Restaurant Chu
Restaurant Chu

Restaurant Chu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantchu.com/
  • Phone: 5106018818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Happy Hour: Daily: 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Philip Chu
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please inquire with host.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Manila
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Rockridge BART
A word from Restaurant Chu
Restaurant Chu offers quality, fresh ingredients with strong Asian flavors. We "re-create" the best of Chinese cuisine in an innovative and satisfying mode.
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Restaurant Chu reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.4
    Service3.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Restaurant Closed
    DonaVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I had aconfirmed reservation for 9/1 at 11:30. When we arrived, there was a sign that the restaurant would not be open until 4.
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  • Nobody liked it
    ShibVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We've been to the bar several times and had snacks there - hit and miss, but not bad. This time we went for dinner with a larger group. A couple of dishes were nice but most were too salty, heavily breaded, overly sauced - not appealing at all. The ambiance and the menu give you the impression that you are going to have some finely prepared Chinese food when in fact you are getting maybe 1 dish that is nice and the rest are steam-tray quality. The hostess was clueless - could not find our reservation and tried to turn our group away. A waiter had to take things into his own hands and seat us (after she said there was no seating available - the place was and remained less than half full). Bar OK - no more restaurant for me.
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  • great presentation!
    Lucy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Our dinner appeared yummy as they took great care with the presentation... and the food was DELISH! We especially enjoyed the eggplant & dumplings!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dropped a little this time
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We like Chu for lunch; quiet and a few dishes we really like. But this time the balance was off: oxtail dumplings had too much 5-spice and salt; pork & shrimp dumplings too much salt. Dan Dan Mein was tasty but the flavor was off (too much bean sauce, too little soya?); oddly much better the next day as flavors blended, but still didn't taste like dan dan mein. Bitter melon was good, custard tofu w/beef a little flat-tasting but OK. Vegetable was excellent, altho it was stir-fried spinach, not pea sprouts as waitress said. The kitchen needs to be more careful; Chu is not cheap and when flavor balance is off, they're not worth the extra $$.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Restaurant Chu reviews archive.
  • Roger
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Good food, good drinks. Good variety on menu. Service was very good. Not loud and noisy like many other College Avenue restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chu - Oakland
    JaxsteVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Not bad but not great either. Clean flavors but not exciting. Better options in the area.
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  • Some dishes great, some just okay
    jaz2020VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We wish the Chus had kept the cook from Ching Hua/Alameda, who had a lighter, more skillful touch with both sauces and deep-frying than the Oakland Chu kitchen. Still, the dumplings are good, as is the custard tofu (a special). Hot & Sour soup pleases me and spouse, one of the few versions that do. But the Sweet/Sour Pork isn't as good here as Ching Hua's Cherry Pork version, and the Spicy Chicken Wings aren't really spicy but are overfried. Tried the Zha Jiang noodles but prefer the Dan Dan noodles instead; not Chu's fault on this one, we've tried this at two other places and just don't see what all the fuss is about this and Jajangmyeon, its Korean twin. Noodle bowls are very large. Service is excellent, a real positive here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So fun to share with friends
    Annie
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    After experiencing this restaurant with my husband twice, and really enjoying it, we had a wonderful time taking friends to dinner there. It was even more pleasurable, because we could get more dishes to experience by sharing them. I love their vegetarian dishes, especially the steamed spinach dumplings. And although it was crowded, because we had a reservation, we got a table within 5 minutes. Some nights you can walk in, but weekends are getting busier, so make a reservation first! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your typical Chinese Restaurant
    YiaYia
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Familiar and new dishes, all well prepared. We love the duck bao & the lamb curry. We keep going back, & enjoy sharing with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Eve hustle
    avocado
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We're sure that on any normal day we wouldn't have had too wait at the table over an hour to be served. Our party had varying views of the food. My dad liked the bland steamed snapper and Buddha vegetables; my husband and I thought the mushroom-broccoli dish was unusual and outstanding. Sister opted out of the vegetarian sharing pool to have hoisin pork, which she said was wonderful but she wished it included vegetables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i think we found our new Hsiangs
    mmprVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We've been searching for a great Chinese restaurant to replace Hsiangs in Orinda (Hsiang's owner/chef retired about a year ago), and I think Restaurant Chu might be it. Everything we had was excellent, and the menu was incredibly creative. Only drawbacks were parking - but I think we were there at peak hour on Saturday. Also bar service was slow - but I believe they were short a bartender. We will definitely go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIG FYI: If you book on opentable,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    BIG FYI: If you book on opentable, you can NOT take advantage of the happy hour!!
