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“Some hit, some missed lunch.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Newport Seafood Restaurant

Newport Seafood Restaurant
518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776-1073
(626) 289-5998
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Ranked #1 of 207 Restaurants in San Gabriel
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood, Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Edmonton, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Some hit, some missed lunch.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We ordered 1 seafood chowmein, 1 fried rice w/beef, 1 kung-pao chicken, 1 spicy clamps. The fried rice is mushy, spicy clamps is OK (lots of sweet bell pepper pieces for an "authentic" dish???), The chowmein is also OK but the ingredients are not that high quality. The best dish is kung-pao chicken: the meat is just deep fried right, not covered w/thick flour in a caramelized light sauce.
Some easiest dishes to judge the "caliper" of a good Chinese restaurant for us to start with are: seafood chowmein, beancurd thick-soup and dimsum dish "ha-kow" the shrimp dumpling. The "free" beancurd soup offering at every table for lunch at this place "failed". It is a bit too thick, the ingredients are not that good. Comparing to the quality of just the seafood chowmein/beancurd soup at Elite (700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park ) or Empress Harbour (111 N Atlantic Blvd #350 Monterey Park) we would only give Newport a 3 star rating.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Richmond, Canada
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205 reviews 205 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Good Lobster and Sour Shrimp Soup”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Again, recommended by our local friends, we went there on Monday night around 6:45 pm and found the parking lot was already full house with long waiting line. We were told that weekend would be chaos. We ordered lobster and the sour shrimp soup (told them to be less spicy); both of them were well done - just yummy - highly recommended. Other dishes are also quite good. Service is good and we all enjoyed the evening. When leaving, there were still people waiting for their table. No reservation can be made.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Amazing Lobster”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

It's pretty crazy when you have to go to a restaurant at 5:30pm on a normal Sunday to wait at least 30 min in line for a table to sit down around 6pm if you want to avoid over an hour wait during prime time dinner. When I left the restaurant there were over 50 people waiting in line.

Undoubtedly this is one of the best seafood restaurants in Southern California and should not be missed. They are most famous for their fresh large lobsters & giant Alaskan King crabs. The lobster and crab are sauteed in their house special sauce. Do not miss out on their fried pork chops which is also delicious and tender paired with a nice tangy sauce.

Visited June 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Best chinese food I've had”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

I've been here twice and was impressed both times. It is the best Chinese restaurant I've been to.

I went both times in large groups and ordered their crab (newport style), calamari (salt and pepper). Both are fantastic. The second time around we also tried their yam leaves, which are stunning. Their shrimp with walnuts is also excellent. The food is fresh, served without frills, and the restaurant is loud and filled with the bustle of people enjoying their food.

The weakest dishes we had were their noodle entrees, which while good, do not stand up to the strength of their seafood dishes.

Overall, not to be missed and the price is quite reasonable.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Palm Springs
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A well-known great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

If you Google Newport restaurants in the Los Angeles-Orange County area, you may come across several, similarly sounding ones, that I am wondering if they are owned by the same company or if it is a popular Chinese name for a restaurant that various owners use. In any case, we visited Newport Seafood restaurant in Rowland Heights a couple of months ago, were there early & were offered only their lunch menu. the food was great there & the dinner crowd began to arrive, at which time we saw the magnificent looking array of choices being brought to the tables. Thus, we promised ourselves that we would be back for dinner at a later date.

That day occurred on 5/26/13, and we were even more anticipatory after reading a review in the Los Angeles Times by Jonathan Gold, who included it in the 101 Best restaurants in the L.A. area. We even had a menu that we took with us from our initial visit. We then noticed that the one reviewed in the paper had a different address & phone number, so we headed there instead: to Newport Tan Cang Seafood restaurant in San Gabriel. We read countless reviews about it, and id did not disappoint.

Since nearly every reviewer raved about their house lobster, we knew that this would be one of the dishes. Indeed, it was beyond description. We arrived a little after 5 PM on a Sunday evening, with a holiday the next day, and even though we called ahead to check on waiting time, we were told that there was none. There were several parties ahead of us, and our total wait time was about 10 to 15 minutes. The restaurant was airy, with nice , starched table cloths and very friendly wait staff. Service was prompt. There were two of us, and since we took the advice of other readers, we knew that the smallest lobster was 4 pounds, which was confirmed by our waiter, and with the large bowl of white rice they brought out, was more than enough to be filling & satisfying. However, we did order a soup in addition. They had a fantastic variety of about 7 or 8 to choose from. In fact, when we settled on the Vietnamese style catfish hot & sour, our waiter asked us if we had it before, and thankfully recommended a different one, once he, as he suspected, knew that we would not like our soup to be on the "sweet" side. He then explained the different varieties: Chinese, Cambodian & Thai styles. We settled on the Cambodian style hot & sour, which contained Tilapia. It was heavy on the lemon, but deliciously so. It also had small Shitake mushrooms in it, which made it perfect.

As for the lobster, I am now convinced that THIS is the ONLY way to eat lobster, even compared with the best restaurants that serve it the usual style (with butter, etc.). It was spicy, but not excessively so. We dug in with our bare hands after trying to use our forks, and were simply amazed by the Asian diners around us, who devoured it just as much, without as much as having their fingers even touch the crustacean, expertly eating it with chop sticks only. Of course, even with bare hands & a fork, it was cut up by the chef so that the meat is exposed very easily, while soaking up all the flavor of the colorful sauce around it, which included chopped scallions, onions, garlic, hot sauce, among, I am sure, many other ingredients.

As for the price, it was not a bargain. We paid $105, including tip, having added 2 glasses of beer to our tab. Still not bad for a very satisfying & wonderful meal.

The most amazing experience, however, was how long the "line" of people waiting for a table became by the time we left at 7 PM. The parking lot outside looked like a social gathering, with a huge number of people milling around, just talking while waiting for their number to be called. They did give out numbers when you walk in as you would at a deli counter in the supermarket, rather than calling out your name.

We did also see some other dishes whizzing by & promised ourselves again that we would return, but also reminding ourselves to get there at or even before 5 PM!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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