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China Chef

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623 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5014
+1 858-454-7597
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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11:00 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
Chinese, Asian
623 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5014
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

I've stopped in twice since moving into the La Jolla area. The first time was to grab an appetizer to take home with me and this next time was for dinner. The place is older, something left over from the early 80's but the ambiance...More

Thank Bill B
Reviewed April 15, 2016

We recently ordered take out for a family gathering and everyone enjoyed the food. We had about 9 different dishes and they were all pretty good. It is not high end but the food was tasty and everyone (9 of us) thought it was worth...More

Thank GKayY56
Reviewed December 23, 2015

We had take out and took it back to our hotel. The food was nothing special, just average. I looked it up on Yelp or I wouldn't have even known it existed.

Thank KkFiff
Reviewed November 25, 2015

Don't remember what we ordered since we had fantastic ocean front lodging which pretty much overpowered everything but it was very good and delivery of 2 dinners & appetisers was 16 minutes from the time we called. It beat going out and waiting for a...More

Thank Denise E
Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

When you pull up to China chef, don't be dismayed. Looks like nothing from the outside. We were surprised how good the food turned out to be. The ambiance was plain and simple. The people were nice. The waitress was friendly and provided very good...More

Thank Lenjoyce1
Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went there on lunch time and the food was truly authentic. The petite woman server there in her mid 40's was so friendly and accommodating even the owner of the restaurant was so courteous.

Thank Sweetmarie01
Reviewed January 18, 2015

I only eat here at lunch. They have a very good lunch special and selections. This is a tiny place that has been around forever but I have never had a problem getting a seat. Service is good in this funky place.

Thank Kaquita66
Reviewed November 16, 2014

Sorry guys, but just because a restaurnat is voted 2014 Best doesn't make it so.Hubby and I went here for supper, and while the soup was good, they charged extra for Wonton Soup??? The food was extrememly salty. portions were large, but we didn't even...More

1  Thank Bevi1083
Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is one of the truly excellent family friendly inexpensive Chinese restaurant in La Jolla, or elsewhere for that matter. It has been in this location for......oh, 20+ years. They survive on quality and price.

Thank Papafish92037
Reviewed July 21, 2014

my parents who live nearby have been regular diners here for years and it has always been one of their favorite neighborhood restaurants in la jolla…recently I tried it a few times too…delicious cuisine…very flavorful...very ample portions…and very friendly owner who has a terrific rapport...More

1  Thank katerina911
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 623 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-7597
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