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Modern China Cafe

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1525 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
+1 925-988-8008
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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sonoma county
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the outside this place has curb appeal. There is outdoor seating with heaters and mini fireplaces. The inside looks very upbeat and stylish for a Chinese restaurant as well. The food however leaves much to be desired. They have an open kitchen and it's the first Chinese restaurant I've been to that did not have Chinese cooks. And the... More 

Thank redevvl
Paris, France
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

We came here to eat, so as to not to trouble our hosts, because we had arrived late in the day. The main shopping street in Walnut Creek is pleasant, like the whole town and the Autumn evening sun gave both warmth and light that glowed on the shops and bars. This restaurant attracted us firstly because of the little... More 

Thank Photeinos
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

I'd been looking at this place for a long while. Driving by, it would always be packed and looked real nice. But every time we planned to go to Modern China Cafe, fate intervened and we'd end up either going somewhere else or something else happened. Now I know why! Fate didn't want me to eat such sad sad food!... More 

Thank MsThind
Portland, Oregon, United States
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Just kidding, I don't drink, but if I did--I'd go here! First of all how can you possibly go wrong with a table with a fire in the middle?! Secondly, every dish was delectable! The ingredience were fresh and delicious--you can see every vegetable, every piece of meat and name it--FRESH.

Thank Vanessa H
Malibu, California
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77 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

Excellent food and a great atmosphere made for an enjoyable experience. We sat outside by the fireplace tables which made for a romantic meal.

Thank kcslatts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

I decided to try this restaurant because it had really good reviews and the menu looked appealing. When I came in I was seated outside by the hostees who said she would bring me water, 5 min later she brought my water, now it didn't seem to busy but looks can be deceiving so I decided to look over it.... More 

Thank taneshia2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

I recently ate lunch at Modern China and it was very good. I had the Chicken and Shrimp Dumpling as an appetizer and the Honey Walnut Prawns with brown rice for my main dish. Although the service was slow, the gentlemen who clean the tables were very attentive and even brought water for all the dogs on the outside patio.... More 

Thank E D
Walnut Creek, California
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Went for happy today at 4:30 with small group, sat outside on patio. At 4:30, most of patio is shaded which is good for hot days. They take the umbrellas down as the sun moves, which is nice cause it feels more open and less crowded. Patio started to fill up at about 5, so looks like a popular spot... More 

Thank Jo D
Walnut Creek, California
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

So, the food is good. The vibe is fun. The drinks are fab. It's Happy Hour all day except a few evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays. They serve everything in a small plate fashion, with larger dishes family style. Try the Asian Pear cocktail and Lemongrass Tofu. If you're not into sports (or loud music at night), skip it... More 

Thank NikkolB
Walnut Creek, California
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133 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

We like to go here for a small group for happy hour. Their food is good, prices reasonable, indoor and outdoor seating.

Thank June K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1525 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-988-8008

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