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Outstanding sushi in OC

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I have just had sushi at Bluefin by Abe in the Crystal Cove shopping center in Newport Coast, and I must say that it is the best sushi I have had in southern CA, aside from Matsuhisa in LA. Bluefin is obviously very upscale and expensive, but the quality of the fish, the beauty of the presentations, the obvious skill of the chefs, and a full bar with an excellent sake selection, all add up to an outstanding meal. This is not inexpensive however. With a martini and a small flask of sake, dinner for one at the sushi bar cost me $115 (including tip). Interested to see if anyone else has been here and what their opinion might be.

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  1. Yes! This place is by far one of the best. It's fantastic. My parents live by there and go often ... even with my dad who hates sushi and will only eat it at this place! Last time my mom got the omakase (is that how you spell it?) and she said it was the best thing. You are right about the price by the way, but it's totally worth it!

    1. I love Bluefin. I've been three times in my life, each trying the omakase. Everytime, it blows my mind. Best $75 (before tax and tip) I've spent on myself.

      Here are some pics from my first trip:
      http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/...