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19 Pleasant St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2614
978-463-0686
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Quality needs to be improved

The food here is average at best across the board. The details are lacking in a big way. From the Chinese offerings ... Wonton soup features the most tasteless broth I have ever had. Crab rangoons were dry, over fried and missing the 'crab'. Everything I have had seems bland. For Chinese Food... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2014
EastCoastJedi
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is the 2nd time in a row I've ordered from here and been told '20-25 minutes' for my pick up order and it took one HOUR instead. There has to be a better way to estimate how long it takes to complete orders. Making a customer wait over 30 minutes in the lobby, while also not even acknowledging how... More 

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I lived in China for seven years and have a pretty good idea what authentic Chinese food tastes like. This isn't it. The dish I ordered had a little pepper next to it on the menu indicating spicy but trust me, even a Big Mac is hotter. A spicy dish in a restaurant with "Szechuan" in its name should have... More 

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NH
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Stopped here for a late lunch while Christmas shopping in Newburyport. Having never eaten here before, I didn't know what to expect. I ordered the Happy Noodles luncheon special that came with soup. They also offered a pot of complimentary tea, which few places do these days. Anyway, the Happy Noodles dish was the best I've had, and I was... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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92 reviews 92 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

After a bad experience here several years ago I decided to try it again. I ordered the orange chicken thinking how hard can that be. Well it made me ill and I'm still paying for it a day later. The food quality here is absolutely awful and there are so many good choices in Newburyport. Do not let the location... More 

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St.Petersburg
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

We should've left right after the waitress asked whether we needed nailing and silverware... I naively believed it was a normal practice to have these items on the table. Apparently not here. The food... Pad Thai specifically... It smelled like wet dog. No joke. It was impossible to even have it on the table. When we asked the waitress to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The food here is average at best across the board. The details are lacking in a big way. From the Chinese offerings ... Wonton soup features the most tasteless broth I have ever had. Crab rangoons were dry, over fried and missing the 'crab'. Everything I have had seems bland. For Chinese Food in Newburyport, China One wins even though... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When you give an estimate of 20 minutes on the phone, it should never take 1 hour. Don't believe the estimates. Seems that sushi orders can significantly delay your order. I would not order from here if you are in a hurry.

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visited Szechuan Taste on a late Saturday evening. It can always concerning when you visit a restaurant at the end of a night. However, Szechuan Taste did not disappoint. The food was fresh and nicely presented. The waiter was very friendly and added to the experience. The Hunan Chicken was nicely spiced and had plenty of mixed vegetables. The... More 

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Colorado
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122 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I'm pretty much in agreement with the other reviewers here. It seems to be a matter of taste. There are a number of restaurants that serve Szechuan this way back home, and I wasn't really impressed with any of those either. For example, I ordered the Bean Curd Szechuan Style expecting it to be "hot" as Szechuan is supposed to... More 

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upstate NY
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10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We were the only diners there, at 6:00 pm, and now I know why. The food was seriously bad, and all of the dishes seemed to have the same "sauce". Some of our party of 5 were brought things that we didn't even order. The bartender was not familiar with the different brands of gin. We will not be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 Pleasant St, Newburyport, MA 01950-2614
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newburyport
  • Phone Number: 978-463-0686

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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