CBS Seafood may be a quaint joint, but its offering is no less than any Chinatown establishment. With great value for money, the food is fresh and ... More
CBS Seafood Restaurant
CBS Seafood may be a quaint joint, but its offering is no less than any Chinatown establishment. With great value for money, the food is fresh and arrives piping hot. The draw is definitely the dim sum , but other items on the menu deserve credit too. CBS has good service, and is child-friendly. Free parking is available at the side of the restaurant.
CBS Seafood is great starting with the free parking. Even the parking lot attendants have always been cheerful and happy. I have never had a bad meal at CBS and I have been coming here for years. I first ate dim sum in Hong Kong decades ago and CBS recaptures both the ambiance and taste of my first time when I was just a kid. Unlike the so-called Empress, CBS' prices are always fair and the help are even-handed.
We've been coming here for dim sum since before it was called CBS (formerly Dragon Inn?). Whenever we want a special treat, we hop on the bus from the West Side to Union Station, and enjoy some dim sum at CBS!!
I've never try the restaurant, I always buy food home from the take out counter adjoining the restaurant, the chicken is very good, roast pork is good too, and other bakeries are also good, I love their food, but those people who work at the food counter are very rude, they need to make some changes there, they have no smile on their face, sometime they don't answer your questions, other times, they curse at customers in Chinese, their boss needs to know about this, and correct the problems.
If you love seafood, this is the place for you! We've only been here for dim sum so we can't comment on other items from their menu. Their dim sum is excellent! We visit on average once a month. We love to take the kids and walk around Chinatown after brunch. We feel like we've stepped into Hong Kong for the day. Try the crab balls. It's probably the most expensive thing on the menu at $9.75 -- but, you'll be amazed. They bring out 3 huge crab balls the size of baseballs with a claw fried into the side. Yum! It is a large restaurant and the turnover is pretty quick. Sit down and tea is immediately in front of you and the first cart of dim sum is rolling by. If it looks good, try it! Most items are only $2 or $3 bucks. We usually end up paying about $8/person, which is expensive for dim sum... but, keep in mind this is for a complete seafood breakfast. If you want to save money, you can go across town to Empress and eat mostly pork. But, it doesn't really compare if you love shrimp, crab and scallops :) There is free parking next to the restaurant but we usually opt for a $3 lot across the street to avoid the cramped parking situation. There is a take-out counter adjoining the restaurant with whole duck, sides of pig, various Chinese bakery items, and cookies.
Also, Olvera street is just a few blocks away if you really want a multi-cultural Los Angeles experience.
We eat here practically every sumday for dimsum. The dimsum are always fresh and tasty. Reminds me of the Hong Kong dimsum houses I used to visit when I lived there years ago. Nothing really exotic as in Hong Kong but it fills the need for proper authentic dimsum. Arrive early since the wait can be long. it's worth it though!