Restaurant Chu
Restaurant Chu

Restaurant Chu

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurantchu.com/
  • Phone: (510) 601-8818
  • 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
3 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.3
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • The tightest spot!!! I love it!!!
    djincog
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Why this place isnt packed all of the time is way beyond me!!! This place is incredible!! I absolutely love it!! Everything from the music to the staff is off the meter!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • I was looking forward to dining
    MSF2
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    I was looking forward to dining chinese since I find most chinese food in the east bay very underwhelming. Chu was no different. The food was very salty and 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered were made with the same salty soy sauce base. There was no vegetables at all in their fried rice. The calamari was OK but served in a deep bowl that collected all the oil underneath the squid. Chu will have to change chefs in order to last longer on College.
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  • Nice restaurant
    NupeSugarRayVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Nice restaurant in a pretty good location. Food was similar to a PF Chang style menu, but a smaller more intimate environment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Chinese restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    Excellent Chinese restaurant that deserves better patronage. Street parking is an issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My wife and I enjoyed dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    My wife and I enjoyed dining at Chu. We were not aware that using Open Table made intelligible for Happy Hour benefits.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After reading other reviews
    OaklandMagsVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2012
    After reading other reviews and ratings I was eager to try the restaurant - the appetizers were excellent but the rest of the meal was extremely disappointing. There was little to no flavor despite dishes being heavily sauced, and there was virtually no taste in dishes that were marked as spicy. Perhaps it was an off day given what I have read from other reviewers, but I won't be back to try again...
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  • I looooove this spot...hands
    djincog
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    I looooove this spot...hands down my best find ever!!!! Even my girl thinks so...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Best Chinese food in the East
    CaptainVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Best Chinese food in the East Bay especially when one considers the atmosphere - nice dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice barman, good drinks.
    Omnivore
    Dined on 5/1/2012
    Nice barman, good drinks. My expectations for the food might have been too high. Thought it was good, but not "destination" quality. We had pork and crab dumplings, hunan steamed fish, snap peas and corn mushrooms. Might we willing to back again and try other items. Would go for happy hour if I were in the neighborhood.
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  • This spot was incredible!!!
    djincog
    Dined on 4/27/2012
    This spot was incredible!!! The music was killer, the food was stellar and the waiters/waitresses were off the meter!! I am coming back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a reservation but waited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2012
    We had a reservation but waited 15 minutes for so-so food. The waitstaff was nice, but didn't make up for the mediocre food.
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  • Delicious food, absolutely
    Bonnie
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Delicious food, absolutely great service, edgy decor, very reasonably priced and quiet enough to converse easily with dinner companions - I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • I took my family there to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    I took my family there to celebrate my wife's birthday. We had a large party (nine) including two small children. Chu has an upstairs dining area where our very long table was set up. It proved to be excellent for the little ones and provided the perfect environment for a great family meal. The food is awesome, the staff attentive, and the price reasonable. This is a spot I HIGHLY recommend! - Michael
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We enjoyed the food and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    We enjoyed the food and the dining experience very much. We will be recommending this place to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New age Asian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    This a spot that takes traditional Chinesse and turns it on its ear. Very eclectic mix of flavor, textures, and visuals. A nice spot to meet a few friends but also very appropriate for a nice meal with that special someone. I would most certainly recommend Chu to anyone! I was very happy with the menu and drink selection. I am a former bartender/waiter and am very picky about my drinks. I was pleased and Chu was a 10+ in my book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was fabulous,great
    4Romeo
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    The food was fabulous,great chinese but with a twist, not your typical. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chu's food is amazing and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Chu's food is amazing and service excellent. I had the best Ma Pa Tofu ever at Chu's the other day. The only thing I would ask for is a little bit warmer temperature in the restaurant in the winter.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not busy for Chinese New Year.
    LAFoodieDcSfRtpChicago2
    Dined on 1/23/2012
    Not busy for Chinese New Year. Clearly a local place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall, we had a good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Overall, we had a good experience at Chu. The service was good to very good. We really liked the ambiance. The food, however, was a bit inconsistent. Some meets were a bit tough. Some foods were delicious. Nothing was bad, but generally it ranged from great to just okay. For the price, I would have hoped for all the food to be great.
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  • Some of the best Chinese food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    Some of the best Chinese food we've had! The spinach and mushroom dumplings in particular were amazing. Service was friendly and well paced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great happy hour: $5 cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Great happy hour: $5 cocktails and half-price appetizers. The menu is extensive without being overwhelming. Chu is a great place to take friends who are a bit shy about authentic Chinese food. The waitstaff is friendly, the atmosphere is casually elegant, and the food is of good quality. Try a mixture of delicate dishes like the dumpling soup or the shaoxing prawns and spicier dishes like twice-cooked pork or Manchurian beef. The pork belly was a great value - impressive portion size and presentation. Yes, I would go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The decor was modern, clean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    The decor was modern, clean and inviting. Food presentation was fun and easy to share. There is a large selection of dishes to choose from. Staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We like the ambiance, style
    Boxerman
    Dined on 12/11/2011
    We like the ambiance, style and service very much. The menu is interesting, has some unusual items, and is diverse. Plenty for vegetarians. We also like the cocktails (selection and quality) and happy hour is excellent. The food is not absolutely top notch "foodie heaven," but it's definitely on the list for regular visits.
