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“It's a good place, at a price” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of China Cafe

China Cafe
Ranked #7 of 190 Restaurants in Novi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Metro Detroit, MI
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“It's a good place, at a price”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2010

This used to be the best value and best Chinese food in Novi. After they nearly doubled their prices we found other options that were almost just as good, at 1/3 the price. It's still a good restaurant, but we haven't been back since the price hike. There are so many other good restaurants in Novi to choose from. It's worth going one time and then finding cheaper alternatives for Chinese.

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Northville, Michigan
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best Resturant in the Novi/Northville Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2010

Excellent Choice for Lunch or Dinner in Novi/Northville. Wonderful Food. Great Service.

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South Lyon
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality Food - Diverse Menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2010

We have been frequenting China Cafe for over 10 years now. The outside is unsuspecting (in a strip mall), but the inside has seen some nice improvements over the years including white tablecloths. Suzanne, the owner is always there to greet you with a smile and really gets to know her regulars - she even knows the names of our 3 children. The food is excellent - better than that local upscale chain Chinese food! The meats are specially trimmed (without any extra fat) and the food always tastes freshly prepared. The wait staff is friendly too and many of them have been there for the 10 years we've been visiting. I will say however, that the food arrival rate has declined in recent months and it's taking longer to get our food once ordered. That is a bit disappointing since our yound children are impatient and the delay has caused us to start ordering carryout. I would highly recommend this restaurant - our favorite Chinese restaurant of any we have ever been to!!!

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Detroit, MI
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Atmosphere +, Substance -”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2008

Impressive from the first step inside. The service was warm, quick; they took our order within minutes. The interior design is very classy: nice mood lighting (perfect for a date), a few tvs in the front (great for a stop after the golf course), a fish tank and a full bar. I wish I had photos to post!
The mood is very open and friendly, as regular customers and the staff are chatty; reminds me of the bar in Cheers.

Unfortunately the food was disappointing:
The General's Chicken was bland,
the Mongolian Beef's spice became overpowering after a while,
I couldn't taste the crab for the cheese in the Crab Rangoon,
the Egg Rolls were a bit dry, and
the Hot-Sour soup had way too much soy sauce in it.

They seem to have a lot of repeat customers, so maybe we hit it on a bad night or chose the wrong menu items, but I think you can eat better Chinese cuisine for half the price elsewhere.

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“One of the top Chinese food spots in Michigan! Enjoyed the food and will be back.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2008

One of the top Chinese food spots in Michigan! Enjoyed the food and will be back.

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