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About China Pavillion at Chapala

Chinese and Taiwanese Cuisine and Dim Sum on weekends.

1202 Chapala St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Chinese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(805) 560-6028

Website:
http://www.china-pavilion.com/

China Pavillion at Chapala Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (2)
Special Occasion (2)
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Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Casual (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

One of the worst meals I have had there in more than 8 years and the service was the same.
Santa Barbara deserves a decent Chinese Restaurant but there is not one to found between Goleta and Los Angeles.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Even though we had a confirmed reservation the restaurant was closed when we arrived with our 96 year old disabled friend. We had driven up from LA to take her out to this restaurant. That left us in a tough spot to find a still open restaurant for lunch. My other ratings are based on a prior experience which was why we were coming back...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good food but a bit pricey. Food is fresh. Hosted is vey helpful.

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food5
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent food and outstanding service by our wait-person. He was very friendly and did his job excellently. Our dinner was very enjoyable because of him.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I think they were thrown by having a wedding party later that night.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This as a good Chinese restaurant--probably the best in Santa Barbara. The food is good, the ambiance better than most Chinese restaurants. I was, however, disappointed in the "mixed vegetable dish" which I order at most Chinese restaurants. It is a litmus test of the quality of the food. The salt/pepoer calamari was very good, the the noodles were good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Usually our meals have been good here. We made a mistake in ordering a dry Szechuan spicy chicken which was indelible, due to tiny little bone pieces. We mentioned this to the waitperson who asked if there were anything wrong with it. When the bill arrived, the item was on it. A restaurant that wants customers to return would have removed the item from the bill.
Next time, which will be quite a while from now, we will order more judiciously.

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food3
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Ok, no great, don't need to return. However, I do appreciate their remodel, it is very pretty in there.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 15, 2017

The service was above and beyond! The Ma Po tofu and pan seared dumplings were delicious, and they gave large portions of everything. Glad to be able to enjoy it as leftover as well!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food and our server was hilarious! We had a great time. Will definitely go back.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 10, 2017

We loved the food and enjoy the fact that it had some heat; authentic Chinese.

Tags: Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Best Chinese food I've had in years! Quality of the meats (chicken, beef & shrimp) were great & all dishes were seasoned perfectly! The restaurant was also very clean & the staff was attentive. Wish we had one close to home.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

This was a great dining experience especially because our clothes didn't permeate the usual Chinese Restaurant grease kitchen smell. The food was tasty and although a little pricey compared to other places, the cleanliness was a positive. The down side was although they have a municipal parking lot next door, it was full which required us to drive around for 15 minutes trying to find a space, which we found about 5 blocks away. We wouldn't do that next time, the food wasn't worth the 5 block walk.

Tags: Comfort Food
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food3
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2016

The food was wonderful , especiallyoff the special daily menu . The total bill was below what we might have expected for what we had. Our server was more professional than at most high end restaurants these days..we wanted to take him home! They have improved their decor so all was perfect.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

This was my first time at the restaurant and I must say I was not disappointed. I heard great things the restaurant so I had to see it for myself. And I was really impressed with the ambience and very friendly and professional staff and the food and drinks were excellent. The Shanghai Mai Thai specialty drink was the best

Tags: People Watching, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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