Capital Seafood - Irvine Spectrum

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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.
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DJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Big portions that you're able to share.

LM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Terrible shrimp. Panda Express is even better than this place.

T
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I came by on two occasions and the food was simply outstanding. The dim sum items were exquisite and delicious. The ladies walking around with the carts and trays were lovely and if you ask nicely for something - they try to bring it to you as soon as the food item is available. I love some of their smiles. The other servers in charge of waters and tea were not on top of their game as much. My partner and I were sat and for food from the carts but didn’t have any water or any tea despite asking someone for it. We were completely ignore until I flagged someone down for tea and water. Otherwise everything was great.

Second time I went by we had the Peking duck (definitely a must try especially on Tuesday) and that was absolutely divine. Service was okay as well.

OT
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a late Sunday night dinner. Food was good although we didn't enjoy the fried crispy sole fish. It was an entire fish, bones and all, deep fried but not too much meat.

PA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal all the way around the "Lazy Susan". I particularly enjoyed the Filet Mignon Cubes w/Macadamia Nuts, and get the sting beans. Amazing.

OT
Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Chinese food and dim sum in Orange County. Classy Chinese restaurant with excellent service. No need to drive to Chinatown!

J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent - very happy. A little noisy, but the food was great and the service was exceptional.

EC
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food. Great for large gatherings. I don't like how white rice isn't included, and their service is bleh, which is what is expected from a Chinese restaurant. Overall the food is good enough to keep me coming back. Their happy hour is excellent. The drinks and appetizers are quite delicious! And Dim Sum is also very good. The good definitely outweighs the bad.

A
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Really expensive for average food. we ordered typical fare like beef n broccoli & orange chicken & kung pao shrimp. Expected these dishes to taste better than pick up stix. but they did not.

G
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Always quick and very delicious.

MR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sean always provides the best service! Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service, great food and great ambience. Love the family stye and look forward to a return visit

E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a great experience. Location, service, and food was great. Prices are reasonable and staff was very attentive.

DJ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second time visiting this location. Our waiter was phenomenal, and really took care of us, which was a party of 10 people. We had a couple of people with food allergies and he really knows the menu and ingredients to make sure we ordered the correct food. The food came out in a timely manner and was delicious. You have to try the peppered filet mignon cubes...so good! They do have dim sum as well. I would highly recommend this place for a big group or special occasion dinners.

TA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

When asking the waiter for a recommendation he responded with "I don't know why don't you look around and choose one of those" after that response we weren't excited about him bringing us our food. So I told the manger and we left. A real bummer because I heard the food was great and the restaurant was nice looking and the for looked good.

JA
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

You get really awesome food at an even better price. Staff is quick to cater to your ever need.

RH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food! Wonderful experience. Only suggestion would be to maybe upgrade menu holders for alcohol menu. It looked very worn out, not very appealing.

E
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I DO NOT FEEL SAFE AT CAPITAL SEAFOOD IRVINE SPECTRUM DUE TO THE UNSAFE PRACTICES OF MANAGMENT, THUS I WILL ALSO NO LONGER PATRON AT SISTER LOCATION CAPITAL SEAFOOD DIAMOND JAMBOREE. I am deeply concerned that during a fire alarm, my family that arrived before I did was encouraged to stay at their table. Watching from outside the window, I noticed servers went about as if there wasn't a blaring alarm, some nervous patrons sat and some patrons ran out the doors. No matter a drill, a false alarm, or a real fire alarm - all alarms should be treated as if there is dangerous threat to life. You encouraged patrons to ignore a blatant alarm, which conditions them to ignore such alarms in the future. The manager should have encouraged patrons to quickly walk outside and wait at a designated safety point until the alarm stopped and an all clear sounded - this is standard practice!

