Ristorante Rumari

4.7
482 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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BS
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Orange County
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BS
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place...great food.

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

Always great!

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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 19, 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
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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 9, 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
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a wonderful experience!

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S
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average Italian. Wouldn’t return.

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LF
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 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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Z
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food will return

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R
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. We live close by and eat here frequently - it never disappoints. Everyone in our party loved their food, pasta, fish and salads at this dinner. We’ll be back soon and highly recommend Rumari for a great meal.

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GO
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best there is

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BJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of my favorite restaurants in Laguna Beach. Food is always delicious, wait staff is attentive and ambiance charming.

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L
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant!!!!!

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A
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first time here to celebrate our anniversary and my wife and I love it! the food, the service and the environment is superb! Our server Scott is very nice. We will definitely recommend this place to our friends and family.

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KM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I both had Linguine e Vongole. (Linguine with Clams) There were plenty of clams and the sauce was very flavorful. The pasta was cooked perfectly, al dente. We also had a Caesar Salad. The dressing did not taste fishy like some Caesar dressings and the lettuce was very fresh. Thank you for another excellent Italian meal.

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JO
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian Restaurant with the Homemade touch. Excellent Menu with nightly Chef Specials. Our Waiter assisted my wife's decision as she was trying to pick between the Sea Bass special and Homemade Ravioli and accommodated her by giving her a half order of each. I had the Sword Fish Special and it was suburb. Rumari's has been a Family Italian Restaurant in Laguna Beach over 28 years and I can see why. Great Food and Bar and know we will be abck.

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J
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent . Food, service, and price. We would definitely go back. Exceptional restaurant.

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BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rumari is arguably the best restaurant in Laguna and definitely one of the top Italian restaurants in OC. From the appetizers through the desserts, the food is always delicious and Amazing!! The chef is always very accommodating to special requests. Martin and Fiore are wonderful servers -- very friendly and attentive -- they are true professionals. We have regularly been eating there for 7 years and Rumari never disappoints. If you are in Laguna Beach, it is a must!!

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BS
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Rumari never disappoints. The food is delicious, and the staff is on top of everything. They make excellent suggestions to compliment the entirety of the nights meal. Food is delicious and the wines are excellent. We enjoy coming hear regularly!

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SS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Celebrating years of friendship with my friends. I ordered sea bass. No way was it sea bass. The sauce was not good either. Way too spicy. Service was horrendous. Either the waiter was over booked with tables or the bus service didn’t back him up. We had to ask for water and refills too many times to count. It took forever to get dishes cleared on our cramped table. I witnessed another patron complaining about her meal at the table next to us. It was a fish dish too. The waiter refused to return it to the kitchen. I will not be coming back here. I’ll let the Surf and Sand know to stop recommending this restaurant.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and service by Nick and the entire team was outstanding. The arrabbiata sauce was the best ever and the tuna was some of the best we have ever had! Can not wait to come back!

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z
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Every time we have been there they have the main dining area reserved for a function. It makes for a very noisy time unless you sit outside.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service

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R
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone here treats you like family. Great service, amazing food, home like atmosphere.

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NC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

bar could be better, no cocktail list. wait staff could be more polished, decor could be more updated. Food is out of this world!!

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OT
Los Angeles
230 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my go-to restaurants for Italian. It's a small, family-run place with family recipes.

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KS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ristorante Rumari always has delicious, fresh food. I would highly recommend the calamari appetizer and the lobster raviolis. I've never been disappointed in my meal here.

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, our server was very friendly and made our night much more fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great

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GF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long time neighborhood favorite. Great for tourists during the season and wonderful for locals all the time. Authentic Sicilian and Southern Italian fare. No problem for those with special requests. Owner Vince Crivello is always on hand to mingle with his guests, greet the regulars, welcome the first-timers and ensure the best experience for everyone. Servers are friendly and helpful and responsive to those who wish to chat and those who wish to be left to themselves. The back booths are very romantic.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Restaurant dining room is dated and unattractive. The food was average The table next to us had a loud father being rude to his kids and literally took over the

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B
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service!
I always eat here when I’m in Laguna Beach . It’s authentic Italian dining.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just back from Italy and I have to say the food was not disappointing! Very authentic Italian.

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ML
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun service. AC seemed not to be working very well so a little warm inside

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