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Kai's Chinese Restaurant

138 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-3521
505-266-8388
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Ranked #874 of 1,499 restaurants in Albuquerque
Cuisines: Chinese
Most recent review
- May 18, 2013
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Belen, New Mexico
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This used to be a great place for Chinese food. But the last few times I went they food was just awful! My guests chicken was undercooked and my broccoli and rice was swimming in corn starch. The food made both of us sick. The service is good, the place is family owned. The decor is awful! It's a cinder... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I picked up two meals from here a couple nights ago. The food was terrible; the "fried rice" had nothing in it, the egg drop soup was the consistency of a thick jam, and the chicken was soggy. After having 3 bites we threw all the food away. Don't waste your time or money! Even Panda Express is ten times... More

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Albuquerque
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

A short walk from UNM main campus will get you to Kai's. Nice selection for lunch menu. Great lunch prices. I've been coming to Kai's & back in the day was called Kai's Kung Foo Cafe. I don't know if that was official or just the UNM slang name. Way better than a franchised Chinese place. Go local! In any... More

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8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We live next door to this place and it always smells great, but the food was very bland and the service was just so-so.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Very cheap, fast, made following Chinese tradition but from local ingredients (try the jalapeno chicken with rice). Definitely a hole in the wall, but perfect for lunch.

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Yeongyang-gun, South Korea
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Ya know how you are only supposed to be able to get two out of three when it comes to good, fast and cheap...? Well Kai's Chinese Restaurant in Albuquerque really can give you all three. The place doesn't look like much, but what it lacks in decor it more than makes up for in yummy deliciousness!

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Nanyang, China
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5 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

Yes, this place has the saucy slop American-Chinese food (which if you like this, try the jalapeno tofu, it is spiced just right...kind of an Albuquerque-Chinese food), but if you want authentic central, south, or north Chinese, just ask them what dish you want and they will fix it for you. I just wanted some rigan mien noodles which is... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

This place is so awesome. They have the most amazing food. You can order whatever you want (and I mean whatever, they'll custom cook it for you!) and they will smile and bring you a massive plate of food. Even if you can't finish it (I know I can only eat half on my good days), there's dinner for later!... More

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Albuquerque
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2009

For Chinese food this rocks! It is way better than panda express (YUK!) and you'll be supporting local business. My co-workers and I go to Kai's almost every week. Definitely not gourmet, but will fill you up with tasty goodness! YUM!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2008

the food was pretty good, but the woman taking my order scared me "lady what you want! lady what you want!" the pictures of the dogs on the menus is amusing.

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