EMC Seafood & Raw Bar - Irvine

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280 reviews
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Established in 2013, we have quickly become a popular place for fresh seafood in Koreatown and Woodland Hills of Los Angeles, CA. Check out our raw bar which consists of tasty goodness such as oysters, live uni, and a seafood tower (for those that like variety). You"ll also be able to have your favorite drink from our fully stocked bar served by our awesome mixologists.
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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

This place is going down hill on week days. When they are busy, service is better and food is fresher. Weekdays not so much. Very disappointing.

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h
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit has the amazing lobster roll small plate. Outstanding! Went back for taco Tuesday. Battered fish tacos were some of the best I’ve had. Shrimp tacos were excellent as well. Great service and food!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was good, however our 2 orders of garlic noodles took a long time to come out. We got everything except the noodles and we asked about them and they said they were “coming right out.” They obviously forgot about them because we can see/hear the kitchen preparing our meal after our waitress talked to them.

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j
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Great service but very limited food choices. I’m confused at the high reviews, Sunday Brunch is $58 a person with very few choices to pick from and the dessert bar is extremely pathetic, looks days old and dried up brownies, you can tell that they didn’t even bake them fresh, totally disgusting breakfast food, the only soup option is porridge, how sad is that? EMC should rethink about adding more food choices for that price point or lower the price by at least half. Even the mimosa sucks. Food that are supposed to be hot wasn’t even hot. Wouldn’t come back here ever again. There are plenty of better restaurants that will make your tummy happy with that price point, seriously don’t bother wasting your time eating here. You will regret it.

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GN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Quality seafood and variety of food at a reasonable price. Great ambiance, clean facility, and very attentive staff.

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We had reservations at 7pm. The restaurant was half full. We didn’t sit down until 720pm at the table we were staring at for 20 minutes.

Server took forever to come over and the restaurant wasn’t loud but he whispered the whole time. We all looked at each other like what the heck.

Food was delicious as usual.

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We arrived a few minutes early for a 5pm booking and were seated immediately. The ambiance was nice - good decor, a buzz of conversation and friendly waiter. As the restaurant filled up it got the buzz got a bit louder - kitchen sounds, chairs scraping, voices raised as the volume increased, piped music, and tv sound, all added to a bit of a din, reflected back at us by the tiled walls and hard surfaces. By the time we finished our meal I would say the sound level was irritatingly noisy. The food and drink were good, but we were a bit disappointed with the calamari with spicy garnish (we order two plates because we love calamari) which was almost all fried batter and very little squid. Might be personal preference, but I'd like to have had a thinner batter and been able to taste succulent fresh squid. As and afterthought - because we had time and were still a little bit hungry, we order another plate of sushi rolls. We waited over 20 minutes for it and eventually asked for the bill. Tanner, our very pleasant waiter, brought the bill and the sushi (which we weren't charged for) at the same time. I would say we had a pleasant time and a good meal. - raw oysters were nice, fried garlic shrimp very good, tasty sushi, good house wine - about the right level of value for money at happy hour prices. I'd like to try again with EMC and hope for a dining experience without the few downside points of this past visit.

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PE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went to EMC to celebrate the New Year with my wife. The Happy Hour menu, including the $1 oysters, is a great value. The raw oysters were plump and fresh. We also ordered the fried zucchini and the chicken wings, though neither one was particularly good. I suggest sticking with the seafood offerings like the steamed mussels and the clams. The steamed clams had a lot of grit to them, so be forewarned that you may feel a little sand in your mouth. The ambiance is great for group dinners and celebrations. The wait staff was attentive and friendly.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for New Years and it was outstanding.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hot waiter and waitress

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Big boy’s birthday

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Kind of greasy preparation on many of the dishes

But..the oysters were very good and well prepared. I would go back for the oysters, but not that impressed with the rest of the menu.

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A
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch with my husband! We always come here... The food is fresh and tasty!! Service excellent...

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Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great wings and cucumber appetizers. We ate family style so tried a number of dishes. Branzino was good but watch out for the bones. We’ll be back.

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K
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love EMC and their sunday brunch!! Unlimited Mimosas? Yes, Please! Unlimited raw bar seafood? OhhhHH my LorrrdDD YES please!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Awesome brunch! If you are a foodie who loves seafood, this brunch is phenomenal! My favorite part was the oysters!

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WW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was oily and overall the lobster roll and shrimp garlic noodles were average. Clam chowder was the only thing that I would recommend.

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AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, quick service, perfect for a family dinner. Only thing we didn’t love was how very very noisy it was. You can barely hear each other talking.

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch. Pretty expensive at $58 a person but definitely with it if you love seafood.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It was a birthday celebration and it was noted at time of reservation but they didn’t do anything. A bit disappointed.

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s
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service!

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T
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Oysters were delicious. All food was very fresh. Service was attentive. Ambiance was delightful. Will be back.

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S
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to this location about 3 or 4 times now this year. It is fantastic! Every visit, I am already looking forward to the next visit! Vast number of fresh seafood to select from including scallops, oysters, shrimp cocktail, mussels, clams, crab legs and if you're not a fan of raw seafood, many dishes available having cooked seafood such as oysters Rockefeller, grilled salmon, creamy cooked scollops with cheese and imitation crab meat, clam chowder. They also offer other hot foods such as prime rib, leg of lamb, grilled sausages, congee, tacos, seasoned pork belly, bacon, breakfast sausages, french toast, mini pancakes, etc. Unlimited mimosas and every person gets one grilled lobster tail with their meal. Their dessert bar could use some work with the crepes. Crepes are not fresh made. Appears to be pre-made and reheated at time of order. I would be great if they made them fresh, it just seams wrong not to. They do not taste like the crepes you get at crepe shops and I think it solely because it isn't fresh made and the ones they offer are a bit too thick and doughy. I'm there for the seafood selection so I would be okay to forgo those other items which are the best. I'm drooling just describing everything!

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TO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was surprisingly better than expected. The food came out fast and the service was pretty good all around.

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AA
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Second time there, they raised the price with decreased quality of their food. And they won’t let you pick the at the raw bar buffet. Crab legs are of lower grade and overly salty with yucky built-up on the legs. All other food is awesome. Super noisy, there were 3 drunk tables surrounding us. They talked and laughed so loud that we couldn’t really talk and enjoy our gathering.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood brunch in town.

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l
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always it's a great place for seafood - ambience is great - food is great - big parties is great - will always come back here for brunch.

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MB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. The happy hour prices were ridiculously low. Service was great. Quality of food was good as well.
I'm glad we used Open Table for the reservation- there was a line out the door.

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KK
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch was pricey ($55 per person), options are limited. The only valuable thing to get really were the oysters, and they've changed the structure to not be self serve, which overall hinders the experience. Hot food was all meh. Even the 1/2 lobster was not great. I'd rather just come for happy hour for $1 oysters.

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B
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the happy hour is a great deal. the house wine is good. the brussel sprouts and garlic noodles are great !

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Happy hour is great! $1 for an oyster! $5 for a glass of wine. I love the design of the restaurant as well.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood is delicious. My gf cant wait to go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is awesome! Good so delicious. Service is timely and welcoming.

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MC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointing all around

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love emc. Great service and delicious food from their happy hour.

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B
Las Vegas
29 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

It is very energetic noise.

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T
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Youthful, energetic and fun. Lots of TV's. Service was cheerful and prompt.

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d
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood tower lots uni. Good

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EN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Reservation was at 12:30, came to check in at 12:15 and didn’t get seated until a little pass 1pm. That’s too long of a wait with a reservation.

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