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Newport seafood equivalent?

Lynndsey Rigberg Aug 13, 2012 11:18 PM

Chow hounds, I have a milestone birthday coming up and wanted to get 30 friends together for Newport Seafood. As you know, NS doesn't take reservations and don't have a banquet room. Is there any other restaurant that comes close in quality but also won't totally break up the party?

NS said they'd seat each table of 10 as the tables open up meaning I'll have three rounds of guests eating at different times....this sort of sucks....so is this worth the meal and hype? (I've actually never eaten here but have read all your great reviews). Thanks for your thoughts!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Aug 14, 2012 07:59 AM

    Seafood Village in Temple City.

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      raytamsgv RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2012 12:55 PM


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        mc michael RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2012 04:27 PM

        Seafood Village is good. It's not as splashy as Newport. With 30 folks you may have to do several round tables in proximity. I don't recall seeing a banquet room, but maybe I missed it. But the seafood is good. Personally I favor the crab, but they do seafood well.

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          Porthos RE: mc michael Aug 14, 2012 05:34 PM

          I agree. Crab is better at Seafood Village. Lobster is the way to go at Newport.

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            raytamsgv RE: mc michael Aug 15, 2012 11:49 AM

            They have a room that they can partition off from the main area. It's located next to the Las Tunas side of the restaurant.

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            Chandavkl RE: ipsedixit Aug 14, 2012 06:12 PM

            +2 - also location in Monterey Park, too

          3. TripleAxel RE: Lynndsey Rigberg Aug 15, 2012 05:45 AM

            With Newport, it depends on what time you want to dine....prime hours are definitely out of the question. I managed to reserve 2 tables (24 seats) at 1:45pm on a Saturday. Chances are, you may do better with Seafood Village (ie: making reservations). Crowds start flocking to the Monterey Park location around 5:30pm, and by 6:00pm, the parking lot is full.

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              Chandavkl RE: TripleAxel Aug 15, 2012 07:31 AM

              Good point. I had the same issue with the Monterey Park Seafood Village. I wanted 3 tables for a Sunday lunch and they wouldn't let me reserve anything before around 2 pm.

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                ipsedixit RE: Chandavkl Aug 15, 2012 11:44 AM

                I've had no problems with reservations at the Temple City location during prime time (6-8 pm)

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