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Nov 6, 2009 02:22 PM

Tan Cang Newport and/or Newport Seafood?

I want to take a girl I like a lot out to the proper one. Which one should I be going to? There seem to be two different websites. has two locations listed, and the other has a totally separate Santa Ana location listed.

Newport Seafood Restaurant
4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Tan Cang Restaurant
18441 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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  1. Hmm. I thought they were all related. Most of the comment on the board relates to the San Gabriel location. But you can't go wrong in Santa Ana either.


      I had been lead to believe (by my brother-in-law's family) that the old Tan Cang (Newport Seafood) by Golden Deli and 7-11 is where it all began. That branch has now relocated to the Las Tunas address.

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      1. re: Joe Blowe

        My husband and I drive to the SBV one from the Westside. Well worth it. Love the house special lobster!!! And the servers and owners are so helpful and friendly.

        1. re: Joe Blowe

          On the other hand, calling a restaurant Newport Seafood in San Gabriel makes more sense if you've already opened up a branch in Orange County. Also, given the Vietnamese angle, you'd also think the initial operation might have originated in Orange County.

          Newport Seafood Restaurant
          4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Haven't been there, but their site ( indicates that they sold the OC location (see the "About" page).

            1. re: will47

              The RH location is undergoing renovation, not sure when they are going to reopen.

              1. re: reality check

                i think the OC one is the original one, but they aren't affiliated with the others anymore, in fact there are actually two tan cang newport seafoods in santa ana / garden grove, but they aren't affiliated with each other either, who knows? probably a family feud or something...i've eaten at the one on 1st st (in santa ana) last month and it was as good as ever


                1. re: Lau

                  Yes, the one in Garden Grove is on Bolsa and has a different website.


                  I believe the two OC locations, are within 2 miles of each other.

                  1. re: reality check

                    they're really close to each other although someone told me the one on bolsa is not as good, i havent been to that one

        2. I can't speak for the one in RH or on Las Tunas, but the one at 4411 W 1st St. is excellent, but the neighbourhood is ghastly.

          Las Tunas Restaurant
          3603 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

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          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            I second Das Ubergeek's suggestion for the Santa Ana location. My family has been dining there for years, and it never disappoints. LOVE LOVE LOVE the House Special Lobster and the Bo Luc Lac (Shaken Beef served with salad).

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              agree with Das Ubergeek...the food is very good's my review

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                maybe I need to give this place a revisit since my last stop there....a decade ago was less then memorable.

              2. Been to both the Rowland Heights one and the one on Las Tunas.

                The one on Las Tunas has nicer decor.

                The lobster at the Rowland Heights branch is spicier and tastier. More black pepper and chile in that prep compared to the Las Tunas prep.

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                1. re: Porthos

                  You can ask them to adjust the seasonings, esp. on the Lobster and Crab, and even dishes like the shaking beef (ie. beef loc lac).

                2. when i asked them a long time ago, they told me that the original one wasin oc, however they sold it. they use the same name and menu.

                  currently, the one in rowland heights is under renovation, still! according to their signs, it'll take about a month to month and half. btw, i got a peek into the interior and it's on the ritzy side, like the sg branch, but not exactly the same.
                  i just wonder about the chef. personally when they moved the sg location, i found the quality and taste of food not as good as before. i ended up eating more at the one in sg as a result.

                  the sg branch is a real nice place for a date btw. at least imo. some of the staff that work there also used to work at the rh branch.

                  also, their commercials, they only feature the rh and sg locations. so yeah, the santa ana location is stand alone.

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                  1. re: catbert

                    well it sounds like the santa ana one is the original b/c both websites (SG/RH and the Santa Ana) say that the santa ana one is the original one, but the SG/RH say that they sold it and the Santa Ana one says they are imposters haha....clearly something went down

                    i guess it really doesn't matter as long as the food is still good, never been to the SG/RH ones, but the SA one is still good.....the SG/RH ones look alot nicer and newer than the SA one which is a bit of a dump although they recently did minor reservations so it went from complete dump to plain decor