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Forbidden City

88 reviews
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$30 and under
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Step into Forbidden City and be prepared to dine. This beautiful escape on the back side of Marina Pacifica serves authentic Chinese Cuisine and superior Sushi. It's beautiful authentic decor of jade and marble make you feel as though you have stepped into something special. It's beautiful bar and lounge, paired with its enticing closed patio with fire pit, will itself make you relaxed. With its exquisite ambience, superior cuisine and service, you will know you have arrived.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Chinese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(562) 961-3500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Our private Garden Patio offers dining for parties of up to 75 persons. Call the restaurant for more information
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Private party contact
Chris Henning: (562) 961-3500
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Cross street
2nd Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on February 15, 2013

Food was heavy and slow to arrive. Wait staff was erratic in efficiency, although friendly enough. Noise level wasover the top due to a two person cover band's excessively loud music. We had to shout to each other to be heard.

vipHBFoodie (Los Angeles)
Dined on February 15, 2013

I am very happy I found this place, the food was good, the staff accomodating, it is a great atmosphere and I love the live music. The happy hour alone is worth the visit. This place is in a bit of an unusual location to get to, so initially I was unsure and kept putting off trying it, but once in the restaurant I was pleasantly surprised at how great this place is. The owner came by and made us feel very welcome, even brought out a sauce of his own for an appetizer we were having and it went from good to Awesome! In fact everything I have tasted so far has been really good and I am picky. I had a great evening, so I highly recommend it and will add this restaurant to my list of places I frequent.

Udge (Orange County)
Dined on February 9, 2013

Forbidden City is our "Go to" restaurant and it never lets us down. Took some new people to dinner and they loved it. I will say the service was just okay but the bartenders, especially Eric, are always great.

vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
Dined on January 19, 2013

Service was horrible! Bus boy was the only one that gave us good service (water delivered as we were seated and table cleared as soon as we were done). Everything between that was awful. Had to ask for additional cups for sake, needed to request additional place settings, needed to grab chop sticks from another table, had to go to the bar for additional sake, never asked if we wanted rice with dinner (once we requested the order of brown rice (for the table) we ended up receiving one small cup, which of course we had to remind them of. When food was delivered my wife and I didn’t have plates, so they proceeded to deliver the food in front of us. I had to remind them we were having family style and they still haven’t brought us plates f

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
Dined on January 12, 2013

This place was good, but just good. Food tasted good, but not great. Our server was good but the hostesses weren't too with it. I would go back for happy hour, but probably not for regular price food.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
Dined on January 11, 2013

Excellent food and wonderful atmosphere. I definitely recommend having reservations during prime times.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
Dined on December 25, 2012

Food is excellent but service suffers because of complete under-staffing. Server was very attentive with a good personality but our meal was served 40 minutes after ordering.

vipCheryl (Central Coast)
Dined on October 27, 2012

Food is wonderful but be aware that restaurant is VERY NOISY. Not a place for quiet (or any) conversation. Maybe sitting outside is better? Will try next time. Service 1st visit was on-point and attentive. Saturday night, however, service was almost non-existant from our waiter. Food almost made up for it (I think) entree came before we were halfway finished with our appetizers and we had specifically asked when we ordered to wait until we were finished to serve. Service is sometimes very slow so we ordered "all at once" - probably not a good idea in the future!

vipBluffHeights (Los Angeles)
Dined on October 26, 2012

One if the best Asian resataurants in So Cal!!

disguy247 (Los Angeles)
Dined on October 23, 2012

Absolutely Loved this place ... came for my moms bday and they pulledbout alk the stops Mike the manager there even had a cake baked for me to help surprise my mom... awesome experience and will definately spread the word and also be back for more!