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Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum
Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum

Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.capital-seafood.com
  • Phone: (949) 788-9218
  • Hours of Operation: Dim Sum Served: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
    Regular Menu Served: Monday- Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Saturday and Sundays 10:00 am- 10:00 pm
    Happy Hour Monday-Friday: 3:00 pm-7:00 pm Bar area only and no reservations)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Dim Sum
  • Executive Chef: Chef Bui
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Capital (Irvine Spectrum) offers a full bar with great selections of the finest wines and spirits. With 4 private dining rooms and patio dining to accommodate large parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Irvine Center Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum
Welcome to Capital's newest restaurant concept. Located in the heart of Orange County inside Irvine Spectrum. With much success in its other location in the Diamond Jamboree center, Capital decided to launch another location in the O.C. Capital is most known for its award winning dim sum and fresh seafood selections. With over 100 dim sum selections to choose from daily and great fresh seafood offerings. Dim Sum favorites such as Sui Mai, Shrimp Har Gow and Baked B.B.Q. Buns are customer favorites to name a few. Live Seafood offerings from our 300 gallon tanks consist of Alaskan King Crab, Maine Lobsters, Dungeness Crab and Catch of the Day. This new concept offers a full bar with an outdoor patio dining experience. Reservations are suggested and offsite catering and private dining are available.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "We usually go for dim sum, and the carts come around pretty quickly. The selection is usually very good (they previously have run out of a few items) and the food is warm and tasty (we had a couple of times in the past where these were both inconsistent but found if you tell them about food temp or flavor, they quickly fix it)."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Dim sum is so so. Does not have that many selection. Hot food on carts are limited."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The "outdoor dining" is an enclosed patio room - very nice. We both felt like starting with soup and ordered two wonton soups, which is served family style in a large tureen, overflowing with fabulous stuff! There were prawns, chicken pieces, wide slices of pork, and the large wontons were stuffed with meat & shrimp also! The broth was delectable & contained sugar snap peas, carrots, & mushrooms. It made two bowls each - and with our wine we just couldn't eat anything else. The menu is large and varied. I've been twice before & enjoyed the dim-sum cart, which only circulates until 3pm; sorry to have missed that on this visit. We'll be back! p.s. The place is packed with Asians - proving the authenticity."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was very good. I was disappointed that rice was not part of the meal and was an extra charge. I have never ordered Chinese food and not have the rice included. The server should have made it clear that the rice was extra. Server was friendly, courteous and attentive. Your servers need to be clear on what is included and what is NOT included."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you're looking for Dim Sum around Irvine Spectrum, this is the place to go. We've been here ~6 times now and the food can be a hit of miss. One time the (shrimp mostly dishes) were bleachy. We mentioned it to one if the main hosts when paying so they could investigate, but no apology (or they didn't understand). Last time all the dishes were nice and hot, but we felt the quality taste just wasn't there like the last time either. But you should go to try it out yourselves. Everybody has a different pallet. More importantly, it is expensive (even for Irvine, I think). One problem is that you don't know the cost of the Dim Sum plates (A, B, or C). C is almost $6! We had traditional dishes. people, 5 dishes + tea = $30. Too much $$$."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food, a bit noisey. Bus boy was very inexperienced"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had dim sum,most of them tasty, the ladies pushing the carts speak very little English, it was hard to find out what were the ingredients in the dumplings and in the other items."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Located in a shopping mall, I did expect a food court, poor experience. Wrong. Food is beautifully prepared, distinctive and overall a good mix of authenthicity with some tailoring for local tastes. Recommended."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I've eaten dim sum here sev'l times and was always satisfied. However, on this visit, the dim sum wasn't as good as on past visits. Perhaps they had a new chef in the kitchen. Also, service was SLOW in the carts bringing the dim sum out. Overall its still the best dim sum in Orange County."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "This location in Spectrum is so much better that the one in Diamond Jamboree Irvine. It is clean and overall atmosphere is nicer. Excellent service and same good menu options."