Tropical Chinese

★★★★☆
  • 7991 Bird Rd 1

    Miami, FL 33155

    Cross street: West Miami, South Miami

    Map & Directions
  • 305-262-7576

About Tropical Chinese

Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:30pm; Sat 11am-11:30pm; Sun 10:30am-10pm

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fresh and meaty clams in shao-xin sake broth with basil, garlic and ginger root

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★★★☆☆

fresh and meaty clams in shao-xin sake broth with basil, garlic and ginger root

Pros: savory

Cons: little portion

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Take out chinese at extremely high prices! This is the first time I have ever felt robbed at a restaurant. Would have spent less at PF Changs, gotten better food, better service, rice and drink refills. The Dim Sum appetizer was good, everything else was horrible. If you must go, stick with the Dim Sum, and get it to go.

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★☆☆☆☆

Take out chinese at extremely high prices! This is the first time I have ever felt robbed at a restaurant. Would have spent less at PF Changs, gotten better food, better service, rice and drink refills. The Dim Sum appetizer was good, everything else was horrible. If you must go, stick with the Dim Sum, and get it to go.

Pros: Dim Sum

Cons: Not a good value!

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Sure it's not NY or San Francisco but for me the food at Tropical is the best in South Florida! I worked and ate in Chinatown in NYC for many years and I know many different kinds of Chinese food from Szechuan to Hong Kong and the food at Tropical is authentic and on the mark. Only place you can get a great selection Dim Sum every day. Don't miss Tropical's Sauteed String Beans, Chicken with Black Bean Sauce and Beef with Chinese Broccoli. The seafood is always fresh and I am getting hungry just writng this! Yum!

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★★★★★

Sure it's not NY or San Francisco but for me the food at Tropical is the best in South Florida! I worked and ate in Chinatown in NYC for many years and I know many different kinds of Chinese food from Szechuan to Hong Kong and the food at Tropical is authentic and on the mark. Only place you can get a great selection Dim Sum every day. Don't miss Tropical's Sauteed String Beans, Chicken with Black Bean Sauce and Beef with Chinese Broccoli. The seafood is always fresh and I am getting hungry just writng this! Yum!

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have eaten at tropical many times. The dim sum is very authentic and fresh. I lived in Asia for ten years and my wife is Chinese. Tropical is by far the best in South Florida. But, for my wife's birthday I decided to try another spot (actually ended up at two) based on the previous recommendations and the fact that we live in Boca.

First went to Grand Lake, The selection was average at best. Most items were not up to par. The lotus leaf w/sticky rice was flavorless. The fried turnip cakes were mushy. The stuffed tofu skins were small and the sauce was bland. worst of all were the egg tarts. They were actually made from pre-baked frozen tart shells that you get at a cheap buffet. never in my life has any other Chinese restaurant served these wonderful delights without making then fresh in the restaurant.

And most disappointing of all, I asked if they had my favorite dim sum item (baked bbq pork buns). They server replpied that they had them but it would take a while. (no problem) Ten minutes after we had finished our other items, out came the "char sau shu". I couldn't believe my eyes. They have used the same nasty frozen pre-baked tart shells to make this normally amazing item.

We left the restaurant and decided to try another suggestion from the previous review. The singing bamboo restaurant was better, more authentic but no where near the choice nor was the quality on par with tropical.

An honest review from people that really know chinese food. It's worth the drive to tropical any time.

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★★★★★

have eaten at tropical many times. The dim sum is very authentic and fresh. I lived in Asia for ten years and my wife is Chinese. Tropical is by far the best in South Florida. But, for my wife's birthday I decided to try another spot (actually ended up at two) based on the previous recommendations and the fact that we live in Boca.

First went to Grand Lake, The selection was average at best. Most items were not up to par. The lotus leaf w/sticky rice was flavorless. The fried turnip cakes were mushy. The stuffed tofu skins were small and the sauce was bland. worst of all were the egg tarts. They were actually made from pre-baked frozen tart shells that you get at a cheap buffet. never in my life has any other Chinese restaurant served these wonderful delights without making then fresh in the restaurant.

