35 Chinese Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 143 W Franklin St

    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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  • 919-968-3488

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Good value for the price...nice selection of food. Do not count on the desserts, though...typical chinese buffet dessert selection...frozen and sans taste. Wait staff hover nearby and talk about patrons in obvious manner. Nice atmosphere and family friendly.

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★★★★☆

Good value for the price...nice selection of food. Do not count on the desserts, though...typical chinese buffet dessert selection...frozen and sans taste. Wait staff hover nearby and talk about patrons in obvious manner. Nice atmosphere and family friendly.

Pros: Atmosphere, price, selection

Cons: Wait staff hover

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Oooops....I meant to leave this review for the Cary, NC location!

35 Chinese is THE BEST traditional chinese food in North Carolina, in my opinion. They used to have a buffet, which I don't miss, but the stars on their menu are truly their authentic dishes. Just went I thought they couldn't get any better, they recently hired a new chef. The spicy Szechuan (I spelled that wrong) fish is the crispiest, tastiest dish I've ever had in my whole life. My husband and I can't wait to try the new dishes on the menu. Don't be afraid to try something new!

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★★★★★

Oooops....I meant to leave this review for the Cary, NC location!

35 Chinese is THE BEST traditional chinese food in North Carolina, in my opinion. They used to have a buffet, which I don't miss, but the stars on their menu are truly their authentic dishes. Just went I thought they couldn't get any better, they recently hired a new chef. The spicy Szechuan (I spelled that wrong) fish is the crispiest, tastiest dish I've ever had in my whole life. My husband and I can't wait to try the new dishes on the menu. Don't be afraid to try something new!

Pros: Amazing Food

Cons: Not many people seem to notice it because its an odd location. I want it to stay in business forever.

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Service is as unbilizible. Food is amazing for a Buffet and there are many choices. The orange chiken is the best. You have missed out on great chinese food if you have not come to 35 chinese resturaunt.

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★★★★★

Service is as unbilizible. Food is amazing for a Buffet and there are many choices. The orange chiken is the best. You have missed out on great chinese food if you have not come to 35 chinese resturaunt.

Pros: Everyting

Cons: nothing

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My family and I love 35. They have a excellent arrange of foods and their staff is very professional. Their desserts are also very good. overall, 35 is the place to go.

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★★★★☆

My family and I love 35. They have a excellent arrange of foods and their staff is very professional. Their desserts are also very good. overall, 35 is the place to go.

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I am not a particular fan of buffets because of the many hands reaching in the food and children not being supervised. The food was satisfactory although once it wasn't as hot as I prefer.

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★★★☆☆

I am not a particular fan of buffets because of the many hands reaching in the food and children not being supervised. The food was satisfactory although once it wasn't as hot as I prefer.

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This is the best chinese buffet in the triangle. I have visited alot of them and 35 is the only one I would recommend. They serve quality food and it is a very pleasant environment. Great customer service everytime I have visited.

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★★★★☆

This is the best chinese buffet in the triangle. I have visited alot of them and 35 is the only one I would recommend. They serve quality food and it is a very pleasant environment. Great customer service everytime I have visited.

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I have eaten at 35 Chinese on several occasions and it has been terrible each time. The food is cheap and they leave it out under the lights for hours so that by the time you get it, it's tough, chewy, lukewarm, and foul. One time, I actually had a staple fried into the batter of my sweet and sour chicken! Then they tried to deny it was their fault! Seriously, this place gets good ratings because undergrads can eat a ton for cheap, but it is very disgusting. AVOID!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten at 35 Chinese on several occasions and it has been terrible each time. The food is cheap and they leave it out under the lights for hours so that by the time you get it, it's tough, chewy, lukewarm, and foul. One time, I actually had a staple fried into the batter of my sweet and sour chicken! Then they tried to deny it was their fault! Seriously, this place gets good ratings because undergrads can eat a ton for cheap, but it is very disgusting. AVOID!!!

Pros: None

Cons: The food.

