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About Ristorante Rumari

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!

1826 S. Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 10:30pm.

Cross Street:
Bluebird Canyon & Diamond

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 494-0400

Website:
http://www.rumari.net/

Catering:
Local catering available for pickup or delivery. Please call for details.

Executive Chef:
Vincenzo Crivello

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private areas or restaurant buyout options available. Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Vincenzo or Massimo: (949) 494-0400

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
~VALENTINES DAY~
~OPEN MENU WITH SPECIALS~
SEATINGS for dining available EVERY HOUR starting at 5pm,6,7,8,9,and 10pm. Late arrivals will have a 5 minute grace period.

Ristorante Rumari Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Special Occasion (8)
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Authentic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Casual (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Business Meals (1)
Waterfront (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Exceptional food with outstanding service. The Gnocchi are a must have dish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Some of the best Italian food in Orange County, authentic, fresh , well seasoned. Friendly waiters, nice ambiance

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We booked a reservation and seated promptly upon arrival. Giovanni and Martin, our attendants, were wonderful, accommodating, and most knowledgeable. The wine list was bountiful. The food was excellent. This was our first visit, and we plan many more.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was excellent. Veal picatta to die for. Attentive and personable service. Nice ambience. Quiet enough for good conversation but still lively.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

You know, the food itself was not actually bad in taste or quality but it was nothing special. There was no care for detail or presentation in the dark restaurant and different plates. It was also really filling. However, the building is very charming and it seems like a classic little romantic restaurant. Slightly overpriced, though.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual, Romantic
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food3
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My wife and I had wanted to try this restaurant for some time based on the reviews. The dishes seemed a bit outdated. Nothing really new or inspiring. However what we ordered was very well prepared. I ordered filet mignon and aside from being the smallest piece of meat I'd ever seen on a restaurant dinner plate it was very tender and flavorful. When making our reservation on OpenTable we had selected Special Occasion since we were celebrating or anniversary and also wrote it in the notes field. My wife mentioned it to the hostess as well. No one from the restaurant ever acknowledged our anniversary during our visit. Not a bad restaurant, but with so many great options in Laguna Beach we will unlikely go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fernando was an amazing waiter- funny, nice, and attentive. The food was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in California. We travelled to Laguna to dine here again. My husband and I absolutely love it. Definitely worth the drive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Casual, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
1 person found this review helpful.
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Best Italian Restaurant in OC!!!!! Highly recommend.

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food5
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food here is terrific. We were seated right away and our server was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I had put in the Open Table comments that we would like patio seating as we were bringing our small dog. The hostess had read the note and had a very nice out of the way table waiting for us upon arrival. Good service, good food. Our server made a very good wine recommendation. We will go back!

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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Rumari's never disappoints when my family and I have dinner here. Delicious food and great ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Italian restaurant with fairly pricey menu but, unfortunately, little or no ambiance. Bland setting, without even a tiny vase with a single flower. The food is ordinary and certainly its quality does not justify its price. The lemon veal scaloppini was OK at best, nothing to write home about. Although they knew that this was a special occasion, they did not offer even a small 50 cent-cookie with a candle.
Conclusions: I guess it may be OK for the summer crowd of visitors, but not for "Fine Dining" by locals. Disappointing choice for us.

Tags: Comfort Food
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food3
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2017

It's a sleeper.. I am amazed that the restaurant isn't jamed.. Good food, good service.. you cannot get better than that..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Won't go back. Terrible food at really expensive prices

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 24, 2017

This place was awesome! Great food. Reasonably priced. I be back again for sure

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great food and service. Our waiter, Fernando was hilarious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Fantastic seafood and the sauces were original, inspired, and very flavorful - not overwhelming. So wonderful, we will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Simply Superb Italian Food! Delicious fresh seafood pastas and wonderful wine selections - the veal was amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very good old-school Italian, everything was prepared perfectly. Martine was a delightful server!

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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 14, 2017

A very good restaurant for Italian food. They also have a great collection of wines. Service was good. My wife is vegetarian and they were ready to accommodate her choice and modify any dish to prepare as vegetarian.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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food5
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Pretty good. Great service. I got the sea bass special and it was great. My husband didn't like the veal. Pricey but comfortable.

