Tea House at University

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Come taste what readers of the Minneapolis St. Paul magazine voted as one of the best Chinese restaurants in 2018!

Asian Mill Inc. acquired the Tea House Chinese Restaurant in Plymouth in 1998. It is the first Chinese restaurant to bring authentic Szechuan food to Minnesota in 2002. Through continuous improvement of proprietary recipes, service and ambiance, Tea House has now at the forefront of genuine Chinese restaurants in Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Now, we are focusing on only one location on University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus and have been continuously improving overall customer experience including food, service and ambiance. In addition to Szechuan, we have set our focus to the rest of China. From the resting place of the Terracotta Warriors in Shaanxi, to the Forbidden City in Beijing, we seek to bring you the best of Chinese cuisines.
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1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The Tea House has an extraordinary menu. Been there several times and the food is always exceptional.

1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I go here regularly and love it. When I bring new people, they always love it. The food is outstanding and while always busy, it's not overwhelming.

1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food there was the best Chinese food I have had since moving to Minnesota from Los Angeles. My family and I cleared the plates. The tea was also delicious. Service was speedy and polite and we were seated immediately and never left wanting or needing anything for long periods of time.

St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We had sesame chicken and sweet and sour spare ribs. The service was also very good. We will definitely be back!

1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was authentic and quite tasty. Portions were large and easily meet the needs of a couple. Service was excellent.

1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

This particular day was lacking compared with the usual. It was a Wednesday night, usually not the busiest night of the week. We made a reservation online, but when we arrived, they couldn't find it. And when I mentioned that I made it online, he then told me that the online system doesn't work. But it wasn't very busy at the time, and there were plenty of tables, so that wasn't a big deal.

As soon as we sat down, a lot more customers started coming in. And then more, and more. I think they were caught off guard and were short staffed, because it soon show, as it took quite a while before the waiter was able to take our order. I think the kitchen was probably short staffed as well, as I see the dishes weren't being brought out as quickly as usual. Our orders also came out two at a time, instead of usually they come out pretty much all at the same time, or close to it. These are all fine, as I had worked as server in my previous life, and I know what it's like to be hit with an unexpectedly busy night.

But the dishes also were lacking in the usual flavors. Nothing was really spicy, or even kind of bland. We had invited a friend who likes spice, but all of the spicy dishes really had no bites, and that's from me who usually can't and don't like very spicy foods.

But we will be back. One night's failure isn't alarming, just rather disappointing.

1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son spent time in China and likes the authenticity of the food there, but they also had something more American that my husband would eat. We Celebrated our sons birthday and he even got a birthday treat!

1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you’re looking for authentic Chinese cuisine, this is the place to go in the Twin Cities.

The menu is quite varied and the food is skillfully prepared.

1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve recently went here for their buffet breakfast but it was hard to judge because they only pick a few dishes to cook that morning, most of which I wouldn’t normally order. So... that being said, I had to go back. Everything we ordered was great. My only dislike was the thick wonton wrapper that was used for their wonton soup. It made the soup felt very heavy which I wasn’t a fan of. Majority of their price ranges from $6-30. Our waiter was friendly and the food came out quicker than the last time I was at Buffalo Wild Wings. The atmosphere is incredible! I LOVE LOVE their little private Chinese cubicle. It’s completed with curtains that you can isolate yourselves from the rest of the restaurant. SUPER CUTE! 4.5/5 stars for me.

Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Chinese cuisine we’ve had since moving to the twin cities. The spicy dumplings shouldn’t be missed.

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Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always good the Sunday buffet was fun. Killer mao pa Tofu