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Reviewed March 6, 2022

We went to the China Gourmet after a performance at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Easy to make reservations. Dismayed at the clutter when we entered the restaurant. It looked like they were rearranging things to get ready for a remodeling. Not very good atmosphere. Host...took our drink orders immediately and we got them in a timely fashion. Took awhile for the waiter to get around to us as he was busy seating other patrons. We finally ordered. I got an Empress Shrimp Plate because I enjoy that dish so much for $7.95 at Wong's Wok down on 27th Street. This one was $21.95 so I had high expectations. I allow doubling the price of suburban restaurants for the same dish downtown. That's expected. But for triple the price I expect much more. Did not get it. Fewer shrimp than expected, bland, tasteless breading on the shrimp and a so-so dip for them. My wife tried one and said "I know you were looking forward to this all day. You must be so disappointed?" I was. AND they charged an extra $2 to get fried rice. I have never been able to stand the sticky tasteless white rice that usually comes with American Chinese restaurant food so I particularly appreciate that the Empress Plate at Wong' Wok comes with fried rice automatically (for no extra charge). While I am enduring this mediocre fare, my dinner companions (who insisted we not wait on them being served) waited for their food to be brought. We alerted no less than three restaurant employees that something was amiss. Finally, very tarty, their food was delivered. I don't know haw it was because by now the whole table was in a silent funk. To say we will never return is an understatement. Zero rating.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 25, 2022

Well,I am visiting Milwaukee for the first time,and checked out the Chinese restaurants on Trip Advisor.Staying close to this one,we decided to go for it...oh dear...what a mistake! We entered the scruffy and cluttered establishment,and were ushered to a lousy table,despite the fact the restaurant...was empty..too late to back out we thought. The calendar on the wall next to us showed the date of November 2017...clearly a memorable date for the owner,which we figured out was perhaps the last time anyone had mistakenly walked through their doors. I ordered the spare ribs,which arrived luke-warm with patchy heat,and were clearly microwaved.My friend ordered the spring rolls,which in fairness,he declared were OK....though obviously frozen,and not restaurant-made on site. For the main,I chose the sweet and sour chicken..again straight out of the freezer,but admittedly hot.The fried rice was dark in colour...the fat in which it was cooked way beyond its changing time.The sauce was tepid.Overall ,nonsense sadly. My friend was looking forward to the half duck with hoi sin sauce and pancakes,oh dear,what a let-down.The pancakes had never seen Chinese pancakes in their lives,but were instead tortilla wraps....unreal! The duck was declared just edible,and at $24.95 a complete and utter rip-off. With three beers,the bill came to a whopping $75.....a total waste of money for the food that we had had. The overall experience was diabolical to say the least,and quite how or why this restaurant choses to stay open,I have no idea. Avoid at all cost is my recommendation...ignore my words at the peril of your appetite and wallet.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

It doesn't look like much from the outside but wander in and you'll be happily surprised! The owner was our waiter and took great care of us. The food was well prepared and delicious. Great access to the Rep Theater complex right across the street.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 16, 2020 via mobile

Always like going to China Gourmet. Plenty of food, tastes great from very mild no spice to a nice spicy kick. Best egg roll around light and crispy

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 24, 2019

I’ll keep it simple. I ordered the honey garlic chicken and spring rolls with steamed rice. It isn’t listed on the menu that there are mushrooms in the dish. I have a mushroom allergy and not until I began eating it, did I realize that...there were mushrooms in it. I immediately stopped and threw away the meal. I took a Lyft to pick up the food and was not willing to pay to take it back as I was not feeling well. I hope they correct this issue with an offer to make it right so that I can change the review for the experience of the food. I’ve eaten here many times before, having ordered different items. This is the first time I’ve had an experience like this. I’ll wait to see what happens.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019

I ordered the honey garlic chicken and the menu is very straight forward. However I received a meal where the chicken was not deep fried and there were tons more vegetables in it than what the menu stated. This included mushrooms which I have a...SEVERE allergy too. I was home by the time I was able to eat it and I wasnt going to pay to go back to exchange it. I hope they try to make this right. I’m very disappointed as I’ve eaten there before and had no complaints before now.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 18, 2019

I tried the buffet last time and it was pretty good but I usually get the chef's special duck. It has always been consistently excellent.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019

