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2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Zagat Survey Awards:

While plenty of patrons come to this busy, "stadium-size" Chinatown "favorite" for "marvelous", "fresh seafood straight from the tank", the "real" draw is the parade of rolling carts that offer dim sum "as good as it gets" - an "excellent variety" that exemplifies "fine craftsmanship and creativity"; though it's "not as fancy" as some of its neighbors, it's nevertheless jammed with dumpling lovers "every weekend, so be prepared to wait."
Award-winning chef Kwong Wah Lee gets highest marks from Xagat's Dining Guide for succulent seafood dishes prepared in the classic Cantonese tradition.

L.A. Times - Best Chinese Hong Kong Style Restaurant
"All the dim sum at Ocean Seafood are superb"

Los Angeles Channel 13 - recommended Best Chinese Restaurant

Los Angeles Citysearch.com:
Chinatown's beloved Cantonese seafood palace--where live fish, shrimp and crab swim for your supper. - Editorial Best Restaurant of Citysearch
Top 3 Best Chinese Food
Top 10 Best Seafood

Los Angeles New Times:
BEST SHRIMP DUMPLINGS...be the shrimp dumplings, which are the stuff that a seafood lover's dreams are made of. Pop one into your mouth, bite down a bit, and suddenly your palate is overflowingly filled with juicy, plump chunks of fresh shrimp. Try 'em once, and become a hopeless addict forever.

Los Angeles Times:
If you have a hankering for Cantonese seafood, you can't go wrong with this Chinatown classic. Tucked in a Hill Street mall, Ocean Seafood offers live fish steamed on the bone with ginger and garlic, clams with black bean sauce, shrimp in many guises and a roster of classic Cantonese dishes. Dim sum is served at lunchtime.

Additional accolades:

  • Film location for The Post Grad Survival Guide – 2009 comedy film starring Alexis Bledel, Carol Burnett, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton and Rodrigo Santoro.
  • Film location of Lethal Weapon 4
  • Selected dining spot for TV show Blind Date
  • Appointed banquet location by JTB International, Inc. of Japan
  • The appointed Dimsum supply restaurant by Chairman Chiang Tse-Min of People's Republic of China when he visited the US


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