Capital Seafood Restaurant – Irvine

We sat in nearly 2.5 hours of traffic last night – but it was all worth it to see the Chens!


Yup, my Mom and Dad are in the area – and whenever they make an appearance on the blog, you know there’s a lot of Chinese food close by.


Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Jicama and Thai Basil…


…Hong Kong Style Chow Mein with crispy egg noodles and seafood…


…Pealeaf with Sauteed Garlic…


…and House String Beans stir fried with garlic and chilis.


I had two of these (good)…


…a small bowl of noodles (not good) with shrimp, fish, squid, and “crab”…


…big plate of veggies and just seafood (the string beans were the best part).






We added 2 brown rice bowls to the order – which they were slow to bring out and charged $4 for. Boo.


Capital Seafood serves overpriced and mediocre meals, but the good news is that I’ll have many more opportunities to discover better Chinese restaurants in the future…


…my parents are house hunting in the O.C.!!!!


20 thoughts on “Capital Seafood Restaurant – Irvine

  1. Sadie Yip

    I love sweet and sour pork, me being Chinese and all, couldn't find a delicious sweet and sour pork, and I live in hk damn it :p

  2. Ellen

    Have fun with your folks! Mine are in town too, which means at least one trip to Cass Vega to fulfill my mom’s Mexican food cravings…

  3. Jen Gregory

    That’s great news! My fingers are crossed that my parents moved to Florida within a few years. Family should always be close by. I think this is something we are programmed to figure out in our 30s.

  4. afratsja

    ooohh…! when in OC, u should try a chinese muslim restaurant in tustin. i forgot the name already! it was not entirely overpriced, but the dishes i tried there were all awesome!

  5. Judy Hsieh Bigman

    We're super excited that your parents are joining the rest of our family here on the West Coast! The family gatherings will be merrier ;o) (and ALWAYS a lot of HOME COOKED Chinese food :)).

  6. Lea @ Healthy Coconut

    I remembered to check out the announcement today.

    Woohoo, that’s great news if they are planning to live in OC. That means you will be here more often and maybe we can hang out and meet at bakeries 🙂 lol!

    I’ve eaten at Capital Seafood and it was ok for me, fancy decors, good ambiance and love the plaza it’s in. We love going to Furiwa Restaurant (in Westminster) for dim sum but they have a full menu too, if you want to check it out next time.

    1. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet Post author

      yes if they do move here you’ll be seeing a lot more of me (and i’ll be picking your brain for places to eat!)

  7. Melissa @TryingtoHeal

    yay for your parents visiting!!! and of course the traditional chinese food!

  8. Cellabella

    That’s the same with my folks – my husband and I don’t eat much Chinese food but when my parents fly over from Virginia to visit the O.C., it’s Chinese food every day and every meal! I think I had a similar green bean dish at least four times the last time they were here 😉

    I hope they find a nice home in OC, they should definitely go to Irvine to sample the many Chinese restaurants there (101 Noodles, Sam Woo on Culver, Tri-Village, and A&J to name a few).

  9. Walo

    I second Sam Woo and A&J, but Tri-Village seems to have gone down hill. I like Chong Qing Mei Wei for Szechuan. Happy house hunting!

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