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Let me begin by saying that I hate buffets. They usually provide lots of quantity with very little quality. However, 35 is an exception. Like any buffet, it is best to dine during peak hours when the food turns over quickly. At those times, you will find that the food is fresh and well-prepared. Although the majority of it is geared to American tastes (lots of batter-fried then sauced dishes), there are a some traditional Chinese dishes as well. They always have very tasty appetizers (steamed shrimp dumplings, shu mai, chicken wings, spring rolls, potstickers, etc.), good Singapore noodles, several chicken, pork and beef entrees, some seafood entrees (including squid, steamed fish, head-on salt & pepper shrimp), and really wonderful vegetables (snow peas, asparagus, green beans, eggplant, spinach). They have a small assortment of fresh and canned fruit, cakes, pastries, and ice cream (or is it frozen yogurt?). The price is so reasonable that this is one of the best dinner values in Chapel Hill.

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★★★★☆

Let me begin by saying that I hate buffets. They usually provide lots of quantity with very little quality. However, 35 is an exception. Like any buffet, it is best to dine during peak hours when the food turns over quickly. At those times, you will find that the food is fresh and well-prepared. Although the majority of it is geared to American tastes (lots of batter-fried then sauced dishes), there are a some traditional Chinese dishes as well. They always have very tasty appetizers (steamed shrimp dumplings, shu mai, chicken wings, spring rolls, potstickers, etc.), good Singapore noodles, several chicken, pork and beef entrees, some seafood entrees (including squid, steamed fish, head-on salt & pepper shrimp), and really wonderful vegetables (snow peas, asparagus, green beans, eggplant, spinach). They have a small assortment of fresh and canned fruit, cakes, pastries, and ice cream (or is it frozen yogurt?). The price is so reasonable that this is one of the best dinner values in Chapel Hill.

Pros: Inexpensive, tasty, wide variety, quick, accomodates large groups

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If you like american-ified chinese food in a crummy campus setting - this place is for you!
Make sure you eat the stuff that is cooked REALLY well - like sweet and sour fried chicken - though, I guess you could go next door to Time Out for that.

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★★☆☆☆

If you like american-ified chinese food in a crummy campus setting - this place is for you!
Make sure you eat the stuff that is cooked REALLY well - like sweet and sour fried chicken - though, I guess you could go next door to Time Out for that.

Pros: Enough soy sauce to kick a mule!

Cons: Increased Bowel movements!

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I stopped by 35 and had both buffet and regular Chinese meal with my family on last Suday, and realized the kitchen is totally unclean. Saw the kitchen through a gap, where workers' hands were not wash before food preparation. Then, we just left there, never come back again. The food were not that great either.

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★★☆☆☆

I stopped by 35 and had both buffet and regular Chinese meal with my family on last Suday, and realized the kitchen is totally unclean. Saw the kitchen through a gap, where workers' hands were not wash before food preparation. Then, we just left there, never come back again. The food were not that great either.

Cons: Not clean

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Though I am usually happy with any Chinese food, 35 was truly disappointing. The food on the buffett is unflavorful and old. My husband ordered off the menu and was equally disappointed. Don't go here!

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★☆☆☆☆

Though I am usually happy with any Chinese food, 35 was truly disappointing. The food on the buffett is unflavorful and old. My husband ordered off the menu and was equally disappointed. Don't go here!

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This use to be a family favorite. Huge selection of buffet items, something for everyone. Pretty good resonably priced food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Found better food elsewhere so we no longer eat here.

3
★★★☆☆

This use to be a family favorite. Huge selection of buffet items, something for everyone. Pretty good resonably priced food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Found better food elsewhere so we no longer eat here.

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35 Chinese Restaurant is located off Franklin Street in the shopping center behind Granville Towers. You'll have to walk downstairs to the lower level of the shopping center in order to enter the restaurant. They've got a fantastic buffet, and they offer take-out (by weight). Try the champagne chicken. It's delicious. While in college, I was a very, very frequent customer of 35 Chinese (about three times a week!).

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★★★★☆

35 Chinese Restaurant is located off Franklin Street in the shopping center behind Granville Towers. You'll have to walk downstairs to the lower level of the shopping center in order to enter the restaurant. They've got a fantastic buffet, and they offer take-out (by weight). Try the champagne chicken. It's delicious. While in college, I was a very, very frequent customer of 35 Chinese (about three times a week!).

