BEST THING I EVER ATE
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“The house-special lobster is the dish to get” at this midpriced Chinese chainlet incorporating Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai influences into its “excellent” menu; “massive crowds” “are the only downside”, but “service is prompt” once you’re seated and the settings are “tasteful”too; P.S. “bring a large group so you can try as many dishes as possible.”
Certificate of Excellence (2014-2017)
Rated #1 of 205 Restaurants in San Gabriel
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Newport Tan is one of the most acclaimed Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, especially known for its house special lobster. It’s smart to come with a large group so you can order a variety of seafood, such as fish with basil-and-walnut shrimp. If you’re craving red meat, the filet mignon cubes are outstanding.
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A legendary dish that draws crowds every night, this stir-fried lobster, pulled live from massive tanks in the front of the restaurant, is a classic Cambodian-Chinese showstopper with green onions, ginger, and garlic. Everyone will fight for the tails and claw, but the true aficionados go for the the head, best eaten with some sauteed greens and bowl of fresh rice.
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In today’s chef-driven culture, significant attention and praise are given to the culinary brains behind the stove, and here that credit belongs to Lam’s husband, Ly Hua, who developed the restaurant’s signature dish, a massive Maine lobster blasted in a wok with green onions, jalapeños, black pepper and clarified butter.
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Newport Seafood’s Spicy Lobster — There are other things on the menu at Newport Seafood, and some of them are even good, but the Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant, which occupies a remodeled Marie Callender’s, might as well have no menu at all: The throngs, most of which have waited a couple of hours for a table on a Saturday night, are there for the house-special lobster, a mammoth beast fried with chiles, black pepper and scallions, a dish as essential to Newport Seafood as chili dogs are to Pink’s.
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“The lobster of Newport clocks in at 5 pounds or more; it comes out fried and fiery red, showered with black pepper, chiles and scallions and not so much placed as heaped on a plate. Most tables, you’ll notice, also have a spread of clams, shaking beef (bo luc lac), pan-fried pork chops and fried rice, all of which are very, very good and, as it happens, pretty much represent all that is wonderful about eating in the San Gabriel Valley.”
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“The seafood was good quality, and the lobster looked amazing, so it would be worth another trip to try it. The bill came out to $20 each for the five of us, including tip, with just tea to drink– not bad for very satisfying six course dinner.”
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“First among equals, of course, is the spicy lobster, which is as essential to Newport Seafood as chili dogs are to Pink’s. People take Newport lobsters home to Saigon, Taipei, Tokyo and Phnom Penh, the waiters boast. The lobsters are like the ones at Crustacean in Beverly Hills, they say, only twice as good and half as expensive…Did the lobster live up to the dream? Yes, I confess: It did.”
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At this family-run restaurant, the menu — in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai — expresses the cultural blending that is the experience of the Chaozhou Chinese, who migrated to Southeast Asia in the 1850s. There are influences from Cambodia and Thailand, resulting in seafood fare that is refreshingly light.
Newport Seafood is an SGV classic. It’s an upscale restaurant, popular with families out for a nice Sunday lunch. And when you’re out for a nice Sunday lunch here, you should be ordering the whole lobster. It’s covered in spring onions, chilli, and ginger, and the smallest one you’ll be offered will be at least four pounds. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the rest of the menu – the peppery, slightly sweet Beef Lak Lok needs to be ordered too.
TLDR: great seafood, for affordable prices.
Came on a Saturday night at 530pm with minimal wait. Parking is free valet service (remember to tip) so parking is easy. Service is brisk and very friendly compared to your normal traditional authentic Asian restaurants.
The food was amazing with generous portions and everything is at an affordable price. Went with 3 other people and our meal with tip came to about $35 a person. We ordered the lobster, shrimp soup and pea shoots. They also serve oranges after the meal which is a huge plus in my book.
I have been to this place many times but its been a while that I visited.
For parking, they do VALET now. There is no fee but just TIP when they get ur car.
The food still great and u still c a sea of ppl. We ordered medium sized lopster, clams, black pepper beef and fried tofu. All of them taste good!!!!!!!
