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Small House Chinese Restaurant
Ranked #261 of 606 Restaurants in Gainesville
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed August 27, 2014

I am native Chinese, and I know what Chinese food is. Speaking of authenticity, you probably won't get much authentic food in the US. The dishes here are much more "real", and much closer to what is available in China. Dishes here are also very creative, it is a must-go spot if you visit Gainesville, or you study at UF. If you hate Chinese take-outs, then you should definitely try this one. This is DIFFERENT! The Chinese take-outs here are cooked by people from Southern China. The flavor is much modified to suit the American taste ---> IT IS NOT CHINESE, NOT EVEN A LITTLE PIECE OF CHINESE. In comparison, Small House offers items that are unique. In China, restaurants have their own creation of signature dishes. Similarly, Small House does offer its own creations. If you are American, I suggest that you ask around the Chinese students dining there for some suggestions. Try their menu items, not the lunch combo!

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4  Thank Yunzi Z
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Reviewed August 8, 2014

This new restaurant, at 1120 West University Avenue, is a real addition to the City - genuine Chinese food, not "American Taste" steam-table slop. And not just Chinese, but Western Chinese, in many of the dishes on offer. Most of the clientele (90%) were Oriental when we visited, which probably means something. The guys at the next booth ordered in what I think was Chinese. The menu is obviously in Chinese, translated (sort of) into English. The only real negative was the many TV sets, mostly showing Chinese cartoons with English subtitles, all set to the wrong picture ratio! Easy to fix: Junk the TVs!

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Thank George E
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

Small House is the best Chinese food in town. Great waiters, service. Food is full of flavor and if you like spice, there are many great options.

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1  Thank Check57
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

Yesterday, my family came to visit me from South Florida, I brought them to Small House. We all loved, and agreed that it was the best food we had in Gainesville.

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Thank Kristine L
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Reviewed June 19, 2014

Visited for first time on a Sunday night a few weeks ago.
Heard from very satisfied customer that this place had Chinese food similar to NYC Chinese.
Seated immediately and our server was a delight.
Would have liked to see white tablecloths and real napkins.
The corn soup my date had was huge and he said delicious .lots to take home ,
could have been shared by 4 people for appetizer .
He had a quite spicy shrimp dish and warning shrimp heads were in place ( a little disconcerting for this vegetarian)
I had sautéed stringbeans with tofu which was a variation on another vegetarian item
very yummy and came with really good sticky rice .
Would like to see more vegetarian/vegan options esp appetizers and please white tablecloths and real napkins
Staff very attentive and fun.

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Thank burmawallah
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