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Chinese Friends Restaurant

Central L.A
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984 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1707
Wed - Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place has been around since I was a child. Hell, I even remember the host that sits you down. She's seen all my romantic endeavors come and go. She's seen all the people I've took there. The gentleman that charges you when you leave is another landmark. I've know him for as long as I've know her, 28 years.... More 

Thank Hector H
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333 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

A small restaurant, green tea served quickly as indeed our order appeared almost as fast. Unfortunately, the food was bland, chicken had much the same flavour as the pork, and the bok choy came with a glutinous but almost tasteless sauce. It was cheap by L A standards. No alcohol was served in this restaurant.

Thank Jin6x
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is in Chinatown which was great so we could shop before and after we were stuffed. The food was delicious, fresh, hot and quickly served. As you are seated they serve you hot tea which was fun. My family of five ate; shrimp fried rice, chicken fried rice, chicken with string beans, orange chicken, spicy beef, shrimp vegetables... More 

Thank Andi D
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

Great Food. Real Chinese. Parking is free with a validation (an hour). Restaurant is very small and very casual.

Thank LinchyTica
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Christmas Eve with Chinese friends at a friends house in LA. I am so happy that our friend choose Chinese friends for Christmas Eve take out food. The food was absolutely delicious and full of flavour. The rice was light and fluffy and the other courses were simply divine. I would highly recommend Chinese friends for anyone looking for quality... More 

Thank CambridgeConciergeCo
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have been going to this Chinatown family owned restaurant since it opened its doors in 1973! The food is consistently fresh, flavorful, and inexpensive.The soups, fried noodle dishes, vegetables (try the assorted mushrooms), and service are all very good.

Thank gina20
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A real local place and the best House Special Shrimp dish. It is the best and you can see a plate of it on almost every diner's table! Have eaten there for over 30 years, and have never found any other restaurant whose shrimp dish comes close.....I now live 2 hours away, and if I get within 30 miles of... More 

Thank MarilynAcq
Wellington, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

6.13.2015 Stopped by for a quick meal after attending Chinatown Pop-up Arts & Crafts show. Noted that most of the clientele were non-Asians and this is a Chinese restaurant. Service was prompt even though there was a line. Sautéed Bak-Choy with Chinese Mushrooms was decent. The house Special fried Noodles with diced Chicken and Beef was a let-down for the... More 

Thank May K
Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

The Chinese Friends Restaurant is my favorite Go-To Chinese eatery just on the outskirts of Chinatown. The tea provided to accompany any lunch dish is sooo delicious! For some reason, I seem to only eat here during the weekday hours between 11:30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Each lunch selection I have ordered (too many choices) are ALL XLNT! Maybe its... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have been going to this restaurant for more than 20 years and believe me it is good. The taste is original Chinese. Nice cozy small family restaurant at the end of the Chinatown LA. Must try this restaurant and you will like it. My daughter grew up eating here.

Thank Aquarius99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 984 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1707
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: 213-972-9089

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