747 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.061415 -118.238772
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Central LA
Dim Sum Yum at this Downtown restro is a whole lot more appealing than driving to Monteray Park for any westsiders!
Some of the best chinese in LA – I love this restaurant. Being a Chinese American, I've eaten at many Chinese restaurants throughout my life, but Ocean Seafood is probably my favorite of them all! The food is absolutely delicious - although they are known for their seafood, I have always ordered non seafood dishes (noodles, beef, vegetables such as string beans, fried rice) and have always been very happy with the food. I like that the restaurant doesn't get too noisy either during the week (although it is noisy during dim sum times on the weekend). Highly recommended - you cannot go wrong with this restaurant.
My Chinatown Dim Sum Choice – If I had to do dim sum in Chinatown, this would be my preference. The choices are many, the service quick and friendly, and huge bank of floor to ceiling windows makes the room seem bigger than it is. If you don't get here early, you'll have to wait on the mirrored stairwell with everyone else. It's one of the few places where you can get a great mango custard still.
Yum, Yum Dim Sum! – For the past five years, I've lived in Los Angeles and been to many Chinese restaurants, especially for Dim Sum. In my personal opinion, the dim sum at Ocean Seafood is great. Since moving here from Hong Kong, I've found Ocean Seafood to provide the authenticity and nostalgia of Hong Kong cuisines. Thats why I had to try Ocean Seafood for dinner. The food (especially the seafood) was good and the service was acceptable (never a dirty plate in front of me). I enjoyed the "live steam shrimp," that was the worth the spike in my cholesterol level. Don't always believe what you read, just try it yourself. I suggest going early on Saturday or Sunday for Dim Sum, its worth the wait. If you really love to eat, Ocean Seafood is the place to be.
Chinatown's beloved Cantonese seafood palace, where live fish, shrimp and crab swim for your supper. – The Scene
Cantonese seafood doesn't get much better--or fresher--than this. You'll find a wall of aquariums that are teeming with lively (sometimes bizarre-looking) fish, shrimp, lobster and crab. Spiffy uniformed waiters buzz around the dining room, offering impeccable service and dining suggestions. Heed their advice--they know what they're talking about.
It would be a crime not to eat Ocean Seafood's famous shrimp, prepared a variety of ways, the most popular being boiled up and peeled right at the table; the sweet, clean meat is similar to a tender langoustine. Fried oysters arrive golden and sizzling, breaking open to reveal steaming clouds of perfect flesh. Another standout dish is the Peking duck, dramatically carved and served tableside in two delicious courses. The kitchen also dishes out beef, chicken and pork that rival Hong Kong's own.
know when to go – i've been going to ocean seafood for years, and feel that it's only right to impart the key to successful dining at this place: don't bother after 12:30p. the dimsum gets cold (and picked over), the servers get snarky, and it's just not good times. before that hour, it's the best dimsum i've had in new york, chicago, or l.a., and the service, if not usually english-speaking, is a delight. the place is great for children, and if you don't try the scallop and cilantro dumplings, it's a crime.
Authentic, but not great – Yes, the place is authentic, has a great selection of dim sum, and looks nice.
On the other hand, I just can't get past the rude service and mediocre food. It's better than a lot of places out there, but generally overrated. The dim sum selection is the main reason I go back, but if I'm not looking for anything unusual in the way of dim sum, I can do a lot better closer to home.
Great for Dim Sum – We went here for Dim Sum and it was amazing. Loved their desserts. Food was amazingly tasty. And the price wasn't all that bad. Atmosphere was a bit noisey, but it's that way at all Dim Sum places. This is a DEFINATE recommendation.
dim-sum plates heated in microwave?!!! – I never knew dim-sum plates are supposed to be heated in microwave. I went to this place after reading its good review in citysearch, found it to be very disappointing. Unlike some good dim-sum places I knew in northern california, the server just has a bunch of cold dim-sum plates all piled up in a cart, and when I ask if it's hot, she says she'll heat it for me. And after a minute it comes out hot. That leads me to suspect they're using microwave. Bad service, mediocre food.
Fresh seafood, reasonable prices! – We've been to Ocean Seafood a few times now, and it NEVER disappoints.
Probably the best menu item (in price AND quality of food) is the House Special Crispy Noodle. For $10 (yes, you read that correctly, $10) you get a plate full of crispy, pan-fried noodles with just the right amount of sauce, and a variety of meats: scallops, shrimp, fish, calamari and beef.
You can't beat the food, or the prices, but take a light sweater, because the air-conditioning is usually pretty high!
best ever – Best food, best service, friendly faces, best value. Food is delicious and low prices, a lot of varieties, restaurant decoration is nice and warm, service is very good even during rush hour on weekends. Would recomend to everybody.
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