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Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant

Monterey Park

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Monterey Park, US

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SuYa
Wedding:
4/6/2017
5.0/5.0
I was born and raised in Alhambra, California and my fiance was born in Shanghai of China, but grew up in Monterey Park, California. After visiting his parents in Shanghai last year, we both decided we wanted to get married in Shanghai 2017. Since we are aware that my entire family won't be able to attend our wedding, we decided to host a nice Engagement Dinner here in the States to celebrate with the entire bunch.

Having grown up in the area, I was familiar with venues like Luminarias and Monterey Hill, but it didn't seem like a right fit for us. I wanted to stick to our Chinese themed Wedding, but at the same time I wanted to introduce my entire family (majority Hispanic) and friends to Chinese culture and food, especial for the 2 dozen that will be in attendance with us next year. Empress Harbor was our perfect choice!

We chose Empress because not only do they specialize in large parties and banquets, but because they have multiple menus and prices to choose from. So really they can work with anyone and any budget. They have one private room that fits up to 60 ppl, but they can also section off parts of the restaurant to give your party its own private space.

We hosted our Engagement Dinner here on a Friday in May 2016. We started with 60ppl in the Private Room, but ended up reserving a larger sectioned-off part of the restaurant to host 80ppl. Thanks to the manager Eric, everything turned out perfect! Eric is the manager you need to speak to, if you plan to host any parties here. He is very accommodating and he sure made things simple for us, especially when it came to change.

In the end, my family was impressed and had a blast. Everyone enjoyed the food and ambiance. I was allowed to bring in my own wine (saved us money) and my own photographer to capture this special day for us at no extra charge. Empress Harbor even has a full bar that my family put to good use. I would definitely recommend Empress Harbor to everyone! :)
I was born and raised in Alhambra, California and my fiance was born in Shanghai of China, but grew up in Monterey Park, Read more...
I was born and raised in Alhambra, California and my fiance was born in Shanghai of China, but grew up in Monterey Park, California. After visiting his parents in Shanghai last year, we both decided we wanted to get married in Shanghai 2017. Since we are aware that my entire family won't be able to attend our wedding, we decided to host a nice Engagement Dinner here in the States to celebrate with the entire bunch.

Having grown up in the area, I was familiar with venues like Luminarias and Monterey Hill, but it didn't seem like a right fit for us. I wanted to stick to our Chinese themed Wedding, but at the same time I wanted to introduce my entire family (majority Hispanic) and friends to Chinese culture and food, especial for the 2 dozen that will be in attendance with us next year. Empress Harbor was our perfect choice!

We chose Empress because not only do they specialize in large parties and banquets, but because they have multiple menus and prices to choose from. So really they can work with anyone and any budget. They have one private room that fits up to 60 ppl, but they can also section off parts of the restaurant to give your party its own private space.

We hosted our Engagement Dinner here on a Friday in May 2016. We started with 60ppl in the Private Room, but ended up reserving a larger sectioned-off part of the restaurant to host 80ppl. Thanks to the manager Eric, everything turned out perfect! Eric is the manager you need to speak to, if you plan to host any parties here. He is very accommodating and he sure made things simple for us, especially when it came to change.

In the end, my family was impressed and had a blast. Everyone enjoyed the food and ambiance. I was allowed to bring in my own wine (saved us money) and my own photographer to capture this special day for us at no extra charge. Empress Harbor even has a full bar that my family put to good use. I would definitely recommend Empress Harbor to everyone! :) Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
3/21/2015
4.9/5.0
As a girl of Cantonese ancestry growing up in California, I had attended dozens of Chinese wedding banquets. I always knew that I did not want to have one - the idea of sitting for hours through through ten noisy courses of food with nothing to do but eat and try to talk to the people seated at your table does not appeal to me.

But I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding REHEARSAL dinner at Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant. I called to reserve four tables in our own small room. They called a week prior to confirm with me. The service was attentive. Parking was easy (especially considering it's in Monterey Park). The room was quiet, clean, and elegant, and even though we arrived 20 minutes late, the food was perfectly timed and cooked. There may be less expensive and tastier options out there in Monterey Park for Cantonese banquet food. But half of my guests dine frequently in the area, and even they were impressed!
As a girl of Cantonese ancestry growing up in California, I had attended dozens of Chinese wedding banquets. I always knew Read more...
As a girl of Cantonese ancestry growing up in California, I had attended dozens of Chinese wedding banquets. I always knew that I did not want to have one - the idea of sitting for hours through through ten noisy courses of food with nothing to do but eat and try to talk to the people seated at your table does not appeal to me.

But I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding REHEARSAL dinner at Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant. I called to reserve four tables in our own small room. They called a week prior to confirm with me. The service was attentive. Parking was easy (especially considering it's in Monterey Park). The room was quiet, clean, and elegant, and even though we arrived 20 minutes late, the food was perfectly timed and cooked. There may be less expensive and tastier options out there in Monterey Park for Cantonese banquet food. But half of my guests dine frequently in the area, and even they were impressed! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Bob
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.8/5.0
We hosted our wedding reception here.

Thanks to Eric, one of the managers, in helping us create some wonderful memories at this beautiful restaurant.

I cannot express how appreciative I am to have hosted our event here. Food, from all accounts, was tasty. Unfortunately, neither the bride nor I tasted the majority of the meal =(

Everything from the dance floor, to the stage, to the table and napkins, to the seat coverings looked spectacular.

If you are looking to host a traditional Chinese wedding reception, Empress Harbor would be at the top of my list.
We hosted our wedding reception here.

Thanks to Eric, one of the managers, in helping us create some wonderful Read more...
We hosted our wedding reception here.

Thanks to Eric, one of the managers, in helping us create some wonderful memories at this beautiful restaurant.

I cannot express how appreciative I am to have hosted our event here. Food, from all accounts, was tasty. Unfortunately, neither the bride nor I tasted the majority of the meal =(

Everything from the dance floor, to the stage, to the table and napkins, to the seat coverings looked spectacular.

If you are looking to host a traditional Chinese wedding reception, Empress Harbor would be at the top of my list. Read less
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Hazel
Wedding:
11/12/2011
4.4/5.0
We had our reception banquet at this restaurant. We were told by our guests that the food was excellent, so I'm pretty sad that I only got a few nibbles whenever I got a chance. Good service, great value. Only con is that it's located in a plaza that looks a little run down.
We had our reception banquet at this restaurant. We were told by our guests that the food was excellent, so I'm pretty sad Read more...
We had our reception banquet at this restaurant. We were told by our guests that the food was excellent, so I'm pretty sad that I only got a few nibbles whenever I got a chance. Good service, great value. Only con is that it's located in a plaza that looks a little run down. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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