Durham >Food & Dining > China Palace Restaurant
5210 Garrett Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.948538 -78.969432
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
GLUTEN FREE - Bring Your Own Soy Sauce !!! – Awesome family owned restaurant. My girlfriend has Celiac disease, so we always bring our own soy sauce and the owners are always very happy to cook Gluten free items just for her.
The menu has a wide offering, with your traditional American Chinese items, however they also have a traditional Chinese menu too, which is very good.
Don't be fooled by the looklocation. Do yourself a favor and stop by!
Great Authentic Chinese Food – Try the Super Hot Beef Tripe. I'm from Toronto, and had to take some of this dish back to Toronto with me, it was so tasty.
Best Chinese Food in Durham! – China Palace is by far the best chinese restaurant in Durham. You can ask for no msg in just about any dish. The food is cooked to order and if you're lucky and live close enough, they have fast, friendly delivery to your door. LOVE this place!!
the worst hunan chicken ever – This place has been very good and very bad. I have had some dishes that have so much bitter, chopped garlic from a jar that I have had to throw the whole thing out. This happened more than once (I had forgotten about the first incident). I will never make that mistake again, I can't afford to. Yuk.
fresh and tasty – I went here on a recommendation. I haven't had any excellent chinese food in the triangle. The food at China Palace was fresh and well-prepared. Vegetables crispy. I don't think they use MSG. Dumplings were homemade. Steer away from wonton soup, because they seemed to have phoned in the preparation of that dish. But will definitely be my new go-to place.
Positively surprized – As a Japanese, I have so low expectation in Chinese food in the US. Although, I have eaten pretty good chinese food in SF and NY. They were still OK compare to the ones in ASIA. NC is so terrible about authentic asian food. There are mainly OK aisan fusion restaurants. I just tried China Palace first time today, and the entry I order (Szechuan egg plant) was excellent. Absolutely the best one I have ever tried in NC. I can not compare restaurant as a whole to any other restaurant without eating other menu, but I can already recomend you for the egg plant. Weitless was very friendly too. I will go back and update this review for other menu.
Some of the reviews complain about egg roll and hot and sour soup. If you like these menu, do not go to authentic or traditional chinese place. Go to fusion place. These menus are basically americanized menus.
Authentic and hard to beat in the Triangle!!! – I have eaten Chinese all the way from Beijing and Hong Kong to Chinatowns far and wide in the U.S. and Canada. Let's just say I love Chinese food. Since my family discovered China Palace, we go at least every 2-3 weeks. I love the special Chinese menu, while my wife swears by the sesame chicken. I have rarely if ever been disappointed by anything I have had there. The service is usually fast and attentive. There are a few decent chain type places in this area, but what was missing for me until I found China Palace was that good old, authentic, kind of like being in China experience, which you can get in places like New York. I highly recommend it!!! There is nowhere better around here for Chinese food.
Terrible! Couldn't eat the food. DON'T BOTHER – After the reviews we were shocked. The best thing was the fortune cookie. Ordered three entrees, one was so bad (tasted like it had Comet in it) we sent it back. Hot & sour soup tasted tinny. Egg rolls mushy inside and overcooked. Insult to injury was the bizarre behavior after we sent back the sizzle-platter chef's special steak ... first the waitress came back and told us the oil was checked and it was 'OK'. Eventually she came back and said they had decided to not charge us for the entree we didn't eat! (We hadn't ordered a replacement... appetite was gone.) As we paid for the meal the (we think) owner told us the chef checked it out and the beef fat was not spoiled! "Sorry you no like it." She then explained that they were not going to charge us for it repeatedly until we thanked her for not charging for inedible food. Entrees we ate we average at best.
WILL NOT RETURN... BAD FOOD... UNGRACIOUS SERVICE... TOO MANY GOOD PLACES... DON'T BOTHER!
Don't let the outside fool you! – The first dish I tried was some wide rice noodle soup. It was ok. But we came back and tried some other things. Some tofu dish and shredded pork and tofu dish. This place rocks. I sat there and gave my dish thumbs up. It probably looked weird to see some dude giving thumbs up to a dish, but it was that good.
Just Average – We checked it out after a glowing review in the N & O. I was a bit disappointed after they set the bar so high. The entrees were good but stay away from the hot and sour soup and egg rolls. The egg rolls were over fried with mushy cabbage inside. The soup really was not good. The price is reasonable but again, it was just average.
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