Chino Chinatown at Trinity Groves
Inspired by “barrio Chinos,” Uno Immanivong created Chino Chinatown, a destination for Chinese and Latin-influenced cuisine. The bar menu is motivated by the cocktail movement and features classic, hand-crafted drinks. The menu is a collaboration of Asian & Latin cooking styles and techniques.
For the most part we really enjoyed the food! We liked the wonton and elote appetizers the best. We also ordered the nachos and steak kabobs. Those were not as good. The nachos just tasted like pepper and the steak kabobs came out raw the first time and had to be sent back.
Pace of meal and service was "off" a bit. We arrived early - 15-20 minutes before our reservation. Thinking it may be an opportunity to enjoy a drink or two, maybe before ordering. We ordered drinks and appetizers simultaneously. Apps arrived before drinks, which sat on the bar. Entrees came out quickly, too. We were finished about 15-20 minutes after our reservation!
But we go for the food - it was excellent, creative, well prepared. Everything I expected from a Trinity Grove restaurant. Service was professional and friendly (sometimes that's hard to pull off). I highly recommend trying Chino if you haven't. I'll try to go back again soon.
Food was tastey, but unevenly so. Best dishes were the Short Ribs and Sesame Chicken.
Noodle dishes and pineapple fried rice were unfortunately less great.
The noodle dish that was recommended was way too salty. Must have poured the soy sauce in...it was so salty that we had to ask for extra rice to eat with it. The duck fried rice was a bit salty too but edible. The duck egg roll appetizer was pretty good. The atmosphere was good but I would not come back for the food.
My server, Lorenzo, was great! We will come again 😊
The food feels like a scam. Eggrolls were cold in the middle, the duck fried rice was a dish you could get anywhere, and the fruit that they added to a previously frozen chocolate cake fought with the cake tooth and nail. One of the managers and our server did what they could to make it right but WOOF, the food was comically bad.
They ran out of utensils and napkins and half our food order went missing. The staff seemed to have no clue what was going on and didn’t even attempt to rectify the awful service. We had to ask for basic things several times and at one point out water was taken away for no reason.
Food was awesome! My wife and I shared the duck fat rice and general tso chicken and were so full. The specials were really not that special and the drinks are super overpriced
The service is absolutely horrible. We waited 20 min before someone even said a word to us. I was not a fan of the Nats flying around due to the open patio either. However, the saving grace was the food. Sooo delicious. The duck rolls are incredible!
Food was just ok. Service was slow, ambiance very nice
Loved the food - asian latin fusion - perhaps would have liked a few more options. My only request may be for a few more options. We will definitely come back.
Place was loud, cold and too energetic. Seemed more like a sports bar than a restaurant. I don't feel that I got was I paid for. I can understand that the high prices for average food are due mainly to the area of the restaurant but it was not worth the money paid. If you want a place to hang out with and have to yell in order to be heard across the table then this is your place. NOT a good first time date type of restaurant.
There was a paint party being held inside and we needed to wait because they overeat outside even though we made a reservation. The food was fine but none of it was particularly impressive. The best thing we had was the chicken dumplings.
Very friendly waiter, Chris. The food is always delicious here!
Food menu was just ok. Was expecting more based on D-Magazine review.
Great food....absolutely awesome food... Yet this was the second time my guest and i had bad service. At least a 15 minute wait before anyone even acknowledged my table and asked for drinks. We spent hundreds of dollars there this event and have one more planned there. This was my wife's birthday... And the lack of service help personnel put a bit of a damper on our evening. The bar was especially nice. Great cocktails.... But that service needs improvement.
Great experience. Food and service were excellent.
Ordered a carafe of a specialty cocktail, and it was only about two and a half drinks, would have been better off ordering singles. The portions were big, but the food didn’t pop. Best thing was the dipping sauce for the egg rolls.
Firstly, I asked for a non sweet version of the cocktail I ordered. It arrived syrupy sweet and warm with the ice cubes almost totally melted. When I brought this to our server’s attention, she made excuses and even blamed the mint leaves for making it sweet. She should have immediately whisked it away and made another one. The food was subpar. This is all the time I want to spend on rating this restaurant.
So delicious and reasonably priced. Our waiter was nice and gave great recommendations. Would highly suggest the duck fat fried rice, ramen and drunken noodles!
It was very good as always!!
Great food and service! The combination of flavors is unique and delicious. I highly recommend this place.
Duck fat fried rice is amazing. The mash up of Asian and Latin flavors is a brilliant idea.
We ordered duck fat fried rice and tenderloin skewers: the dish was ok but nothing spectacular
The food and atmosphere is great, however they are severely lacking in service. I've been only a handful of times and every time the service has been subpar.
This last time, we had a group of 6; my husband and I came after the waitress greeted the table at first and she didn't come back for another 15-20 minutes and we had to go to the bar for our drinks. Even when she finally came by, she never asked us if we wanted something other than water to drink. When we were finally finished with our meal, it took her another 15-20 minutes for her to come by and ask us if we needed anything else and even then, she never cleared our plates. We sat there for probably another 45 minutes talking, with this old food in front of us and she never came by. On top of that, we were charged 20% automatic gratuity for less than stellar service.
Great good and the waiter had great recommendations! Will definitely go back!
Good location. Food was okay. We were brought incorrect food two times. Bar was slow with drinks. Server was friendly, apologetic, and prompt.
We ate and drank some must-haves! Nothing we had was off-mark. The Duck Fat fried rice is worth a drive to eat. The waitress was super friendly and we didn't have to wait long for any appetizers. We will definitely be back very soon.
The service was very good, and the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend.
Tried Chino's as a special treat for a sybling visiting from the west coast. We were very pleased with the distinctive menu, and waitress Sarah's attentive service and solid recommendations on what to try from their menu. For those that are Chinese purists; don't be put off by the description Chino's publishes noting Chinese with a latin flair. The dish's asian tones are nicely complimented by the addition of the South American flavors. Well worth a visit if you're ready to try something outside sour comfort zone.
Good as always
I only go to Chino Chinatown when I have a craving for something rich in flavor and a bang for my buck. Their duck fat fried rice and lollipop chicken does it for me every time.
No one in our party was impressed with the food. It was pretty mediocre and expensive for being so basic. Would definitely not go back again.
When the food comes out before the drinks that’s never good let alone 45 mins to get a drink .
Service by far the worse I have ever seen.
Food was ok but not worth the wait .
Birthday and a dessert was comped
Rude waiter that seated us. Entire staff was seemed poorly dressed and not put together very well.
Food was fair at best. We will not be going back.
Food arrived cold. Server was overwhelmed. Reservation requested a table with a spot for a baby carseat & we were seated right next to the patio door which people had to keep opening to go outside, but the door would stay open. Had to keep getting up to close the door so my family wouldn't freeze to death during dinner. Went ahead and placed our dinner order, & ordered a second round of drinks and asked for the check all at once because service was slow. Asked for a to go box, which I never got. I just let that slide because the food wasn't great anyways.
They stayed open late to accommodate us. Food was very good!
The atmosphere and food quality have diminished over the last couple of years. On this visit our food came out one plate at a time over 4-5 minutes and the food was warm, not hot. The restaurant had a lot of flies as well.