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  • High End Chinese in Rockridge
    madamhipsterVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Food is tasty, albeit somewhat high priced for Chinese. That said, there are many interesting dishes, served in somewhat unusual ways, such as the Garlic scallops with noodles. Some confusion ensued as the hostess told us she was caught a bit off-guard by the reservation. We ended up a small, very noisy table to the side of the the stairway, adjacent to the kitchen. I could barely hear my husband speak. We also sat there for quite as no one stopped to ask if we wanted water let alone anything from the bar. I eventually flagged down a server and asked whether I could order a drink with him. At that point he took our full order. The service improved from that point forward, plus the food was tasty and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new restaurant, sister
    JanetC
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Great new restaurant, sister to Kirin on Solano. I was a bit surprised that no one spoke Chinese though - LOL Despite that the food was authentic (declared my Chinese friend) We will definitely go back there. Many more dishes to check out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh food, friendly service
    JenniferC
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Good neighborhood restaurant with friendly service and fresh ingredients. A little pricey for chinese food - but given quality of ingredients - worth it. The food is tasty - the shrimp dish was fresh, but somewhat grainy (maybe sugar or spice that didn't cook off?) that made it slightly off putting, otherwise - a good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks - not overpriced.
    MunchmunchVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Decent food. Nothing stood out, it was a little salty for our taste, but overall a good experience. Nice decor. Could do with removing the kids handprints up the plexi/glass stair way and clean away the empty dishes left on the outside tables. But the drinks are decent and not over priced, and happy hours are good for this neighborhood where A-16 is trying to dominate.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    String beans, eggplant, red curry, fried rice were all great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is a "sleeping beauty"
    MEdiningVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We have been her appx. 3 times, and it just keeps getting better! Surprising that more people haven't discovered this Rockridge gem. Great food, service, and ambiance at decent pricing. Looks like a note club, but without the heavy noise. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were there 3 times. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We were there 3 times. The food quality varies somewhat. First two were great, but the last time food tasted more like your average Chinese restaurant. Not sure if anything changed. We were OK with paying the premium for Chinese food first 2 times but last time we feel that restaurant did not deserve premium for its food. It is still OK though. Maybe they changed the chef or the good Chef did not work that day.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu looks better than food is!
    MnhwVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Chi has a great menu but eating it not so much...cocktails are good.pork belly is best we tried. Try Morin instead
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We really liked it Helpful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We really liked it Helpful gracious service. Good food we had been before but not for awhile. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious, ample portions
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Delicious, ample portions in this elegant Chinese restaurant near Ca College of the Arts.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food quality was quite good.
    Alan
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Food quality was quite good. Ingredients seemed to be fresh. But like many Hunan style restaurants, most dishes had the same sauce and so they all tasted the same except that you had different meat or vegetable in each dish. The hot and sour soup was not bad although the ingredients should be cut into finer strips and more mushroom and wood ears were needed. It was a bit pricey for Chinese food - $30 per person without drinks. One can certainly get equal or better quality food for half the price elsewhere. But the restaurant is cleaner and service better for those willing to pay more for it. The Hispanic waiter seemed to have problem communicating with the Chinese cooks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back there in a heartbeat!