The service is great although sometimes is hard to call them.. its understandble coz they r so busy.. n i went at night w my family..
Love love love this place ! They have , I believe two other locations . Which are all very delicious
I've had nothing but good service here ! And great food - you can't ever go wrong with that
KING CRAB , without a question is a must . Yes it is pricey but it is so well worth it
Filet mignon cubes are delicious and very tender as well .
The flavoring they add to all the dishes are just out of this world . Their house seasoning is just the best there is
Very fresh compared to other Chinese seafood restaurants around town
It definitely does get busy so be prepared to wait ! Or simply call ahead of time to make reservations (:
Yum yum yum til next time !
The house seasoning rocks. Whether you get it in the king crab or the lobster or any fish or ANYTHING in the menu, getting the house dressing just makes the dish delicious!
I had an opportunity to eat the king crab here once. My friend and I ate the largest king crab that they had in their fish tank (11.5 pounds). We had it half house way and half steamed. I wish we got the entire thing house way. Oh gawd, it was so delicious.
Now, the 5 stars isn't based just on the king crab. Really, everything's good here.
NOTE: If you ever get a chance to eat a whole king crab, you should always say yes. Especially if someone else is buying.
One of my favorite Chinese restaurants in So Cal ! The food is full of flavor and tastes so fresh compared to many other places .
If you do not want to wait, call ahead for reservations and make it an early dinner! At 4pm on a Saturday , you'll be seated right away. Wait any longer, you'll probably be waiting for at least an hour just to be seated.
The shaken beef and Kung pao chicken are my favorites here!
I have only been here once, so far, but I will return. The food was amazinggggggg and so very tasty. The lobster is a must and it was huge, especially for two people. The beef in our dish was exquisite. Not a big list of drink options or fine wine as this place really focuses on the food.
Go here! It was a special occasion for us but there need not be a reason, other than the food!
It's also a journey as you really feel like you are far outside LA in another place that only wants to impress you with amazing ingredients and a robust offering of food.
One of the best seafood meal after I moved to the states!
The curry crab, geoduck, lemongrass clam and the steak cube was amazing!!!
Not really a fan of the Newport lobster.
Overall the service was attentive, price was right.
I'm a happy camper after all.
I will be back!
I must say the lobster is really good. They use sooooo many scallions! My favorite. I always go around 3-4pm. The best time to go! No wait and you still get lunch prices. BUT the lobster is always a set price. The XO sauce... BOMB. The clams are big and they are super generous with the portions too! You must come here! You wont regret it! Also, they do a service if you go abroad, they can help you pack the lobster on board a flight! You just simply throw it on a wok when you get to China or
Taiwan and its good to go! Tastes just as good if you were to have it at the restaurant! I order this all the time for my clients! Super convenient! And lezzz be honest... the seafood in China is.... not reliable lollll.
Wow! Amazing seafood spot right here! When you order here, they first serve you a hot and sour soup right off the bat and that was delicious! They give you a whole pot of rice and we ordered a ginger sauce lobster and salt and pepper crab dish and that was absolutely bomb. The flavor and taste of the both dishes was perfect! The customer service here was great and they also give you a complimentary valet parking here as well!
I was really craving good Seafood and authentic Chinese food. Searching through yelp I was between this place and another in China town. I chose this place because of the high number of positive reviews . I also seen this restauraunt featured in a show I was watching on netflix called UGLY DELICIOUS. So i had to bring my whole family.
I called and made a reservation about 8 hrs ahead of time and it was not a problem. We arrived at 8 pm and sat immediately.
We ordered the lobster house special,beef fried rice,wet rice noodles with chicken,Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce,crunchy garlic shrimp, and beef loc. ALOT OF FOOD !! It was so good we ate it all. In total we were a party of 6.
The service was very straight forward no b.s, went straight into what we wanted and had it out in about 15 minutes. I loved that because I was starving lol.
We drove about 25 miles to try the lobster and it was 100% worth it. I will come again and again and make sure my friends know about this place !
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