Chinese >Chi Dynasty
1813 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002734.104115 -118.287412
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Los Feliz
Best Kung- Pao Chicken in Los Feliz – My fiance and i aren't to crazy about going out of the normal chinese restaurants(we have our faves)... but we were lazy and decided to do a close by lunch delivery. I researched some of the spots in our area and found some pretty good reviews on the C.D Restaurant. So we took a chance and ordered out. We had the Kung- Pao Chicken and Dynasty Lo Mein. It was awesome. I'm not a huge fan of chicken but the quality of meat in the Kung-pao was awesome. Very tasty. the noodles were also very good and the portion size were also very nice. (not to mention the left overs tasted good the next day.) over all as far as take out is concerned.... we would definately order out again.
Easily the worst – This was by far the worst chinese food or any other other food that I have had since moving to LA. I read about this place in Zagat and was excited to order some good food. What I experienced was a sick joke to my sense of taste. Absolutely disgusting! The delivery bag was leaking when I got it, the delivery guy did not even attempt to use the buzzer to my building, forcing me to get the food, despite a delivery charge, and no sauces were in the bag. If you like bland, soggy and rubbery chicken, this is the place for you. If not, you might as well go to Panda Express. Look out for this place. Do not be fooled. 0 out of 5 stars. Ewwww!
Good Chinese food with Humble Beginnings – Have you heard about what happened to Chi Dynasty's old location? I say old location because they are now at 1813 Hillhurst Ave, a few blocks south from where they used to be. Apparently the land lord pushed out Jonathan Chi and got some of his workers to partner and open a new restaurant called "The Palace." It makes me sick to see how they have tried to emulate Chi Dynasty so much. The menu is the same, the decor is the same, and the people who betrayed him are just unmoral. Personally, im going to their new location.
Best Chinese Chicken Salad in Town! – My family has been coming here for years - great spot for a large group of picky eaters (the menu is huge!) Everything we've had here is good, large portions, healthier than most Chinese places. TRY THE CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD - the menu states it's the best in town, and I wholeheartedly agree! Service can be gruff, but I've never had any mishaps like some of the other reviewers ( then again, I would never try to return a dish even if I hated it; come on it's only $20 is that really worth the hassle??). Also, keep in mind that it gets way busy here during peak hours, so when they forget my water or something I just give them a break...
favorite chinese place in LA – i was floored with how friendly the entire staff was! from the valet to the hostess to the entire wait staff. everyone bent over backwards to be welcoming. i loved the food! yes, the orange chicken was fantastic, just like a previous reviewer said. and half the customers knew Tony by name! he made sure to introducer himself to us as newcomers. great place for a group dinner!
Talk about horrible and snotty service – My friend kept telling us to try this placed because her friend could not stop talking about how great it is. We decided to go there just to try it. Personally I'm not to crazy about trying different Chinese restaurants since I'm so used to P.F. Chang's and Panda Inn. The waiter, not sure what his name was, charges to our table and without a hello asks us if we would like to order anything to drink. We got waters and lettuce wraps to begin with. We then ordered a hot and sour soup and a wonton soup, along with aromatic shrimp and shrimp lo mein. as he wrote down our order he then asked us if we would like white rice with that. I said sure. We get our soup, mine is ok but my friend almost threw up as she bit into the pork wonton which according to her had a very bad taste. she asked the waiter to please take the soup back because the chicken in the wonton did not taste right. he started questioning her and saying that that's not chicken and that it's pork and gave her a dirty look and took her bowl away. later we get our lo mein and instead of shrimp it had chicken. they also took that away and brought back the shrimp lo mein. again no acknowledgement or an apology for his mistake. we finally get our check and we see that they have charged us for the rice. I told him that we did not order the rice and that he had mentioned if we would like white rice or brown with our meal when he took our order. he stated that it's optional and that they charge for white rice. i then told him that most places just give the rice for free when you order an entree, he did not care and giving me a puzzeled look tells me that most places does not mean all places, we charge for our white rice. we told him how we are dissappointed at his service and he offered a manager who came to our table but was even worse than our waiter. He basically told us that this is how he manages his restaurant and if we are not happy we can write about it in the la times. TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE.
Orange chicken is the best I've had anywhere. I usually have the same waiter, a pretty distinguished, quiet gentleman in a tux, never seen him be snotty or had any snotty waiters at Chi dynasty as some have reported.
They have this dish, I call them chicken tacos not sure the chinese name, but great for people avoiding starches and carbs, it's chicken in a lettuce leaf, sounds boring but it's one of the greatest things I've ever eaten, diet or no diet. DELICIOUS. great sauces. food tastes clean, maybe because it's not as oily as most chinese I've had...more high end, quality meats as well.
this is one of my favorite restaurants and I'm a restaurant snob. I love that it's affordable as well, can beat that. Don't love the atmosphere but the food's so good I don't care.
terrible experience – my boyfriend and i, both longtime vegetarians, were excited to try a new local chinese place. we stopped in and ordered lunch for take-out. fried tofu and broccoli, two soups and a large rice. we let the hostess know we were veggie, and specifically asked if the soups were both vegetarian. she assured us, and the order was ready in about five minutes. we were out the door for just under $18.
our disappointment began as we unpacked the meal at home. the tofu dish portion was smaller than we anticipated and had no other ingredients other than tofu and broccoli (totally dry! not even any sauce!). within a minute my boyfriend was spitting out a piece of chicken from the hot and sour soup, and the soup was full of more. next we both taste the tofu has been cooked in some sort fish oil or sauce. as veteran veggies, we realized that mistakes are sometimes made, but overall there were just too many problems with the order for it to be something we were willing to eat. my soup not even ventured, we agree that this was an unfortunate first visit, and we brought the entire meal back to request a refund.
the man whom we spoke with (joe) quickly became condesending when he realized we wanted all four parts of the order refunded. (we brought back all four parts of the order.) as soon as looked at the container of tofu he accused (Accused!) us of eating half of it and then wanting a refund, clearly unaware of his kitchen's stingy portions. mocking my use of the word "unacceptable" in an elevated tone, he refused to refund us, saying he would only refund the hot and sour soup, challenging us to contact the owner at a later date. in the end we got back our $18, but only as joe stomped behind the bar, announcing to the patrons that he was being cheated by us.
places of business must remember that as important as great product is the manner in which they resolve service for their customers.
a simple apology would have gone a long way.
will never return.
Poor customer service, average food, high prices – We went to Chi Dynasty with the intent to have our Rehearsal Dinner here. My friend had recommended it. The decor is definitely old school. The waiter we had was very snotty and unhelpful. We got to the restaurant at 5:30 and ordered 2 appetizers and 2 main entrees. One appetizer came pretty fast but the second one came at 6:20 and the entrees were still not served. We asked for ice water and the waiter forgot but remembered the table next to ours who ordered right after us. No apologies for delays whatsoever. VERY DISAPPOINTING. I'm Chinese and I speak Cantonese fluently. I was very disappointed at the quality of service. I would definitely recommend Empress Pavilion in Chinatown (Bamboo Plaza) any day!
Great chinese food, great service – Chi Dynasty is one of the best chinese food restaurants.
Everything is totally fresh. Get the Sizzling Rice Soup, Orange Chicken, or Aromatic Shrimp. Any of their specialities are great! The green beans are delicious too. The servers are great and have been there a long time. They also make great mixed drinks which is a bit strange, but they're good.
They may charge a little extra for rice or tea, but it is well worth it. They have beautiful decor and artwork and they recently painted the whole place. It looks beautiful! Not much to look at from the out side, but trust me you'll enjoy the food and atmosphere.
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