We were there 3 times. The food quality varies somewhat. First two were great, but the last time food tasted more like your average Chinese restaurant.
Not sure if anything changed. We were OK with paying the premium for Chinese food first 2 times but last time we feel that restaurant did not deserve premium for its food. It is still OK though. Maybe they changed the chef or the good Chef did not work that day.
Chi has a great menu but eating it not so much...cocktails are good.pork belly is best we tried. Try Morin instead
We really liked it Helpful gracious service. Good food we had been before but
not for awhile. I will go back.
Delicious, ample portions in this elegant Chinese restaurant near Ca College of the Arts.
Food quality was quite good. Ingredients seemed to be fresh. But like many Hunan style restaurants, most dishes had the same sauce and so they all tasted the same except that you had different meat or vegetable in each dish. The hot and sour soup was not bad although the ingredients should be cut into finer strips and more mushroom and wood ears were needed. It was a bit pricey for Chinese food - $30 per person without drinks. One can certainly get equal or better quality food for half the price elsewhere. But the restaurant is cleaner and service better for those willing to pay more for it. The Hispanic waiter seemed to have problem communicating with the Chinese cooks.
It's no slight to the cuisine served here, that the bar/bartender is/are spectacular! The Grand Margarita went down smoothly, but my wife's order for a Rusty Nail was declined politely. We had well-seasoned prawns, beef and veggies. Parking is problematic in the Rockridge area.
Go for Happy Hour; That's the best deal. Stick to the appetizers; that's the best food on the menu. Sit on the other side of the door, it's drafty down the one wall. Multiple servers, so order from whomever walks by first, or you may be overlooked. Kids going up and down the stairs was disappointing, but who to is to blame? Their parents or the resturant for allowing it? (If you don't mind the playground atmosphere, it's fine.) Sound too harsh? Not really, the food is good, the drinks are good, the service is good -it just could have been better...especially for Valentine's Day Dinner out.
Love the food. Great place for lunch on Saturday.
Delicious and somewhat "westernized" Chinese food but in a stark, noisy room on the Main Street level floor. Tables near the door on a busy evening should be avoided as people waiting for a table are pushed up against your dining space. Try to get an upstairs quieter table. I generally avoid Asian restaurants when the majority of diners are not Asian, but Chu has a good menu and the servers were kind although very busy with little time to pause.
love the lychee martini! Came here for happy hour after work & we all enjoyed ourselves. The food was also great. We will definitely be back!
It was New Years Eve, I booked this restaurant through Open Table, took my friend out at the only available time: 8.30. As soon as we sat down, the waiter informed us that the kitchen was closing in 3 minutes and that the whole place would shut their doors an hour later. Then they turned bright lights on and off with the music. Wonderful food but no time to enjoy, no celebrations like we had planned.
The menu was exciting! There were so many options it was hard to decide what to order. There were classic Asian choices, mixed with new dishes, great flair, and rich flavor. Everything we ordered was delicious, but we found the staff was lacking. We had to flag down a waiter to ask for second drinks. We were having a late business dinner so that was awkward. It was a slow evening with only 4 tables taken... Very disappointing. I would go back for the delicious food, but expect to be more forthright about our needs with the waitstaff.
scallops with garlic and ginger ?, peea pods and mushrooms absolutely tasteless and watery. Other items available anywhere for much less cost. Cold space as far as ambiance.
Much better atmosphere for Chinese food than the usual.
Loved everything about it -- truly, a neighborhood gem!
loved it. All the food is amazing.
This is good for lunch. Prices are very reasonable and food is tasty. I always find Chinese food a little too salty, so with that caveat, the menu is varied and interesting. We had shortribs (no bones), lettuce wraps, salmon onion pancake, noodles, and shrimp dumplings. All were excellent except dumplings. Service is sometimes a little iffy. There were 5 of us in an empty restaurant for an early lunch and the server brought the lettuce wraps with just 4 leaves of lettuce. A well-trained staff would have noticed and added an extra leaf. However, water glasses were refilled regularly. When the restaurant fills up, the noise level makes it hard to have a conversation, but that seems to be the new "normal". It is annoying.
