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Seafood >East Ocean City Restaurant
27 Beach St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.351453 -71.061722
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central, Chinatown / Leather District, Chinatown
East Ocean City has been an icon of Boston Chinatown since it's opening day in 1991. We take pride in making our patrons feel at home here. Everyday 600 lbs. of fresh live seafood is delivered to our Kitchen. We host the largest fresh seafood tanks in Boston and we hope you enjoy knowing that you are getting the best when you come in and have a meal with your family and friends.
For many years, East Ocean City has also been the top choice for large functions and weddings. Our staff are trained to handle large parties and special events. We will personalize your banquet and attend to your guests. All you have to do is enjoy and have a good time.
Sorry to rain on everyone's parade- the positive reveiws listed here was not our experience – East Ocean City was highly recommended. So we were expecting enjoyable Chinese dining. Sadly, no. Better Chinese food can be found at the food court of any mall. The service too, was spotty at best. Five of us ordered hot and sour soup, which arrived soon. The one who ordered won ton, was left waiting, served well after the others had finished theirs. Entrees too, arrived haphazardly. The first 3 arriving together, a wait, the 4th, a wait, the 5th, then about 5 minutes more, the last person who had ordered chicken and broccoli was presented beef and broccoli. When this discrepancy was noted, the waiter actually asked, "Well, wouldn't you like beef and broccoli?"
"No" was the reply, "I ordered chicken."
It took about 10 more minutes for the correct meal to arrive.
The jumbo shrimps with mixed vegetable & black bean sauce was just acceptable. The General Gau's chicken, was by far the worst any of us had ever tasted, bland, overcooked and dry. When asked if we wanted to take the leftovers home, I for one, had to bite my checks to keep from laughing.
Our waiter never checked to ask how everything was. When asked for water, each glass was forcefully placed before us! The kicker came as we stepped out of the restaurant. Someone came running after us exclaiming we hadn't left a tip! I explained it clearly stated on the menu that for party's of six or more, a 15% gratuity is added to the bill. Since we were a party of six and because the only itemized check we received was the first one in Chinese, which was not returned with the credit card slips, we assumed the 15% had been added. After explaining this three times, we simply turned around and walked away.
In light of it all, I fully expected the fortune in my cookie to read: "I peed in your rice."
INCREDIBLY TASTY – I had lunch at East Ocean and it was wonderful. It was my first time there and surely will not be my last. I was very surprised at how good it is. The food is very fresh and incredibly tasty. My waiter recommended the lobster with ginger and scallions but I opted for the Szechuan Spicy Beef & Chicken. Really yummy! For appetizers I had Spring Rolls, which I also recommend. It is a full service chinese dining experience. I really enjoyed it.
Seafood so impeccably fresh, diners can literally watch it travel via rubber bucket from fish tank to wok. – The Scene
Diners whet their appetites with a stop by the fish tanks in the entrance--they're brimming with conch, slithering eels and gigantic crabs. Upon ordering any of the house specialties, chances are the waiter will pluck the fish straight from the tank and bring it to the table for the final go-ahead before it hits the sizzling wok. Quiet, dutiful servers ensure water glasses stay filled.
The seafood specials are quite delicious and, judging by the hordes of Chinese ex-pats munching away, authentically prepared. The Alaskan King Crab, though pricey, is a real treat: Dusted with cornstarch and then pan-fried with a delicate scallion-ginger sauce, the result is exceptional. Other great seafood specials include the conch with black bean sauce and any of the whole steamed-fish dishes. Landlubbers stick to familiar stir-fries and dishes like salted chicken (roasted in salt, yielding notably moist meat).
So fresh, so flavorful – East Ocean City was a recommendation by a colleague of mine whose family has had years of experience in the Chinese food industry. This recommendation was backed by another colleague who simply stumbled upon it by accident and was pleasantly surprised.
I took my out-of-town folks there and we had an amazing meal. The lobster was so fresh and the ginger sauce didn't overwhelm the natural taste and texture. Each dish was seasoned to perfection. And the best part was that dinner for five was under $100.00. The ambience isn't flashy but it doesn't matter because the wait staff is attentive and the food is incredible. A great place for a couple or a group.
A Personal Favorite – East Ocean City, or EOC as it is commonly referred to, is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Boston. I have lived in Boston for five years and tested many different Chinese restaurants but still come back to EOC for it's delicious food. Among my friends and I, their "Spicy Salty Squid" is legendary because of how good it is. The service is almost always good, the atmosphere is pretty good, and the food is extremely good. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Satisfactory...I've had better – The East Ocean City Restaurant is pretty good, with authentic Cantonese cuisine, but I'm not saying that this is the best. One of the bad things is they just put way too many sauces and flavor into their dishes, it's just sometimes sickening!!! If you want the best chinese food in Boston, go to Jumbo Seafood (more natural flavors, less people), they have better food, and its a lot more comfortable (even though the tables are placed too close together). Yeah, I would recommend this restaurant, but I'm not saying it's my favorite...
Yubo – Last sunday, I went there for shark fin soup with my friend. I ordered the small shark fin soup with crab meat that cost about 75 bucks, the waiter thought i was a student and might not be able to pay for that. That made me quite angry. After repetitively comfirming my order of shark fin soup and my understanding of the price, they came up with good service and food. foods were great, service had to be improved
Authentic – This is authentic family style Chinese seafood. The lobster with ginger and scallions is devine. I have been a frequent customer for many years and I have never been disapointed. Mt friends Chinese chef mother always makes a stop here when she is in town.
This is what I crave when not in Boston! – This is some of the best and freshest Chinese anywhere! I am a student in the area, and when I come back after the summers, my friends and I always get together and eat there because we missed it so much! Anytime any of us has a birthday or any occasion to go to dinner, we go to this place. The food is DELICIOUS!! The best is if you go with friends and share several dishes. Try the "pee pah" tofu (fried with great flavor and bits of shrimp)--it is wonderful and can't be found elsewhere in Chinatown.
Best in Chinatown – BEST Chinesefood! Great tastes, Fast cooking. Fresh ingredients and long open hours !
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