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Chinese, Asian
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Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed April 18, 2019

The Irvine China Garden is my go-to dim sum restaurant when I'm craving dim sum. They have the traditional cart serving dim sum, so you can look at what you want to choose to eat at your table. Weekends are busy, and parking at this...shopping center is busy, so get there early if you don't want to wait. Everything is good, I'm not very adventurous so get the standards, but they have all the authentic chicken feet, and other dishes that Chinese diners enjoy. I'm Chinese American, so stick with the non-innards and no chicken feet dishes! LOL!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Was at China Garden last Feb 2018 for dinner and wasn’t impressed with the food. We had decide to return someday for dim sum and catch their lunch lobster special. Now one year later, we are here for lunch on a Tuesday. Arrived just when...it opened at 11 AM and got a table. Note by 11:30 AM, every table in the restaurant was occupied except for two banquet tables which sits ten. Ordered a variety of dim sum to try. Excellent: rice noodle roll w/shrimp, bake egg custard tart. Good: shrimp ha gow, pork shu mai, pork vegetable w/bean curd skin wrap. Poor: steam short ribs w/black pepper (sinewy & tough), bake cha sui bao (no flavor, ingredients inside taste funny). The lunch special lobster yee mein was pretty good but lacked ginger flavor. However it was only $10. Note in order to get the lobster for this price, you have to buy at least six dim sum plates. The restaurant also offers an extensive menu of lunch specials at discounted prices. Overall impression, above average food at reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

Waited about 45 minutes today for a table. Arrived at 11 am on Sunday. Ate various dim sum and was happy with choices such as Siu Mai, Har Gow, mini Char Siu Bao Black Bean Soare Ribs.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

Good location, the parking which can be challenging in this shopping plaza with numerous businesses. Food is average for a Chinese restaurant. Price is a little higher side Service is some what acceptable but not great. Extra charges for tea & rice! you will get...ONE single piece of napkin to start... Keep asking for extra (too fugal) Garlic Lobster - Amazing Salt & Pepper Shrimps - Mediocre Beef with Black Pepper - Nice taste Spicy Seafood soup - the broth too thick Peking duck- Skin is not crispy as other Chinese restaurant The food quality needs to be improved.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed February 28, 2018 via mobile

Taking account of LA traffic, we left early for a 6 pm meeting at the Irvine Marriott. With time to spare, we decided to take early dinner. Previously, China Garden on Jeffrey Road was recommended to us for their lobster specials, e.g. lobster noodles for...$10, two lobsters for $12. Unfortunately the seafood specials weren’t available at the time we ate. We chose some Cantonese standards: seafood chow mein, yang chow fried rice and the fried stuffed eggplants. Neither the chow mein (noodle not crispy enough & sauce was bland) nor fried rice (not enough ingredients) were up to par. The stuffed eggplants was very good though. Compared to places in Monterey Park or San Gabriel, they are overpriced for what you get. Might return for lunchtime dim sum and catch their lobster noodle special.More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2017

Very unorganized. They try to get a lot people in and out. Very busy place. The receptionest had a real attitude when trying to find out the procedure for calling out the ticket numbers for seating. The Har Gau Shrimp shell was very soggy and...fell off the shrimp. The shrimp was very good. Service is very spotty. The first two charts had no Har Gau...had to tell the waiter several times we were waiting for this. Not a good experience for us.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed May 7, 2017

If you are looking for authentic "dim sum" the is the place. Their hours posted on the door 11AM to 2:45PM. My friends that took me there told me you had to get there early, preferably just before 11AM and even then expect a line....Right, in the middle of the week (Wednesday). Sure enough, at 10:45AM there was a line forming and by 11:30AM the place was full and a line outside. ONE NOTE ! If you are not familiar with "dim sum" you will most likely not enjoy the service here. The dim sum is served from several roaming carts and the servers English is poor. The demand is high and the servers will only give you minutes to make your selection and if you do not know before hand what you want, you will not be pleased with the service. Aside from that, the dim sum offerings are great... Hot, steamy and flavorful. Seriously, you will not find any better in the LA area. I not sure why there are so many negative reviews here as the dim sum is great... Perhaps not used to dim sum served off carts or lack knowledge of different dim sum specialities... The atmosphere is very simple, nothing fancy, do not expect to experience Chinese Cuisine, more of a diner. Just a good selection of tasty dim sum.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

I used to like this place. Amazingly there is still a wait on the weekend for dim sum. The food quality doesn't seem as good and the service is just 'ok'. Came here because it was close. Bathrooms are gross and the place needs to...be updated.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

We decided to have some Chinese while we were in Orange County. This place was large and about half full. It took a while for service and a lot longer for the food. It was OK. I ordered shrimp fried rice. The rice wasn't fried,...just shrimp and egg with white rice. The rest of our group enjoyed their food.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

You know you are in the right place when people from the background of where the food comes from are packing the place. My friend and I were (really) the only people having a conversation in English and from what I could tell English is...the second language in this restaurant. We ordered some dim sum and it was crazy good. We then ordered spicy salt and pepper lobster and it was indescribably delicious. Seriously. Service was great and the good was fresh, hot, and amazing. Not sure what else you could want from a restaurant. It's a ten out of ten and the prices are reasonable, tooMore

Date of visit: October 2016
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Irvine China Garden is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3