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Review of China Pavillion

China Pavillion
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Ranked #175 of 585 Restaurants in Santa Barbara
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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 Trip advisor was my first mistake. Anyway, I should have listened to dwmv65 who gave this just 1 star. It does not deserve any more-- the food is reeking in oil & all the sauces that are pre cooked make the dishes all taste the same-- everyone is oily, dark brown & flat tasting. So it does not matter if you order seafood or vegetable- they all taste the same & do not have the good taste that Chinese food usually has. I am really disappointed.

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Thank Juli226
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Reviewed 26 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
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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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Reviewed 30 March 2017

First the negatives: We had reservations but had to wait. The restaurant was very busy and once seated had to wait nearly half an hour before a server approached. She was apologetic. It seems the staff was being pushed to accommodate as meany tables as possible.

The positives: We tried new dishes and the food was very tasty. Even the fortune cookies were fresh and crunchy. Roasted duck was amazing! If you have not eaten here lately, it is worth revisiting. Patience is the key.

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Thank goletagone
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Looking for a table anywhere in Santa Barbara late on a Saturday afternoon is not easy. China Pavillion had a table and we just walked in. Service was excellent. Meal for 4 with a bottle of wine just under $200 with tip. We passed on the typical appetizers and opted instead to share an eggplant dish served in a wonderful soy sauce concoction. It got us started well, and took the edge off our hunger without having something fried to dampen our appetites too much. We then had Peking duck for 4, nicely served table side where they quickly wrapped pieces if crispy, moist duck with a mild sauce, green onions and a veg of some type in crepe-like wrappers. Each person also got a crispy drumstick. We then had miso fish and ginger beef on steamed rice. No one felt overly stuffed, but we did not need dessert to feel satisfied.

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Thank Compuvideo
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