The staff was a tad clueless, the food was plentiful and tasty, and we'd probably go back again.
First time for lunch. The food was fabulous. The ceviche was our favorite. Will definitely go back for dinner to try out the interesting drink menu.
We typically enjoy Restaurant Chu. However, on this night, the food was poor to OK. The extra spicy chicken was both bland and had no spice; the combination fried rice was so bland I wondered if they purposefully were trying to sell it to some elderly diners nearby. The potstickers were good, as was the dumpling soup, but everything else was simply mediocre. The service is always slow, but we are OK with that if the food is good. Tonight, not good...
Everything we ordered was delicious, and we ordered various meat and vegetarian dishes. We had the vegetarian spring rolls, hot and sour soup and the spinach and mushroom dumplings to start, then ordered the braised tofu, buddha's delight, kung pao chicken, mongolian beef and the vegetable chow mein....topped off with the fried banana dessert....seriously everything was amazing! The service was also wonderful and friendly....we can't wait to go back!
This was my 4th time here. It's certainly a sleek and attractive space, service was good. Food has declined somewhat though, and I had an MSG headache afterwards for the first time. I'll give it another chance but if the food isn't better next time I will probably cross Church off my list.
Restaurant Chu is an asian fusion style of restaurant which is an upgrade from PF Chang's. I definitely recommend this place for asian cuisine. The pan-pacific won-tons are a favorite.
Surprisingly good modern Chinese food, inventive and creative, not at all greasy. Includes some favorites, updated for California taste with lighter treatments and intense flavors, and new creations. If you're wondering why every Chinese menu in the Bay Area seems to have been printed at the same shop and want something different, take a trip to Rockridge for sure.
The food and drinks are quite good, but it was so quiet and empty, the place had a sad vibe to it. Not a fun, energetic atmosphere. It's too bad more people don't frequent this place.
Great service and wonderful food selection!
Why this place isnt packed all of the time is way beyond me!!! This place is incredible!! I absolutely love it!! Everything from the music to the staff is off the meter!!
I was looking forward to dining chinese since I find most chinese food in the east bay very underwhelming. Chu was no different. The food was very salty and 3 of the 4 dishes we ordered were made with the same salty soy sauce base. There was no vegetables at all in their fried rice. The calamari was OK but served in a deep bowl that collected all the oil underneath the squid. Chu will have to change chefs in order to last longer on College.
Nice restaurant in a pretty good location. Food was similar to a PF Chang style menu, but a smaller more intimate environment.
Excellent Chinese restaurant that deserves better patronage. Street parking is an issue.
My wife and I enjoyed dining at Chu. We were not aware that using Open Table made intelligible for Happy Hour benefits.
After reading other reviews and ratings I was eager to try the restaurant - the appetizers were excellent but the rest of the meal was extremely disappointing. There was little to no flavor despite dishes being heavily sauced, and there was virtually no taste in dishes that were marked as spicy. Perhaps it was an off day given what I have read from other reviewers, but I won't be back to try again...
I looooove this spot...hands down my best find ever!!!! Even my girl thinks so...
Best Chinese food in the East Bay especially when one considers the atmosphere - nice dining experience
Nice barman, good drinks. My expectations for the food might have been too high. Thought it was good, but not "destination" quality. We had pork and crab dumplings, hunan steamed fish, snap peas and corn mushrooms. Might we willing to back again and try other items. Would go for happy hour if I were in the neighborhood.
This spot was incredible!!! The music was killer, the food was stellar and the waiters/waitresses were off the meter!! I am coming back!!
We had a reservation but waited 15 minutes for so-so food. The waitstaff was nice, but didn't make up for the mediocre food.
Delicious food, absolutely great service, edgy decor, very reasonably priced and quiet enough to converse easily with dinner companions - I highly recommend it.
I took my family there to celebrate my wife's birthday. We had a large party (nine) including two small children. Chu has an upstairs dining area where our very long table was set up. It proved to be excellent for the little ones and provided the perfect environment for a great family meal. The food is awesome, the staff attentive, and the price reasonable.
This is a spot I HIGHLY recommend!
Chu was delicious!