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food4
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 30, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants in OC. Best Eggplant Parmesan around. Not a bad dish on the menu. Service is like you are back in the old country of Italy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 8, 2017

A tried and true Laguna Beach restaurant that has continued to get better. Recipes are original and authentic, flavors and quality are outstanding. There is a warm and welcoming element to the service, extremely attentive and consistent. The restaurant added A/C a number of years back so it is comfortable year round. Old world charm in the main dining room makes it a good environment to meet friends for dinner or celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Laguna. Fast service; great food; great employees. Quirky old building.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Another great dinner at Rumari, excellent service, great daily fresh catch and other special menu selections, and real Italian.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We have eaten here many times & always enjoyed it. That night the food was a little off. We ordered the same dish we aways do, POTATO GNOCCHI with sausage & they charged us $7 more than what we have paid in the past & what their website menu shows. Even after bringing it up, the manager wouldn't honor it. Our waiter & the rest of the staff were awesome. Our waiter recommended at dish, LINGUINE NERE DEL MARE AL CARTOCCIO that was very good. My husbands tortellini dish was not the best & the side of veal meatballs were dried out that night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date
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food2
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Went here for dinner with my babe. It was a nice restaurant and the dishes we both got were really good it just wasn't anything too special I would go there again though.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 24, 2017

This is our go-to place in Laguna, the picatta dishes are so great!! Easy to visit as it isn't too loud.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Sadly not so great anymore, slightly biased as great historic connection and we normally get amazing services as pseudo regulars but waking up and smelling the coffee while it's consistent which is very good overall not that great.
The atmosphere can be amazing or a disaster, trending to later as more family parties tend to go there and becomes very loud and no fun for a quiet date conversation. But maybe coming in after 8.30pm would be better however very mixed cleintele, and not so good.
Menu is excellent and kitchen is always incredibly flexible to mix and match and food is in general amazing but you have to be precise about what you want.
Giovanni was our man and sadly we found out he has left so without his personal attention the experience diminishes and with crazy expensive prices we don't see going back other than if we run out of more reasonably priced restaurants in the area that can deliver decent food and service (which we know are limited)

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 21, 2017

A great local Italian restaurant - not the best, but better than average. Parking can be an issue - street parking only. But, the meters are free after 7PM. The food is genuine Italian. I tried the Carbonara - not the best, but still very good.

I thought the waiter was not up to par. He recommended one glass of wine over the other - even though he had not tasted either one. When I told hime I didn't like the wine he recommended, he brought over a taste of the other wine. I told him that the 2nd glass was much better. His response, "oh okay, good to know" and walked away. Not the response I expected.

Oh, and you get the 'cheap, Walmart-style wine glasses' for wine by the glass. They bring out the better wine glasses - if you order a bottle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The food was very good and service good as well. We had a reservation but were seated in the bar area despite a handful of open tables in the main dining room. The bar area grew crowded and loud. We liked the food and may try again sometime in the future.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 16, 2017

One of our favorite local dining experiences. We return several times during our winter stay in Laguna Beach.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Excellent! Our new favorite Italian Restaurant from our West-Coast travels.

Tags: Authentic, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The service was wonderful! It reminded of the restaurants in Italy. The food was incredible. They have a good wine list. We live in Riverside which is 50 mils east and we drive to Laguna to eat in the restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Overall the food here was ok. The server was nice, but not very helpful.
When asked about the different type of after dinner drinks, he said he did not know anything about them. It only later occurred to him to have someone else come and help us who was much more helpful.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 3, 2017

The in house homemade pasta was delicious! Everything we ordered was amazing. The service staff was friendly & attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion
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food4
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We are regulars and always have great food and great service. However, my recommendation if you are a party of 6 or more,order fairly quickly, we had a very long wait for our food after we ordered. The restaurant was extremely busy that night, otherwise always good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 24, 2017

So accommodating and courteous! We found the first table we were seated at a bit noisy (the table behind us was pretty loud) and the hostess and our waitress were very kind to move us to a better area. The meals were wonderful, food absolutely fabulous. We were celebrating a special occasion, and had our 11 year old with us, and they were wonderful to him. Really an amazing place.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We just had our valentines dinner here and it was great we definitely recommend the Lasagna!
Great service
Decent good prices!
Overall great, great food

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation
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