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China Pavillion

1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
+1 805-560-6028
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good51%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“dim sum” (14 reviews)
“pork” (6 reviews)
“shrimp” (6 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
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1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Situated on Chapala Street, this restaurant served great Chinese dishes as well as a good wine selection

Thank 773Gareth
Reviewed 18 December 2017

The fried rice here is the best I've had in the SB area. I get takeout when I visit, and the service is quick and really accommodating. Many choices on the menu, and you can go as simple or as flavorful as you like at...More

Thank Newlovenewlife2012
Reviewed 14 December 2017

This dim sum does not have carts, however, made to order. We ordered and loved the shrimp spinach dumpling, crab dumpling, steamed bbq pro bun, steamed asparagus, shrimp rice wrap (the best!), and steamed egg custard bun. The service was excellent and friendly.

Thank MicheleC106
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Sunday is our favorite day to go to China Pavilion for Dim Sum and or the regular menu. It is always busy so go early or late. They handle lines well, but it can be a little challenging when super busy. Hard to find your...More

Thank expectquality1942
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...More

Thank BlakievanHemert
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.

Thank Aya Y
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...More

Thank Judie M
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...More

Thank Juli226
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
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We got to this place at 5pm on a Sunday, 30 minutes later it was full. The parking is conveniently located next to the restaurant. The food came quickly and steaming hot. It was delicious and must be shared.

Thank emlazo
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Donald W
23 May 2016|
Response from sharonannie22 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but I'm just a customer who had lunch at China Palace with a friend. I think they do have a private dining room, but you should Google the restaurant, or call if you live in the area, for specific information about... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-560-6028
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