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“A Deliciously Different Take on Christmas Dinner”

Emperor's Palace Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #200 of 1,999 Restaurants in Cleveland
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed December 26, 2015

After last year's major chore of preparing (and cleaning up) three holiday meals, my wife and I decided to simplify this year's Christmas Day meal by going out to dinner. My in-laws were a little bit hesitant, but my wife and I had visited Emperor's Palace once before and we were confident that it would be a good option.

Firstly, we spent two years in China back in the mid 2000's, so we know what Chinese dining is supposed to be. I can tell you that the Emperor Palace is the real deal. Upon entering, the decor and ambience immediately reckoned us back to our days in Manchuria. I have not experienced any restaurant in Ohio that even approaches the authenticity of Emperor's Palace.

We were a party of seven, so we sat at one of the big circular tables with a large lazy susan in the middle. In my book, this is the way that a Chinese feast is to be enjoyed...nobody has a their own dedicated meal, but all the dishes are put in the center and everyone can help themselves to everything as the entrees pass by on the rotating lazy susan. This is a different approach than most westerners are accustomed, and I think my in-law were initially disconcerted, but once they got the hang of it they seemed to embrace it.

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The food was great. We ordered several appetizers and entrees. My favorites were the pepper beef (spicy!), Peking duck, Szechuan green beans, and the dumplings. Everyone left with their appetites pleasingly satisfied. Cost wise, it was a great value. For a party of seven, we ordered appetizers and plenty of entrees to entirely fill our bellies (no drink orders), and the bill was less than $120

The reason I gave only four stars is because of the service. Mind you, the staff was very friendly. However, the service was a little slow. For myself, I was in no hurry and I thought the service was along the same lines that I would expect for an authentic traditional Chinese restaurant. Entrees were brought out one dish at a time with a time lag (approx. 5 min) between dishes. I sensed my in-laws were getting a little impatient, but to me it was a testament that the food was being prepared fresh. Also, we had to flag down staff a few times to get fresh water and other small necessities. Once again, this type of service is exactly what I would expect for a traditional Chinese restaurant, but if someone expects five star service that anticipates and caters to your every need, you might find yourself a little frustrated at this restaurant.

Overall, the Emperor's Palace delivered a highly enjoyable and delicious dining experience. This is not an Americanized version of Asian cuisine (i.e. PF Chiangs), so if you are looking for 'trendy Chinese lite', this might not be for you. That said, if you are a diner that desires authenticity and tradition in your dining experience, do yourself a favor and visit Emperor's Palace. This place is a gem.

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

This place has a lot of charm. And there is a lot for vegetarians and vegans to choose from. I just wish I loved more of what we got. The turnip cake was like a potato pancake but needed a little more crisp. The pumpkin cake was a little too gelatinous for me. My favorite was the vegan general tso's chicken, which was really a fried ball of tofu in a nicely sweet sauce. However I really disliked the tofu skin in brown sauce, which came with seaweed inside and made it way too fishy.

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed December 24, 2015

This place is good, I order from this place while at work. Fast delivery, very good pepper chicken. A little pricey but the food is good. They have a huge menu and they are a little pricey but for good Chinese and you never have to leave your office it is worth it. I heard from a co worker the ambiance of the restaurant is amazing and she loved the food. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT food. Ok now the bad, this place has a huge selection of dumplings and they are widely known for their dim sum, I order some dumplings that were utterly disgusting but to their credit I didn't really know what I ordered in terms of dumplings. The dumplings seemed hairy but it was actually the type of breading they used and they seemed to taste sour and spoiled. That's the one mistake I will never make again.

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

We had never been here. Wow it is delicious huge portions right off the highway near cleveland state. You can bring in your own alcohol very nice service also

Date of visit: November 2015
Thank ann50207
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Reviewed October 17, 2015

I happened upon this restaurant one night during a might time festival. I wanted to try something of their dim sum chart and I purchased the roast pork pastry and a shrimp eggroll. While was eating, I was walking back to my car wishing I had purchased more. So when I went to work on Monday, several of my co-workers and I placed a phone order. Everyone was delighted with the freshness of the food. The vegetable egg foo young was a really big hit. Since then I have gone back numerous times with other friends, never being disappointed. Each I return, I plan to try something new.

Date of visit: October 2015
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