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Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service
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Reviewed September 4, 2023 via mobile

Great food, excellent attentive service. Wonderful experience. Strip mall site is worth a trip. This place will be on our regular restaurant roster.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 5, 2019

I go to this restaurant every few months for a delicious Chinese meal. The setting is simple and spotless; the service is friendly and fast and the lunch menu is well priced and extensive. The sweet and sour soup is outstanding. The Chicken with black...bean sauce is a favorite. The lunch specials are a particularly well priced and surprisingly generous. Parking in front of the restaurant can be a problem. Do not park in slots reserved for other businesses. You will be towed. But, If you are willing to walk a block or so, there is ample parking.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

I've been going to City Lights in Bethesda for over 13 years, and the food is always good and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed December 26, 2018

Until yesterday, we were regular customers of City Lights of China. However, we called to place an order on Christmas around 6pm. The man who answered the phone at 4:30pm told me that delivery and pick-up were possible so I placed an order online before...6pm and received a confirmation including a delivery time of 6:50pm. When no one arrived by 7:30, and no one answered the phone, I drove to the restaurant. Though plenty of employees were in the kitchen, the man told me I needed to wait up to 4 hours! He did not apologize or offer to give me so much as a free beverage. He looked surprised when I asked for a refund. There were numerous other customers who had the same problem. My family and guests could have waited until 9pm for food had I not driven to the restaurant. None of the employees called or emailed their customers to let them know they would never receive their food. Please avoid the restaurant on holidays - so rude.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

We found this restaurant by chance as we were in the vicinity and were starving for lunch. The food was delicious, the servings very generous and tasty, and the lunch combo a great value. The service was attentive and quick. It seems to me that...this is one of the best Chinese-American restaurants in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed January 28, 2018

During an unusual and miserable spell of temperatures in single digits and low teens, Ben and Mrs Too twice took to calling out for delivery. The first was to City Lights of China. We have ordered delivery from them twice now and both experiences have...been quite satisfactory, if not overwhelming. This time we ordered beef and broccoli and sweet and sour shrimp. Delivery was prompt, the food was somehow kept hot, the driver was very pleasant, and the price was right. Mrs Too found her beef very good, and Ben felt the same about his shrimp. We really must stop in there for a meal, as the premises seem inviting from the photos and on their website.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2017

City lights has a very good menu with many choices that they will cook according to your dietary restrictions or just tastes. The appetizers are tasty, specially the dumplings. They have a variety of entrees with meat, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetarian choices that can...be steamed, sauteed or cooked traditionally with your choice of sauce. Their portion sizes and their prices are good. The restaurant is clean, but very basic. Their delivery service is very good and the food arrives hot and promptly. The whole crispy fish special is absolutely delicious and great if you want to share with your friends and family as a whole table meal!More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed December 26, 2016

My husband and I went for dinner and he had the best vegetarian dumplings and orange chicken. I had their shrimp in spicy tomato sauce and it was delicious, savory and well prepared! Also it was a very busy night and the waiter was very...impressive with managing all the tables, and given how busy it was the wait for our food was very reasonable. We will be going back many times! The only down side is because it is a small location, when it is busy, it gets loud and hearing the people at your table can be a little difficult.More

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed November 16, 2016

There was some interesting variations available on some of the food. The food was well seasoned and of good quality.

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed August 4, 2016

We came for late lunch, when the neighbor restaurant was closed. Their spinach and deep fried fish are delicious. Love to be back!

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed June 4, 2016

Take out including spring rolls, cashew chicken and beef with pies and green peppers. Spring rolls were find, but cashew chicken and beef were both very poor. Everything was bland. Portions were huge and one serving would have been enough for two adults men. Too...bad we threw out 3/4 of what we bought..More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed May 11, 2016

My wife and I had responsibility for our three grandchildren for dinner. To my surprise, they opted for Chinese over pizza. We walked through Bethesda to City Lights of China, located on an unpretty strip mall kind of street next to a bicycle store and...a metal repair shop. The restaurant was neat and clean, if plain, with white paper sheets over the white tablecloths, a common table adornment nowadays. The menu has more variety than I expected, much more. The choices include the usual beef, chicken, shellfish, steamed and crispy-fried whole fish and vegetarian dishes. The five of us each ordered a separate dish. The kids did not want to share, especially the eight year old who had to be persuaded to give his older brother a piece of his orange chicken. The veggie dishes were good and the asparagus kung pao especially good. The spicy beef dish was too spicy for the 15 year old, yet he ate all the beef. We could have done without the steamed dumplings that we had for appetizers, but the rest of the dishes were quite good and the quantity was more than enough. Four dishes could probably have done for the 5 of us, even considering that two were teens. To sum up, plain surroundings, more than just good food, and fair prices. Do not expect to be served in a hurry. Dinner for the five of us was under $90 without drinks or alcohol.More

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed March 25, 2016

We've long thought City Lights was one of the best - if not THE best - Chinese restaurant we've known. But tonight we had food delivered (after a hiatus of a few months for unrelated reasons) and we were very disappointed. Can't help but wonder...if they have a new chef. Previously, the sweet and sour soup was to die for. It's still good, but not nearly as good as before. The spring roll had a peculiar flavor. And the steamed dumplings were very doughy and less tasty than usual. So very very distressed - hope this was a one-time thing!More

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

I have only been for take out ... but the food is amazing and very fresh. Kind off the beaten path of Bethesda restaurants

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed September 30, 2015

I've eaten lunch three times at the City Lights of China. Each time, I have enjoyed the fresh and clean taste of the food and the courteous service. I also like the simple decor and the prices. The lunch menu is a particular bargain. I...also like the availability of parking in this congested area.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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City lights of China is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4