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Chinese Restaurant/Bar
updated: Jan 28, 2014, 10:31 AM

Looking for a Chinese restaurant that has a full bar for a happy hour/Chinese New Year toast this Friday. Is Ming Dynasty the only one with a full bar?

Places People Are Talking About:

China PavilionEmpress PalaceMadame Lu's
Pickle Room

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 489946 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 10:49 AM

Doesn't China Pavilion have a bar?


 COMMENT 489949 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 10:56 AM

The Pickle Room! Their fried rice is fantastic.


 COMMENT 489958 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 11:04 AM

Second for the Pickle Room!


 COMMENT 489972 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 11:32 AM

OP here; yea, we were thinking the Pickle room, not traditional Chinese, but very historical.


 COMMENT 490017 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 01:19 PM

China Pavilion on Chapala has a full bar. Empress Palace on Las Positas may also.


 COMMENT 490018 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 01:21 PM

For a small town, Santa Barbara has great Chinese food. Anybody who says otherwise does not know Chinese food!


 COMMENT 490058 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 02:36 PM

Santa Barbara has great sun and surf. We go out of town on lavish vacations in cities known for poor weather when we want really good Chinese food.


 COMMENT 490116 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 05:09 PM

@ 037, 088 & 095

Couldn't agree more with 095's "People become so worried about losing their perceived paradise that they go out of their way to not make changes or movement that would better themselves... Sad but its everywhere in this town. "

Only thing is that comment is the perfect assessment of 037, 088 & 095's superiority complexes. Of course, their "perceived paradise" is that of "I've been out of town so I am so much more sophisticated than you yokels and my taste buds are more refined than those of you locals."

So what if locals actually like the restaurants in town? Maybe you just filter everything without a SF or LA label to be "boorish". And, yes, we do have great restaurants in town - just not ones that apparently rise up to the level of your upturn noses.


 COMMENT 490123 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 05:34 PM

OP here again; thanks 116, some folks just need to let everyone know they are better than the rest, but it actually comes off in a very different way.

077 - Hope you know the Pickle Room isn't a Chinese Restaurant, it's Jimmy's reincarnate, but with totally different food offerings.


 COMMENT 490128 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 06:03 PM

Worst meal I have ever had was served at the China Pavilion, if you could call it service.

They were not busy, or crowded, it was not too early or too late. But they spent their time with one especial group (family or friends) and let everyone else wait and wait and wait. Our meal came out a plate at a time cold.

Free and I would not go back. They did comp the one plate that was served like alpo 20 minutes after the rest of the meal, but it looked like canned dog food and was not warm.


 COMMENT 490139 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 06:49 PM

I've frequented the country of China, I have been fortunate enough to go there over 20 times and eat until my heart's content..

With that being said, I like Madame Lu's for "local" Chinese cuisine. China Pavillion is a good restaurant. I also like Ming Dynasty when I go there for supper and order off of the menu.


 COMMENT 490140P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-28 06:52 PM

I've eaten Chinese food in perhaps 25 US states and 7 or 8 different countries. We have some pretty good Chinese food here but not the best. Anyone that confuses opinion with fact has some thought processing issues that won't allow a reasonable discussion.

Some people really love the sugary, fatty stuff they serve at PF Changs, others love the fresh, home-cooked style of Red Pepper.

None of this has anything to do with the OPs question however. Apparently they are interested in booze before gourmet (not judging)


 COMMENT 490213 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 07:39 AM

@ 088 and 036, you guys are right the Chinese food we have here is garbage. Its overly sweet an non traditional for our American pallet. I was fortunate enough to spend a few years in North West China and in the deep South. The flavor profiles change drastically much like it does here in the states. But nothing I have had here even comes close to whats made in China.


 COMMENT 490234 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:33 AM

Like comparing apples to won ton. SB Chinese is pretty good, but can't be compared to food in China, any more than SB Mexican food compares to food in Mexico. They wouldn't even recognize a taco made here compared to the real thing in Mexico-- hamburger meat smothered in shredded cheddar cheese, and iceberg lettuce. Que pasa? But, for my money, or wan, Empress Palace on Las Positas is far and away the best Chinese food in SB. Quality ingredients, consistent prep., great service, nice looking restaurant, with big parking lot, (and bar). Worth the buck or two they charge above the "pack" .


 COMMENT 490245 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 08:44 AM

For all the great products we have available here the food in this town is sure disappointing. Except for a couple spots it really cant hold a candle to to other cities of it's size. Best bet for Chinese is Schezwan on on the mesa IF you order from the separate Chinese menu that they will only give you if you ask.


 COMMENT 490269P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-01-29 09:43 AM

Wow, snobbery! Chinese Americans have been here in California since the beginning of the American period in the 1850s. The cuisine that's developed here is Chinese American. Of course it's not like the food in China, which, being three times the size of the US, has a bit of variation in cuisine itself. Of course if you can read Chinese and order off the Chinese menu you may get a meal that more conforms to your ideal of Chinese food, but us stoopid white folks might like us some chow mein all the same.

I think what they've done at Three Pickles, embracing the Chinese history of the place, is cool.

245, which other cities of this size have better ethnic food than we do?




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