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“The house-special lobster is the dish to get” at this midpriced Chinese chainlet incorporating Vietnamese, Cambodian and Thai influences into its “excellent” menu; “massive crowds” “are the only downside”, but “service is prompt” once you’re seated and the settings are “tasteful”too; P.S. “bring a large group so you can try as many dishes as possible.”


Certificate of Excellence (2014-2017)

Rated #1 of 205 Restaurants in San Gabriel

TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers.


50 Best Chinese restaurants in the United States

Newport Tan is one of the most acclaimed Chinese restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley, especially known for its house special lobster. It’s smart to come with a large group so you can order a variety of seafood, such as fish with basil-and-walnut shrimp. If you’re craving red meat, the filet mignon cubes are outstanding.


LA’s 23 Most Iconic Restaurant Dishes – Spring 2018

A legendary dish that draws crowds every night, this stir-fried lobster, pulled live from massive tanks in the front of the restaurant, is a classic Cambodian-Chinese showstopper with green onions, ginger, and garlic. Everyone will fight for the tails and claw, but the true aficionados go for the the head, best eaten with some sauteed greens and bowl of fresh rice.


The story behind the spicy lobster at Newport Seafood

In today’s chef-driven culture, significant attention and praise are given to the culinary brains behind the stove, and here that credit belongs to Lam’s husband, Ly Hua, who developed the restaurant’s signature dish, a massive Maine lobster blasted in a wok with green onions, jalapeños, black pepper and clarified butter.


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Newport Seafood’s Spicy Lobster — There are other things on the menu at Newport Seafood, and some of them are even good, but the Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant, which occupies a remodeled Marie Callender’s, might as well have no menu at all: The throngs, most of which have waited a couple of hours for a table on a Saturday night, are there for the house-special lobster, a mammoth beast fried with chiles, black pepper and scallions, a dish as essential to Newport Seafood as chili dogs are to Pink’s.


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“The lobster of Newport clocks in at 5 pounds or more; it comes out fried and fiery red, showered with black pepper, chiles and scallions and not so much placed as heaped on a plate. Most tables, you’ll notice, also have a spread of clams, shaking beef (bo luc lac), pan-fried pork chops and fried rice, all of which are very, very good and, as it happens, pretty much represent all that is wonderful about eating in the San Gabriel Valley.”


Taste Test: Newport Seafood

“The seafood was good quality, and the lobster looked amazing, so it would be worth another trip to try it. The bill came out to $20 each for the five of us, including tip, with just tea to drink– not bad for very satisfying six course dinner.”


Alive with Pleasure by Jonathan Gold

“First among equals, of course, is the spicy lobster, which is as essential to Newport Seafood as chili dogs are to Pink’s. People take Newport lobsters home to Saigon, Taipei, Tokyo and Phnom Penh, the waiters boast. The lobsters are like the ones at Crustacean in Beverly Hills, they say, only twice as good and half as expensive…Did the lobster live up to the dream? Yes, I confess: It did.”


Best Los Angeles Seafood Restaurants

At this family-run restaurant, the menu — in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai — expresses the cultural blending that is the experience of the Chaozhou Chinese, who migrated to Southeast Asia in the 1850s. There are influences from Cambodia and Thailand, resulting in seafood fare that is refreshingly light.


Newport Seafood is an SGV classic. It’s an upscale restaurant, popular with families out for a nice Sunday lunch. And when you’re out for a nice Sunday lunch here, you should be ordering the whole lobster. It’s covered in spring onions, chilli, and ginger, and the smallest one you’ll be offered will be at least four pounds. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the rest of the menu – the peppery, slightly sweet Beef Lak Lok needs to be ordered too.





  • Wern O.

    Wern O.

    TLDR: great seafood, for affordable prices.

    Came on a Saturday night at 530pm with minimal wait. Parking is free valet service (remember to tip) so parking is easy. Service is brisk and very friendly compared to your normal traditional authentic Asian restaurants.

    The food was amazing with generous portions and everything is at an affordable price. Went with 3 other people and our meal with tip came to about $35 a person. We ordered the lobster, shrimp soup and pea shoots. They also serve oranges after the meal which is a huge plus in my book.
  • Dennis W.

