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“The Dim Sum Best”

The Crownery Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 45 Restaurants in Hockessin
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Dover, Delaware
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267 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“The Dim Sum Best”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We celebrated the Chinese New Year, the year of the snake at the Crownery Chinese Restaurant
in Hockessin. This has become a ritual for us and our friends

This is THE BEST Dim Sum in the entire state of Delaware. This is not the usual local Chinese restaurant. This is authentic; the food is great and the service outstanding..

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Kennett Square, PA
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72 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Worst experience ever there!!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

My wife and I arrived on a Saturday night at 10 p.m. after seeing a movie, knowing that The Crownery is open until 10:30. We were met by the rudest greeting we've ever had there. In a nasty tone of voice, the owner told us "we close at 10:30", as if we were a huge intrusion. Other restaurants have been kind and always welcomed us. We were seated at a table with obvious dirt/trash on the floor, right next to us, when there were cleaner places available. Then we were served cold "hot tea", and I felt I had to rush eating to get out of there by 10:30 on the dot. though we've been customers there for 15 years, they never recognize us. I will never go back.

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank PA610
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The best Chinese food in the area”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

It had been a number of years since I last visited the Crownery and some things never change......like their excellent food! We were greeted with a smile and seated promptly. Our waiter was polite, attentive and happy to hear my request for "extra spicy" for the boneless duck with hot peppers. The hot and sour soup was delicious! My girlfriend had steamed dumplings and a seafood medley with steamed vegetables. Excellent food, nice setting, good service, fair prices..... even the background music was perfect! We left very happy and will go back soon.

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1 Thank Llama501
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Probably the best Chinese around”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Our family orders takeout from here about once a week. The food is always fresh and they are accommodating to any special requests.
For the Chinese new year they have an awesome buffet! So many great things to try.

Visited January 2013
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Thank vlgirl
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Wilmington, Delaware
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Although we've visited this restaurant in the past and enjoyed our experiences, our most recent visit was not enjoyable nor pleasing. The problem wasn't with the food but with the server. It was a Sunday evening and the place was empty. The server was rude and in a hurry to take our order. She never brought the dry noodles to our table to munch on. When we asked for more time, she reluctantly complied but was not happy about it. Our order was taken and our food arrived in a very short time. After that, our server disappeared although she was sitting at a table at the other end of the restaurant with other employees.

Not once did she stop by to see if we were satisfied with our meal or to see if we needed a beverage refill. In fact, the only way I was able to obtain a refill was to flag down the hostess who, in turn, said something to the server. She never asked if we wanted anything else and merely appeared with the bill. There were 3 of us dining and she only brought take-home containers for two even though all 3 plates had plenty on them.

All in all, not a pleasant experience and as the saying goes "it only takes one bad experience".

  • Visited December 2012
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