Chinese Food Recommendations

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I haven't lived here long but I've yet to find a good Chinese restaurant. Does anyone have recommendations?

 

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a-1658243167 Jul 19, 2022 08:06 AM
Chinese Food Recommendations

China Palace Restaurant on Coast Village Rd. I too have been on this search, China Palace my favorite in town. The chow mein and orange peel chicken are wonderful. Szechuan chicken is delicious too, if you like spicy. I have not tested any Goleta restaurants yet but I've done the rounds in SB.

Icre84U Jul 19, 2022 08:14 AM
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Over in Ojai AJ Chinese Express is a tiny hole-in-the-wall take out joint if you're in the area and in a hurry.
The chefs love to go off-script, if you can speak Mandarin they will make most anything for you!

CMKR Jul 19, 2022 08:57 AM
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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant was the best in Santa Barbara, but recently changed hands after being owned and operated by the same family for decades and, so far, I'm not impressed, but hope the place improves

SBSand Jul 19, 2022 09:40 AM
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Mandarin Palace in 5pts has been around for a while and is reliable and tasty! My other favorites closed not that long ago sadly but I also recall China Pavillion on Chapala & Anapamu is decent.

SMOKIN JOE Jul 19, 2022 11:12 AM
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Chinese food is completely lacking in SB. Uniboil and China Pavilion are passable. If you really want Chinese food, drive to SGV

Lucky 777 Jul 19, 2022 11:53 AM
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I recently tried out MEET UP CHINESE CUISINE on Las Positas, won't be going back, BUT they have a robot sever that glides over to your table with your food. That is worth going just for the photo op.

sbmh2015 Jul 19, 2022 02:26 PM
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Madam Lu. Have been looking for decent Chinese in SB for several years. Found this last year

ParvoPup Jul 19, 2022 09:36 PM
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Panda Express?

Hope you are kidding.

Over salted, under seasoned, over cooked, soggy swamp butt rice and limp microwaved noodles with some high fructose corn syrup chemical goop poured over the slop. Shrimp so overdone they bounce off the table, chicken cooked harder than a double fried McNugget. To call this junk joint Asian or Chinese Cuisine is to do a disservice to the thousand years of culinary arts in the Far East.

Basicinfo805 Jul 19, 2022 09:02 PM
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Smokin summed it up, we’re in a relative wasteland of real chinese food here in SB. Hard to compete w chains and massive rents,

JB86 Jul 20, 2022 04:12 AM
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Try Red Pepper in Goleta. We are regulars. Especially like the sweet-and-sour pork. Shrimp meals also great.

biguglystick Jul 20, 2022 11:07 AM
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We LOOOOVE Shang Hai on Milpas!!! They have a huge vegetarian menu and the soy "beef" fried rice is sooo yummy!!! LOVE that place.

Gimli Jul 20, 2022 11:30 AM
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Jimmy's Oriental Garden was the number 1 for Chinese cuisine, and the cocktails were excellent. Too bad it closed down some years back. I have been to a few Chinese restaurants before Jimmy's closed, but none of them could top Jimmy's Oriental Garden at that time or even now. And Willie was the best bartender there of all of SB.

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