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City lights of China

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4953 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
+1 301-913-9501
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Maryland, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

My husband and I went for dinner and he had the best vegetarian dumplings and orange chicken. I had their shrimp in spicy tomato sauce and it was delicious, savory and well prepared! Also it was a very busy night and the waiter was very impressive with managing all the tables, and given how busy it was the wait for... More 

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South Hackensack, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

There was some interesting variations available on some of the food. The food was well seasoned and of good quality.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We came for late lunch, when the neighbor restaurant was closed. Their spinach and deep fried fish are delicious. Love to be back!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Take out including spring rolls, cashew chicken and beef with pies and green peppers. Spring rolls were find, but cashew chicken and beef were both very poor. Everything was bland. Portions were huge and one serving would have been enough for two adults men. Too bad we threw out 3/4 of what we bought..

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

My wife and I had responsibility for our three grandchildren for dinner. To my surprise, they opted for Chinese over pizza. We walked through Bethesda to City Lights of China, located on an unpretty strip mall kind of street next to a bicycle store and a metal repair shop. The restaurant was neat and clean, if plain, with white paper... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

We've long thought City Lights was one of the best - if not THE best - Chinese restaurant we've known. But tonight we had food delivered (after a hiatus of a few months for unrelated reasons) and we were very disappointed. Can't help but wonder if they have a new chef. Previously, the sweet and sour soup was to die... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have only been for take out ... but the food is amazing and very fresh. Kind off the beaten path of Bethesda restaurants

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Thank Naomi G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

I've eaten lunch three times at the City Lights of China. Each time, I have enjoyed the fresh and clean taste of the food and the courteous service. I also like the simple decor and the prices. The lunch menu is a particular bargain. I also like the availability of parking in this congested area.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

We've been coming to City Lights for years -- from when they were closer to Barnes & Noble to their current location. The food here is uniquely good and fresh -- not greasy or gooey like most Chinese food. My favorite dishes are the eggplants in garlic sauce, crispy duck, and both the chicken and tofu curls. The lamb with... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Restaurant was empty on Monday evening. Wait staff friendly. Food pedestrian American Chinese. Prices reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Reservations, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4953 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-913-9501

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