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“One of Best in Entire Greater Bay Area!”
Review of Yan Flower

Yan Flower
Ranked #238 of 405 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

Yan Flower has the best Chinese food I've ever had outside of Taiwan, which is widely recognized to have the best in all of Asia. Ingredients are fresh, flavors are subtle and natural, unlike so much bland fare at most Chinese restaurants in the US, and they don't skimp on ingredients! You get much more value for your money here than any other Asian restaurant anywhere in the US that I've experienced. Other Chinese restaurants seem to pinch pennies and ration a precious few vegetables (usually frozen, not fresh) and pieces of meat in their soups and main dishes, but a large bowl of sizzling rice soup at Yan Flower is a complete meal thick with nutrients that will keep you satiated all day. The pot stickers have a wonderful delicate flavor that puts everyone else's pot stickers to shame. This is where the local Chinese students eat, so you know it's good. The cooks here deserve an award. And the service is perfect--not too much, not too little. I'm so glad I found this place! It is 10 times better than the Taiwanese restaurant in Berkeley, which has been a fixture there for over 40 years!

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Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Favorite local spot. Clean and friendly waitstaff. Lunch specials really affordable & tasty. Choice of Hot n Sour soup or Egg Flower. Select your lunch special entree. After your meal you get the customary fortune cookie. I have the Sweet n Sour pork usually. The batter is super light with just a bit of a crunch. Not too sweet the sauce. It gets busy fast so get there right when they open. They have parking lot. If you're passing through and want a quick and inexpensive meal .Head on over to where locals eat.. We know where the deals are!!

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Reviewed February 20, 2016

It's decent but I find it depends on what you order. Some dishes are awesome, others are not so great. Sweet and sour chicken was really yummy.

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Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

Food was enjoyable at a basic level. Mixed plates proved good value and inoffensive, plentiful in quantity.
Decor very tired but clean and with very friendly and helpful staff.
They don't take Amex.

Thank David D
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Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

'Yan Flower' has yet to let me down. They sure know how to keep customers regular happy & content. Delicious Chinese cuisine they use no canned ingredients just fresh fresh fresh. You know the difference when u taste it. I don't bother going anywhere else cause their menu is large enough to never get tired of the same thing. They will happily special order and pickup is a snap! Also u get 10% off if you pickup after 5 ... Her parents know how to work magic in the kitchen while her husband & her & fam run the front. Go here if u want family friendly consistently delicious authentic Chinese food. You'll be happy you did!

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