And most disappointing of all, I asked if they had my favorite dim sum item (baked bbq pork buns). They server replpied that they had them but it would take a while. (no problem) Ten minutes after we had finished our other items, out came the "char sau shu". I couldn't believe my eyes. They have used the same nasty frozen pre-baked tart shells to make this normally amazing item.

We left the restaurant and decided to try another suggestion from the previous review. The singing bamboo restaurant was better, more authentic but no where near the choice nor was the quality on par with tropical.

An honest review from people that really know chinese food. It's worth the drive to tropical any time.

Pros: great selection, and quality

Cons: very busy but worth the wait

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For those who have experienced Dim Sum in (real) Chinatowns, ae. San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Boston,and Montreal, your expectations are obviously lowered due to the fact that the number of ethnic Chinese in the area can`t support a thriving Chinese Food District with streets of world class Chinese Restaurants. That said, and after reading the gushing positive reviews on multiple sites, off we were to Tropical. We had no wait to be seated...just lucky I guess cause a few minutes later quite few people que`d up for a brief wait for a table. Immediate push cart service began (a positive Dim Sum feature) and servers continued weaving their way through the restaurant stopping at every table displaying multiple Dim Sum entrees for purchase. I must say, the selection and friendly servers explained what the appetizers consisted of if it was a item you weren`t sure off. The taste of most of the offerings were at least average and a few were excellent. My issue was that over half of the Dim Sum selections were served at room temperature an not warm/hot whatsoever. This being noon time on Sunday, and with (heated) steam push carts, that should not be the case whatsoever. Mid-week or late afternoon, maybe, but not on a Sunday at 12:00 PM.
For those of you that are Dim Sum fanatics, I`m sorry but you`ll have to drive 60 miles north up I95 and head for Palm Beach County. There you will find 3 excellent Chinese Restaurant that really do Dim Sum right! I will list them in no particular order as I found all of them on par with similar offering in Chinatown restaurants.

China Dumpling
1899 N. Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-737-2782

Singing Bamboo
2845 N. Military Trl.
West Palm Beach, FL
561-686-9100

Grand Lake
7750 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL
561-681-1388

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★★☆☆☆

For those who have experienced Dim Sum in (real) Chinatowns, ae. San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Boston,and Montreal, your expectations are obviously lowered due to the fact that the number of ethnic Chinese in the area can`t support a thriving Chinese Food District with streets of world class Chinese Restaurants. That said, and after reading the gushing positive reviews on multiple sites, off we were to Tropical. We had no wait to be seated...just lucky I guess cause a few minutes later quite few people que`d up for a brief wait for a table. Immediate push cart service began (a positive Dim Sum feature) and servers continued weaving their way through the restaurant stopping at every table displaying multiple Dim Sum entrees for purchase. I must say, the selection and friendly servers explained what the appetizers consisted of if it was a item you weren`t sure off. The taste of most of the offerings were at least average and a few were excellent. My issue was that over half of the Dim Sum selections were served at room temperature an not warm/hot whatsoever. This being noon time on Sunday, and with (heated) steam push carts, that should not be the case whatsoever. Mid-week or late afternoon, maybe, but not on a Sunday at 12:00 PM.
For those of you that are Dim Sum fanatics, I`m sorry but you`ll have to drive 60 miles north up I95 and head for Palm Beach County. There you will find 3 excellent Chinese Restaurant that really do Dim Sum right! I will list them in no particular order as I found all of them on par with similar offering in Chinatown restaurants.

China Dumpling
1899 N. Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
561-737-2782

Singing Bamboo
2845 N. Military Trl.
West Palm Beach, FL
561-686-9100

Grand Lake
7750 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL
561-681-1388

Pros: Easy parking, great Dim Sum Selections

Cons: Too many items served room temperature or cool that should have been warm/hot!

