Seattle >Food & Dining > China Harbor Restaurant
2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.637355 -122.340041
Restaurant - Sunday-Thursday
11:30 a.m. til 2:30 p.m. (Lunch)
4:30 p.m. til 9:30 p.m. (Dinner)
Restaurant - Friday - Saturday
11:30 a.m. ? 2:30 p.m. (Lunch)
4:30 p.m. ? 10:00 p.m. (Dinner)
Neighborhoods: Magnolia - Queen Anne, Westlake, Magnolia / Queen Anne
Delicious Chinese food! – This restaurant has some of the best chinese food that I have tasted in the Seattle area. Not only is it authentic chinese food, but westerners who may not like true chinese food will enjoy this :) The dining area is very extravagant, with many designs on pillars and the ceilings, making the setting like a grand chinese palace. The view of lake union is breathtaking, good for a quiet romantic evening for two people. As the restaurant is meant for big parties or banquets, bring many people to eat at this fine chinese restaurant. I highly recommend coming here. Just give it a try, I'm sure you will love it!
Wonderful birthday party for my daughter – Outstanding job that China Harbor did today for our buffet-family style for my daughter's 21st birthday party. The catering order was for 130 people...although there are many great choices of Chinese restaurants around the Seattle area. Many of our clients are extremely happy with China Harbor's banquets, food, and service. The BBQ pork and sesame beef are perfect appetizers for any special party, and we are sure to return to China Harbor for not only the service but truly the unparalled views of Lake Union. Thank you for making my daughter's birthday so memorable! We will be sure to refer all our friends to this restaurant.
China Harbor is yummy! – I have been here with my wife about a dozen times. The food is always excellent, sometimes it takes longer than others. The servers are always friendly including the hostess who is always very warm when she greets us. I always come here with my family and friends for the superb food and great views of the lake.
excellent, unique assortment of food – i attended a filipino charity event held in the ballroom of china harbor two weeks ago...and i greatly enjoyed the food here. the food was served buffet style with some interesting appetizers...jelly fish, beef tendon, and sweet cucumber...all quite tasty and an exciting experience for my taste buds. i decided to try dining in the restaurant for dinner after attending the event...and being the picky eater that i am, i will admit that the food was very good. the restaurant was very busy the night that i dined, so i had to wait about 15 minutes for a table, but the wait is entirely worth it. i will be returning to china harbor for dinner time and time again.
Best in Seattle – I am delighted to write this little review of my experience at The China Harbor Restaurant located along the western shore of Lake Union. We recently enjoyed a most phenomenal Chinese banquet there on December 26, 2009. There were 60 in our party. The feast was simply OUTSTANDING! Each plate was presented attractively. All ingredients were fresh. Every entree was served hot to the table as if it just came off the stove. Every dish had its unique flavor, unlike most places where all dishes taste similar. The wait staff was efficient and friendly. And the water view of Lake Union was breath takingly beautiful. China Harbor Restaurant is indeed a Seattle treasure. It offers the best genuine Chinese cuisine available in the Pacific Northwest; it also caters to the Westerners’ palate. China Harbor is the recommended venue for entertaining just a few friends or for hosting a large group of up to 300.
Thank you Mr. Sun for your years of unyielding dedication and devotion in serving fine food to us here in the Seattle area. The best wishes to you and your staff for continual success.
Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Finest Chinese Chefs in Seattle – Last night I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal of Almond Fried Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Lover's Eggplant, and Hot and Sour Soup from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its makers have challenged my preconceptions about fine Chinese cooking, is a gross understatement -- they have rocked me to my core.
Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the men and women now cooking at China Harbor, who are, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chefs in Seattle, if not Washingoton state. I will be returning to China Harbor soon, hungry for more.
Cheap and great – This place has a great view, cheap stiff drinks on the weekend, and chinese food. i don't really like chinese food generally, but the view is amazing and the food is tasty. The place is a great place for groups as it's right on Lake Union, and humongous.
China Harbor for an all-round good time! – I love this place. You can't ask for more from a restaurant with cheap, tasty, filling meals, multiple full-shelved bars, an AWESOME view (day OR nighttime), a spacious comfortable atomosphere, and a poppin' downstairs night club packed with beautiful people!!! 5 stars for an all around restaurant and good time!! Me and my buddies are definately making this place a weekly ritual.
