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EMC Seafood and Raw Bar Expands Into Massive Third Location in Irvine

Get ready, OC.

EMC Seafood in Irvine
EMC Seafood in Irvine
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The raw bar craze continues unabated, even way down in Irvine. EMC Seafood & Raw Bar is heading that way to help bolster the shellfish supplies, setting up their third outpost since 2013.

The first EMC Seafood is still humming along in Koreatown, offering cheap oyster deals to throngs of locals. Next up is Canoga Park, which is home to the Westfield Topanga shopping center. Soon enough, there will be a sleek new EMC on site there as well, as put in place by the ever-busy Spacecraft team.

And now Irvine, slated for its own late-summer opening. The location at the Heritage Plaza Shopping Center is certainly popular with OC families in the area, though until now it’s been manned mostly by large national chains. In this case, EMC swoops in to take over an old Elephant Bar, bringing an eye-opening 7,600 sq. ft. of seafood goodness to the area. It's by far the biggest location in the EMC portfolio. Spacecraft is outfitting the place in much the same way as its predecessors, going largely monochromatic with soft colors and lots of open space.

No renderings yet, but if you’ve ever been to the EMC Seafood in Koreatown (or seen renderings of the upcoming one in Canoga Park) you get the idea. It should be a nice accompaniment to the rest of the restaurants immediately surrounding it, which right now ranges from a Wendy’s to a Habit Burger to Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches.

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

400 South Baldwin Avenue, , CA 91007 (626) 348-8937 Visit Website