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Katsura - Laguna Beach...any visits?

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josephnl Jul 8, 2011 10:47 PM

Just heard about a new Japanese restaurant in Laguna called Katsura. Does anyone know anything about it?

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  1. J.L. RE: josephnl Jul 8, 2011 10:58 PM

    KatsuYa (note spelling) Laguna Beach is one location in a chain of high end, glam-sushi establishments by Sam Nazarian's SBE group. Other Katsuya locations include Brentwood, Glendale, Downtown LA & Hollywood. The website is...

    http://www.sbe.com/katsuya/laguna-beach

    In my previous visits to various Katsuya locations, invariably the focus has been on the "scene", rather than the food.

    1. Searching4Dunny RE: josephnl Jul 8, 2011 11:00 PM

      I think you may be referring to Katsuya, which is part of the SBE chain that has a few locations in LA. I have not been yet so cannot comment on the quality/experience/etc. but have read mixed reviews about the the LA branches.

      1. ocshooter RE: josephnl Jul 11, 2011 09:44 AM

        I have not been to the Katsuya in Laguna, but I have eaten at the one in Glendale. Good, but expensive, and not overly special. There is similar options but fantastic sushi up the coast at Bluefin and my favorite place on Balboa Peninsule at San Shi Go.

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

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

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          anotherfatcow RE: josephnl Oct 14, 2011 02:45 PM

          Yes, the original is on Ventura Blvd in the valley. The second one is in Brentwood, another in Hollywood and now this one. I like the one in Brentwood the best. Low key, great cocktails. The sushi is fabulous. The Laguna beach branch is quite the scene. If you don't mind a bar that is loud with obnoxious women bumping into you all the time and $17.00 martinis this is the place. The food is excellent but much more expensive than the others. The menu is pretty much the same. The bar scene is so not laguna, it's so sleazy compared to the crowd in Brentwood.

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            kevin RE: anotherfatcow Oct 15, 2011 08:02 PM

            Obnoxious women ?

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