Friendly kind thoughtful people

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n
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere with a friendly wait staff that was attentive. The bar was full and we were seated about 8 feet from it so yes it was loud but to be expected. Food was very good! And our waitress saw it was mu husbands birthday we were celebrating so she brought two scoops of delicious ice cream!

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and amazing food. Highly recommended.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for 10 years +. They never disappoint. Great atmosphere in Laguna Beach. I can’t have the meals they offer anywhere else. Does not compare.

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BS
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always bring visitors here. Best Italian food in OC

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SH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Hi
Well, we go to this restaurant all the time. This time, per usual, I ordered my chicken parmigiana without cheese. So, it came with the cheese on(I am allergic). So, of course I send it back. 2 minutes later, a new one is brought out to me. Completely under cooked almost raw. Naturally, I send it back. So, finally I get the same one back cooked.
Bill time came. There was no offer to deduct the dish or anything accommodation at all.
They just lost a regular customer. We would go their at least twice a month.

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OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and our server was great!

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MJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was fantastic!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great place. Been going for years. I used to live across the street. Valentine’s Day was tough tho for them when it came to scheduling. Their staff was awesome but it took 45+ minutes AFTER our dinner reservation to be seated. Many factors could have been involved for the delays (weather, patrons extending their stay...). We had fast service at the table but the wait dampened the evening mood. Luckily we didn’t have later plans but it could have made things difficult for other couples that may have.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Overboooked valentines dinner

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BS
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are superb. Best Italian food in Orange County.

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C
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really like to come here because it's small and quiet. The food is outstanding too. I had the pounded and lightly breaded swordfish which was served with vegetables and potatoes . All the house wines by the glass are $10 and a nice size pour. Several choices. There are also premium wines by the glass. My husband and I like to bring guests here because it's easy to hold a conversation which is hard to do at most Laguna restaurants. Highly recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, smokin hot date! Winning!

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BS
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are splendid. I try to go once a week. Just excellent.

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place...great food.

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L
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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SG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good, love the waiter, probably didnt have enough coverage for the crowd, but enjoyable.

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SH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I waited over half an hour and had to get up and ask for wine

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r
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Despite many great meals, this night was a disaster on so many levels

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SH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming there. Fiore is our favorite server! She is like family. So delightful! Food is consistent and good

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EP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Reservations made weeks in advance for 7 pm and arrived on time.
We were informed that it would be at least 20 minute wait and could sit and eat at the bar.
We did that and the food was great but being unable to meet the expectations of reservations was not good

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M
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a wonderful experience!

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S
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average Italian. Wouldn’t return.

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LF
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rumari was great! Food made from scratch and large portions. Excellent service. Noisy but not unbearable. We'll be back!

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