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China Modern Cafe

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1525 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 988-8008
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
This place is great!

Excellent meal; wide choice of Chinese dishes on the menu, available in a variety of portions. We chose a large number of small plates and enjoyed sharing. Good quality food, served promptly (on a busy night) and with very good, friendly service.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love trying new restaurants. We recognize there are risks and rewards in doing so. Recently we visited China Modern Cafe. We were greeted and escorted to our table. All tables inside the restaurant were elevated requiring patrons to sit on stools. No booths or comfortable tables. Our table was rectangular intended for three couples. We soon realized we were... More 

Thank dokepper
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Excellent meal; wide choice of Chinese dishes on the menu, available in a variety of portions. We chose a large number of small plates and enjoyed sharing. Good quality food, served promptly (on a busy night) and with very good, friendly service.

Thank Sapper909
United States
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130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

Second times visited this restaurant, they have happy hours from until 11pm and it's really good deals because foods so cheap and good. We ordered many kinds of foods and all foods are good. We sitting outside which is really great because they have fire place. If you guys want sit outside must make reservation because this place too crowded... More 

Thank Tina B
Charlotte, North Carolina
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Beautiful outdoor seating area at the bar. Inside a bit disappointing, warm and uncomfortable. Service was slow and food was average. Wide variety of dishes.

Thank Ed M
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The food was excellent, and the wait staff had their hands full with our large group, to be sure. It was a very busy place and our corner table was placed so close to the next table that the server had to awkwardly walk around the other table to get to our whole party. I ordered an appetizer that came... More 

Thank Melissa S
Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Modern China has a cool vibe and great outdoor space. The people are great and the menu full of great stuff. Try the Five Spice Beef, my personal favorite, and some of the best Kung Pao Chicken around. The Dim Sum is also tasty.

Thank SJDTravel1
Lebanon, New Jersey
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1,092 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Three of us got one of the last outdoor tables at 6pm on a Wednesday evening. Most of the outdoor seats were warmed up by hot coals right in the middle of the table, plus there were larger heat lamps if it were a cold night. We were told that happy hour is all day, and we were handled a... More 

Thank Morgan2010
Concord, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

We completed our second successful visit here with our diet challenged crew: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergic and plain old-fashioned picky. We ordered the crabcakes and seaweed salad for starters, and then had the bamboo steamed vegetables, grapefruit jicama salad, tofu hot pot, miso shiitake soup, chicken fried rice, and the grilled Thai chicken. All were excellent. The service was excellent.... More 

Thank N_skier
Redding, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This place is a long way away from typical sedate Chinese restaurants. It was filled with young people enjoying both spirits and food. The food was good if not subtle. The happy hour small tasting menu was a great idea allowing us to sample 5 different dishes rather than just two. Excellent quick service with a smile. We'd go back... More 

Thank Hilltopman44
Martinez, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is our favorite Chinese Restaurant in the area. The sauces are rich, quality excellent, and portions perfect. They basically have 'happy hour' all the time. They have a huge happy hour small plate menu which enables us to order a variety of food instead of just a couple of items. I especially like their Kung Poa Chicken. It's just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1525 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: (925) 988-8008

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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