China Palace

★★★★☆
Serving Tustin's tastiest traditional Chinese cuisine
  • 13444 Newport Avenue

    Tustin, CA 92780

    Cross street: Bryan

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  • 714-544-7167

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this restaurant has great value meals. the prices are good, the food is good, but the service is average.

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★★★★☆

this restaurant has great value meals. the prices are good, the food is good, but the service is average.

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I love this place, from the colorful yellow walls, to the different rooms, to the cozy booths. This place is BIG. The food is that usual Chinese fare with 16 pages of choices, including that all time favorite, the bird nest.

It's all good. Everyone here is friendly, all the dishes I've tried are good, and pricing is reasonable. I even get coupons in the val pak mailings.

I'm surprised that more people don't dine here...it always seems 1/2 empty. It's really worth your while to try the China Palace!

4
★★★★☆

I love this place, from the colorful yellow walls, to the different rooms, to the cozy booths. This place is BIG. The food is that usual Chinese fare with 16 pages of choices, including that all time favorite, the bird nest.

It's all good. Everyone here is friendly, all the dishes I've tried are good, and pricing is reasonable. I even get coupons in the val pak mailings.

I'm surprised that more people don't dine here...it always seems 1/2 empty. It's really worth your while to try the China Palace!

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This is in response to the person below (Mullinsworld). I will give myself a 4 star rating because my average right now is 4 1/2 stars.

I remember this man. He came in with his wife and ordered a appetizer sampler plate along with two main entrees. They seemed like regular customers, enjoying their meal, until they got up to leave. Nothing indicated that they were unhappy with their meal. The man approached me after they finsined their dinner and told me "everything here is horrible". Sometimes dishes are made incorrectly but never have I been told "everything is horrible". This is a family owned restaurant and we have been doing this for generations. We have four locations with one in Taiwan. This comment was insulting and untrue. While I was checking in the kitchen on what he had ordered, his wife was convincing him to drop it and leave. She seemed to be embarrassed. When I checked on his "horrible" dishes they had eaten all their appetizers, all of one entree and half of their second entree. When I asked why they ate most of the food his response was "we wanted to try a little of everything". If a customer is unhappy with their food it is best to mention it shortly after trying it and not when you finish it. I will gladly replace the dish or take it off the check. Just do it in a timely manner and not when you have finished all or most of the food.

Yes I did say "we have always cooked it like this" because that is the truth. These recipes go back for decades and the more authentic chinese dishes go back for generations. It has been good enough for royalty, Hollywood actors (real ones), profesional athletes (tennis, mlb, nfl, nhl...), politicians (current and past, from Presidents to ambassadors), generals and the list goes on.

I welcome anyone to write an honest review. If you choose not to write one, you can always look at past reviews done by OC Weekly and The Orange County Register.

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★★★★☆

This is in response to the person below (Mullinsworld). I will give myself a 4 star rating because my average right now is 4 1/2 stars.

I remember this man. He came in with his wife and ordered a appetizer sampler plate along with two main entrees. They seemed like regular customers, enjoying their meal, until they got up to leave. Nothing indicated that they were unhappy with their meal. The man approached me after they finsined their dinner and told me "everything here is horrible". Sometimes dishes are made incorrectly but never have I been told "everything is horrible". This is a family owned restaurant and we have been doing this for generations. We have four locations with one in Taiwan. This comment was insulting and untrue. While I was checking in the kitchen on what he had ordered, his wife was convincing him to drop it and leave. She seemed to be embarrassed. When I checked on his "horrible" dishes they had eaten all their appetizers, all of one entree and half of their second entree. When I asked why they ate most of the food his response was "we wanted to try a little of everything". If a customer is unhappy with their food it is best to mention it shortly after trying it and not when you finish it. I will gladly replace the dish or take it off the check. Just do it in a timely manner and not when you have finished all or most of the food.

Yes I did say "we have always cooked it like this" because that is the truth. These recipes go back for decades and the more authentic chinese dishes go back for generations. It has been good enough for royalty, Hollywood actors (real ones), profesional athletes (tennis, mlb, nfl, nhl...), politicians (current and past, from Presidents to ambassadors), generals and the list goes on.

I welcome anyone to write an honest review. If you choose not to write one, you can always look at past reviews done by OC Weekly and The Orange County Register.

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This place has pretty decent chinese food. Its kinda pricey, but its more of a formal restaurant than the regualar take out ones. My favorite items are the spring rolls and the moo shu chicken, they are definitely worth a try.

4
★★★★☆

This place has pretty decent chinese food. Its kinda pricey, but its more of a formal restaurant than the regualar take out ones. My favorite items are the spring rolls and the moo shu chicken, they are definitely worth a try.

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Anyone who eats here and calls this even food much less good Chinese food has had their taste buds removed. The appetizers were something you would buy at Smart & Final, the dipping sauce was ketchup with some sugar and salt & the entrees were like eating grisly shoe leather which had been pickled in vinegar for a few years.

