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Jin Yuan Chinese Restaurant & Lounge

41 Temple Street, Waterville, ME 04901
207-861-4433
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Ranked #15 of 82 restaurants in Waterville
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Delivery
Most recent review
- Jun 9, 2014
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Dining options: Delivery
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Salem, New Hampshire
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I frequented Jin Yuan several times when they first opened. The location they're in is tough. Historically, businesses haven't lasted there for more than a few months. I used to have a store on Main Street in 1988, and a fast-food Italian sandwich place was there then. After they folded, it became "Hunan Legends," a great little Chinese restaurant that... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Waitress suggested moo goo gai pan which I never had before but I was not disappointed. Had lunch so it came with fried rice and one appetizer for a side. I cannot eat fried food and the only disappointment was that they would not substitute soup for a fried appetizer. The only appetizer that wasn't fried was the boneless spare... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I love this restaurant. The food is great. The service is wonderful. I don't think there is a better Chinese food restaurant in Central Maine.

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

This is the first time I've ordered Chinese Take out. The person who answered the phone was very nice and courteous avs repeated my order at the end. It arrived to my house very quickly also. The food was okay. I've had better buffet food then what I had ordered in this take out meal. I do like that they... More

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Compton, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Went to dinner with a friend at Jin Yuan last night. I was in town, had read the reviews and was curious to try it out. The fact that they were serving until 11:00 pm was a relief as we planned to go to a movie and then a late dinner. When we arrived, we were the only ones there.... More

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Bonn, Germany
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157 reviews 157 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Due to travels elsewhere, we hadn't been to Jin Yuan's in quite some time and felt we needed to return for what we had known to be great Chinese food at very reasonable prices. I'm not sure if the original owners have sold to another proprietor or if the turnover in the restaurant has resulted in some modicum of chaos,... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

This place lacks in any form management... there is always a different person waiting tables... they often out of particular items... the owners clearly have never run a business. the waitresses have no training and it is obvious. this is not a place I would frequent.

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Smithfield, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I was never a big fan of chinese food but this place has chenged my mind. The place is clean and quiet with some nice music playing which makes for a nice atmosphere......but the food is what tells the tale. We have been there twice and it is simply delicious. I love the egg drop soup that starts the meal.... More

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Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I have eaten Chinese food from Maine to Nevada, and the food here rates among the best of them. This is worth the drive if you live in the central Maine area for sure. The service was prompt and the waitress returned many times to see how everything was. We ordered the Scallion Pan Cakes, which were simply delicious. The... More

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Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Friends introduced us to Jin Yuan today and I can't stop thanking them. The food is excellent. The service is friendly. I just loved it and can't wait to try it again. We'll even drive the 25 miles again soon.

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