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“Very good Chinese food with equally good service”
Review of China Pavillion

China Pavillion
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Ranked #165 of 569 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 31 October 2017

I`m not a big fan of Chinese food and only at the encouragement of a friend who spends a great deal of time in the Orient did I venture to this place.
The food os prepared without MSG and is fresh, local and in some case organic. The dishes are creative and unusual in their presentation. I get that there is a consciousness of putting good energy into what comes out of the kitchen.
As with all good restaurants, it starts whit ownership and their intention. This restaurant is owned by a hands on, extremely conscientious owner who oversees the preparation and presentation to achieve repeated quality.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Really good casual chinese spot. Offers authentic as well as Americanized Chinese dishes. Quick service, great stuff. Kids freindly.

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Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Loved the food here and the service. However, they are very scarce on their portions. For example: ordered wor wonton soup for two. Came in a large bowl with two small shrimp, two mini wontons, and spinach. It was 80% broth.
Also ordered house fried rice with pork, beef, egg, and shrimp. Only had three shrimp, 4 pieces of beef and some strands of pork.
Had the chicken with broccoli and there was barely enough for two moderate eating adults.
They do not serve tea unless it is ordered, no hard noodles, no almond cookies

Bill came to $55.00 for those three items

Thank Judie M
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Maybe since I live in the Washington area & come often to SF- my standard for Chinese food is pretty high since I've tasted the best in these 2 areas. Coming to Santa Barbara & looking for a Chinese restaurant & trusting the rating of Trip advisor was my first mistake. Anyway, I should have listened to dwmv65 who gave this just 1 star. It does not deserve any more-- the food is reeking in oil & all the sauces that are pre cooked make the dishes all taste the same-- everyone is oily, dark brown & flat tasting. So it does not matter if you order seafood or vegetable- they all taste the same & do not have the good taste that Chinese food usually has. I am really disappointed.

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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We went for dim sum based on the good reviews and were very disappointed. There is NO comparison to the dim sum restaurants in major cites throughout the US. The choices were few, the quality was poor and the prices were high.

Thank dwmv65
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