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Happy China

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2505 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2865
+1 919-237-2021
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice environment, good dishes names from the menus that is why we went to try it. But all these complicated dishes came out so quick raise a red flag .. Then I realized all the ingredients in the dishes were not fresh ( maybe previously prepare) tastes is so so .. but every dishes I had better ones within the... More 

Thank Jan-Ru W
Durham, North Carolina
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532 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chinese was good here, but a noted step down from my first visit. The dumplings lacked any apparent flavor and the singapore rice noodles were just not very tasty - coming from someone that typically loves them. The sesame chicken was good, and the egg rolls were excellent, though overall I came away from my recent visit a bit... More 

Thank ckassotis
Durham, North Carolina
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106 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

It is hard to find a Chinese restaurant these days that isn't mostly just a take out place. Although Happy China does a lot of take out it feels like a real restaurant too. The food was good with lots of choices and it was reasonably priced.

Thank ncst8fan
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I am going on three years living in Durham-Chapel Hill and after living in New York and southern Florida, it has been difficult to find good Chinese food in the area. On Christmas day friends invited us for Chinese food at their home... I did not have high hopes, but we were going for the friendship, not the food! Boy... More 

Thank allioak
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349 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

My husband's colleagues raved about this place, so we thought we'd give it a try. I've eaten in the building under numerous other businesses as varied as Thai and McDonalds. It does seem to be remodeled and offered a mostly quiet dining experience--other than the table near us with three young women endlessly debating whether one of them was about... More 

Thank EdRockster
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

The location of this restaurant is great. We had take outs from this place twice and both the times their food was below average. They alsi got my veg spring roll order wrong and gave shrimp roll instead. Thei kung pai chicken looked more like peanut celery chicken with chicken as surprise item here and there. I gave it try... More 

Thank Sri_dreams
Richlands, Virginia
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We visited this past Saturday and I enjoyed the food and the restaurant. The restaurant was clean and the server was friendly. I played it safe and ordered seasons chicken which was very food. It was hot when they placed it on the table so I liked that it did not sit for several minutes until it was served. The... More 

1 Thank Seraphita2013
Durham, North Carolina
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I made reservations for a large group (about 12), and Happy China had tables and chairs waiting for us when we arrived. From what I could tell, everybody in my group liked his/her food (I certainly did), and our waitress was fantastic. She was very attentive and accommodating. I will definitely be back to try more of the many, many... More 

Thank Ultrasuede
Durham, North Carolina
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532 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

I'm pretty particular about my Chinese spots, but this place lived up to the hype. We opted to try the steamed and fried dumplings as we were starved - both great, then got entrees as well. The dumplings came out within minutes, and we had barely finished those when the main dishes arrived. Super fast service, and the quality was... More 

Thank ckassotis
Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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485 reviews
347 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Most Chinese food is pretty generic, with Happy Family, beef with broccoli, etc being pretty much the same at any Chinese eatery you'll find in the US. Happy China's menu indeed features these standbys and others, but it was nice to see a section of the menu featuring more authentic dishes catering to Chinese rather than American palates. I had... More 

1 Thank David S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2505 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707-2865
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-237-2021

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