EC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We went here for our Chinese New Years Dinner. I had been there before for dim sum and the food had been pretty good, and they were one of the only Chinese restaurants in town with reservations available, so we chose here. We didn't realize they had half the menu of the diamond jamboree location, but we still found items that we thought we would like. Several items were pretty good, such as the garlic salt pork chops and peking duck wasn't bad. We ordered the fish maw soup and it was not good at all. The fish maw was still hard, even though it should be soft so it wasn't cooked long enough. The rest of the items were ordered were ok. We asked for less salt, less oil, and no MSG for all our dishes and some of them were still a little salty. The worst part was the service. We saw them once to order our food, and then we had to flag them down to pay our check. We had some leftovers and we went to go get the to go containers ourselves because no one came by. I'm used to going to restaurants where the service isn't great, but this was worse than the others.

DH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Noisy, overpriced for dinner, horrible service. We were a party of 8 and although the service was horrible they charged us for tip as if the service was good. Fried foods was starchy.

e
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The portions of gotten smaller and the prices have gotten bigger. The food was all mediocre and not hot. Except for the dim sum which was outstanding. If I ever do return, I would only order the dim sum.

MR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sean is the most professional and attentive server. Always taking great care of my family.

D
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE HAVE DINED THERE MANY TIMES AND HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED THE FOOD. THE HONEY WALNUT SHRIMP AND THE FILET CUBES ARE OUR FAVORITES.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We picked this location so we could wonder around the mall after dinner. The bar tender was a great guy. Sadly no apitizers were available. Lots of large tables for big groups.

G
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Given the location in the Irvine Spectrum and decor, I expected a fine dining experience. I was truly disappointed and dissatisfied with the slow service, lack of attention and overall rude and dismissive attitude of the servers!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND $$ here. There are lots of other restaurants in the Spectrum that will give you proper attention, response and you won’t have to wait for other waiters to get you refills or the check. THEY DON’T have a clue on customer service here!

A
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but server forgot one item in our order, no rice, no shrimp egg rolls and lack of attention to empty water glasses.

F
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

My husband and I enjoy the authenticity of the restaurant but the service and lack of cleanliness is overwhelming and not worth the price of the food

N
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was little odd
They put two different size tables together, and seating arrangement was strange

Food was good as usual, but the food came out at a slow pace one dish at a time

I’ll be back

Mother and sister will not return

J
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food as always. Love the filet cubes and house special shrimp

JL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my mother in law’s birthday. The Lychee martini’s were incredible and service was great.

M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great old school American-Chinese restaurant. Fantastic food and service! I recommend the sweet and sour fish and the Peking duck

OT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was good, but service is very bad. For a Chinese restaurant that serve descent food, but is highly priced is not worth re-visiting. Went on a Friday night, the restaurant was not busy, but the workers were just talking to each other and not paying attention to the customers. Two couples got seated and left because no one paid attention to them. I would not recommend this restaurant for the service they provide.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Dining room was slightly warm.

NK
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Have been here many times for dim sum, but only a handful of times for dinner. Our recent visit was for a bday dinner. Service was spotty. Our waiter was hard to find, but other staff were quick to help us out. The Chinese food is Americanized, but still tasty.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was amazing at least what we received. I ordered an appetizer and never received. The waiter just said he forgot. No offer to bring out one. I also ordered noodles and they never brought them out either.

Once the food came the waiter never came back. I had to go to the front desk to get my check and leave.

Very poor service.

N
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dad’s birthday. He said best Lobster ever

SB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is consistently good. The service is really bad. Unless you waive someone down, you’ll be ignored with the exception being during dim sum. They also need to keep the restaurant cleaner.

O
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was a little rushed, but the food was excellent.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, good service; nice location has lots shopping stores and fun.

CS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We always go to Capital Seafood when we crave dimsum and good Chinese food. We had our usual egg drop soup, dimsum platter, yang chow fried rice and house special fish fillet (this one is not on the menu but they will make it for you if you ask for it). These are our set favorites and they did not disappoint!

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