988 N Hill St Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.066821 -118.237387
Monday To Friday From 10:00 AM To 03:00 PM Monday To Friday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM Saturday From 09:00 AM To 03:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 08:30 AM To 03:30 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Chinatown
A Great Place To Eat With Others... – I think the best way to dine for dim sum is to take along a boyfriend or go with friends, that way you get to try more! I went to Empress Pavillion with my boyfriend who was a first timer. He was really 'wowed' by all of the waitstaff pushing carts of different foods. We ordered tea, bbq pork rolls, two types of shrimp shu mai, meatballs (kind of weird, i wouldn't get them again), strawberry pastries, and my favorite....the chicken and pine nuts.
Everything came to our table in 5 minutes and we chowed down right away. The bill was only $17 for two of us. The experience overall was fantastic. It was a really fun interactive way to dine. My boyfriend and I talked about it all day!
Someone on here said that the service is terrible. I do not agree. There are men dressed in maroon and look like butlers who walk around and it's their job to take the check and fill your water. There are tons of them...you just need to wave them down. If you sit there and don't make eye contact, they will not know that you need to be taken care of!
what? Good Service? Best? hmm... don't think so.. – I don't really understand why this place got high ratings because
-WHERE IS SERVER?
- where is all choices of dim sum
- as well as terrible service
-You have to wait and wait to get food also even for someone to tab out your bill.
-Stay away from this place!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bad Dim Sum – I've gone to Empress Pavilion a few times. And everytime I went there, I hated it. It's huge, so service isn't that great. It's crowded! Don't go on weekends, you just end up waiting for atleast an hour just to eat. The food isn't that great. Last time I went, was about a few weeks ago. They ran out of shrimp dumpling (which is my favorite), they don't fry the turnip cake good enough, and their food is bland. OH! And the service. Woah! -10 POINTS!! The same dimsum carts are always around you, so you really don't get a variety of food. One of the dim sum ladies made my 60 year old father fall. He fell on his bum and knocked his head right on the HOT dimsum cart. And to top it all off, they gave us the wrong check. I rather go to ABC Seafood, which is in the other side of chinatown. It may not look as nice as Empress Pavillion but it sure taste much better.
bland food – i arrived at 1:15 on a monday. i was seated quickly but the food turned out to be extremely disappointed. most of the stuff tasted bland (pork and thousand-yr egg congee, radish cake, shu mei) and the steamed bbq-prok buns were over steamed so the bun part was soggy, altho the filling was very tasty and not fatty at all. altho it wasn't that late, they had run out of a lot of basic stuff like tofu-skin wrap with meat inside and shrimp chun-fun. mango pudding was premade with the condensed milk already inside, it was too light and fluffy reminding me of mousse type yogurt and also bland. the almond tofu was above average but a little too sweet. overall, a very disappointing experience. i will not be going back again.
Great Food, Service and Price – This restaurant is a Dim Sum favorite. The food is delicious, the choices are endless and the service is quick, once you actually get a table. The line to get in is so long you'll wait at least an hour, but there are lots of great shops to browse during that time. Great for large groups. The price can't be beat - so inexpensive you'll do a double take.
Go elsewhere for chinese food and dim sum – Food is no better than any Chinese restaurant that costs half its price. If you want some "normal" dim sum, Sea Harbor in Rosemead is a far better choice
This Dim Sum place is sub-par! – Don't know why this place gets high ratings because this place has very limited choices of dim sum as well as bad service (which is saying a lot since it is a Chinese restaurant). I went with my mom a couple of weeks ago and we had to wait twenty minutes just to get someone to tab out our bill. Stay away from this place if you can.
great dim sum – this place is in a plaza, so you kind of have to find it. it's upstairs. the dim sum was pretty good, a little more pricey than the other dim sum places i go to, but it's ok :) money's never a question when there's good food involved
Give me sum sum of that dim sum – GOOD SIGN #1: The restaurant was mainly filled with Asians and some poor college students out on an Sunday morning adventure.
GOOD SIGN #2: The line.
Ok, also a bad sign. The wait can be 1-2hrs sometimes. No worries--we walked around, bought Chinese firecrackers to throw off our balcony, looked at Chinese herbs.
GOOD SIGN #3: No frills service.
I looked at other reviews--Note, when you dine at an authentic restaurant that is a different culture than your own, the food is obviously going to be different. That said, except the service to be different too. Also, keep in mind the large number of people being served and the few amount of people serving. I liked the minimum service--Im there for the food, not for the in-your-face service typical at many American restaurants.
Anything wrapped in shrimp here is delicious. For dessert, I had this smooth mango pudding. Dim Sum here is fun, cheap, and always a good time after a hard Saturday night.
Also good place to try, in the San Gabriel Valley: 888
I don't like it! – Service was not very good. I got ignored a bunch of times by those ladies pushing those dim sum carts. The circulation of dim sum carts are not very efficient and must be hunted down or flagged down. In addition the dim sum was not that great compare to some places in Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and Alhambra. I don't see what the rave is, but I think because most clients are non Asian hence different taste buds.
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