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Sam Woo Chinese BBQ

Central L.A
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803 N. Broadway, #807, Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-687-7238
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Enjoyed our meal

We took the metro to Chinatown for lunch while vacationing in LA. We ordered very unadventurous dishes like Beef & Broccoli and Sweet & Sour Pork. We thought they were excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
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Central City, Nebraska
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  • Lunch
  • Late Night
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Central City, Nebraska
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We took the metro to Chinatown for lunch while vacationing in LA. We ordered very unadventurous dishes like Beef & Broccoli and Sweet & Sour Pork. We thought they were excellent.

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Reno, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We happened upon this place. It was busy and had a small line at 6 PM. Brightly lit, it was noisy but unusual for a big Chinese cafe. The usual bbq items were good and fresh. Other menu were standard cafe items which were quite extensive. Waiters were very busy, though they seem able to keep up. I have been... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I used to go to Sam Woo's all the time since I worked close by. Used to love their food and was treated like family when I went in there. Was greeted by name and a big smile. I stopped going for awhile and the last time I went was terrible. We were the only non Asians in the dining... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Ordered several dishes for take out including chow fun, fried rice with chicken and salted fish a fad braised beef lo mein. All three dishes were great. Very reasonably priced. Be prepared to wait as this place is generally packed at meal times.

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

After a long day of sightseeing in La, we just want a quick bite before heading back to the hotel. Well, this place really nailed. We ordered two $ 7.95 special of steam eggs ( a real home cook dish ), the shrimps with chili paste, and beef chow fun for the side. All three dishes were very good and... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Basic Chinese restaurant, very little English spoken. Menu is partially in English. Restaurant caters to local Chinese clientele Many different items on menu, which are not found at the typical Chinese restaurant. Cash Only

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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you want authentic Chinese food, you have to try this restaurant. Everything is fresh with good size portions.

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AV, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

I have lived in China and have had Chinese food that was supposed to be authentic including Chinese restaurants from San Francisco to St. Louis to New York and DC. Sam Woo is pretty good Hong Kong style Chinese BBQ. We went for lunch on a weekday and had BBQ duck in noodle soup, tangerine chicken, mixed veggies, and moo... More 

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Los Angeles
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Sam Woo has the best roast duck in Los Angeles or San Francisco!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We were in Los Angeles and decided to stop by our favorite restaurant in Chinatown. Sam Woo has been around for a long time. We started going there in 1989 and have either their soy sauce steamed chicken or duck. The food is fresh...it's like they have a supply of fresh chicken coming in from the market down the street.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 803 N. Broadway, #807, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: 213-687-7238

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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