China Gourmet

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$30 and under
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Chinese
Thank you for considering the China Gourmet. We are a Zagat and Mobil Rated restaurant which offers custom made dishes as well as fresh seafood. Open since 1977 and still family owned.
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OT
Cincinnati
52 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great, as always. Jesse, our server and host, was attentive and went out of her way to make sure everything was good for us.

S
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, you really cannot beat the food value of this restaurant. Unique and comfortable ambiance. Excellent service. An owner who truly cares about his customer base. And the food is excellent. We both had walleye pan seared as we usually do when it is available. This is a great place to dine!

HS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best kept secret in Cincinnati!

LT
Cincinnati
141 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I continue to consider China Gourmet one of my favorite restaurants. The only surprise for me is how few of my friends realize how good this long term Cincinnati restaurants really is. It seems my friends fall into one of three categories: those few that love the place and go there regularly, those that have never heard of it, and those that have forgotten that it is still in business. With the rise of a fantastic, chef owned restaurant scene in Cincinnati , a long term excellent restaurant like CG can become lost in all the buzz for the great young chefs the city now has.. CG has beens under new dynamic management the past few years that is trying hard to increase awareness and has become more in tune with the restaurant trends of today. High recommend.
If you want one of the absolute best dishes in town, and unique to CG in my experience, try the steamed whole fish (not a fillet) walleye in ginger and shallot sauce filleted at table. Enough for two and the best bargain in town.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, and the service was outstanding. Attentive but not obtrusive, and right there with drink refills when needed. Everything is always fresh, and the lunch menu items are a real bargain.

MC
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We love this restaurant and their service is fantastic. Reason why i did not provide 5 stars is because it is always too cold inside and this time the food was lacking flavor. Orange chicken while the sauce was delicious, the chicken breast was not seasoned at all.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such good food, have been raving about it since I took my first bite of the salmon with vegetables, with white rice and the almond cookies.

BS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous dinner with several made to order items and attention to gluten free requests. Our dining partners came all the way from Florida to dine here!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and attention. Food was excellent and freshly prepared. Enjoyed Wednesday wine flight. We are definitely going back.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love China Gourmet. Always great food and service. Wonderful lunches at a great price. I had the lamb and it was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

AV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great! The staff is friendly and accommodating.

d
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessie is great!! Food is great!!!

LH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably my husband and my favorite restaurant where we are guaranteed to have an excellent meal, the menu is slightly different and perfect for our tastes. The service is always very good and we feel well cared for. I would never turn down a chance to eat at China Gourmet.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

p
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My group had a wonderful time at China Gourmet. The food was excellent and prepared to our liking. Jenne did an excellent job of watching over us and suggested an excellent wine. We will be going again soon.

EG
Cincinnati
76 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was slow. The food was fair. Everything seems to have gone downhill since my last visit, which was about 3 years ago. They need to improve.

LF
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not your standard strip-mall Chinese restaurant. This is melt in your mouth steamed walleye in ginger and scallion sauce. This is Szechuan green beans done right. And with five spice shrimp, and scallops on crisp noodles on the table, do we need more? Why not have some curry dumplings, and dim sum??? I think we will!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so flavorful and great quality.

RG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. The music by James Hart was sophisticated and beautiful. Highly recommended

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always live it here. Outstanding food and service.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A birthday dinner favorite!

P
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I tried China Gourmet for the first time for "date night". The service was very nice and not a long wait to get our food. If you love your veggies, I would recommend the garlic spinach....yummo! I also had the stir fried oysters which were smooth and creamy, not hard and tough. They were delicious. Nice darkened relaxing atmosphere.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food and service were outstanding. An underappreciated gem!

n
Cincinnati
203 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have eaten at the China Gourmet for almost 40 years. At one time we called it our country club because of the friendly personal attention we always received. From Bing to Howard to Victor to Tenley they all maxes us feel special and knew our names. We never see the current owner.
The food is still high quality but the trout and black bean sauce is not consistently perfect. I still give this restaurant high marks but is no longer our “go to” place to eat.

EW
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love China Gourmet. Reminds me of the NICE old school Chinese Restaurants. Food never disappoints, cocktails and wine selection is great. And, service is outstanding

DK
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great...server, food, ambiance.

WC
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

China Gourmet was very busy. Service attention was excellent, however, getting the food was unusually slow. We were seated in a corner right behind a noisy party of 12, and it was hard to talk to each other above their multiple simultaneous conversations. The party of 12 left before we did (staff did a great job accommodating that table to keep them happy and moving along) so we were able to enjoy our dinner from then on.
I do think the staff did their best in this unusually busy time.

KM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Our server was not very personable probably not having a good night because the kitchen was very far behead waited over hour after we ordered for dinner. The manager tried to make it right and was very nice and said main chef was off and owner was cooking. Long wait along with not even ok food was bad experience. I not sure that even with chef it would have been much better they really try to change classic dishes which I am not a fan of can’t beat the originally.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service at a reasonable price. A real gem!

C
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! Food was outstanding!! The owner came over to check on us and we had a very nice conversation with him. Beat Chinese in Cincinnati in my opinion!!

CM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only is the food delicious, but the servings are generous. It's nice to be able to have a conversation in a quiet setting.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were excellent from beginning to end. This remains our favorite restaurant.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love China Gourmet. Food is always fresh and perfectly prepared. Have been going here for many years, and they never disappoint.

s
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Excellent service, low quality food.

WE
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic pan fried trout with black bean sauce. Excellent lobster, they take the lobster out of the shell and make another black bean sauce specifically for the lobster. Very inexpensive on Lobster Tuesday - a must try menu item. Incredible food and excellent friendly service. This is our "go-to" restaurant in Cincinnati.

CM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was very salty and the brown sauce was very bland. I would not come back.

L
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been here in years but will definitely be back. Every thing was great!

OT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went to China Gourmet with my parents not knowing what to expect. This was some of the best Chinese food Ive ever had.

JG
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was as solid as always. The egg rolls are fantastic and the szechuan string beans alone are worth the trip. Only complaint was that the piano was just a hair too loud for the room. Kind of dominated things, but not to a degree that I was put off... and the dude could play.

OT
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fresh food at a reasonable price. We always enjoy our meals here.