We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Cathay House

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
825 Wooded Acres Dr, Waco, TX 76710-4545
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 24: English reviews
Crawford, Texas
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been eating Chinese food here off-and-on since 1980. In my opinion, it's the best local Chinese restaurant in Waco. Good service and good, dependable food at very affordable prices (including their Sunday buffet). I've never been disappointed in a meal at Cathay House (even if its exterior and interior appearance have changed little over the past three plus decades).... More 

Thank jaybird89101
Waco, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

They have a menu that you can order from everyday, but my favorite is the Sunday buffet. It is filling and VERY reasonably priced. It is not a massive buffet, but there should be something for everyone. They have 3 kinds of soup that are very tasty.

Thank Jean C
Waco, Texas
Level Contributor
161 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is an old restaurant that needs work. The food is basic Asian and some dishes are good. The Sunday buffet is cheap but the food is not high quality. Service is good and they are happy to put tables together for a group. The only time I go is when I'm with a group that wants to go. The... More 

Thank glo62
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Came here on a whim and glad we did! Nothing fancy at all, but good food. Some of the best Egg Foo Young I have ever had. Really affordable prices. Family owned business. Don't let the looks scare you away.

1 Thank Renee L
Eddy, Texas
Level Contributor
219 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Always good service. The food is hot but not always well seasoned. The restaurant could use a good cleaning and updating.

Thank JoyfulEddy
Level Contributor
43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

This has to be the best Chinese Restaurant in Waco, Tx. Each time you come in, the food is made fresh. My favorite soup there is the Chicken Rice Soup. I also look forward to that. In a matter of fact, my son orders a large bowl of it each time we come and that serves as his meal. There... More 

Thank Jhand2
Austin, Texas
Level Contributor
22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

On our way home from Dallas last weekend we stopped in Waco to eat. We looked at Zomato to find what was nearby and good. We found that Cathay House had a 4.4 on Zomato so we decided to try it. It was a little bit out of the way but with the 4.4 we thought it was worth the... More 

Thank lori d
Waco, Texas
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The staff is friendly, but far from providing good service. The food is not always hot, and is mediocre at best. The "chips" they serve are often stale. I only go when my lunch mates drag me there. While it may be cheap, I would pay double for good food, a clean establishment, and quality service.

Thank friendlydiner2015
Level Contributor
48 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favorite Chinese places in town. They always take the water chess nuts out of anything I order. Food comes out hot. Family run they recognize customers. Super busy at lunch but not so at night. Easy place to go with out a wait for good food on weekends !

Thank Texastosha
Cody, Wyoming
Level Contributor
88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Wasn't too impressed with the food. It was decent but have had much better. The chicken in the chicken lo mein was bland. But they did give heaping portions. No alcohol available, it seems they lost their liquor license. The reason I thought it would have been better was because when we walked in there was rather large table of... More 

Thank Ron P

Travelers who viewed Cathay House also viewed


Been to Cathay House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
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 - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 825 Wooded Acres Dr, Waco, TX 76710-4545
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Waco
  • Phone Number: 254-776-1072

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cathay House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?