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  • Food is good and fresh and
    cublubberVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2011
    Food is good and fresh and generous portions. We ordered too much. However, what Chu considers spicy is not spicy at all. Nice space.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • The food is very good at Chu's,
    Sandy
    Dined on 11/26/2011
    The food is very good at Chu's, but I have to rate them a little lower for how expensive it is. I know that it is probably because of the neighborhood, but it's difficult for me to pay $15-$20 for an entree in a Chinese Restaurant. Still, I would come back went I felt like a splurge.
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  • Small plates were yummy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2011
    Small plates were yummy. My guest and I shared 4, and there was plenty for a main course.
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  • Great food although the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    Great food although the restaurant was really cold (it was a rainy night in the bay area and it didn't seem like they had the heat on)!
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  • This was our 2nd dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2011
    This was our 2nd dinner at Chu. The first was lovely; the food was delicious and the service excellent. The prices were on the high side, but we felt the overall experience worthwhile. We returned recently and had a completely different experience. The food was definitely not up to par with our first dinner, and the service was abysmal. This time we did resent the high priced menu. We will not return to Chu.
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  • I didn't expect such wonderful
    Mare
    Dined on 9/15/2011
    I didn't expect such wonderful dishes. The China Fun was fabulous.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a Tuesday lunch. It
    JoKo
    Dined on 9/6/2011
    It was a Tuesday lunch. It was quiet but I'm sure they have a lively night bar scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was unique and delicious.
    SUMMER
    Dined on 9/3/2011
    Food was unique and delicious. Service was fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a business lunch meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2011
    I had a business lunch meeting and was pleasantly surprised by the ease to find parking...the food was good and portions plentiful. The wait staff was always nearby and kept our water glasses full. I will surely return again...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The decor is great and we're
    MsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2011
    The decor is great and we're so happy to have an upscale Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. The Happy Hour appetizers and drinks are a great bargain. Our experience (our 6th meal there) this time at Chu was wonderful. We only have one concern with Chu and that is about consistency of preparation. On one occasion every item was so over-salted you couldn't taste the basic ingredients and the veggies were overcooked, and on another the calamari was greasy. Those same dishes have been fabulous on other occasions, so maybe we just got a night when there was a substitute chef?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Chinese I've Had in Long Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/30/2011
    The restaurant was deserted when we arrived at 8PM, which made me really nervous. My worries were unfounded. The food was delicious, the service was very good, and it was quiet enough that we could have a nice conversation. We LOVED the ceviche and prawns with five spices. The space is very elegant--black, white, and silver. They also have a very good selection of wines by the glass at reasonable prices.
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  • Everything was good about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/27/2011
    Everything was good about it, but the food could have been flavored better/more. It was a bit bland. The garlic eggplant especially was bland. The greenbeans were ok, but could have used more flavor, and the ma po tofu wasn't bad. I'm also vegetarian, so perhaps the meat was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food very disappointing, so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    Food very disappointing, so much so that we left a large part uneaten, and refused the offer of a doggy bag. Crabmeat wontons were actually more like tacos, and straight out of the refrigerator; buns for the smoked tea duck were tough; shrimp in a shrimp dish were mushy. The sauce on a lamb shank was too spicy, obliterating the taste of lamb. You may pass this on to the restaurant if you like.
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  • Awesome restaurant, we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    Awesome restaurant, we were treated like VIP's. Interior design beautiful, the service was so professional, friendly, fast, and the food was beautifully presented and with complex flavors. We had 21 dishes, our favorites were short ribs,lamb,prawns & pea pods,the most delish sweet & sour pork, spring rolls, crab & corn soup,sizzling rice soup, dumplings,chow fun,the medley of exotic mushrooms & broccoli. All the food perfectly cooked. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Really enjoyed this fusion-style
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/4/2011
    Really enjoyed this fusion-style Chinese food. Having eaten various styles of Chinese food all my life, Chu's dishes have unique and varied flavors. Had a group of six and all liked it. Their happy hour drinks are a great deal. They have very good appetizers (Duck Bao Bun were great!). You can eat tapas-syle with drinks or a full dinner. We did both and had a great meal. Use more of the expensive ingredients in their hot and sour soup. This is a unique, upscale Chinese restaurant with many styles of Chinese food. The decor was tasteful, modern Asian, and worked well with the style food being served. We were there early when it was quiet, but it gets pretty loud when the restaurant is full. We'll definitely go back!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like the dumpling soup,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/31/2011
    I like the dumpling soup, the dumplings were very flavorful and soup was perfect for the winter night after waiting outside for 40 minutes for my party to arrive. The fried rice with beef looked good, but I didn't really like the after taste of anise, but that's just my personal preference, I thought it would have more of a kick to it. Otherwise I would recommend this place. Too bad it's not located in San Francisco as I usually boycott Oakland businesses due to the parking enforcement and the crime, but this time I made an exception as I was accomodating my friend. Try the happy hour menu, it looks pretty good.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Nice Chinese place with a
    mchillsVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2011
    Nice Chinese place with a bit more flair & creativity than the usual Cantonese fare. Reasonable prices, friendly if somewhat inattentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic