China Pavillion at Chapala

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$30 and under
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Chinese

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Chinese and Taiwanese Cuisine and Dim Sum on weekends.
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.3
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4.2
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NancyS
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a friend's birthday and it was a pleasant evening,, food was great, service was outstanding and everyone enjoyed dining there! A big shout-out to Jose he was an excellent waiter! We will be back😁

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vipToby12
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good service with great food

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Fred
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Bottom Line: I would go to China Pavilion if there are no better Chinese restaurant alternatives in the area (will have to research).
Ordered: 2x-pot stickers (steamed and fried), 2x - 3 flavor sizzling rice soup, orange chicken, yang chow fried rice, vegetable chow mein, beef broccoli, beef asparagus, steam rice. The soup came with snow peas, but they do not have Beef w/snow peas?
Need to improve: larger portions (serving portions, and in the case of the pot stickers actual food size), customer focus (waiting staff focused on new tables), customer focus (install roxul so the noise does not bounce off the walls)
Positives: We were seated on time (reservation for 8). China Pavillion can accommodate large parties. Paid public parking adjacent to location. The food tasted good (who would think orange chicken with dried hot peppers tastes so good), hot, what we ordered was served, served in a decent time.

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TheFoodCritic
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great place to eat. Chicken egg rolls are wonderful. Hot mustard is really hot!

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SarahM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been a family favorite for over 30 years!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a concert at The Arlington Theater. This restaurant was close by and took reservations so we gave it a try. They did not disappoint. We got the sizzling rice soup (lots of big pieces of chicken a shrimp), Kung pao chicken (great flavor and not breaded) and sweet and sour chicken (eh, fair). We did have to request white meat chicken for an upcharge or $2 which was surprising for today’s time. The price was reasonable for the area and the service friendly and timely. We would return.

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Ditte
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Yes, it is always the same, predictable and easy to make a reservation. Parking is excellent.
Would love to see some new dishes or perhaps a tasting menu.

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ROBERTT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really a good restaurant. SErvice is very attentive.

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vipstephaniec
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It had been years since we ate at China Pavillion. We have been searching for a good Chinese restaurant in town since our go-to spot closed. We really enjoyed our dinner and the service and attention we were given was very good. Our waiter was very professional and made the experience memorable.

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DrM10
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very enjoyable dinner with my family before going to the Granada theater

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blu3swan
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice Chinese restaurant, ambience, decor, food, menu choices.

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MichaelE
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great place to take a date. Good vegetarian selection, in addition to great omnivore dishes

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TomB
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extensive menu and quality Chinese food. Traditional offerings well prepared.

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JaneG
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavorful dishes, great service and good location with easy parking. Deserves to do well!

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vipToby12
Central Coast
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Chinese food in santa Barbara by far

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vipMaxincito
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Uneven quality, once again; this place is not very dependable.

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SantaBarbaraGreg
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The management of this restaurant is smart - they have good employees who take care of business with appropriate service and very good, fresh tasting food. Have had many tasty meals here, the eggplant is especially pleasing, tried the small ribs in some sort of sauce - excellent. Surprisingly the cocktails here are very savoring. Have been to many restaurants in town, however the Makers Mark Manhattans are excellent and they're good about including two cherries in the drink. Reasonably priced, food seems fresh, without reeking of grease The employee at the door who assigns tables is professional. She knew how to easily process the discount coupon used for the meal. thank you. Maybe will post a picture later.

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vipMarsha
Central Coast
131 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were very disappointed in our food. The last time we were here the food was excellent and this time (same food orders) it was completely tasteless. We probably won’t return.

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vipRickP
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always excellent Chinese cuisine! Great for lunch or dinner. Dim Sum on Sunday is amazing.

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vipMaxincito
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service seems to be almost the biggest problem here, next to the inconsistency of the food. For the 2nd visit in a row, four tables whose orders were taken after ours, were served first. We had to get up from the table to find someone to clear our empty starters plates away as the food came slowly out of the kitchen. One of the “dependable” menu items, orange peel chicken, came out tough and tasteless - all batter, no chicken, and almost impossible to chew.
It is unfortunate that this is the best that Santa Barbara can provide in terms of Chinese cooking.

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DrM10
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice family dinner. The food is tasty and the portions are just the right size to share several plates. Our waitress was very friendly, prompt and checking on us all the time!

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vipRaymond
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a very Nice Chinese restaurant. If you like Chinese this is the place to go

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vipRaymond
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I eat lunch with a friend and the food was fantastic, I would highly recommend this restaurant

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DrM10
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first time there with friends. Very good food and great service!

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vipJimG
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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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Hitomi
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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vipEdie
Central Coast
76 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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vipninav364
Brisbane / QLD
46 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SBrooks
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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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sequinhappe
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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vipMaxincito
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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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vipPenelope
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall1food4service4ambience4

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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vipDrjohn
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipsbesq23
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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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vipMaxincito
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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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vipDesigner
Central Coast
44 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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

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DanielleF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Geenafest
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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China Pavillion at Chapala is rated 4.3 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.