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China Delight

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461 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605
+1 650-326-6065
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The shrimp and green pepper and black beans were fresh and high quality, but the entire dish was gluey. Nicely seasoned, I continued to finish it, glue and all. Pricing is strange with a small soup half the price of an entree. It's a one-woman show, so service is erratic.

Thank vputin
California Bay Area
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

We should have known better. When we sat down, we could see that the place hadn't been cleaned in a long time. Heavy dust hung from light fixtures and sat on the wall moldings. The glass-topped table hadn't been cleaned. The food itself was mediocre at best and the house red wine nearly undrinkable. On the plus side, our female... More 

Thank Footloosewomen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

Hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant... I often order their Beef Stew Noodle Soup for pick-up & it's usually ready by the time I get there (about 8-mins.)... it's a no-frills noodle soup with just beef & spinach, the tender pieces of beef just melts in your mouth, & the soup is flavorful & hearty. I like a little heat to my noodle... More 

Thank Kimberly L
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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900 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

This is the second China Delight restaurant in California I have visited on a trip to the Bay area this month and I went here because I enjoyed the first one. I was not disappointed. The food was delicious with plenty of choice (including lots of scope for vegetarians and non-meat eaters). Prawns cooked with vegetables were really well prepared... More 

Thank profjoypc
Palo Alto
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82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

This Palo Alto mainstay is high-end Chinese. Each dish is flavorful and unique - not the typical "hot & spicy" or "plum sauce" options. Fresh and delicious. Also quite expensive for Chinese.

Thank Katie B
Palo Alto, CA
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102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

My "go to" place for a fast&tasty Chinese food lunch. Price is right, servers are pleasant & efficient and food is always good. Best value in Palo Alto!

Thank janisw
Sacramento CA Area
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165 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2015

We enjoyed the "no tails" fried prawns along with the fresh Asparagus in Oyster sauce which accompanied our White Snow Chicken with pea pods. Plenty to share and enjoyed watching it all put together. The best, no MSG added!

Thank bw13802
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237 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

After the movie it was raining and we wanted to eat nearby. China Delight was across the street and proved to be a real delight. Yes, it was predictable fare but for a rainy evening it was a pleasant atmosphere, clean with helpful waitstaff. We had prawns and walnuts, beef and broccoli, chow mein spring rolls and rice. For us... More 

Thank Charles S
Salem, Utah
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

My husband and I have been eating "delightful" Chinese food here for more than 20 years. We were in Palo Alto again last weekend, and took dear friends and the incredible food did not disappoint. We particularly love the Crispy Schezwan Prawns and the crispy green beans, but honestly we have never had a dish here that wasn't excellent.

Thank Dreanaya
Menlo Park, California
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169 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

China Delight and Jing Jing have been around forever. Prices are quite low because they must own the space. However, the menu has very few actually chinese dishes - this is all "chinese/american" food. Come here if you want a comforting, americanized experience. At least the dining room is pleasant and clean.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 461 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1605
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: +1 650-326-6065

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