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upscale japanese in orange county?

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i'm looking for upscale japanese in orange county for a special celebration dinner. thoughts?

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  1. Kitayama in Newport Beach
    www.kitayamarestaurant.com/
    Bluefin in Newport Coast
    www.bluefinbyabe.com/

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    Bluefin
    7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92660

    Kitayama
    101 Bayview Pl, Newport Beach, CA 92660

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    1. re: I got nothin

      Bluefin for sure.

      Kitayama might of been upscale in its hey day, but know it is just old and gross.

      Oh...I forgot about Hamamori in the South Coast Plaza. Upscale with prices to match.

      1. re: I got nothin

        While I haven't been, everyone always agrees with Bluefin.

        1. re: brekkie_fan

          thanks, we've gone to bluefin and to kitayama. i will check out hamamori. any other suggestions?

        2. re: I got nothin

          Kitayama is ok so long as you sit at the sushi bar. Blue Fin is good but lacks soul. Hamamori is the class of the group, with James right there ensuring that every piece of fish is just right.

        3. Koi Restaurant in Seal Beach has extrordinary sushi as well as other great dishes and a serious wine collection. Seal Beach isn't as upscale as Newport or South Coast but the restaurant is top notch.

          http://www.koisushi.com/

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          1. re: Ringo Gato

            I was just there last Thurs. One of my favs for sushi, but I saw a really nice king crab dish w/uni sauce on their specials menu and it looked great. Next time, I will try some of the cooked foods.

          2. Bluefin is a very good choice for omakase with cooked foods and sushi, but the room is a little cramped, so not very intimate.

            Hamamori is somewhat overpriced, but the room is nicer, though somewhat cold and sterile. Food is good but expensive.

            Kitayama I have not been to in about three years, but yeah, it is an old warhorse on its last legs. It does have small secluded booths, however.

            I personally would pick Bluefin for the food.