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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” (15 reviews)
“pork” (5 reviews)
“shrimp” (6 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

There are no rolling carts, you order from a special menu. The dishes are as good or better than in the restaurants in LA's Chinatown. Served on Sat and Sun only. Quite popular so go early or wait a bit for a table. Very pretty...More

2  Thank DrStuo
Reviewed 22 August 2013

This restaurant, centrally located downtown, has been a staple in Santa Barbara for years, though under different ownerships. In decor, cleanliness, and table service, it far outdoes almost any other Chinese restaurant in town. The dishes are simple but perfectly prepared and served promptly and...More

Thank billyboy53
Reviewed 12 August 2013

This restaurant is touted as the "best", but is clearly overrated. Our Chicken Soft Noodles and Sweet & Sour dish were good, but the Vegetarian Pot Stickers and Hot & Sour Soup were not to our liking. A poor substitute for the Chinese in S.F.

Thank 5heartfamily
Reviewed 23 July 2013

I'm very picky about Chinese food. The veges have to be crisp and fresh, and the chicken has to be trim, well cooked but tender. Add all that to a white wine or garlic sauce and that's my favorite dish. Tried many a Chinese restaurant...More

Thank Debra S
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The star average here and the mediocre reviews are more on target in this case than some of the higher reviews including those that compare this restaurant to NYC dim sum/yumcha restaurants. This restaurant isn't in the same league as the New Asia in Chinatown,...More

Thank SANTraveler8
Reviewed 27 January 2013

Two of us went for lunch. Service was excellent. Restaurant nice and clean. Lovely water glasses. However, we were served the WORST spring rolls/egg rolls I have ever eaten! My friend seemed to have no problem with them, but I kept trying to figure out...More

Thank L. K
Reviewed 16 January 2013

For a brief while the food at the China Pavillion was not as good as during passed years, but we have been there several times during the past few months and the meals are as good as ever. Last evening everything we ordered was really...More

Thank Penny1968
Reviewed 14 December 2012

Great restaurant near downtown SB with a yum cha menu on Sundays and a relaxing environment to enjoy your lunch. Reasonably priced and the food was as good as any in town. Carpark right next door, which is free for the first 75mins, (a standard...More

Thank katubaldy
Reviewed 6 December 2012

My BF and I stopped by here for lunch while driving to San Diego from San Francisco. Based on the reviews, we gave it a try. It was during lunch time on a Monday and it wasn't that busy. It took awhile to get seated...More

Thank lindagn1
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Another review noted that CP is not a match for the food in Hong Kong or NY's Chinatown. True, it's not Shanghai, but it actually measures just a notch below NY's Chinatown (which is now about a block or two - the one in Queens...More

Thank Donquixote218
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Donald W
24 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
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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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