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I had stopped in a few times with out-of-town friends because the buffet is plentiful, cheap, and 'good enough'. I was invited there for a dinner with a very large group of friends and one asian couple with us told us to avoid the buffet and hit the menu. They were right! The dishes were presented with flavorful sauces and I was totally shocked with my new appreciation for their food. So, send your kids to the buffet, but go for the menu!

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★★★★☆

I had stopped in a few times with out-of-town friends because the buffet is plentiful, cheap, and 'good enough'. I was invited there for a dinner with a very large group of friends and one asian couple with us told us to avoid the buffet and hit the menu. They were right! The dishes were presented with flavorful sauces and I was totally shocked with my new appreciation for their food. So, send your kids to the buffet, but go for the menu!

Pros: Cheap, Plentiful, Great Menu

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We visit 35 almost every week. We even have a regular waiter, Rich, who has taught our 7 year old some chinese. The service is always wonderful and the food is incredible. The price is reasonable, especially at lunch and they have a kid's buffet as well for those who don't like chinese food.

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★★★★★

We visit 35 almost every week. We even have a regular waiter, Rich, who has taught our 7 year old some chinese. The service is always wonderful and the food is incredible. The price is reasonable, especially at lunch and they have a kid's buffet as well for those who don't like chinese food.

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35 Chinese is a great buffet that uses no MSG in its food. And you don't miss it! The food focuses on presentation, color, and freshness instead. There is a large selection, the service is great, and the place doesn't have that dragons-and-paper-lanterns look. Instead, original art is on the walls and the colors are soft yet interesting. I can't recommend this place enough.

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★★★★★

35 Chinese is a great buffet that uses no MSG in its food. And you don't miss it! The food focuses on presentation, color, and freshness instead. There is a large selection, the service is great, and the place doesn't have that dragons-and-paper-lanterns look. Instead, original art is on the walls and the colors are soft yet interesting. I can't recommend this place enough.

Pros: food taste, no MSG, value

Cons: crowded on weekends

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35 is an awesome buffet. As with most buffets, the spice is very mild, so if you like it spicy order off the menu.

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★★★★★

35 is an awesome buffet. As with most buffets, the spice is very mild, so if you like it spicy order off the menu.

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Very good buffet with lots of different selections. Despite the cheesy decor left over from whatever restaurant was there last, it's clean and dark with a nice atmosphere. Also a very nice staff.

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★★★★☆

Very good buffet with lots of different selections. Despite the cheesy decor left over from whatever restaurant was there last, it's clean and dark with a nice atmosphere. Also a very nice staff.

Pros: good buffet, good service, parking

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The buffet here puts other Chinese buffets to shame! Wide selection of dishes, dishes to please vegetarians and health-conscious people as well as those customers seeking deep-fried decadence. The desert is a nice touch too, from fresh fruit to brownies and cookies. They even have American favorites such as french fries and fried clams on the buffet. You will defnitely get good value for your money here, and the food is fantastic!

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★★★★★

The buffet here puts other Chinese buffets to shame! Wide selection of dishes, dishes to please vegetarians and health-conscious people as well as those customers seeking deep-fried decadence. The desert is a nice touch too, from fresh fruit to brownies and cookies. They even have American favorites such as french fries and fried clams on the buffet. You will defnitely get good value for your money here, and the food is fantastic!

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If you enjoy cheap eats at your own pace in the buffet line-- enjoy. The perfect place for the college student's one meal for the day, but for the rest of us... it's merely a change of pace at the right price.

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★★★☆☆

If you enjoy cheap eats at your own pace in the buffet line-- enjoy. The perfect place for the college student's one meal for the day, but for the rest of us... it's merely a change of pace at the right price.

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Very good buffet. If you like egg rolls come here to let your mouth water in awe. Some outragiously excellent chicken. Come with a large appetite.

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★★★★★

Very good buffet. If you like egg rolls come here to let your mouth water in awe. Some outragiously excellent chicken. Come with a large appetite.

Pros: Food

 

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