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Having lived in both sanfrancisco and nyc, I have known what great dim sum taste like. My family and I have eaten at Tropical Chinese many times and the first time we went, we were very impressed with the dim sum-- by far ,the best we have had in miami. Over the years however, the quality of the dim sum has declined and we are hesitant to go back there again.

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★★★☆☆

Having lived in both sanfrancisco and nyc, I have known what great dim sum taste like. My family and I have eaten at Tropical Chinese many times and the first time we went, we were very impressed with the dim sum-- by far ,the best we have had in miami. Over the years however, the quality of the dim sum has declined and we are hesitant to go back there again.

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i heard a lot about this resturant, i have no idea why people get excited for this chinese food in a parking lot
in the middle of no where.
i've been in many chinese resturants in my life, the most expensive ones and the cheapest ones.
first of all this one is not cheap for the portions they serve, second,the food is not even close to be called chinese.
what kind of chinese resturant doesnt serve brown rice or sesame chicken?
service was horrible, the waiter was very nasty and thats why he didnt get a tip ( an i usually tip at least 20%), i asked for juice and was charged for a cocktail ( so check your bill) and for some reason chicken with mixed vegetables was more onion than vegetables and chicken.
i will for sure, save my chinese craving for my trips to new york.

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★☆☆☆☆

i heard a lot about this resturant, i have no idea why people get excited for this chinese food in a parking lot
in the middle of no where.
i've been in many chinese resturants in my life, the most expensive ones and the cheapest ones.
first of all this one is not cheap for the portions they serve, second,the food is not even close to be called chinese.
what kind of chinese resturant doesnt serve brown rice or sesame chicken?
service was horrible, the waiter was very nasty and thats why he didnt get a tip ( an i usually tip at least 20%), i asked for juice and was charged for a cocktail ( so check your bill) and for some reason chicken with mixed vegetables was more onion than vegetables and chicken.
i will for sure, save my chinese craving for my trips to new york.

Pros: jasmine tea

Cons: everything else

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Ok, folks, let's be realistic here. Unless you're a visitor, otherwise your taste buds are in Miami just like me.
This is the best dim sum this city can offer and if you know another, don't be a "shelf-fish", post it. Or buy your plane tickets and go to LA or Flushing, NYC for the best dim sum your plane tickets can buy. (never mind about the Chinatown, all the best dim sum chefs went to Flushing after 911, silly)

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★★★★★

Ok, folks, let's be realistic here. Unless you're a visitor, otherwise your taste buds are in Miami just like me.
This is the best dim sum this city can offer and if you know another, don't be a "shelf-fish", post it. Or buy your plane tickets and go to LA or Flushing, NYC for the best dim sum your plane tickets can buy. (never mind about the Chinatown, all the best dim sum chefs went to Flushing after 911, silly)

Pros: Parking, dim sum b4 3pm

Cons: long lines on weekend lunch hours

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Trust me.
I've been there over at least one hundred times.
I've done Chinese New Year's. I know the name of the Manager and all of his sons.
But there are some problems with Tropical.

Dim Sum has only TWO dishes for vegetarians: Chinese bokchoy and Chinese Broccoli. I always have to order off the menu, and it always takes them about 20 minutes to find me a menu. Every. Single. Time.

Also, has anyone else noticed that all of the waiters speak English perfectly in the evening, but pretend not to during Dim Sum days? That bothers me, not sure why.

The food is good. Pretty good. It's not rock-your-mind amazing, but it's fresh and clean. It's nice to be able to see the food being prepared. And turny tables are fabulous too.

But it's overrated.
The Red Lantern restaurant in the Grove has excellent food as well, on par with Tropical, it's just not as hyped up. So you can still maintain some semblance of calm when you eat there.