Next to the "Bronze Fonz" is a really great restaurant. Large banquet looking place with a big buffet of very good Chinese dishes. Crab Rangoon, steamed potstickers and Governor's Chicken were all quite good. Many choices at decent prices. Glad we stopped here. It looks...older, but everything was clean - including the bathrooms.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 26, 2019

We stopped for the Saturday night buffet after attending a long matinee performance at The Rep across the street. Convenient location and quick food was our main objective. We found a delicious assortment of Chinese dishes, fried rice, a variety of sauces, along with steamed...dumplings, crispy eggrolls and the best crab rangoon ever! Only sorry we hadn't tried this restaurant years ago.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 16, 2019

We’d spotted this restaurant directly across Wells St. from the entrance of the Milwaukee Rep. With the shuttering of Kil@wat Restaurant, there are few alternatives for a quick dinner within easy walking distance of the Rep and its underground parking, but China Gourmet is one,...so we decided to try it recently before a show. The exterior and interior show their age and it’s dark and cluttered inside. The manager/host is extremely friendly and welcoming. The menu is pretty typical, but there’s a huge buffet with many,many choices available for lunch and dinner weekend. Food and drink quality were mixed for our dinner. My wife’s wonton soup was bland, needing much more seasoning, while my hot and sour doup was very tasty. My wife enjoyed her tableside-prepared sizzling rice shrimp, which was loaded with well-prepared shrimp. My sweet and sour pork was skimpy on veggies and the pork was coated with mushy rather than crisp batter. We were able to get in and out of the restaurant in 50’ prior to a Saturday night show. Overall, China Gourmet offers a reasonable dining alternative when attending shows at the Rep or Pabst Theaters.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

I was in town for a conference and needed some Chinese. My order was delivered within an hour, which I thought was pretty good. Szechwan wonton was the best I have ever eaten. Tung-an Chicken was outstanding also.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Our grandson spotted China Gourmet on the other side of the river one day and asked if we could eat there the next time we went to the Milwaukee Museum. After checking it out on Tripadvisor we figured it would be kid friendly and went...for their lunch buffet. It wasn't the best Chinese buffet we've ever been to, but it wasn't the worst either. found a parking space about two blocks away, but using the River Walk made it short and fun. Very creepy statue of The Fonz, but the grandchildren enjoyed it. Upon arrival at the restaurant we were greeted by Robert, the owner, and after that he gave us incredible service. We sat at the far back of the restaurant in case the kids got a little bit noisy, however there weren't enough people inside to worry about it. The food was adequate. A nice selection of appetizers, a variety of meats and vegetables, and a dessert area with jello, mini donuts, and almond cookies. Unfortunately the food was cold; the small deep fried pieces of chicken weren't fully cooked and were very greasy, and there wasn't anything that we ate where we could say YUM! The pleasant part of the meal was the very attentive service by Robert. We might return someday, but we're not in any hurry to do so. Maybe ordering off the menu would be better. We had the lunch buffet for two adults, two children under 8, two lemonades and a coke. The total check came to $55.00 with the tip.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

Went in for lunch buffet. Very dark, quiet and quaint. Enjoyed the food. The dessert left much to be desired. Door was open air was off temp was 80.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed May 24, 2017

My Husband and I came to Milwaukee go go to the last play of the Rep season this past Saturday night. It was a miserable, cold and rainy night and we didn't want to run around all over town to fund a restaurant that wasn't...too busy. Plus there was graduation going on for some of the colleges. We decided to park at our normal parking area for the Rep. and walk across the street to China Gourmet. They have so many good things on the menu, but we both decided to have the buffet. They seemed understaffed as it looked like the cooks were also being waiters, plus the owner was working very hard! He is so nice! We have been here before, but not for a while. We enjoyed our meal and will be back!More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

We came for dinner with a group of seven, about an hour before closing. The staff was courteous and friendly, though we could tell they wanted tio shut down the buffet. We ordered off the menu and everything was excellent. They were gracious about splitting...the bill and preparing several extra dishes for carry out when we left. The atmosphere was very nice and the menu was extensive. I would definitely eat here again if I was in the areaMore

Date of visit: March 2017
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China Gourmet is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 2.5