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De Fa Chang Restaurant

28 Pingan Market, Bell Tower Square, Xi'an, China
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Ranked #73 of 1,596 restaurants in Xi'an
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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52% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The restaurant itself is not upscale, just average. They serve 16 different types of dumplings, we liked 3 of them. This restaurant is OK. It was fun to have the dumpling experience, but it wasn't a great dinner or one to recommend or have a repeat visit.

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La Massana, Andorra
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141 reviews 141 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Supposedly a specialist Dim Sum restaurant with pretty pictures of all the different Dim Sum they do & special 'set menu' for toursists. Avoid at all costs. Poor/surly service, the worst Dim Sum we experienced in China & now simply a total tourist rip off!

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

I think I could make better dumplings, they fell apart as soon as you tried to eat them. No English menus and difficult to work out what to order, Considering this is a well known restaurant an English menu wouldn't go astray. You even had to pay for your own napkins

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

If you want to eat here you have to know Chinese. I planned to have dinner there, but the service girl told me they don't have English menu, and nobody speaks English and then just stared at me blankly. Lot's of locals who seem very content, I just guess they do not welcome foreigners.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

After reading positive reviews initially, I though we should give it a try. The cost is absolutely outrageous for dumplings but I don't want to review it based on price alone. If you've tasted chinese food, dumplings to be specific, this is just ordinary. The waitresses are fun and chatty. They will explain in depth how to eat the dumplings... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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241 reviews 241 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant is a famous restaurant. Apparently, Xian is all about the dumpling and this was a really fun experience. We had our own room as part of our tour, and we had all different kinds of dumplings. They say this restaurant makes 200 different kinds of dumplings and it was really good! We didn’t get to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews 101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

My wife and I love dumplings so we kind of considered this place a must do. We did the smallest banquet and it definitely was a fun experience and you do get to see some unique dumplings. However I can't say any of them were particularly delicious. None were disgusting, but I can get many better dumplings in Chinatown Philadelphia.... More

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Shanghai, China
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We had seen this restaurant on a travel channel program and decided to try it. Dumplings are always good, but even better when shaped into animals! To get the animal shaped ones, you need to order one of the set menus. There's a meat one, a seafood one, etc. Ala carte ordering is possible but the shapes are traditional ones,... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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356 reviews 356 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Yes, the restaurant is old and has a long and respectable history, but the food was nothing special, and the servings are small. We went with one of the set banquets, not the cheapest either (which was the one the waitress recommended - the more expensive sets have additional courses added). The bill for 2 people was almost 500 RMB... More

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Delhi, India
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92 reviews 92 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

There was absolutely no clue in English that the restaurant we ventured into was De Fa Chang. Fortunately, we had asked a hotel desk clerk to write down the characters. It's in front of the JinJiang Hotel right on Bell Tower square. Go up to the second floor for the real thing. If you don't want the banquet, then you... More

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