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2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3704
+1 858-793-8478
16:00 - 21:30
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Sun 15:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:30
Sat 16:00 - 21:30
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San Diego
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

China Cafe is our "go to" place for Chinese food - it's close, and the food is good. When my wife and I go for dinner, we're always greeted with a smile and served promptly. Our usual orders are pretty boring - plum wine, orange chicken, and maybe some cream cheese wontons to start, but the food is CONSISTENTLY very... More 

Thank Scott E
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212 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

We saw the sign that said Homemade Chinese food and decided to give it a try. Staff was unable to describe food, and let us know house speciality or what was homemade! Yikes. Food was decent but overshadowed by the poor service.I puffed up like crazy after having dinner and believe they oversalt or use MSG.

Thank Sandy R
Vancouver, Canada
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145 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

Quite possibly the worst Chinese American food I've ever had. I read the review on Yelp and should have been warned as they were not the greatest... But the location was close so we picked this restaurant. Way too pricy for the poor quality of food we received.

Thank dannie2020
San Diego
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2016

This is our go-to local Chinese restaurant because we're always greeted with a smile, given great service, and have never had a meal we didn't enjoy. Location-wise it's fine; parking is kind of difficult (just park on the street, and skip the peculiar lot), and ambiance is modest (actually pretty authentic, compared to restaurants I've been to in Beijing). But... More 

Thank Scott E
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

After a day of traveling and lounging at the beach, my husband and I were craving takeout food over dining in a nearby restaurant. The best option seemed to be China Cafe. I will admit, the restaurant does lack curb-appeal, but the food was delicious. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for tasty takeout, don't be dissuaded by the... More 

Thank TeamTK12
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2015 via mobile

My family and I eat at China cafe at least once a month. The food is fantastic, the service is great! Although the restaurant looks old, it's clean and there is always a place to sit.

Thank Adriana S
San Diego, California
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2013

San Diego is not particularly known for good Asian restaurants, but for a place that holds itself out as 'home-made' Chinese, the food was very disappointing on two visits. It may have been better at one time but it needs a new chef for a revamp.

Thank Tyler_D-H
San Bernardino, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2012

Never, ever, ever order the Mongolian Lamb if you dislike the taste of lamb. I've had lamb with green onions at other Chinese restaurants (a similar dish) however, this was really gamey and smelly. Sorry, I know lamb smells like this naturally, but when cooked in the right sauces it doesn't have to. On an up note, the egg drop... More 

Thank Astrodog614
San Diego, California
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110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2011

Great food and service! The prices are reasonable especially for lunch!

Thank pinacoleggo
San Diego, California
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81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2011

This place is out of my way, and doesn't have much atmosphere, but there is simply no way around it. They have some of the best Chinese food around. I learned that take-out is the way to go. It is a little pricey, but the quality of the food and the care in preparation are worth it. The sweet and... More 

Thank pontevecchio56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-793-8478
Delicious home made Chinese restaurant

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?