Santa Rosa natives with a taste for Chinese flavors are in luck. The city has dozens of Chinese restaurants offering big flavors, great service, and reasonable prices. If you're nursing a late night craving for something sweet, sour, and savory or maybe even planning a big weekend blowout for all the family, these are the 10 top restaurants to visit for the best Chinese food in Santa Rosa.
10. Panda Express (2020 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407)
If you've already eaten at one of Panda Express' 2000-plus locations, you'll know exactly what to expect of the Panda Express in Santa Rosa - friendly, efficient service, good vibes, low prices, great food, and lots of it. The menu is big enough to suit all tastes (the Walnut Shrimp and Orange Chicken never fail to disappoint) with enough variety of spiciness to please everyone. Along with a good selection of seafood and meat entrees, there's also a great assortment of vegetarian options, including a sensational Eggplant Tofu made from a combination of fried tofu and buttery soft eggplant smothered in an unctuously savory sauce. Choose between pick up or delivery.
9. Great China (1589 Farmers Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95405-7525)
Hidden away on the southeast side of Santa Rosa, Great China offers customers the chance to enjoy some authentic Chinese cuisine at a great price. Portions are generous and the dishes are well prepared and packed with flavor. There's not a dud item on the menu, but the BBQ Pork Fried Rice, Potstickers, and Chicken Chow Mein all draw particularly enthusiastic reviews. The service is friendly and accomodating, offering customers with particular tastes the chance to customize their order to their exact preferences.
8. China Village Restaurant (138 Calistoga Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95409)
If fresh, flavor-packed food, fast, friendly servce, and hearty portions float your boat, don't miss China Village Restaurant. Offering dine-in, take out and delivery options, it's the perfect place to enjoy some authentic Chinese cuisine. Customers rave about the Orange Chicken and Chicken Chow Mein, while the House Spicy Eggplant with Tofu and Black Mushrooms and Chicken in a Clay Pot never disappoint either. Prices are attractively affordable.
7. China Legend (500 Mission Blvd. Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5357)
If you're in the mood for some of the best egg rolls, best lettuce wraps, and best cashew shrimp in town, head for China Legend, a place every bit as legendary as its name. If you're craving something a little more substantial, the Kung Pao Chicken, Orange Chicken, and Chicken Fried Rice should all hit the spot nicely. The portions are incredibly generous, especially if you stop by during the day for one of the lunchtime specials.
6. Ting Hau Restaurant (717 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-4407)
A hidden gem in the downtown, Ting Hau Restaurant promises the ideal pairing of great food at a great price. Unassuming, friendly, and with a focus on fresh, flavor-packed ingredients, it's perfect for a leisurely lunch, a midweek blowout, or a weekend treat. The menu is huge, with the Mongolian Beef, Lemon Chicken, and Pot Stickers all ranking among the favorites. The home-crafted dim sum is also unmissable. Both outside and inside dining is available, along with takeout and delivery.
5. Mei-Don Chinese Cuisine (6576 Oakmont Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5917)
Regardless of what they choose from the menu, there are some things all diners at Mei-Don Chinese Cuisine can expect - namely, generous portions of flavorful, well-prepared food, exceptional service, and a bill that won't break the bank. Key dishes to try include the Twice-Cooked Pork, the Salt and Pepper Ribs, and the Kung Pao Chicken. Individually wrapped fortune cookies are offered to finish each meal, although it's also worth saving a little room for the coconut-pineapple ice cream.
4. Royal China Restaurant (3080 Marlow Road, # 4, Santa Rosa, CA 95403)
If you haven't already visited the Royal China Restaurant's red-walled, intimately lit dining room, now's the time to change things. With friendly, accomodating service, an elegant setting and a menu crammed with delicious, authentic Chinese dishes like Mu Shu Chicken, Hunan-Style Beef with Garden Vegetable, Szechuan Tofu with Onions and Green Pepper, and Royal Egg Fu Young, it's a must-visit destination for Chinese food fans. Try the banana-fried ice cream to round off the meal in style.
3. Kirin (2700 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405)
A friendly, informal restaurant with good vibes, good service and even better food, Kirin is an excellent choice for Chinese food fans. The menu is packed with fresh ingredients, big flavors, and must-try combinations, from batter-fried pork cubes coated with ginger-cherry sauce & sesame seeds to spicy mussel soup with garlic and jalapeño. If your wallet is feeling the pinch, stop by at midday to enjoy one of their incredibly budget-friendly lunch specials.
2. Hang Ah Dim Sum (2130 Armory Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95401)
Described by Three Best Rated (https://threebestrated.com/chinese-restaurants-in-santa-rosa-ca) as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Santa Rosa thanks to its family-friendly atmosphere and great selection of traditional Chinese standards, Hang Ah Dim Sum makes a great stop for lunch or dinner. Along with a superb dm sum menu, it also offers a must-try Lemon Chicken, a scorching Black Mushroom & Szechuan Beef and a crowd-pleasing Crispy Chicken. There's also an excellent selection of vegetarian and gluten-free choices.
1. Goji Kitchen (1965 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403)
Tasty, authentic Chinese and Vietnamese food, good service, and affordable prices come as standard at Goji Restaurant but the biggest draw (and what keeps the same customers coming back again and again) is the range and quality of vegan and vegetarian options. Choose from dishes like Steamed Flat Rice Rolls with Tofu and Wood Ear Mushrooms, Spicy Sautéed Lemongrass Organic Tofu, Green Papaya Salad with Roasted Almonds, and Tofu, Organic Spinach Salad with Organic Tofu and Shiitake Mushrooms, and more besides. Carnivores won't go hungry either thanks to standout dishes like Rocky Free Range Sweet and Sour Chicken, Pine Nut, Minced Prawn, and Chicken Lettuce Cups, and Spicy Lemongrass Beef Vermicelli Soup. There's also a Fried Banana and Gelato dessert that no one, vegetarian or otherwise, will want to miss.
Written by Liz Flynn
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