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we have had a summer vacation in LA (Rancho Palos Verdes) for 10 years. Each year we look forward to an evening at Sushi Zo. (well worth the drive.) This year we find ourselves in Laguna, without the babysitter. so are there any good local sushi places? (are there any a little farther, worth ditching the kids for?)

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Sushi Zo
9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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  1. Blue Fin in Crystal Cove is "children ditch worthy"...lol

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    Blue Fin Crystal Cove
    7952 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92651

    1. My top 3 in OC are Blue Fin, San Shi Go on Balboa Peninsula, and Maki Zushi. Blue Fin has great rolls, high quality fish and a full bar, Maki Zushi has the best variety of fish (several types of snapper or toro on any given night), and San Shi Go (there is also one in Laguna, but the guys in Newport did not recommend it) just has great all the way around, and is my favorite. I lay out my particulars (no shell fish) and let the chef pick what is good.

      Others that get good reviews are Wasabi and Shibucho, but they are further out.

      My wife has been recommended to and really liked 242 Fusion, which is the closest higher end place - right across from the main beach, but I have not been.

      Other options I have tried in Laguna are Sushi Laguna (OK) and Mosun (I like the rolls there, but again it is not special).

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      Sushi Shibucho
      590 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

      Sushi Wasabi
      14460 Newport Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

      Maki Zushi
      1641 Edinger Ave # 101, Tustin, CA

      Mosun Sushi Saki Bar & Night Club
      680 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      Sushi Laguna
      231 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

      San Shi Go Sushi and Asian Cuisine
      205 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661

      242 Cafe Fusion Sushi
      242 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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      1. re: ocshooter

        OCshooter,
        Funny, we don't do shellfish either. (or a lot of rolls)

        1. re: Goofy Yno

          If you want fish only and not all that interested in the rolls, my picks are:
          #1 - San Shi Go on Balboa (I have not been to the one in Laguna, but the sushi chef in Balboa did not recommend it based on what I like)
          #2 - Maki Zushi
          #3 - Bluefin

          Keep in mind, I easily spend $100 per person with some sake at each place. But then, I am not at all careful with what I order, so you can be more economical, I just want what is best at that moment or new to me.

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          Maki Zushi
          1641 Edinger Ave # 101, Tustin, CA

          San Shi Go Restaurant
          1100 S Coast Hwy Ste 303, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

          Bluefin Restaurant
          7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657

          1. re: ocshooter

            There are a lot of places to save money, but good food is not one of them ;)

      2. We're local and San Shi Go is our go-to for consistent, high quality, and authentic sushi. 242 Cafe is small, quaint, and delectable. Try the purple ginger sashimi.

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        San Shi Go Restaurant
        1100 S Coast Hwy Ste 303, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

        1. I'd support Bluefin as well, but I'm not sure you're going to find anything quite like Sushi Zo in that area.

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          Sushi Zo
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          Bluefin Restaurant
          7952 E. Pacific Coastal Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92657

          1. San Shi Go in Laguna is good. We have been regulars there for years. It isn't the best sushi in OC, but it is certainly more than acceptable, and the place is definitely family friendly.

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            San Shi Go Restaurant
            1100 S Coast Hwy Ste 303, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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            1. re: 2intune

              By family friendly, do you mean they have food the kids would eat? or only they wouldn't get the evil eye?