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Chef Chu's is a Chinese restaurant founded in 1970. The restaurant specializes in pineapple chicken, braised triple mushrooms, Sichuan beef, Mongolian beef and prawns in lobster sauce. It serves a tofu dish braised with chili bean paste and garlic and topped with Szechuan peppercorns. Chef Chu's serves traditional Chinese noodles with prawns, scallops, pork, shrimp, calamari and vegetables. The restaurant merchandises cookbooks with a variety of Chinese recipes. It also provides catering services for various theme parties and special occasions. The restaurant s private and semiprivate rooms accommodate up to 120 guests. Chef Chu's has a presence in Los Altos, Calif.

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Extra Phones

Fax Number: (650) 948-0121

Fax: (650) 948-0121

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
North Los Altos
Chinese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Take Out, Chinese

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Terry L.



Fabulous!!!! Service, Food, Drinks... etc!!!! I've met the owner and his family and I would recommend everyone I know to com to Chef Chu's and I have. Everytime we go, it's like being with family!

Gina L.



My sister had her pre-wedding family dinner there. The quality of food has really gone down because I think the place is very famous now and they don't need to worry about business. They treat customers differently, unlike before, everybody would feel you were the special guest no matter how much you spent there. I do see some declining in the food quality and their management-not as warm and welcoming as before. Quite disappointing.

Don C.



Best food in chef Chu's this place is been here forever it's a landmark icon it's always the best food its always 5 stars



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very good place for both business or family event

The prices are very reasonable and the quality is above average for the place like that. It has its own style and lots of photos of politicians visiting the place - very cool if you bring guests with you.



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of the best Chinese restaurants around

This is one of my favorite places to eat. Food is always great, prices are very reasonable and chef Chu is usually in the kitchen cooking the food himself. The dinner sets give you a good variety of popular dishes. The decor needs a serious make-over, but I suppose you could call that part of the ""charm"". Definitely make reservations Friday - Sunday, otherwise you'll wait at least 30 minutes.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Chinese Food in the Bay Area!

I have been a customer of theirs for over 20 years and their food has always been Superb!
Their food is the standard by which other places should be judged by. The Chef ""Larry"" Chu, as he is casual and humble remembers people even if they aren't the heads of state or famous as all the people on his wall of famous guests shows. Where most chinese food restaurants fail in heavy oils, their food is light and fresh. If I was on a deserted island and could take one
meal with me it would be his chicken salad, pot-stickers and kung pao chicken. They make their own hot oil there and try it with the salad and pot-stickers. I highly recommend it and all the hype is more than justified by the consistent quality. Cheers for Chef Chu....!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Prices & Great Food!

I love this place! The food is consistently great , the service friendly and the prices when compared to other restaurants I eat out at are so reasonable. If you really want to try some authentic chinese dishes, you have got to order some of the less popular ""americanized"" dishes. I just went in and tried for the first time their basil chicken and its was awesome! I higly recommend reservations though.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Over rated!

I don't understand why people have raved and talked about this restaurant for so many years! From the Moment I walked into the restaurant I was disappointed! Until recently, I was invited to Chef Chu's for lunch because my friends had never tried it either. So the""open Kitchen"" was disgusting! poorly displayed food and good view of a old gloomy and rundown kitchen. Along with the rest of the restaurant, Everything was outdated and not special. The service was poor! The young waiter was unfriendly and pushy to sell more expensive items rather that from their lunch special which was even more of a disappointment. The bill came out to almost 35$ without tip for 3 people. we got ripped off. Food was not good. Very thick and .....yuck. I just don't get why people still to this day say the food is good , even yet, ""the best Chinese food"". Whatever Overrated! Never going back again, and they need to change their credit card system because because they'll charge you a service fee!



Provided by Citysearch - 
My fave Chinese restaurant in the area

I work in the area, and have been to a number of lunch spots like this and think Chef Chu's has the best Chinese by far...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not what it used to be

I used to love their food, and I found their restaurant service good. Now, the food is oily, and the take-out service unobliging. Such a shame.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good ambience but less tasty plates

My family and I went there for our weekly dinner with our relatives who are going back to Taiwan. We heard raven reviews about the food and particularly their vegetarian dishes. The host was very friendly and service was great. But the food was less than authentic and slightly salty. Shrimp balls, Chef's recommendation was dread with breadcrubs and soaked in oil. If i want to drink oil, I might as well eat a spoon full of lard for extra flavor. Where was your vegetarian meanu? The place couldn't pay me to eat there again. It's like Benihana, Chinese food for Americans, all for show not for the flavor.



Provided by Citysearch - 
My Thoughts

Chef Chus has been my favorite restaurant for many years (its been open since 1970). Its a non-chain restaurant owned by a very nice family who try to make the experience of the customer a pleasant one. Theres nothing not to like about the place. The atmosphere is beautiful, the staff are friendly and cool, the food is great, and its not very expensive. They also offer cooking classes taught by the owner and executive chef, a master of Chinese food cooking, whos a fresh and entertaining guy. They also have a nice bar there. I highly recommend Chef Chus to anyone who is looking for a great Chinese restaurant experienceor who is just hungry.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Yummy Chinese Food in the Bay Area!

Excellent food!!! very impressed w/the food & service. Couple of my favourite dishes: Minced Shrimp in Lettuce Cup, Tofa w/ham in black bean sauce (must try!)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Chinese!

This is the best Chinese I have had since I moved here. Starting with the service, this place makes you feel like a regular. Food was just right, I had some special requests and my waitress was more than accomodating. Will definately go back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Horrible Service

I ordered take-out there and got home (20 minutes away) and found that my order had been filled incorrectly. I called and told them. After trying to convince me that I was mistaken, they told me that the menu on their website was outdated. They asked if I would like something else, and then said that I would be charged for it. After I said that I was not interested and would like a refund (the place was too far away to return), the manager hung up on me. I don't care how good the food is, this was embarrassingly bad service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Service & Good Food

A family run restaurant that has been open 35 years, now with that track record they got to be doing somethng right.
The hot & sour soup is unlike no other, spicy and full of flavor.
Chicken salad is my favorite.
Accomodating chefs & friendly atmoshphere.



Provided by Citysearch - 
This place is good!

This is a good restaurant. I think if you are looking for cutting edge asian fusian then this is not your place. But, if you are looking for the classic chinese dishes, plus some very original ones, then this is the place. They just don't mess up the food, whether in house or take out (which is outstanding). Hats off to Lawrence Chu for doing it so well for so many years!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't believe the hype

I heard a lot about this place before I dined there last night with my husband. The service was good, but the food was less than mediocre. We started with hot and sour soup. It was drowned in black pepper, which really muted the other flavors that one expects from a good bowl of this soup. For our main courses, we had the sweet & sour prawns and chicken w/ sizzling rice. Both were unexceptional. I don't understand why people consider this an institution. Maybe this place was something back in the day, but now it just seems to be riding entirely on its reputation. You couldn't pay me to eat there again!