If this is one of the best in Orange County, I would recommend not to eat Chinese in OC. After only a few bites we felt ill and had to go home and gargle with strong mouthwash to get the foul taste out of our mouth. I really cannot express how bad this was.

To top it all off when we complained the owner defended his cuisine stating "we have always cooked it like this". I suggest that they go to Chinatown in LA or SF and find some real Chinese food, they clearly don't know what it is.

DON'T EAT HERE ---- you have been warned.

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★☆☆☆☆

Anyone who eats here and calls this even food much less good Chinese food has had their taste buds removed. The appetizers were something you would buy at Smart & Final, the dipping sauce was ketchup with some sugar and salt & the entrees were like eating grisly shoe leather which had been pickled in vinegar for a few years.

If this is one of the best in Orange County, I would recommend not to eat Chinese in OC. After only a few bites we felt ill and had to go home and gargle with strong mouthwash to get the foul taste out of our mouth. I really cannot express how bad this was.

To top it all off when we complained the owner defended his cuisine stating "we have always cooked it like this". I suggest that they go to Chinatown in LA or SF and find some real Chinese food, they clearly don't know what it is.

DON'T EAT HERE ---- you have been warned.

Pros: Decor sort of

Cons: Everything else, the food is uneatable

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When the Lotus Cafe, a vegan chinese restaurant in Orange, closed down I was pretty bummed. They had great food and amazing service. Well, I happened to stumble into China Palace on accident and it turns out that its run by the same owner. When we ordered a couple vegetable dishes, they related that they had some soy meat for their vegan customers if we preferred. Hell yes! I was happy to find that the food is just as delicious as I remember accept now they serve vegans and meat eaters alike. Sounds good to me and tastes even better!

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★★★★★

When the Lotus Cafe, a vegan chinese restaurant in Orange, closed down I was pretty bummed. They had great food and amazing service. Well, I happened to stumble into China Palace on accident and it turns out that its run by the same owner. When we ordered a couple vegetable dishes, they related that they had some soy meat for their vegan customers if we preferred. Hell yes! I was happy to find that the food is just as delicious as I remember accept now they serve vegans and meat eaters alike. Sounds good to me and tastes even better!

Pros: Too many to list, great vegan food is the tops for me though.

Cons: Kind of looks like a prison on the outside, how about some mood lighting.

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I've been a resident of Irvine for many years, and China Palace Restaurant has always been my favorite Chinese Restaurant. The classical music, the beautiful Chinese decor, and the added banquet room creates the perfect atmosphere for any type of party (Graduation, Wedding, etc.). When I first moved to the area, I was reluctant at entering the restaurant because of the beautiful Chinese architecture. I thought "that place must be expensive", but after "taking a chance", I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were. I have never seen a Chinese restaurant so well mantained. Make sure you order their Kung Pao Chicken. Once you've tasted their version, you will never enjoy this dish at any other restaurant. This place is Highly Recommended. This is family run, so its a pleasant change from those corporate PF Chang types. Highly Recommended!

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★★★★★

I've been a resident of Irvine for many years, and China Palace Restaurant has always been my favorite Chinese Restaurant. The classical music, the beautiful Chinese decor, and the added banquet room creates the perfect atmosphere for any type of party (Graduation, Wedding, etc.). When I first moved to the area, I was reluctant at entering the restaurant because of the beautiful Chinese architecture. I thought "that place must be expensive", but after "taking a chance", I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were. I have never seen a Chinese restaurant so well mantained. Make sure you order their Kung Pao Chicken. Once you've tasted their version, you will never enjoy this dish at any other restaurant. This place is Highly Recommended. This is family run, so its a pleasant change from those corporate PF Chang types. Highly Recommended!

Pros: Food, ambience, service

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Very average Chinese food. We do primarily take out here and not sure why we continue to return. It is expensive and not all that tasty. The service both take out and eat in is okay..not that great. Wouldn't really recommend that much unless you are really hungry and have no other choice!

3
★★★☆☆

Very average Chinese food. We do primarily take out here and not sure why we continue to return. It is expensive and not all that tasty. The service both take out and eat in is okay..not that great. Wouldn't really recommend that much unless you are really hungry and have no other choice!

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This is a chinese restaurant where the decorations are great but the taste is not really. Maybe because I ordered something wrong. but it seems like their price is very expensive but you don't really get that much great food for that price. It seems like I can taste MSG. But the building looks pretty authentic Chinese, I admit.

2
★★☆☆☆

This is a chinese restaurant where the decorations are great but the taste is not really. Maybe because I ordered something wrong. but it seems like their price is very expensive but you don't really get that much great food for that price. It seems like I can taste MSG. But the building looks pretty authentic Chinese, I admit.

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