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China Chef

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623 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5014
+1 858-454-7597
11:00 - 21:30
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Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

I've stopped in twice since moving into the La Jolla area. The first time was to grab an appetizer to take home with me and this next time was for dinner. The place is older, something left over from the early 80's but the ambiance was not the reason for being there. It is always about the food for me....... More 

Thank Bill B
Newark, California
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

We recently ordered take out for a family gathering and everyone enjoyed the food. We had about 9 different dishes and they were all pretty good. It is not high end but the food was tasty and everyone (9 of us) thought it was worth going back in the future. It is a very small place and parking out front... More 

Thank GKayY56
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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291 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015

We had take out and took it back to our hotel. The food was nothing special, just average. I looked it up on Yelp or I wouldn't have even known it existed.

Thank KkFiff
Mimbres, New Mexico, United States
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

Don't remember what we ordered since we had fantastic ocean front lodging which pretty much overpowered everything but it was very good and delivery of 2 dinners & appetisers was 16 minutes from the time we called. It beat going out and waiting for a table with a view being able to dine on our own fron porch, not having... More 

Thank Denise E
Gilbert, Arizona
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177 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

When you pull up to China chef, don't be dismayed. Looks like nothing from the outside. We were surprised how good the food turned out to be. The ambiance was plain and simple. The people were nice. The waitress was friendly and provided very good service. The food was better than we thought it would be based on what we... More 

Thank Lenjoyce1
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2015

We went there on lunch time and the food was truly authentic. The petite woman server there in her mid 40's was so friendly and accommodating even the owner of the restaurant was so courteous.

Thank Sweetmarie01
La Jolla, California
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2015

I only eat here at lunch. They have a very good lunch special and selections. This is a tiny place that has been around forever but I have never had a problem getting a seat. Service is good in this funky place.

Thank Kaquita66
Tinton Falls, NJ
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2014

Sorry guys, but just because a restaurnat is voted 2014 Best doesn't make it so.Hubby and I went here for supper, and while the soup was good, they charged extra for Wonton Soup??? The food was extrememly salty. portions were large, but we didn't even want to bring anything back to the hotel with us. Hubby ordered orange chicken, and... More 

1 Thank Bevi1083
La Jolla, California
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422 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

This is one of the truly excellent family friendly inexpensive Chinese restaurant in La Jolla, or elsewhere for that matter. It has been in this location for......oh, 20+ years. They survive on quality and price.

Thank Papafish92037
Urbana, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

my parents who live nearby have been regular diners here for years and it has always been one of their favorite neighborhood restaurants in la jolla…recently I tried it a few times too…delicious cuisine…very flavorful...very ample portions…and very friendly owner who has a terrific rapport with his clientele…and always appreciates your business...reminds me of many tiny but tasty neighborhood Chinese... More 

1 Thank katerina911

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 623 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-7597

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