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Szechuan Restaurant

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1994 Cliff Dr, Mesa Center, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
+1 805-564-7651
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Orcutt, California, United States
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on a day spent travelling our coastal cities. This brought back memories of when I worked up on TV hill. Still the same excellent quality and even better taste! I had the Vegetable Chow Main and was amazed at how delicious it was. The serving size was extremely generous and I what I took home was enough... More 

Thank Libby W
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

I've had l lunch, dinner, and once, delivery. The prices are good value, the staff friendly but not hoovering, and the food itself is ample and tasty.

Thank Hastwokitties
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Came here on a recommendation from our hotel while staying in the area. It's a small, family owned restaurant in a shopping center. We arrived and we're concerned because there was no "A" rating in the window, but we were assured the food was great and it is. We tried numerous items on the menu and all were very good,... More 

Thank AllieOops69
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Absolutely amazing meal, my boys of 12 and 10 thoroughly enjoyed the meal. It was out in minutes and really delicious we had chow mein, salt n pepper shrimps, sesame beef and lemon chicken. Waiter was really polite and only issue was that it was more pricy than back in the UK. Lovely !!

Thank Lucy G
San Francisco, California
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150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We enjoyed our dinner here. Service was friendly. Food was good. Maybe not the most authentic in the world, but nice for Santa Barbara!

Thank swannygal
Bedford, NY
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I hate to say this, because the people who work here seem very nice, but the food is just dreadful. Let me explain. My standards are not excessively high. I have been eating Chinese food at all levels for about 40 years now, in cities, and suburbs, abroad, and at home. I am very flexible, and it takes a lot... More 

Thank Mergatroyde
Santa Barbara, CA
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113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

This small restaurant in a shopping center (next to Starbucks) on the Mesa serves really tasty Chinese food. After eating at several other Chinese restaurants in town, my husband and I and our friends agree that this is the best.

san ramon
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

Although the food was very tasty, I felt the prices were high for lunch at a Chinese restaurant. My lunch special, tofu and veggies with added tofu was $12 +tax.

Thank NoStopSigns
Santa Barbara, California
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

Szechuan is our favorite Asian restaurant. We like spicy food and this place really fills the bill. Our favorite is the B combination with hot and sour soup ( delicious on its own) and the Kung Pao Three Delight (chicken, shrimp, and beef) entree. Two orders including tax and tip with tea is just over $50. A great value. Service... More 

Thank straehle
Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

One of our favorite Chinese restaurants in town because the food is just great. Lots of choices, affordable and fast. We often get their food to-go.

Thank IngridKB

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1994 Cliff Dr, Mesa Center, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-1504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-564-7651

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