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China Star Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #845 of 2,290 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Child-friendly
Description: China Star is near by K-Mart,OfficeMax and Giant Eagle in McIntyre Square Shopping Center (on 7900 McKnight Rd.), 1.5 mile from Ross Park Mall,3 miles from North Park, 8 miles from the Pittsburgh Downtown(12 min.driving), in the North of the Pittsburgh.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Went here with family while visiting because of good prior experience. Even they agreed it had gone downhill or something.

Family size bowl of 'home made beef noodle soup' was pretty good. Very spicy, but the beef was very over cooked and it was nothing but the beef and noodles. There was one small green onion hinting that there should be more interesting things in there. Enough for four but we only ate half. Asked for it to go, and looks like server only put half of what was left into container, and forgot to bring it back out until asked.

Crab Rangoon mostly empty pockets of shell.

Scallops and vegetables a huge disappointment. Scallops watery and tasteless. Orange beef another failure. Good sauce, but the beef was sliced do thin it was non existent inside the breading. Dragon and Phoenix was better. Shrimp the best part. Not as temperature hot as could be. Pork (belly) with garlic greens had a great smoked taste, but the greens were leeks.

Complained and got 15% off. Atmosphere lacking. Wouldn't return again.

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Thank sjlocke
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Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

Stopping in for lunch. Nothing to write home about from outside. Upon entering the front door a smiling rotten halloween pumpkin that was blackened & fallen in on itself greeted me.
I thought - is this a premonition of what's to come?
Greeted kindly & seated promptly.
Again decor lacking, plain and shop worn.
Lunch menu incredible value - most selections $5.95 includes rice, egg roll or soup and a beverage!
Egg roll came and was delightfully filled with shrimp, pork & vegetables. Though it could have been drained better from being fried it was fresh & hot from the kitchen.
The lunch entree - lovely tastey vegetable fried rice.
Sichuan beff ordered MILD on spice - beware here!
Mine arrived hotter *spicier than ever - unedible.
Waitress graciously asked it to be redone in kitchen & apologized to me.
When it came - it is a somewhat smaller portion compared with original order - ? Due to small amount tasted by me first go round?
Second order perfectly seasoned mild with spice and delicious.
So diners - be very emphatic about your "heat level" on spicier dishes.
Will return another time and my overall experience was a good one.
And I liked the fact that most of the other tables had local Asian patrons. This spoke well for the place.

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Thank shuttlebuggy
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Nice Chinese food and very comfortable environment. The price is a bit expensive and still fair. Good choice to have a try, especially you have a big group of friends to enjoy dinner together.

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Thank sdzrp
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

We visit this gem regularly for our chilli oil fix. Everything we've tasted here is hot, richly spiced and deeply flavored. Not for the faint of heart, many of these authentic Asian preparations feature ingredients not found in your typical Chinese restaurants. Familiar ingredients are transformed into new sensations. One favorite is a whole pork shoulder in a complex, hot sauce served with a huge carving knife stuck into it. Fantastic. This is the perfect place to be adventurous. So far, we haven't had a dish we haven't happily devoured in its entirety. Portions are ample. Prices are very reasonable. Service is well meaning and friendly, but sometimes communications can get jumbled. The whole experience is nevertheless well worth many return visits. Very highly recommended.

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1  Thank jayclay1
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

Our office goes here to have authentic Chinese Szechwan food. If you like spicy, then this is the place for you. The authentic food is very spicy, but they give you an option on how spicy you would like to have it. Ask the gentleman with glasses to explain to you their dishes, he is very helpful and excited to help.

They also have the normal "American" Chinese menu for those who are afraid to venture to the authentic menu and it is just like the food at any Chinese restaurant.

They restaurant itself is located in the McIntyre Square and isn't the nicest, but the food speaks for itself. I put pictures up of the menus, but their full menu is online (chinastar-pgh.com)

Go here, be bold, and try something new, you might just be surprised!

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1  Thank Palmtreetheory
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