    Scarlett
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    It's no slight to the cuisine served here, that the bar/bartender is/are spectacular! The Grand Margarita went down smoothly, but my wife's order for a Rusty Nail was declined politely. We had well-seasoned prawns, beef and veggies. Parking is problematic in the Rockridge area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Go for Happy Hour; That's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Go for Happy Hour; That's the best deal. Stick to the appetizers; that's the best food on the menu. Sit on the other side of the door, it's drafty down the one wall. Multiple servers, so order from whomever walks by first, or you may be overlooked. Kids going up and down the stairs was disappointing, but who to is to blame? Their parents or the resturant for allowing it? (If you don't mind the playground atmosphere, it's fine.) Sound too harsh? Not really, the food is good, the drinks are good, the service is good -it just could have been better...especially for Valentine's Day Dinner out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and somewhat "westernized
    Berkeleyadventurer3
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Delicious and somewhat "westernized" Chinese food but in a stark, noisy room on the Main Street level floor. Tables near the door on a busy evening should be avoided as people waiting for a table are pushed up against your dining space. Try to get an upstairs quieter table. I generally avoid Asian restaurants when the majority of diners are not Asian, but Chu has a good menu and the servers were kind although very busy with little time to pause.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love the lychee martini! Came
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    love the lychee martini! Came here for happy hour after work & we all enjoyed ourselves. The food was also great. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Closing before you have time to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    It was New Years Eve, I booked this restaurant through Open Table, took my friend out at the only available time: 8.30. As soon as we sat down, the waiter informed us that the kitchen was closing in 3 minutes and that the whole place would shut their doors an hour later. Then they turned bright lights on and off with the music. Wonderful food but no time to enjoy, no celebrations like we had planned.
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  • Delicious, but ignored.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    The menu was exciting! There were so many options it was hard to decide what to order. There were classic Asian choices, mixed with new dishes, great flair, and rich flavor. Everything we ordered was delicious, but we found the staff was lacking. We had to flag down a waiter to ask for second drinks. We were having a late business dinner so that was awkward. It was a slow evening with only 4 tables taken... Very disappointing. I would go back for the delicious food, but expect to be more forthright about our needs with the waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • scallops with garlic and ginger
    gone2italy
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    scallops with garlic and ginger ?, peea pods and mushrooms absolutely tasteless and watery. Other items available anywhere for much less cost. Cold space as far as ambiance.
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  • Much better atmosphere for
    CaptainVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Much better atmosphere for Chinese food than the usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved everything about it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Loved everything about it -- truly, a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is good for lunch. Prices
    MsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    This is good for lunch. Prices are very reasonable and food is tasty. I always find Chinese food a little too salty, so with that caveat, the menu is varied and interesting. We had shortribs (no bones), lettuce wraps, salmon onion pancake, noodles, and shrimp dumplings. All were excellent except dumplings. Service is sometimes a little iffy. There were 5 of us in an empty restaurant for an early lunch and the server brought the lettuce wraps with just 4 leaves of lettuce. A well-trained staff would have noticed and added an extra leaf. However, water glasses were refilled regularly. When the restaurant fills up, the noise level makes it hard to have a conversation, but that seems to be the new "normal". It is annoying.
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  • The staff was a tad clueless,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2012
    The staff was a tad clueless, the food was plentiful and tasty, and we'd probably go back again.
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  • First time for lunch. The
    MMcIVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    First time for lunch. The food was fabulous. The ceviche was our favorite. Will definitely go back for dinner to try out the interesting drink menu.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Not good tonight...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    We typically enjoy Restaurant Chu. However, on this night, the food was poor to OK. The extra spicy chicken was both bland and had no spice; the combination fried rice was so bland I wondered if they purposefully were trying to sell it to some elderly diners nearby. The potstickers were good, as was the dumpling soup, but everything else was simply mediocre. The service is always slow, but we are OK with that if the food is good. Tonight, not good...
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  • Everything we ordered was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Everything we ordered was delicious, and we ordered various meat and vegetarian dishes. We had the vegetarian spring rolls, hot and sour soup and the spinach and mushroom dumplings to start, then ordered the braised tofu, buddha's delight, kung pao chicken, mongolian beef and the vegetable chow mein....topped off with the fried banana dessert....seriously everything was amazing! The service was also wonderful and friendly....we can't wait to go back!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • This was my 4th time here.
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    This was my 4th time here. It's certainly a sleek and attractive space, service was good. Food has declined somewhat though, and I had an MSG headache afterwards for the first time. I'll give it another chance but if the food isn't better next time I will probably cross Church off my list.
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  • Asian Fusion Upgrade
    NupeSugarRayVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Restaurant Chu is an asian fusion style of restaurant which is an upgrade from PF Chang's. I definitely recommend this place for asian cuisine. The pan-pacific won-tons are a favorite.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly good modern Chinese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Surprisingly good modern Chinese food, inventive and creative, not at all greasy. Includes some favorites, updated for California taste with lighter treatments and intense flavors, and new creations. If you're wondering why every Chinese menu in the Bay Area seems to have been printed at the same shop and want something different, take a trip to Rockridge for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet