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Empress Palace

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2251 Las Positas Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
+1 805-898-2238
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Santa Barbara, California
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96 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This locals Gem of a fusion restaurant is hidden off of Las Positas and 101. You will not be disappointed.

Thank mickmankowski
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

First the upside: The location is convenient, there is ample parking, and servings are large. The downside: I didn't feel welcome when we walked in. We went at lunchtime and it was very quiet. We stood around for a while before staff offered us a table. He looked like he smelled something bad. My friend ordered chow mein. What arrived... More 

Thank Donna L
Hook, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Very good food, helpful waiters and family ambience! Cantonese cuisine plus Sushi Bar! We had Seafood Seaweed Soup, Braised Green Beans and a Saporro Roll! All excellent!

Thank Haig A
New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
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90 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

I have no idea why this place would have bad reviews. We came here with 6 people and a toddler. The waitstaff was friendly and quick service. The lazy susan in the middle of the table was perfect for our group, as we all ordered one thing and then shared it. Everything tasted great, and we ordered from the Chinese... More 

Thank StevieG350
Santa Barbara, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

very helpful service with a smile....try the sole hong kong style for a real treat, wtih the ginger and green onions on top

Thank truefoodie_9
Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

This was a very disappointing experience. We were basically ignored the whole time we were there. The staff paid attention to customers who spoke their own language. The food was unappetizing. We ordered duck and it was overcooked and way too fatty. Don't waste your money here.

Thank Kim B
Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015

We were seated in one of the side dining rooms that have overly bright lighting. We were basically ignored for ten minutes before anyone came to our table. During our meal, we had to wait several minutes to get someone's attention to get a knife for the bbq meat. No one came to check on us during the meal, and... More 

Thank Kim B
Bend, Oregon
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154 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

This dated but excellent restaurant is finally updating the decor. If done right, this will be the premier Chinese restaurant in SB. Slightly out of the way, it's worth the drive a few miles out of downtown. Lots of free parking, lots of tables, polite Asians serve you the best Asian cuisine in town! A few bucks more per person... More 

Thank oldfresno
San Antonio, Texas
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88 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2014

While on a trip to California we went to the Empress Place with our Grandkids. We had 5 dishes, most of the usual Chinese dishes, (Orange Chicken, Chicken with Snow Peas, BBQ Pork ext). We also ordered the Chicken Pan Fried noodles, which was excellent, the noodles were pan fried and were nice and crispy. The chicken and vegetables were... More 

1 Thank OETEX
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

The best I've had ever! We drive 35 mins to eat it. Taste, freshness, customer service, wait staff great, helpful and very attentive.

1 Thank amandak4

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2251 Las Positas Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Barbara
  • Phone Number: +1 805-898-2238

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