The food was good. When it arrived. But the service was among the worst I’ve ever seen. One waiter managing (or failing to manage) a dozen tables. He took 45 minutes to take our order. Never came by again after giving us the food. Never brought out any of our drinks. Was just annoyed to have to deal with any of his tables.
And it was a birthday celebration! Amazing service and even more amazing food! It was my first time based on our friend’s recommendation. There was also a great array of healthy choices which made it a great balance! Claims with black bean sauce and the cake dessert they gave the celebrant at the end was top notch!
My first visit to Golden Temple was a mixed bag. I had heard the ribs were "out of this world." So, I ordered those, a seafood appetizer platter, and beef lo mein. The ribs, to me, were much like any other Chinese ribs. In fact, they were mostly fat, so I was not impressed. I wonder if others ordered something that I missed? I had the boneless rib appetizer. There are on the bone ribs and a large Golden Temple special rib order. Are one of those better than my boneless ribs? Maybe I ordered the wrong thing. Also, I would order just the crab rangoon vs. the seafood combination appetizer next time. the two scallops and the two shrimp were buried in batter. The lo mein was really good. Nothing over the top, just really fresh ingredients. The beef in that was, at times, a bit more gristle than I would like too, but it was good. I will go again and order some of the more exquisite specialty menu items. The basics were good, but not "out of this world." Good service once they got around to taking my order. In other words, they were pleasant but I was pretty sure they forgot about me twice.
It's really hard to say whether I recommend this place to a friend. The couple across from us said that they sat for 30 minutes and no one checked on them, the food was good though. We sat for 20 minutes without anyone ever coming to take our order let alone bring us water. I got up and spoke to the person I believe was the owner. Within 1 minute, someone came to take our order. We put in for appetizers and our meal at the same time to be on the safe side. Our appetizers came out 4 minutes later, water appeared 2 minutes later. Our entrees came out 5 and a half minutes after that. I know this because I started my stopwatch. My sesame chicken and brown rice while delicious were cold in a lot of places. After 22 minutes we asked for the check because we finally saw our waiter. Our water was never refilled. Like my neighbor said before leaving, the food was good. The service just wasn't.
Apart from the food which was solid, the experience was terrible due to very poor service and a less than appealing ambiance. The lighting was so dim you could hardly read the menu and the service was so slow that we had to get up three separate times to get the server’s attention. Not sure why GT gets so many stars because we definitely didn’t have a 4.5 rating experience tonight. Think twice before choosing Golden Temple.
Went for my wife’s 50th Birthday, the food was as good as it was 20+ years ago when we used to go often. Love it!
Nice staff but the food was just okay.
This is the worst meal we have ever had here - or anywhere in a long time. The scallion pancakes were dried out and tasteless. The lo mein seemed to be nothing more than spaghetti tossed with a few scallions and bean sprouts. The The chow fun was drowning with dark molasses (in Chinese food)? the Chicken with cashew nuts was all celery - you could count the chicken bits and I do mena bits) with one hand - same for the cashews. I could go on and on - suffice it to say we will not go back ever - it seems like the owner does not care - after all he - he collects $13.95 for a whiskey and cola, or a mai tai - why should he be concerned with the quality of his dishes? it doesn't matter to him - he's doing a bang up bar biz.
Quality Chinese food - Great service - Such friendly staff especially Beatrice who greets you out front - Love all the food here - Never had a bad meal - Beautiful, clean restaurant - Good drinks, too - Can’t wait to return - Highly recommend!
Bing is an amazing server. Food is delicious and place is and has always been top notch. Try a stoli doli martini.
Dirty walls and not so happy with food or service, What happened?
Golden Temple still has the best appetizers around (especially the Golden Temple ribs)! My only warning is we like to sit at the bar. We were very happy on open table that you could reserve at the bar, but when we got to the restaurant they told us the bar was first come first served!
Have been going to Golden Temple for years and have always enjoyed it. This experience was just mediocre. We were a large party, dining room was mostly empty, and it took quite a while to get us seated. Then we asked to have one empty table as opposed to another and they said no, even though it wouldn't be used while we were there. Service was slow, one couple asked to pay for their meals with cash separately and were told no, and the entire restaurant sounded like a nightclub because of how noisy and packed the bar was (830 Saturday night). Will continue to go, but not with a large group, and don't feel as confident about their ability as I did.
Celebrating my mother’s 93rd and Golden Temple was most accommodating with the number of guests attending. All staff had a “ no problem” attitude with any requests or last minute changes. We enjoyed the chilly chicken, the bass and the spicey string beans. We also appreciated that most dishes could be ordered in smaller portions thus we were able to taste a variety of dishes. Our waiter was great as was the valet service for parking😍👍🏾🦍
It’s always a pleasure coming here! The staff are amazing, the food is excellent, the ambiance is very soothing.