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★★★☆☆

Trust me.
I've been there over at least one hundred times.
I've done Chinese New Year's. I know the name of the Manager and all of his sons.
But there are some problems with Tropical.

Dim Sum has only TWO dishes for vegetarians: Chinese bokchoy and Chinese Broccoli. I always have to order off the menu, and it always takes them about 20 minutes to find me a menu. Every. Single. Time.

Also, has anyone else noticed that all of the waiters speak English perfectly in the evening, but pretend not to during Dim Sum days? That bothers me, not sure why.

The food is good. Pretty good. It's not rock-your-mind amazing, but it's fresh and clean. It's nice to be able to see the food being prepared. And turny tables are fabulous too.

But it's overrated.
The Red Lantern restaurant in the Grove has excellent food as well, on par with Tropical, it's just not as hyped up. So you can still maintain some semblance of calm when you eat there.

Pros: Good food, great Dim sum except for vegetarians, cool turnie tables.

Cons: Poor vegetarian sampling for Dim Sum.

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excellent choice, good with kids, would also recommend the Peking duck which is prepared in the traditional "2 ways"

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★★★★★

excellent choice, good with kids, would also recommend the Peking duck which is prepared in the traditional "2 ways"

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My parents are from Hong Kong and I lived in Hong Kong / China / Vancouver for quite a while so i would know my Dim Sums. Some Dim Sum are average like everything made from shrimp, but the beef things are awful. Pork Bun is so-so. No speciality dishes, all generic dim sums. From where I come from we have really creative dishes. This restaurant will only rate below average in where I come from, but better than average in Miami.

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★★★☆☆

My parents are from Hong Kong and I lived in Hong Kong / China / Vancouver for quite a while so i would know my Dim Sums. Some Dim Sum are average like everything made from shrimp, but the beef things are awful. Pork Bun is so-so. No speciality dishes, all generic dim sums. From where I come from we have really creative dishes. This restaurant will only rate below average in where I come from, but better than average in Miami.

Pros: The place is nice, average price, crowded(we like it)

Cons: Average food, beef dishes are awful, no speciality dimsum

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In my opinion this a very good Chinese restaurant in Miami. I have been several times in China and you can find real chinese taste in the food and ambience.

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★★★★★

In my opinion this a very good Chinese restaurant in Miami. I have been several times in China and you can find real chinese taste in the food and ambience.

Pros: Food

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This restaurant has the only Chinatown calibre Dim Sum in Florida. The food is excellent! Make sure if you go, get there early since there are always lines out the door.

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★★★★★

This restaurant has the only Chinatown calibre Dim Sum in Florida. The food is excellent! Make sure if you go, get there early since there are always lines out the door.

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nice dimsum but if u say authentic, i couldn't see a single chinese eating there. maybe it's time to change it around than just dimsums?

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★★★☆☆

nice dimsum but if u say authentic, i couldn't see a single chinese eating there. maybe it's time to change it around than just dimsums?

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If you're lookin for a Dim Sum restaurant like the ones from San Francisco, Los Angeles or even Chicago this is not the place for you, but it's pretty good if you want the basic Dim Sum. The selection isn't that big during the week, but we were assured that they have more selection during the weekend. We're going back for Chinese New Years to see if they have special Dim Sum for the special occassion!

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★★★★☆

If you're lookin for a Dim Sum restaurant like the ones from San Francisco, Los Angeles or even Chicago this is not the place for you, but it's pretty good if you want the basic Dim Sum. The selection isn't that big during the week, but we were assured that they have more selection during the weekend. We're going back for Chinese New Years to see if they have special Dim Sum for the special occassion!

Pros: Good Price, Quick Service, Food is Fresh

Cons: Not enough selection

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The dim sum is good but overpriced, decor is nice but tables are cluttered, crowded parking lot also.

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★★★★☆

The dim sum is good but overpriced, decor is nice but tables are cluttered, crowded parking lot also.

Pros: Decor, Food

Cons: Price

 

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