Best for Both Worlds (Asian and Americans Alike) – Firstly, I would like to point out that I am an American-born Chinese female who has tasted BOTH authentic Chinese food and the more Amarcanized versions, and my boyfriend is an All-American Caucasian male who ONLY likes "American Chinese" food. That being said, China Harbor is our favorite restaurant to visit that appeals to both my more picky Asian palate and his more Westernized one.
Let's start with appetizers: I absolutely detest potstickers and egg rolls that are too greasy, so this restaurant is the place to go if you want fried food that isn't shiny or dripping with oil--sometimes ungreasy appetizers could be a problem, but let me assure you that the potstickers and egg rolls are extremely tasty and don't have the texture of dry/stale cardboard that other restaurant's ungreasy appetizers have. My boyfriend doesn't really care for soup, so we usually skip that, but there was once a large family sitting behind us who got the Hot n Sour soup (or is it sweet n sour?) and it smelled delicious and looked like they were enjoying it, so I ordered my own bowl (even tho I never really liked Hot n Sour soup), and it has become one of my most favorite soups ever... but only from China Harbor--weird, huh?
Our favorite items are the Mongolian Beef, Chicken Chow Mein, the Eggplant dish, and the Almond Fried Chicken. (We also got a side of white rice for me cause I can't live without my bai-mi-fan!) The Mongolian Beef and Almond Fried Chicken were exactly the kinds of dish that my boyfriend loves--straight up Westernized, very tasty, nice and steamy, and all around good American... err Chinese food. If you're more into the more traditional kinds of textures and flavors, the Eggplant dish is absolutely perfect--it's not soggy like some places when they over cook it, or hard and acidic when other places undercook it. It is seriously THE Goldilocks of eggplant dishes with the perfect texture and invigorating flavors that compliment the acidity of the vegetable rather than numb it down or play it up. As for the Chicken Chow Mein, it's another dish that's not too greasy but also still has great flavors--this is a dish we always have to order. We tried the combination fried rice here a couple of times and although it was good, there was just too much food and has a little too many ingredients for my liking (but then again, I'm a straight-up, white-rice kind of person).
MOST of the wait staff are also very quick on refilling drinks, coming by to check up on your meal, and are also prompt with ordering (although, I would like to point out that I usually get treated a lot better at most asian restaurants when I go to them with my boyfriend-haha!). No matter, MOST of the staff is very sweet and attentive.
Now onto the negatives--as I pointed out, there are sometimes some unfriendly waiters--but this does not detract from the quality of the food. Also, because there is a disco or club or whatever outside of the restaurant, there could be loud music if you choose to dine later at night (you can avoid this though if you go earlier or even for lunch!) Ummm, oh yeah! The bathrooms are kind of... iffy. I mean, they're like any other chinese restaurants' bathrooms... but they could definitely use some sprucing up. Also, one thing I REALLY wish China Harbor would do is give us free refills on soda (since my bf is kind of a soda hound), but good thing is we get free refills on hot tea! Yeay!
As for the surrounding areas of China Harbor--it rests right up against the water so it is a great place to have dinner and watch the sunset. Overall, this restaurant is a great place to grab a meal--whether if on a nice date or at a huge family gathering, China Harbor is THE chinese restaurant that is sure to please everyone!
Superb Service, Fantastic Food, Outstanding Overall – My wife and I were in town for a night, awaiting a transfer flight home to France, and we were both craving some local Oriental cuisine. I had heard about this place from a family friend who lives in Seattle, so we decided to try it out. The first thing I noticed was its breathtaking view - not only of the harbor but also in the grandeur of the restaurant. Although the restaurant was quite crowded that night, we did not have to wait longer than three or four minutes to be seated. Our waitress, Maggie, was especially friendly - she had her hands full at the time, but she still attended to us with the utmost respect. Though it wasn't necessary, she even offered to translate some of the names of the dishes into French for us! As for the food, I ordered the Almond Fried Chicken and my wife ordered the Deluxe Chow Mein, and both were prepared to perfection in both taste and appeal. The generous portion of tender chicken and almonds had just the right amount of crunch to it. My wife told me that, although her noodles were a bit greasy, it was barely noticeable. Both included a choice of a side dish - my wife and I chose the hot and sour soup. Though I am not a big fan of spicy foods, the soup had just the right amount of spice in it. Both meals were incredibly cheap, and I definitely recommend this restaurant to all who are fortunate enough to visit. Five stars!
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