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China Pavillion

1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
+1 805-560-6028
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“dim sum” (13 reviews)
“pork” (5 reviews)
“noodles” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
Chinese, Asian
$$ - $$$
1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the food here and the service. However, they are very scarce on their portions. For example: ordered wor wonton soup for two. Came in a large bowl with two small shrimp, two mini wontons, and spinach. It was 80% broth. Also ordered house fried...More

Thank Judie M
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...More

Thank Juli226
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
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
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...More

Thank goletagone
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...More

Thank Compuvideo
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I first dined here with my husband and a friend at the end of December. It was a busy holiday time and the restaurant was overflowing with people. Our various dishes were well-prepared for the most part, but some were overly and unnecessarily salty. Altogether,...More

Thank Pippiduck
Reviewed 27 February 2017

China Pavillion is THE place to go for Dim Sum on the weekend. The food is fresh, hot, and delicious. It has no peer in Santa Barbara. It can be really busy and you may have to wait (something we seldom do in Santa Barbara),...More

Thank expectquality1942
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoy this as one of our regular places. The food is always good and the dim sum on the weekend is awesome. Clean and renovated inside.

Thank 614sammy2010
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Each year 10 of us have gone for New Year dinner. This year, though we were there at 6:30PM they told us mid meal that they had run out of Long Life Noodles. The pea shoots were tasteless (too little garlic); the pork hooch was...More

Thank adhoc1874
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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
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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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