EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

14346 Culver Dr.
Irvine, CA 92604


  • Sun.-Tues., 11 a.m.-midnight Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Full bar
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar is a seafood restaurant in Irvine. Sharing the same owners as the sushi chain Wokcano, the restaurant seems to know that beyond the uni pasta, you’re there for the raw stuff. The oyster shuckers are placed front and center, behind a glass partition, over waist-high mounds of ice. They’re the first things that grab your attention as you enter this former Elephant Bar, which is now an echo-y room that’s equal parts Fisherman’s Wharf and mall food court. EMC’s customer base is predominately Asian, specifically Korean, most of whom are probably familiar with the original EMC Seafood that hit it big in LA’s Koreatown a few years ago. There isn’t much on the menu that’s actually Korean, though. Instead, there are great renditions of Chinese seafood restaurant staples that would take multiple trips to explore, starting with shrimp lightly battered, deep-fried, then wok-tossed with the usual aromatic blend of scallions, sliced jalapeños and garlic.

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