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About Restaurant Chu
Restaurant Chu offers quality, fresh ingredients with strong Asian flavors. We "re-create" the best of Chinese cuisine in an innovative and satisfying mode.
Oakland, CA 94618
Chinese, Asian, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Happy Hour: Daily: 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
$30 and under
Please inquire with host.
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Restaurant Chu Ratings and Reviews
This a spot that takes traditional Chinesse and turns it on its ear. Very eclectic mix of flavor, textures, and visuals. A nice spot to meet a few friends but also very appropriate for a nice meal with that special someone. I would most certainly recommend Chu to anyone! I was very happy with the menu and drink selection. I am a former bartender/waiter and am very picky about my drinks. I was pleased and Chu was a 10+ in my book.
Overall, we had a good experience at Chu. The service was good to very good. We really liked the ambiance. The food, however, was a bit inconsistent. Some meets were a bit tough. Some foods were delicious. Nothing was bad, but generally it ranged from great to just okay. For the price, I would have hoped for all the food to be great.
Great happy hour: $5 cocktails and half-price appetizers. The menu is extensive without being overwhelming. Chu is a great place to take friends who are a bit shy about authentic Chinese food. The waitstaff is friendly, the atmosphere is casually elegant, and the food is of good quality. Try a mixture of delicate dishes like the dumpling soup or the shaoxing prawns and spicier dishes like twice-cooked pork or Manchurian beef. The pork belly was a great value - impressive portion size and presentation. Yes, I would go back.
We like the ambiance, style and service very much. The menu is interesting, has some unusual items, and is diverse. Plenty for vegetarians. We also like the cocktails (selection and quality) and happy hour is excellent. The food is not absolutely top notch "foodie heaven," but it's definitely on the list for regular visits.
The food is very good at Chu's, but I have to rate them a little lower for how expensive it is. I know that it is probably because of the neighborhood, but it's difficult for me to pay $15-$20 for an entree in a Chinese Restaurant. Still, I would come back went I felt like a splurge.
This was our 2nd dinner at Chu. The first was lovely; the food was delicious and the service excellent. The prices were on the high side, but we felt the overall experience worthwhile. We returned recently and had a completely different experience. The food was definitely not up to par with our first dinner, and the service was abysmal. This time we did resent the high priced menu.
We will not return to Chu.
The decor is great and we're so happy to have an upscale Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood. The Happy Hour appetizers and drinks are a great bargain. Our experience (our 6th meal there) this time at Chu was wonderful. We only have one concern with Chu and that is about consistency of preparation. On one occasion every item was so over-salted you couldn't taste the basic ingredients and the veggies were overcooked, and on another the calamari was greasy. Those same dishes have been fabulous on other occasions, so maybe we just got a night when there was a substitute chef?
The restaurant was deserted when we arrived at 8PM, which made me really nervous. My worries were unfounded. The food was delicious, the service was very good, and it was quiet enough that we could have a nice conversation. We LOVED the ceviche and prawns with five spices. The space is very elegant--black, white, and silver. They also have a very good selection of wines by the glass at reasonable prices.
Everything was good about it, but the food could have been flavored better/more. It was a bit bland. The garlic eggplant especially was bland. The greenbeans were ok, but could have used more flavor, and the ma po tofu wasn't bad. I'm also vegetarian, so perhaps the meat was good.
Food very disappointing, so much so that we left a large part uneaten, and refused the offer of a doggy bag. Crabmeat wontons were actually more like tacos, and straight out of the refrigerator; buns for the smoked tea duck were tough; shrimp in a shrimp dish were mushy. The sauce on a lamb shank was too spicy, obliterating the taste of lamb. You may pass this on to the restaurant if you like.
Awesome restaurant, we were treated like VIP's. Interior design beautiful, the service was so professional, friendly, fast, and the food was beautifully presented and with complex flavors. We had 21 dishes, our favorites were short ribs,lamb,prawns & pea pods,the most delish sweet & sour pork, spring rolls, crab & corn soup,sizzling rice soup, dumplings,chow fun,the medley of exotic mushrooms & broccoli. All the food perfectly cooked. Definitely will be back.
Really enjoyed this fusion-style Chinese food. Having eaten various styles of Chinese food all my life, Chu's dishes have unique and varied flavors. Had a group of six and all liked it. Their happy hour drinks are a great deal. They have very good appetizers (Duck Bao Bun were great!). You can eat tapas-syle with drinks or a full dinner. We did both and had a great meal. Use more of the expensive ingredients in their hot and sour soup. This is a unique, upscale Chinese restaurant with many styles of Chinese food. The decor was tasteful, modern Asian, and worked well with the style food being served. We were there early when it was quiet, but it gets pretty loud when the restaurant is full. We'll definitely go back!
I like the dumpling soup, the dumplings were very flavorful and soup was perfect for the winter night after waiting outside for 40 minutes for my party to arrive. The fried rice with beef looked good, but I didn't really like the after taste of anise, but that's just my personal preference, I thought it would have more of a kick to it. Otherwise I would recommend this place. Too bad it's not located in San Francisco as I usually boycott Oakland businesses due to the parking enforcement and the crime, but this time I made an exception as I was accomodating my friend. Try the happy hour menu, it looks pretty good.
We went for lunch this time and all is great. spring rolls and potstickers are amazing. great flavors; browned so nicely--never soggy and gross!! THE LAMB is to die for think it was called Xian Jiang. um YUMMY. not heavy great flavors. first shrimp on the menu was yummy too. all good. great tea selection. service is great. not any more expensive than anything else on the block. go go go.
Our dishes were wonderful. I appreciated the decor and I thought that Chu felt like a much more expensive restaurant than it is. However, the kitchen was extraordinarily slow, taking 45 minutes for dishes to come out. This marred what otherwise would have been a great dining experience. I will try it again, though.
This was the third time this month that I had dinner at Chu. The first 2 experiences were very good, this last not so much. We were seated next to a raucous group of people and then ignored for more than 20 minutes. We moved ourselves to a quieter table and continued to be ignored. The food was extremely uneven. The hot and sour soup was great as always. The steak salad was good but all of the other tapas were mediocre at best. The 3 different bao we had were awful. So, it will be awhile before I go to Chu again.
all of the food was excellent. we got fried shrimp from their tapas menu--great flavor and tasty sauces; smoked duck bao--delicious not a big bun, more like a taco bun very very tasty; crab and corn soup--awesome; spring rolls--crispy and delicious; lamb was the best dish--and it was fabulous; green beans--so flavorabl; the only clinker was a chicken dish--cannot remember the name but floured and spicy and crispy--pieces too big for me but one eh in a land of many--go go go!!!
I've been to Chu several times, always at off-hours, when it's not crowded. Everything has been lovely. The food is good and the portions (of the full-meal soups, at least) are enormous. This time I got two more lunches out of my leftovers, and I am not a small-portion eater. I had the seafood soup with noodles and it was deliciously spicy and loaded with fresh shellfish (mussels, shrimp) and other fish. Service was efficient and professional -- not at all intrusive. It was easy to carry on a conversation, but I would think that with all the hard surfaces, when the room is full listening might be much more of a challenge. Prices were quite reasonable, too. I'll be back!
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