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China Cafe

2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3704
+1 858-793-8478
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good26%
  • Average0%
  • Poor26%
  • Terrible13%
1 Jun 2016
“Always friendly, always tasty”
27 Feb 2016
“Need to train the staff”
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3704
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

China Cafe is our "go to" place for Chinese food - it's close, and the food is good. When my wife and I go for dinner, we're always greeted with a smile and served promptly. Our usual orders are pretty boring - plum wine, orange...More

Thank Scott E
Reviewed 27 February 2016

We saw the sign that said Homemade Chinese food and decided to give it a try. Staff was unable to describe food, and let us know house speciality or what was homemade! Yikes. Food was decent but overshadowed by the poor service.I puffed up like...More

Thank sr201753j9
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Quite possibly the worst Chinese American food I've ever had. I read the review on Yelp and should have been warned as they were not the greatest... But the location was close so we picked this restaurant. Way too pricy for the poor quality of...More

Thank dannie2020
Reviewed 26 January 2016

This is our go-to local Chinese restaurant because we're always greeted with a smile, given great service, and have never had a meal we didn't enjoy. Location-wise it's fine; parking is kind of difficult (just park on the street, and skip the peculiar lot), and...More

Thank Scott E
Reviewed 6 September 2015

After a day of traveling and lounging at the beach, my husband and I were craving takeout food over dining in a nearby restaurant. The best option seemed to be China Cafe. I will admit, the restaurant does lack curb-appeal, but the food was delicious....More

Thank TeamTK12
Reviewed 12 February 2015 via mobile

My family and I eat at China cafe at least once a month. The food is fantastic, the service is great! Although the restaurant looks old, it's clean and there is always a place to sit.

Thank Adriana S
Reviewed 19 June 2013

San Diego is not particularly known for good Asian restaurants, but for a place that holds itself out as 'home-made' Chinese, the food was very disappointing on two visits. It may have been better at one time but it needs a new chef for a...More

Thank Tyler_D-H
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Never, ever, ever order the Mongolian Lamb if you dislike the taste of lamb. I've had lamb with green onions at other Chinese restaurants (a similar dish) however, this was really gamey and smelly. Sorry, I know lamb smells like this naturally, but when cooked...More

Thank Astrodog614
Reviewed 16 November 2011

Great food and service! The prices are reasonable especially for lunch!

Thank pinacoleggo
Reviewed 7 September 2011

This place is out of my way, and doesn't have much atmosphere, but there is simply no way around it. They have some of the best Chinese food around. I learned that take-out is the way to go. It is a little pricey, but the...More

Thank pontevecchio56
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014-3704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: +1 858-793-8478
  • E-mail
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