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Kotobuki Restaurant

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24351 Avenida de La Carlota, Ste N9, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3607
+1 949-587-0290
11:00 - 23:00
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San Clemente, California, USA
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We started going to Kotobuki roughly 30 years ago as sushi neophytes. We had lunch there last December with a friend. To us the food was just as great as it has been for the last 30 years, but after talking to many people, we have concluded that sushi is a somewhat learned and personal food; kind of like mother's... More 

Thank JohnD63487
Jakarta, Indonesia
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903 reviews
470 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 722 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch at Kotobuki before shopping at Trader Joe's. We sat at a table that seemed very private. We ordered sautéed asparagus which was delicious. We are very grateful for Japanese restaurants that offer plum wine by the glass, and Kotobuki did not disappoint us. Our main course, beef teriyaki with miso soup and salad, was excellent. We had... More 

Thank Staidthere
Laguna Beach
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156 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Had lunch for the first time at Kotobuki. Friendly, sushi focused. We had the Nebeyaki Udon. Delicious soup base that flavorful rather than over salty. Will return.

Thank 4SIGHT
Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

This is a very interesting restaurant if you have not ever had the curated sushi experience. Sit at the bar, and the Chef will prepare hand Rolls, Sushi, and Sashimi for you. He will even recommend how to eat it, and whether or not you should dip it in soy sauce or not. The staff if good and does not... More 

Thank baker4569
Laguna Woods, California
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Tried Kotobuke for lunch. My first impression was not good. Got there at 11:15 to find they don't open until 11:30. Rather than inviting us to sit (my friend on a walker) in the waiting area, sthe hostess just kept saying, "Open at 11:30." We sat ourselves down there anyway to look over the menu. When 11:30 arrived she is... More 

Thank TravelingFriends2015
Cambridge, UK
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145 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Visited with 2 business colleagues, we are all regular visitors to area but hadn't visited this restaurant - which we selected based on reviews on 'another restaurant rating site'. The place to sit is clearly at the counter to also watch food being prepared, but we sat at a table and selected a variety of dishes. For a Japanese restaurant... More 

Thank ashgreen
Mission Viejo, CA
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

All Right All Right All Right, AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME: From the friendly greeting to the traditional thank you, Kotobuki takes you to a new level in Sushi and fine dining, Japanese Style. The owner, Hiro, is a Master Samurai as well as the other chef, Tatsu. When it come to freshness, selection and presentation of sushi and sashimi, only the... More 

Thank Grandpagolf1
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Went by here based on ratings, and actually drove out of the way to get to it. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great. The menu was limited, the atmosphere was lacking...the california roll and tempura were pretty good, but my sesame chicken was greasy, over done, and really kind of unappetizing. I have dubbed it truck stop sushi. In... More 

Thank gretchen t
Mission Viejo, California
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Expert sushi chef (Japanese by birth, which I believe makes a big difference) and new location make this one great sushi bar. Prices are a little high but in line with high end high quality sushi. A must-try. Get the asparagus appetizer!! Actually try anything the chef recommends. He knows his stuff.

Thank RandRB1
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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551 reviews
425 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

I liked this place, it was old school Japanese. The service is what it is, Broken English, lots of smiles. The atmosphere is again old school, it's small with a nice sushi bar. We started with sushi. The menu is limited, lots of the usual rolls, they were all good. Then we had chicken, tempura and salmon. All very good... More 

Thank adam-kelley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 24351 Avenida de La Carlota, Ste N9, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-3607
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Laguna Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 949-587-0290

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?