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A wonderful selection of dim sum! The flavors and combinations of seafood was culinary delight. I enjoyed every bit despite not really knowing what I was eating. The waitresses English was not great, but it added to the intrigue and wonderful surprise with every bite. I truly enjoyed the atmosphere, attentive service and variety of food. I would definitely recommend this place to all my friends."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My family and I really enjoyed the Dim Sum. There were many options, and everything tasted great. Huge benefit was being able to make a reservation, which is uncommon at most Dim Sum restaurants."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had been to Capital Seafood for a dim sum brunch the week before and enjoyed it very much, we sat on the patio, it was pleasant and a nice selection.When we arrived last week, we were seated in the bar. After 15 minutes of not being offered anything , we requested a move to the main ding room. As the carts passed we inquired about the Shrimp balls and scallop won tons.It took well over 20 minutes to get either item.The servers seemed confused.We also could not figure out the pricing and think there should be some sort of pricing guide, we just had to trust that the little stamps on our card were added correctly.Diners really should have an itemized receipt rather than just a grand total, with tea or drinks being the only items listed."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "If you are looking for dimsum then this is the place. Most of the Chinese restaurant in Irvine that offer dim sum is either old, dirty and crowded capital offer clean and modern environment for your enjoyments."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have had great food at the Diamond Jamboree location so we were eager to eat at the Spectrum location before going to a concert at the Verizon Amphitheatre. So glad we did. The food was delicious, the service was attentive and the wait staff was very accommodating. Next time we're going to try the Peking Duck that was quickly eaten at the next table. If we feel we need to picnic at the theatre, we'll get takeout at Capital Seafood and tote it to our seats. Definitely a keeper."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "4 of the 5 dishes and the Almond milk hot pot we ordered were very good except the 铁板 sea food plate was very disappointed not good and not worthy the price $18.00 for the quality! We also were very upset because we switched to 豆腐 sea food hot pot when we made the order but that waiter forgot to switch it. We accepted the mistake because we thought it may be good too. But all 5 of us were really upset because it not good at all compared with the 铁板 sea food plate we used to have in other Chinese restaurant. We think you should improve this dish and charge less for this kind of qualify. Hopefully, you will have improvement on this dish in the future then I could refer my friends to your restaurant. Ping"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Out waiter Ben was top notch! Excellent! The restaurant is clean. The food was so tasty and fresh."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "service was very good. food was authentic but my usual less fancy chinese restaurant has larger portions, tastes a little better overall and is much less expensive."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "great for trying a variety of buns and dumplings during dim sum hours a must have-pineapple rolls!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "much of the food we were served was not hot. I guess it must have been sitting around. Not much fun eating cold dim sum that should be piping hot. We drove here from San Diego thinking this should be good, but it was not worth the drive. I'm better off eating in San Diego where the food, if not much better, was about the same."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service was good until our waiter went to lunch, he did not say anything to us nor mentioned that someone would be helping us. We did not realize that he left until the second glass of wine never came, tea got cold, vegetable dish never served, and of course the dessert was really late. We felt bad asking help from another waiter who did not inform us what happened. We thought the lobster dish had a good sauce but was overcooked, was stuck to the shell and chewy. We paid a lot for a party of 4, wish I had said something about the lobster but did not want to spoil my husband's birthday celebration. They gave us some hot tapioca dessert for free while we waited for our real dessert."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Capital Seafood, and we will certainly be back soon. We had reservations for 4, and although the restaurant was busy, we were seated early. We each ordered a different entree, and shared the bounty. None of us could eat everything. There was just too much to consume in one sitting. A tapioca-like dessert was include at no extra charge. Service was personal, never rushed, and definitely responsive to our wishes. The Spectrum location offered abundant parking, even on a Saturday night. Despite the name of the restaurant, many menu items exist for those who are not necessarily fond of seafood. Prices are reasonable, especially given the quality and quantify of the dinners."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Awesome dim sum every day of the week. Top it off with a glass of their fine whiskey."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love the food. The food was good and menu items were great for sharing. Everything we ordered we shared amongst our group of 5. We wanted to try new things because it was our first time there and we got to do that with all the food we ordered. The price points for all the food was very reasonable."