China Pavillion at Chapala

4.4
21 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chinese
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  • Good for Groups
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Chinese and Taiwanese Cuisine and Dim Sum on weekends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 560-6028
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Dress code
Business Casual
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What 21 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant claimed they blocked open table for the busy weekend but we made an open table reservation. Despite showing it on my cell to the hostess, she refused to acknowledge it. We eventually received a table and received the 100 points. Very odd start to our evening. Food and service very good!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great friendly service! Your hostess remembered us from visiting 6+ years ago. Food was delicious and authentic.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Everyone is so polite. The service is great. We’ve gone there several times and have not been disappointed. However this time the food tasted a bit bland. We had the chicken spring rolls, Mongolian beef and pork spareribs. The pork spareribs were so tart that they were difficult to eat and also not tender. But we’ll go back and give it another try.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Always enjoyable meals here - lunch or dinner. Today lunch was served fast an tasty - Singapore noodles for my husband (he found them in the Soup section of the menu), and imperial scallops for me. All orders included a cip of hot and sour soup. Jasmine tea eas brought promptly as soon as we were seated. The ambience of this restaurant is very fancy with tablecloth, quality tableware, comfortable chairs. Clean and quiet, this place is great for a private meal or business meetings, never disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

We had a lovely dinner here last week. We have been here many times before and always enjoyed our dinners. The tables around the perimeter are quiet with larger groups in the centers, which is great for everyone. The waiter was excellent. The Chinese food in Santa Barbara is very limited so we very much appreciate and enjoy the food at China Pavillion. Try the spicy wontons for an appetizer!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We ate here on a double date before seeing a play. Great place for splitting checks and they were very quick. All the food was hot and tasty. We will definitely be back!

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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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...

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on May 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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

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