The food and service are always amazing and I really like the ambiance of all the different rooms. GT really is one of my all-time favorite Chinese restaurant up there with Kowloon and Chang Sho. However, the portions are small and the prices are very high. I don’t mind paying more for quality meals but I feel there should be more in quantity served. Thank you.
The Golden Temple is a Brookline fixture. I’ve been enjoying it since high school, and it’s still a place that’s delicious and fun. We had a round table for eight in the back room, which is attractive, not very noisy and has white tablecloths. Great food, excellent service—Our family had a festive evening.
Was hesitant to go back as my brother had been disappointed his last time there and when a forty year veteran says that you have to listen. Assume it was a glitch. If you like Chinese food the way it used to be, this is the place. Old stle egg rolls and not the cabbage filled monstrosities of today. Spicy string beans - best ever, with serious spice. Wonderful egg foo yong and moo shi pork Waiter was 5 star dining quality and packed to go food perfectly, all with fresh sauces. When we get the hankering for old fashioned chginese, we will travel here from Worcester County.
I live in San Diego, CA and cannot get good Cantonese food there. I am particularly fond of Lobster Cantonese and Lobster with ginger. This restaurant always has had the best.
When I travel to Boston on business or to visit family I try to go there. This time, there was almost a SNAFU. They were out of lobster! However, the waiter and others at the restaurant went out of their way to get fresh lobster for me and my family so we were able to have both dishes AND we were NOT disappointed. It was even better than I remember. Almost worth a special trip to Boston from California.
We also had delicious spare ribs and pork strips (can't get pork strips in CA). Another dish (I don't remember the name) was shrimp with eggplant. Awesome.
If you go there, ask for Tom -- a caring top-notch waiter, who cared about customer service.
Always a nice meal. Service is usually extremely friendly and the hot towels are a nice touch.
I am usually not a big chinese food fan but I do enjoy the food here. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was served hot and flavorful. I enjoyed the general gao's chicken and my seaweed salad.
Sometimes it takes an hour for us to drive to the Golden Temple, but this gem never disappoints. From the very friendly and welcoming staff to the most delectable cuisine, we just so much enjoy this place and are always excited to share our love of this unique treasure with others. In addition, the comfortable ambiance and beautiful decor contribute greatly to a fabulous experience. Can’t wait to return!!
Amazing pork ends, Golden Temple Fried rice and shrimp with lobster sauce!
As always, it has been one of our favorites. Consistent, great food, great service, Clean, Still the best in town
This restaurant is run down and needs a facelift...the chairs are worn. We will not return.
Dirty plates, terrible-tasting scallion pancakes, dank smell from the kitchen throughout the restaurant, really old worn out furniture.
Again and I have said this before, I object to the very high prices of alcohol, especially wine by the glass. Very unnecessary for a Chinese restaurant. Wine by the glass should be 8-9 dollars
Had a ton of appetizers today. Old school egg rolls are the best. Vermicelli noodles with shrimp were a great gluten free option.
Sad to Say It's Disappointing Again
We have been long fans of this establishment and for years looked forward to the food, especially the house special spare ribs and mai tai's, clams in black bean sauce and more.Unfortunately it has to shared that for the second time in a few months the food was seriously disappointing. Even our waiter acknowledged that the food quality and preparation from the kitchen this past Saturday evening was not acceptable.
Please note that this is difficult to share but since it is obvious to customers and the folks that work there combined with no one actually caring enough to bring back the quality... what can I say...
Desperately in need of an update, this place looks dumpy and the food is mediocre
Great Father’s Day lunch!
Fantastic night. Beatrice at the bar is a fantastic bartender. Food fresh hot and served quickly. Very comfortable. A good place to visit anytime. Will be back soon
It was our first time at the restaurant and we were impressed. Everything was delicious. Price was reasonable. And the service was quick and courteous. We’ll be back again.
College graduation. Staff was so nice and friendly! Food was great!
HORRIBLE. I think the waiter was alone in the large restaurant because we almost never saw him. Food was not good, so good thing portions were tiny. 3 small pieces of chicken in our chicken stir fry. Rice arrived 1/2 hour after entrees and was crunchy. This was my daughter's graduation dinner, so meant to be a good experience. Instead it was awful.
The waiter did a very poor job in bringing our food. It came at all different times. He did not seem to be bothered by it at all.
To be fair, it was Mother’s Day, the worst day in the restaurant industry. Despite having a reservation, the waiting area was packed with parties (including us) waiting to be seated. The servers were overwhelmed with the volume. Two soups didn’t arrive until after the entrees. Those things I understand on a crazy day like that. But the food was truly sub-par. Golden Temple is expensive and “upscale” Chinese food. But the food we got was no better than what you’d get at a strip mall carryout joint. We have been coming to GT for over 25 years, but I think this visit will be our last. I don’t recommend. It’s not worth the hype and price.