I went there tonight based on the reviews when looking for a good seafood joint. I put a lot of thought into it because my wife and the other couple are from Japan so I felt the pressure to find a place with really good seafood. We chose four dishes based on the old ladies recommendations.
1-House Lobster with Noodle bed
2-Thai style sweet/sour soup
3-Maggi style flounder filets
4-Some spinach and other veggie looking dish.
The four and a couple of beers came out to $100 which seemed a bit steep considering where we were but what the heck. All I can say is eeeh. Not bad but for that money I expect much better. First of all I hat paying for whole lobsters rather than tails only but didn't have an option. The lobster was ok but both them and the noodles pretty much tasted like seasoned butter. The flounder tasted like fried breading. The soup, when compared to others such as Sophie's up in LB was just so so and in my opinion was a few tablespoons overdone on the salt department. Greens were fine. Personally I liked Capital Seafood in Irvine when comparing same style joints. I know there's another one just down the street near Cove so I'll have to try that too. I got the same feedback from my wife and friends. It was ok but as with many chinese style places, too much seasoning, oil, and frying that ruins the natural flavors when used too much.
By far one of the best Chinese/Seafood places ever!!!! Just recently went there for a cousin's B-day. We waited about 30-40 minutes to get seated. It was a Saturday night so of course it's going to be packed. We all just waited outside the restaurant and chatted until it was time for us to get seated. There was about 8 of us total. This is what we ordered.
1. House Lobster (4 lbs)
2. Fried Tofu
3. Steak Cubes with Onions
4. Salt Pepper Shrimp
6. House Fish Filet
7. Bean Sprouts
Our bill came out to like $120. We added another $20 on top of that for tip. $120 for 8 people is dirt cheap for some really bomb food. You won't regret it. The House Fish Filet just melts in your mouth. It is so delicious. Never tried the kung pao chicken but hear it's delicious. I'm all about the SEAFOOD.
Why is it that all great things are difficult to achieve? This restaurant is definitely a gem in the middle of OC that brings authentic asian style tastes, but getting in the door is another story.
I am going to get the bad stuff out of the way because this is one of the only reasons why customers would be turned away from this location, the PARKING. The non-existent parking area which is located behind the building has a handful of spots that are shared with several businesses. Chances are you will not get a good spot if you come during regular lunch or dining hours. Even if you did get a spot, it is pretty much door ding central if you are trying to get out of your car. I had to carefully inspect my ride for scratches as I was leaving.
Anyway, besides this small set back, I still made it to the door. I walked into a lot of gold and red, traditional Chinese style decor. The stench of fish overcame me, but it was not as bad as rotten smell that you get at the 99 cent ranch market. It was fresh fish smell that you soon learn to ignore as you sit and wait for your food.
I ordered a lunch special of Kung Pao Chicken and Beef Chow Fun. These two items both cost about 5.95. So my bill did not go over $12. Lunch items include soup and rice. The soup on that particular day was a sour flavored soup which I did not care for, but I am sure its more fitting for other taste buds. I have to say the Kung Pao was perfect. The chicken stayed crispy, but not in the way where it was like overly breaded and sweetened. You taste a lot of meaty chicken when you bite into every chunk. The Chow Fun on its own is an artform. They let you choose if you want it Thai style of Dry Chinese style. Thai style is more of a blend with eggs, peanuts, beans? and veggies with gravy. Just giving you the choice of the two deserves some props. The food tasted absolutely delicious and so did the left overs!
I reheated it and, it still tasted just as good as I ordered it. I have to give Seafood Cove a perfect rating for the restaurant, and a 0 score for the parking lot. It is really in a 'cove' because cars can't get there. Come here if you are riding the bus, or taking the bike. It is well worth it!
The food was AWSOME, the price for the food was pretty decent and there were also A LOT of varieties of food.
My family(3 people) had the House special Lobster,Clam stir fry,and some vegies and all together it was only 60 dollars!
The employe's were pretty good too.
Though we ordered take-out the resturant was crowded and the parking was full!
Great food but the atmosphere & customer service is definitely poor. To me, the food is more important than anything else anyhow so that's why I go! I highly recommend the Kung Pao Chicken & Walnut Shrimp, they're both fantastic! If you want the best chinese food in the OC, this is the place to go!
This is our de-facto restaurant. We have been clients for over 20 years and this restaurant has never changed, which is a good and bad thing. Lets get the cos out of the way. 1) The worst parking lot in history. It is always cramped, full, and the back alley is cratered and people are always speeding. 2) The decor is awful. The inside is so rundown, they have not changed it in years. Its a hodgepodge of repair jobs, that really brings the place down. It is not at all fancy or elegant, so if the people in your party are worried about ambiance, bring them to a new age fusion restaurant. 3) Finally it is so packed and busy on the weekends and lunch that sometimes the food is slow to come out, and it may seem that the staff is unhelpful. But, all you have to do is be a bit outspoken, ask any staff person for assistance (as in ordering or asking for another drink), and they will get it done.
Now on to the best part of the restaurant, the food. This is the best Chinese food, hands down in the area. In fact, it rivals some restaurants in Chinatown in LA. The quality and taste has always been consistent, which is to say, the best. This is authentic cuisine, and there is a lot to choose from. The menu is page after page of all types of Chinese food: beef, pork, chicken, tofu, rice, and most importantly seafood. They have live lobster, fish, and crab tanks so you know its fresh. On busy nights, lobsters are just being taken out and served left and right. I recommend the salt and pepper squid and steamed clams. Perhaps our favorite dish is the BBQ Pork fried rice, it is the best. Also worth noting are deep fried tofu, with two great sauces and are always served piping hot, kung pao chicken (just be wary, they use a lot of peanuts), sauteed pea sprouts, and the wet chow fun noodles. All meals come with steamed rice and tea, soup is free during lunch only, however dessert is free for dinner. Not to mention the price is unbelievable, for 5 people, we all end up stuffed for around 50 bucks with lots of food to take home.
If you are looking for authentic, no frills Chinese food, Seafood Cove is the place. The interior may not be most striking, nor is parking a breeze, but get past its flaws, and you will find that this restaurant has a lot of good things to offer.
Not the place to go for ambiance, but the food is delicious. Go during lunch on the weekdays if you want good service and to avoid the crowd. If you go during lunch on a weekday your water glass will always be full and they will box all your leftovers for you. Weekends are horrible as they are too busy to help anyone. Be sure to buy the $5.50 kung pao chicken lunch special. Their fried rice is nice and greasy if you like it that way (shrimp is my favorite). If you have the money try the $13.50 Honey Walnut Shrimp and also the $13.50 French Style Beef Steak (vietnamese: Bo Luc Lac).
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