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China Garden Restaurant

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(19 Reviews)

1602 Leeland St, Houston, TX 77003

(713) 652-0745

Today: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Central Houston, Downtown Houston
Chinese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurant Delivery Service, Take Out Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
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Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Delivery, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Chinese, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Good for Kids: Yes


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Bella L.



Egg roles are good but the food was glimmering with oil. If you don't mind that, it's tasty. However, the waiter as well as the owner were curt and rude. When walking in 1.5 before closing I felt that the owner was annoyed by us walking in. We intentionally do not stop anywhere an hour before closing to avoid holding anyone over. I pushed this thought aside, but it quickly came back when the owner demanded we order immediately after the waiter gave us the menu. At this point, we were about to walk out but the waiter took our drink order so we stayed to not be rude. But, I wish we would have left. The waiter removed our plates before even finishing our food bringing the check over.

After paying at the front and heading back to leave cash for a tip, the waiter asked if we disliked his service as the owner had advised him we hadn't left a tip on the card.

It was very offensive to be confronted by a waiter in front of everyone when coming back to the table to drop off the tip.

Matthew S.



Dinner before a show. Waiter seemed distracted & annoyed. Ordered drinks and app's. Before we placed all our app orders he started to leave. Called him back to finish our order. Asked for spring rolls, all out. This was at 5:30 in the evening. I ordered a bourbon w/ice from the bar. Served in glass a little bigger than a shot glass not worth the price. Ordered lemon chicken as this what everyone raves on. No hint of lemon flavor at all. More sweet than anything. Would not be surprised if waiter got order wrong. Ate it anyway. Didn't have time to reorder. Waiter did not ask steamed or fried rice, brought fried. Egg roll good, not anything special. Might go again and order the lemon chicken and see what I get.



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Favorite Chinese Restaurant

I have been going there for at least 10 years, and it has always impressed me. The staff is wonderful and very friendly. The food is top notch. My favorite dish there is the lemon chicken. I have been to several Chinese restaurants and never had lemon chicken as good as this!



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Wholesome, Hot and Average

CHINA GARDEN IS LOSING ITS BLOSSOMS. The menu offers a good representation of the various Chinese provinces. The food was spicy and wholesome, but achieved an *average* rating by our group. The jalapeno shrimp, spicy crawfish rice, lemon chicken and wonton soup were very popular. The family style portions were generous and the food was overall wholesome. The kitchen's technical execution was very good as evidenced in their crisp and delicious vegetables.

The biggest disappointment was the house specialty of Hunan Beef. Also, the Hot and Sour Soup was a consensus disappointment. No one liked this soup. There was too much pepper in the soup and most other dishes. Pepper seemed to be the kitchen?s favorite seasoning.

Seating is plenty and suitable for large groups, albeit the tables are too close together. Good parking for a downtown location. The restrooms were dirty, which seemingly fit the basic locale. Service was both timely and attentive.

The price was slightly above our expectations considering the average quality of our meal. Next time, we will avoid the Garden?s ?add ons? (Soup, Egg rolls, etc.), which resulted in a higher price than expected from an *average* Chinese restaurant.

Perhaps, next time we visit the Garden will be in blossom.



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Best Chinese food in HOuston

We live in Montgomery county and have to come into Houston every few weeks to get our fix at Carol's China Garden. Food is the Shrimp Balls...service is excellent. Marion, Carole and Richard make everyone welcome and spend time visiting with the customers. Great place if you are attending a Rockets game or an event at Toyota center since it is right next to the Toyota Center garage....five minutes to your seats.



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Best Chinese in the South

As a frequent user of chinese restaurants on my travels I have been spoiled for choice in some locations around the world: Hong Kong, Sydney, London, New York, to name but a few. The China Garden is one of the best chinese eateries I have visited in the USA. Fast service, authentic chinese beer (Tsing Tao), varied menu, etc. The food was good but not first class. A good judge of a chinese restaurant is to see whether or not there were chinese people eating there. There were on the occasion I visited. The food has been americanised to suit the local palate which is a real shame. The egg rolls (spring rolls to the non-Americans) were OK but nothing special. The hot and sour soup was excellent. The fried rice dishes had a hint of smokiness to them, perhaps too much sesame oil in the wok, but tasted excellent. Overall, recommend to anyone visiting Houston who fancies something different from Tex/Mex style food in a quiet, low-key atmosphere.



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China in Texas

This place is awesome, the food is great and the location is convient. Free parking on site unlike some restuarants downtown, and it is in the middle of the George R. Brown Center, Toyota Center, Hilton Hotel, Four Seasons, Houston Gardens, and Houston Center. I cant think of why would anybody would say something bad about this place obivously they dont know good food and service. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!



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basically the best place to be when you want good food and good service. great hospitality. especially if marian or carol or richard comes by to check on everything. its just great!



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First there has not been a change of owner....I've been visiting Maryann for over 23 years. Best lemon chicken in town and by far the best egg rolls I've eaten anywhere.



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WONDERFUL CANTONESE- The Lemon Chicken is fantastic, fresh eggrolls made on the premises, outstanding sizzling rice soup



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Americanized Chinese Food

Other than this place making money off their parking lot for Rockets game night, their food is NOT the place to be giving your money too. Before changing owners, this restaurant used to serve authentic chinese food. After changing owners, the food became too americanized. The mongolian beef here is the worst I've ever tasted. Not only is the food americanized, but the atmosphere is too- what real chinese restaurant has a bar?



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downtown sweet little garden

The restorant was very good. The food was tasty and it came to the table promptly. The place is plain but nice and the prices are fair. The only bad thing was that they brought the bill before i had finished to eat my food and i felt rushed. The restorant is not authentic chinese and the customers werenon-asian.



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You must try the ""sizzling fried rice soup"". It's a great beginner to a great evening of family style eating.
The lemon chicken is tasty and great!



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Marion filippone

If you have eaten with them one time they will know what you like and will see you have it served to you the way you like. If you would like some thing special just call and tell them it will be there for you if it is possable. This is
still a family run resturant you will see many people return week after week.



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Excellent food

China Garden offers the best in Food. service is very prompt,and the owner really knows how to intertain you .with the new bar ,and wait staff you can see why people come there 2 or more times a week. Simply Great!!!



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Great Food and Great People

There are a wealth of reasons to eat at China Garden. The food is excellent, the service impeccable and they are some of the nicest people around. I'd recommend eating there to anyone interested in a relaxing atmosphere with great food.



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Can't beat the spicy shrimp.

This is the best chinese food in Houston. The spicy jalapeno shrimp is awsome. The shrimp are fresh and the portions are large. Egg rolls, hunan beef, special fried rice, lemon is all very, very good.

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