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China Pavillion

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1202 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3116
+1 805-560-6028
11:30 - 22:00
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Goleta, California
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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... More 

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Lunenburg, Canada
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173 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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, however, we were pleased -- and enjoyed the vegetarian pot stickers and Moo Shu Chicken... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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334 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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), but it is worth it. I also like the fact that the food comes pretty... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Santa Barbara, California
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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 inadequate for 10 and with little flavor; fire cracker chicken lacked bite; the shrimp was... More 

Thank adhoc1874
Geneva, New York
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Excellent service and food. The Szechuan eggplant with pork was exceptionally good, and the chicken with snow peas was also very good. The fried rice was tasty. Portions were adequate.

Thank Appleman2309
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

While on vacation with the Fam we decided to do take out one night instead of going out. I found the place on line and decided to try. It was SO much better than I expected and than reviews lead on. We order 6 entrees for everyone to try and share and I kid you not everything was absolutely delicious!... More 

Thank LanaKB
Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I only have eaten Dim Sum there a couple of times but both were quite good and the service was excellent. We had a great extended experience with many diverse entrees. I mean to have dinner there soon and will update this entry when I do so. Note this is only served on Sunday.

Thank Jim F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

After reading a number of fairly decent reviews we decided to have the final meal on our vacation to Santa Barbara at the China Pavillion. Big mistake. The hot and sour soup was very ordinary. I ordered Moo Goo Gai Pan and it was bland and tasteless. The chicken was barely edible. And the vegetables were just passable. My husband... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?