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UNCLE Chen Restaurant

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1025 Casitas Pass Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2108
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

I had another bad experience at Uncle Chen recently. Not one of my favorite places by far. Unfortunately, they do not have a lot of competition in the Chinese cooking category.

Thank beckysouix
Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Uncle Chen's is very reliable for good Chinese food . We like to order the special fried rice with lobster and take it home but the general menu is good and always consistent. Good service and a nice quiet atmosphere.

Thank Molli S
Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

We thought we would try the food because my daughter and I love Chinese food. I ordered the Chow mien. The food was delicious!!! We wanted to go again but did not have enough time.

Thank DGramze
Central California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

I did takeout here, but they have dine-in and the atmosphere appeared very nice (white table cloths, clean, well decorated). For my take-out: order was taken easily over the phone, food was ready to go when I showed up at the promised time (20 min), staff were friendly and helpful, and food matched what I ordered. Most of the food... More 

Thank supertravel24
Carpinteria, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

Uncle Chen's is the go-to Chinese restaurant in Carpinteria. The staff is very friendly and orders are prepared very quickly. Fare is reasonably priced. The Chinese platters are well prepared, though on one occasion my shrimp with lobster sauce was watery and a bit bland tasting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

I was visiting Carpinteria and the staff at the Holiday Inn Express down the street directed me here. Very clean. Great food and service. Nice atmosphere. Located in a small strip mall. Frankly going to an unknown Chinese Restaurant can be risky as they are inconsistent. This one is fine dining. I will return.

Thank KipColorado
Sutton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

Very nice food at a very fair price. We cannot fault this restaurant. The sweet and sour pork was fantastic.

Thank LovetheSummer5
San Diego, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2015

What a huge disappointment going to Uncle Chen's for lunch. For years we have had delivery service and didn't check out the restaurant - our mistake - we had our opinion changed real fast. The restaurant opens for lunch at 11:00, we eat about 11:20 with only 1 table of 2 in the restaurant. I had the buffet - $9.95... More 

Thank Joyce A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

Traveling through Carpinteria, I checked into the Holiday Inn for our overnight. It was 8:30 pm and me and the girls were hungry but didn't want to go out. We ordered Chicken stir fry, fried rice and egg rolls from this amazing place. Delivery was fast, hot and not expensive at all. The 4 of us enjoyed every bite and... More 

Thank MsRJensen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

The service and food is excellent. Not sure what more I could say. Went there as we were fed up of eating out. Wow! What a great find. The chicken curry is fresh, full of veg and comes in those wonderful American style cartons. Sorry, we are Brits! Lol We went back several times and was never disappointed.

Thank DocHappyTom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1025 Casitas Pass Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013-2108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carpinteria
  • Phone Number: 805-566-3334

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?