    Dennis W.

    I've been driving down from San Jose at least once a year just to eat here.  Yeah, it's that good.  Seafood are always fresh and done right.  Lobster is a must.  Geoduck clams, live prawns are also highly recommended.   The wait can be long, but it is definiately worth it.
  • Michelle N.

    Michelle N.

    Love love love this place ! They have , I believe two other locations . Which are all very delicious

    I've had nothing but good service here ! And great food - you can't ever go wrong with that

    KING CRAB , without a question is a must . Yes it is pricey but it is so well worth it

    Filet mignon cubes are delicious and very tender as well .

    The flavoring they add to all the dishes are just out of this world . Their house seasoning is just the best there is
    Very fresh compared to other Chinese seafood restaurants around town

    It definitely does get busy so be prepared to wait ! Or simply call ahead of time to make reservations (:

    Yum yum yum til next time !

  • Patricia G.

    Patricia G.

    This is my fam's go-to place for any occasion as the food and service is just amazing! However, the last time I was here, we changed things up and opted for the House Special Lobster with our order. Couldn't believe in all the years I've been coming here, that's the first time I'd gotten it. Omg game changer -- this is the ONLY way I want to eat my lobster from now on. So much garlic/pepper/green onion goodness!! Definitely recommend!
  • Tiffany N.

    Tiffany N.

    One of my favorite Chinese restaurants in So Cal ! The food is full of flavor and tastes so fresh compared to many other places .

    If you do not want to wait, call ahead for reservations and make it an early dinner! At 4pm on a Saturday , you'll be seated right away. Wait any longer, you'll probably be waiting for at least an hour just to be seated.

    The shaken beef and Kung pao chicken are my favorites here!
  • SanLouise S.

    SanLouise S.

    I have only been here once, so far, but I will return. The food was amazinggggggg and so very tasty. The lobster is a must and it was huge, especially for two people. The beef in our dish was exquisite. Not a big list of drink options or fine wine as this place really focuses on the food.

    Go here! It was a special occasion for us but there need not be a reason, other than the food!

    It's also a journey as you really feel like you are far outside LA in another place that only wants to impress you with amazing ingredients and a robust offering of food.
  • Alex S.

    Alex S.

    It's been a hot minute since I had something this authentic
    Every dish here is fresh and tasty with flavors that's augmented
    But I suggest you stick with Popeye's if you ain't got $pinach
    Cuz you need to make Money Moves if you wanna lean wid it, Wok wid it
    Surprised there was no wait today! We just walked in it
    And experienced a special lunch made in God's image
    Their seafood is Hella good, especially their amazin' lobster
    We ordered a couple and ate like some Asian mobsters
    The market price today was about $20 per pound
    Oh my, the portions are very generous; plenty go 'round
    Worth every penny, this place would do well in any ol' town
    And their XO sauce?! Smooth like when my Henny go down
  • Niko L.

    Niko L.

    One of the best seafood meal after I moved to the states!
    The curry crab, geoduck, lemongrass clam and the steak cube was amazing!!!
    Not really a fan of the Newport lobster.
    Overall the service was attentive, price was right.
    I'm a happy camper after all.
    I will be back!
  • Bianca N.

    Bianca N.

    Came in on a Friday night with my boyfriend and his family to get a taste of authentic chinese food. We were excited as we have seen this restaurant featured in one of our fave food show.

    We knew right off the bat that we will be getting the Newport Lobster and let me tell you that it does not disappoint! We got the medium lobster and it easily fed 6 people.

    By far the cleanest Chinese restaurant I've been to in terms of food, not too greasy and clean tasting food.

  • Jon P.

    Jon P.

    Wow! Amazing seafood spot right here! When you order here, they first serve you a hot and sour soup right off the bat and that was delicious! They give you a whole pot of rice and we ordered a ginger sauce lobster and salt and pepper crab dish and that was absolutely bomb. The flavor and taste of the both dishes was perfect! The customer service here was great and they also give you a complimentary valet parking here as well!
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