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“BEST Chinese food in Washington!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lieu's Restaurant

Lieu's Restaurant
Ranked #317 of 742 Restaurants in Tacoma
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Gig Harbor, Washington
Level Contributor
308 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 437 helpful votes
“BEST Chinese food in Washington!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

Lieu's Restaurant is a gem of an establishment near Pacific Lutheran University. Their ornately, and somewhat unusually, decorated exterior and interior is but a hint at the wonderful flavors in their abundant menu.

I highly recommend their mongolian beef; I have never had mongolian beef this good anywhere. Over the years, the portions have gotten smaller for this particular dish, but that aside, the taste is consistent and full of wonderful flavor.

Other standouts include:

1. Wonton soup, which includes a light broth, obligatory wonton, and an abundance of vegetables and shrimp. (Other restaruants' wonton soup typically include broth and one wonton -- nothing else.)

2. Potstickers, which are fully cooked (not some soggy lump) with a spicy dipping sauce on the side.

3. Vegetable (or other) chow mein, which is very "clean" tasting and is far less oily/greasy than other establishments.

4. Sweet and sour pork (or chicken or prawns), which are yummy, sweet -- but not overly so -- and accompanied by pineapple and vegetables.

The service is nice, casual, and quick -- but if we weren't 20+ year regulars I can see how the staff could come off as "cold." The owner's granddaughter smiles cheerfully, but rarely do the others so much as crack a smile.

The restaurant has a nice history, so I encourage diners to read the articles posted near the register.

There's ample parking around back and they recently added more (or brighter) lighting for safety and security.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Eatonville, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“excellent food, good value and great plce for larger groups”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2011

We've dined at Lieu's for many years and the food is always great.

  • Visited December 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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“This is my favorite Chinese restaurant. My family and I have celebrated many occasions here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2008

This is my favorite Chinese restaurant. My family and I have celebrated many occasions here!

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