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“Don't bother.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Empire Szechuan

Empire Szechuan
341 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801-1600 (Central Business District)
407-839-1236
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Ranked #2,254 of 3,180 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Chinese, Dim Sum
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Orlando, Florida
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292 reviews 292 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
“Don't bother.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The sign at the front of the restaurant says "Best Chinese Food In Orlando". I think not. This hole in the wall is near the Orange County and I dropped in during jury duty. The lunch special is $7.50, which consists of 3 sides and a drink. I ordered the General Tso's Chicken, Broccoli & Chicken, egg roll, and pork fried rice. None of the food had any real flavor. The General Tso's was mostly breading, while the broccoli and chicken was rubbery and soggy. The egg roll had a good texture, but was flavorless too. The pork fried rice was dry yellow rice with a few chunks of dry pork thrown in for good measure. All this during the lunch rush.

If the owner of this place thinks this is the best Chinese food in Orlando, they need to get out more. Much better options abound.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Fast and tasty Chinese delivery.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

I've learned not to expect much from Chinese delivery but was pleasantly surprised with this place. Delivery was quicker than estimated, ordered online & someone even called me back to confirm my order, and our food arrived piping hot and very tasty. The veggies weren't rubbery like a lot of Chinese delivery; cooked to perfection. I was very pleased.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good service, fair prices, mediocre food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

This is an okay choice in Orlando which is not known for its excellent Chinese restaurants. I would stick with the simple dishes. Most of the items I have tried were VERY BLAND, so if you like more spicy food, order from the szechuan side of the menu. Recently under new ownership. I haven't notices any change except for the higher prices.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“BEST FOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

I like this restaurant mainly for the food, the most IMPORTANT part of a food establishment, the place is nicely put together the employees are respectful and nice, a good place to dine for most occasions, nice buffet bar to get you in and out in less then 5 min( if there isn't a line that is, cause it can get pretty packed).

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“the best little place around!!!!!!!!!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2008

Every time we get the food here no matter what time of day it is always above average. I really like the place and the quality of food! Thanks for the great flavor.

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