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“Eat at your own risk!” 1 of 5 stars
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California Pizza Kitchen
12171 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 430-2695
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Ranked #49 of 80 Restaurants in Seal Beach
Cuisines: Pizza
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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Eat at your own risk!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The Good: Love the BBQ chicken salad

The Bad:
I'm afraid to eat the BBQ chicken salad anymore. On the last 3 visits I've found leftover bits of old food (usually bits of lettuce) on my appetizer plates and inside my glass of soda. Please note that on one occasion we went through all four of the bread plates on our table and THREE had old food on them. How hard is it to wash the dishes! I've spoken to two different managers about this and nothing has changed. Both said the same thing: problems with the dish washing machine. Maybe so, but this has been going on for over 18 months.

Eating cooked products is one thing. Eating a salad (uncooked) at a place where the sanitation/dishwashing is poor is another. Obviously management doesn't care about the health of their patrons. Three visits with the same problem, I won't be back.

There's another CA Pizza Kitchen just a few miles away in Long Beach where I've never had these problems. It's all about management's commitment to offering a quality product.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Experience with Delivery to our Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We ordered a family dinner for 5 adults and had it delivered to our room. The food was very warm and everything was in the bag and extremely tasty. I was hesitant to try to order big meal that way--that the arrival quality might be bad. But, it was very, very good! Way to go CPK!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Boo Hoo”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

California Pizza Kitchen when it first started it was a concept executed without blemishes. Individual fresh made pizzas with, at the time, were truly innovative ingredients. There were many to choose from, among them a very tasty Duck pizza, it was truly an Avant Garde type of place, there was a lot of traffic, the place always crowded, as if people had recognized and embraced the innovative cuisine. Of course, everyone and their cousin in the pizza business started taking notice, and now we have the so called high end pizzeria, which most are a joke served in a fine table and a sure high tab.
We stopped at this CPK (the cool abbreviation they try to promote), 3 of us, and had the following dishes:
Fish Tacos 11.79: who would order fish tacos at this kind of place? Apparently one of us did and did not like it, someone else end up eating these two tacos. Panko-crusted Mahi Mahi (barely any), shredded cabbage and house made ranchito sauce. Served with chips, a very so so salsa.2 Stars.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken $13.59. This one is described as Spicy sweet Caribbean sauce, authentic Jamaican spices, Nueske's applewood smoked bacon, red onions and bell pepper. Eater finish this creation in two stages. One at the table, the other half at home next day. 3 Stars.
The Meat Cravers $14.59. Describe as Macho pizza loaded with Italian Sausage (loaded meaning a total of 4 pieces), pepperoni, applewood smoked ham, spicy Capicola ham and salami. Let me say that there were more open spaces that I though were possible in a pizza, so loaded is baloney, most meat average and extra salty, a sad pizza. 2.5 Stars.
Server very cordial, coffee continuously cold. Price for everything over $50 plus gratuity.
Still people will roll in and out, you can stop consumer frenzy and all the ads. 2.5 Stars.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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