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2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 793-8478
Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Outdoor Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great food and service

Great food and service! The prices are reasonable especially for lunch!

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2011
pinacoleggo
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

My family and I eat at China cafe at least once a month. The food is fantastic, the service is great! Although the restaurant looks old, it's clean and there is always a place to sit.

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

San Diego is not particularly known for good Asian restaurants, but for a place that holds itself out as 'home-made' Chinese, the food was very disappointing on two visits. It may have been better at one time but it needs a new chef for a revamp.

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San Bernardino, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Never, ever, ever order the Mongolian Lamb if you dislike the taste of lamb. I've had lamb with green onions at other Chinese restaurants (a similar dish) however, this was really gamey and smelly. Sorry, I know lamb smells like this naturally, but when cooked in the right sauces it doesn't have to. On an up note, the egg drop... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Great food and service! The prices are reasonable especially for lunch!

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

This place is out of my way, and doesn't have much atmosphere, but there is simply no way around it. They have some of the best Chinese food around. I learned that take-out is the way to go. It is a little pricey, but the quality of the food and the care in preparation are worth it. The sweet and... More 

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California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

It is very disturbing that the two previous reviews, including from the person from New York, could be so inaccurate and malicious. One has to wonder what their agendas are. First, China Cafe has an "A" health code rating. Second, my wife and I have eaten there on a regular basis for the last 7 years. We have always found... More 

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San Diego
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

Bad food, bad sevice and dirty grungy place makes this place one to avoid. I can't believe they're still in business. (It speaks poorly for the locals, of which I'm now one-from NY) The choices in the area just got worse after Ming court closed so go to Rendezvous for Chinese food. We gave this place a second chance after... More 

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delmar
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

This place has a great setting, fast and great service.when i came here for food for the first time the service just came out like BAM fast seating then the ordering was done quick and easy. the order given in a good pace and tasted great.

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Washington DC
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2008

For a chinese restaurant, I rate China Cafe above average. Sure it is expensive for chinese food, but it is cheap compared to the other restaurants in the area. The food was well prepared and service was quick and acurate. My wife and I ordered four different Asian Tapas and left full and satisfied for less than $50. Give it... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2007

China Cafe serves unapologetically "Americanized" Chinese food. Which is not a problem in and of itself, except for the food itself is so bad. I recently went to China Cafe for quick take out. I ordered a single fish entree with green vegetable, and to my surprise was charged a shocking $30 (more than double the price shown on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2236 Carmel Valley Rd, Del Mar, CA 92014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Del Mar
  • Phone Number: (858) 793-8478

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 20
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?