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Been to other Capital restaurants and this one is not nearly as good as the other ones"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Made last minute reservations on Open Table and had no issues. Restaurant wasn't able to take us on time, but we didn't have to wait too long; however, it did frustrate me that we weren't able to get seated on time. We had a movie to catch and didn't want to feel rushed. It was dim sum time and we got missed a few times by the ladies but the staff was helpful in getting food items that we were interested in but hadn't been visited by a cart. We would definitely come back for the food as it was good. Pricier dim sum, but expected because of location."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We love coming here for dim sum! You can definitely taste the quality in their food. They have a good amount of choices for dim sum but also have a regular menu as well. We love their Hong Kong style chow mein! Service is awesome and we are always well taken care of...always so accommodating when we bring the kiddos!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We've been going to the Diamond Jamboree location for a long time and we thought we try there new location here at the Spectrum, we made reservations and arrived 20 minutes early and we told we cannot be seated till then. We waited and waited and were not seated till 10 after our reservations. The host was on his personal laptop when I approach and he seemed preoccupied with it until I made a clearing throat sound for him to acknowledge me. I said we have a reservation and we are early and just simply said to us I guess you will need to wait till then since there are people ahead of you. I said I understand, in no reference did he even want to empathize nor try to accommodate."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We used this place for my son's graduation party. Foods were excellent. Services were great. GREAT place for the group dinning. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I dont get to go out often and was looking forward to an enjoyable experience with my daughter. Food was mediocre and I couldnt understand the waiters half the time...wont go back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I had never had dim sum before so I thought I'd try this out. Good thing I made a reservation, because this place was packed! Very popular, and the food didn't disappoint! Pricing was great too! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This place has to be my favorite Asian Cuisine restaurant in OC complete with great menu, excellent service, classy ambiance, and fairly priced dishes. Best King Crab dish in OC for sure!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My wife suggested this place which is the first thing that comes to mind (She hates Seafood). This place serves a wide variety of Chinese food, all of which arrived, hand-carried, and in a "Fine Dining" presentation. We kept oogling meals as they landed on other tables. Okay... Here we go. Walk in to opulence where casual is an accepted norm, food is fresh and bursting with flavors and textures. Here, presentation is as much an art as the food is delicious. Prices were on par with quality, and great in terms of quantity. Even better, if you aren't necessarily a left overs fan, this is some of the best "day after" food you'll eat. I gave service a 4 only because I had to wait for a fork. Face it, nothing is perfect!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were a party of 9 for our Daughter's Graduation Celebration. It was my first experience at Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum. Unlike other dim sum restaurants we've visited, Capital Seafood's staff was found to be quite warm, firendly and attentative. The food was very good, quite a few choices and we didn't have to wait very long for servers to show up with their carts of goodies. Everyone totally enjoyed the food and time spent at Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "the server was very polite and helpful. although most dishes are a few $ more than you would expect, this is because the portions are also 3x bigger than you would expect. i wasn't hearing any music anything other than the clashing sounds in the kitchen. very very bright lighting in the main seating area and back/banquet room. maybe 20-30% capacity on a friday night. tried it once to see what it was about but wouldn't recommend it."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, parking is easy in Norstom's parking structure. Fresh Chinese food with Thai influences too."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our favorite Beijing Roasted Duck was gone. Our favorite desert was gone. The Alaska Kind Crab was too Expensive: more than $50/lb."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I never get tired of the good here! So delicious. My 5 year old was bummed that chicken feet is not on the dinner menu."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "specifically chose this restaurant for Dim Sum. Had been there for lunch at the food quality and selection was fabulous. very disappointed that dinner service does not have Dim Sum carts. will return for lunch, but likely not dinner."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "great dim sum. The best in Orange county and as good as the dim sum you'll find in the San Gabriel Valley"
    Dined on 5/4/2014