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Tabu Grill - 12 Reviews - 2892 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Laguna Beach, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (949) 494-7743

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Tabu Grill - Laguna Beach, CA
Tabu Grill - Laguna Beach, CA
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Best

A cozy, cool, hip and hot restaurant in Laguna. I'd been driving by for a few years and always wondered about the food. It got a stellar Zagat rating. We celebrated a friends B-da...

Worst

My wife and I stopped by Tabu earlier in the day to grab a menu as we knew that we would be dining out later in the evening. We were given a small, fold-out menu with description...

WORST EXPERIENCE EVER !!!! 3/19/2012

Went to Tabu Grill on Saturday night with a party of eight to celebrate a birthday. As part of the celebration we brought four bottles of special wine. We drank two bottles and asked server Miriam to open a third bottle. She refused and told us we had to order wine off their wine list. She explained that they have a two bottle limit. We asked if it mattered that we were a party of eight and the 2 bottle limit would logically apply to a table of two or four? We asked to speak with the manager Michael. Michael came over and was even more insulting than Miriam. We needed to listen to a dissertation on how they don?t make enough money of the $44 entr?e?s and $18 salads. Michael was rude and recalcitrant and when of the other party members wanted to speak to him and said ?excuse me? Michael replied with ?excuse you? and walked away. I have never seen just poor and unprofessional behavior from anyone in a customer service position. There are lots of other choices in Laguna including the Montage where you can pay a similar price and have a much better experience. more

Great steak 8/18/2009

Last weekend I dined at Tabu and tried the special American Kobe Steak, which strangely came with macaroni... but both were awesome. Do yourself a favor if you have some extra cash and spend an evening at Tabu, I'll be back. Pros: High end Cons: High end more

Hot Spot in Laguna - Tabu Grill 1/17/2009

A cozy, cool, hip and hot restaurant in Laguna. I'd been driving by for a few years and always wondered about the food. It got a stellar Zagat rating. We celebrated a friends B-day there last night and the food was beautiful and delicios-o!. Pros: Wonderful ambiance, music, cocktails and food Cons: all good more

Really Good - But Over Rated. 1/2/2009

I just went here for my anniversary diner with my wife. We were both looking forward to a fantastic... more

Really Good - But Over Rated. 1/2/2009

thejackel777 Provided by Partner
I just went here for my anniversary diner with my wife. We were both looking forward to a fantastic culinary experience as Tabu has received a 29 o... more

Top in the world 6/5/2008

My husband and I have a job that takes us all over the world. We live in NY City and eat at many fine restaurants. Our recent experience at Tabu was one of the best we've had in years! The place is small, yes, but that just adds to the charm. With so many chain, unimaginative restaurants out there, Tabu Grill is an amazing find! The staff was fun, personable and professional all at once. We had a table that allowed us to watch the chefs at work and it was not only entertaining, it was impressive as well. Everyone in the place made us feel as though we were their personal guests. The wine was a fun mix of non conventional old and new world selections. The food was amazing! We had the scallops and the foie gras to start with and, in all of our travels, we've yet to taste better than what we had at Tabu. The Filet and crab/avacado stuffed tuna was PERFECT! We finished off with a white chocolate panna cota and a pineapple upside down cake. There were only 3 lovely girls as servers that night and all 3, at some point stopped by to service and chat with us. All lovely, and freindly!. The chefs were professional and a joy to watch. We will recommend going to Tabu Grill to all our friends that head out to California for vacation and we will make sure to reserve a table each and every time we are there! Pros: Service, food, music, fun energy, quaintness Cons: parking more

Tabu=to prohibit, to forbid....you from having good food and good service. 5/11/2008

As I was reading some of the previous reviews, I could not believe that some people consider this restaurant ""outstanding"" and that it has ""great ambiance"". I beg to differ. I am not a food critic, but I've eaten at many restaurants around the world, and Tabu is not what it claims to be. In fact, it's a hole in the wall, with modern touches, but so tiny, I felt claustrophobic. It was dark with a sinister vibe. Because it's so small, you will certainly be wearing the smoke and fumes from the kitchen once you leave - apparently there is no ventilation. more

Disappointed 3/24/2008

My wife and I stopped by Tabu earlier in the day to grab a menu as we knew that we would be dining out later in the evening. We were given a small, fold-out menu with descriptions of cuisines that made my mouth water. I was particularly interested in one dish that contained crab and avocado and my wife was taken by the description of a salmon entree. Pros: Good choice of music and decor Cons: Over priced food that tastes burned - No cocktails, only limited beer and wine more

Outstanding Restaurant 10/31/2007

Perfectly sized - intimate. Excellent staff, somelier, chefs, food, ambience. Each time I have been there, it is an incredible experience. Extensive wine list, outrageously good food. Reservations highly recommended. Dress nicely. I've tried most of the menu and have enjoyed it thoroughly, in particular ANY of the specials. Pros: Food, Staff, Intimate Size, NO KIDS =) Cons: A little Loud during prime time more

Outstanding dinner for six 4/15/2006

We had dinner for six last night. Started with the scallops and poke appetizers - both were outstanding. I enjoyed the Escolar for dinner - you may know its more familiar name, Wahoo. It was prepared perfectly. We enjoyed a bottle of Merlot and an '01 Far Niente Cabernet with dinner, along with a Di leonardo Pinot Grigio for the ladies. Desserts were delicious, and the waiter did a fine job. The prices were not unreasonable considering the quality. We probably drank $300 worth of wine, which pushed the bill up. All in all, a very enjoyable evening. I definitely recommend this restaurant. Pros: delicious appetizers, excellent service, knowledgeable waiters Cons: very limited seating more

Great ambiance, food and decor 6/10/2005

I've been there twice. The first time I ordered lamb. The lamb was spectacular. It was my anniversary and the waittress was very nice and efficient. The second time I had Ahi Tuna. The dish was equally as good. This time I ate at the bar. There is a lot of action at this little restaurant, but it truly delivers. Pros: Food, Ambiance, Decor Cons: Could be larger more

Tabu 7/13/2004

WOW! What a find, Tabu Grill is not in the main part of Laguna Beach where all the tourists are, it's about 2 miles south near the Montage. Once you enter the restaurant, the ambiance and the food soon remind you that you are in a special part of the world. The scallop appetizer blew me away, then came the pork chop, the best I've ever had. Our waiter was well versed on wine too. My wife loved the salmon, and loved the late night boutique, Max Regal, next door. A very $$$ and memorable night! Pros: Intimate Cons: , Parking more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    A blend of beach-city casual and Polynesian exotic, this cozy eatery features an exhibition-style kitchen where diners can watch chef Jeff Platt, formerly of Napa Rose, cook up...

  • 11/19/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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    Mon-Thurs: 5:30am-9:30pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-10pm
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