Chinese Restaurants in Goleta

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Having mastered several subsets of Chinese cuisine, the chefs at China Pavilion couldn't fit all their entrees onto a single menu. So they created three: one with America's popular staples, one brimming with traditional platters, and one showcasing chef specialties. The first lines up dishes that are now familiar—sweet 'n' sour chicken and mongolian beef—as well as recognizable feasts served in new ways, such as the peking duck wrapped in crepes. More traditional and exotic options abound on the Chinese menu, such as pickled cabbage and pork noodle soup, or spicy king crabmeat sprinkled with basil and served in a clay pot. The chefs’ selections, meanwhile, range from classic to experimental: strips of Angus beef sizzle in oyster sauce, and garlic-pepper salt coats Alaskan halibut in a wok. China Pavilion’s full cocktail bar balances meals with citrusy sips of sour plum martinis, and on weekends, visitors can drop by for a dim-sum brunch that leaves tongues more satisfied than an astronaut wearing Moon Boots.

1202 Chapala St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

1918 L St
Bakersfield,
CA
US

For nearly a quarter-century, the chefs at Golden China Restaurant have filled bellies with authentic Chinese food, including nine varieties of dim sum. The bite-size snacks vary from sticky rice in lotus leafs to sesame-rice dumplings to barbecue-pork buns. To complement the mini morsels, the lengthy menu includes Chinese food standards, such as orange chicken and kung-pao shrimp. Three gourmet dinners facilitate full-on feasting, each served with tea, cookies, appetizers, and entrees to share with another diner or friendly shadow person. The hearty meals pair with beer and wine, along with sweet treats, such as lychee nuts and coconut tarts.

6209 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys,
CA
US

Robot chicken: popular television show or crispy chicken dish in a sweet, tangy sauce? At Kung Pao Bistro, it's the latter. The Chinese eatery packs a huge selection of meat, vegetarian, fried rice, and noodle options on its menu. While the chefs specialize in traditional Hunan, Sichuanm and Cantonese dishes, guests will also notice other Asian and American flavor influences in their meals, which are prepared using house-made organic chicken broth and high-quality soy and wheat meat substitutes when desired.

7853 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood,
CA
US

Outside of Arunee House, two giant signs and a dark-green awning bear the eatery’s MO: to serve up a mix of more than 100 Thai and Chinese dishes. The kitchen staff tosses chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp into six different types of thai curry and mixes chantaboon noodles with chili powder and sprouts to create generous portions of pad thai. Servings of spicy squid prelude the house-special vegetable plate, a cornucopia of snow peas, chinese cabbage, bamboo shoots, black mushrooms, and freshly weaned baby corn. Eaters can augment their meals with glasses of thai iced tea or finish things off with a dessert of sweet sticky rice with mango.

10140 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake,
CA
US

The chefs at China Grill Bistro, an outpost of the Chong brothers' local restaurant empire, serve up traditional Chinese dishes alongside creative fusion creations. Kung pao chicken and spicy hunan beef share menu space with banana leaf-wrapped chicken tamales and paella on saffron rice, a combination that pays tribute to the brothers' Chinese heritage and childhood spent in Latin America. The cooks never add MSG to any of their dishes, because they believe it obscures the flavors of their top-notch ingredients. To complement these flavors, there's a wine list made of up nearly 100 California varieties.

3282 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US