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China Express
[closed, no longer in business]

414 N. Milpas St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 966-1088


Reviews by the General Public

Haven't been to Panda Express since I found China Express.
Reviewer: Ryan Goldman from Santa Barbara, CA
After a friend told me about this place I had to try it. We went and I was amazed at how, for even less than Panda's prices, you get more food, which fills you up better, and tastes a LOT better. I love this place and frequent it whenever Chinese sounds like a good idea (which is often.) The people who work there are all friendly as well which is always a plus.


Skip it...
Reviewer: Carrie from Santa Barbara, CA
My office decided to give China Express a try for lunch today. I had heard several good things about this restaurant and was excited to try it! We had kung pao chicken, black pepper chicken, orange chicken, beef & broccoli, hunan fish, and scallion chicken. None of us liked it. Everything looked great, but was all pretty tasteless. We ordered several different items and each was a let down. Definitely go to Panda Express if you are looking for fast Chinese food. On a positive note, I did think that the place was clean.


Good Food!, NO TAKEOUT!
Reviewer: Robero from Santa Barbara, CA
I went here after a night of partying with friends for lunch. I ordered the 2 item entree combo dine-in. The portions are huge! The food was good for the price, kinda panda express style. Great place, they need more marketing also need to offer carry-out service and a menu sheet.


Good Food, Poor Service
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
The Food was surprisingly good for a heat lamp type Chinese restaurant. As good or probably better than Panda Express. The servers were not the best, not understanding orders and trouble giving you the food you asked for. Not a "fine dining" experience but the food is good and ready right there for you. They had more options than typical heat lamp places that are all over LA and the food was really good. For quantity(not sure about quality) a place like Yen Ching, China City or Madam Lu(probably others I am forgetting that offer all you can eat)that comes to mind where for about the same price its heat lamp all you can eat.


NO MENU???
Reviewer: JESENIA from Santa Barbara, CA
FOOD IS GOOD, SERVICE IS OK! BUT THE FACT THAT YOU DON'T HAVE A MENU AVAILABLE ON THE NET, THAT KINDA SUCKS. THE COMPANY I WORK FOR WANTED TO ORDER FOR A BIG PARTY BECAUSE I RECOMENDED YOU AND WHEN WE GOT ON YOUR WEBSITE TO SEE WHAT WE WANTED TO ORDER, NO MENU!!! THAT'S UNFORTUNATE.


Better than panda express
Reviewer: eric from Santa Barbara, CA
Been here a few times now for lunch. The food is a great deal with the large portions that are given. I recommend the black pepper chicken tis my favorite. If you're thinking about going to Panda express give this place a try instead, it's cheaper and won't feel like a rock sitting in your stomach.


Not a
Reviewer: Dave Finney from Santa Barbara, CA
We went here after seeing it while driving by several times, we usually go to another Chinese Restaurant, but wanted a change so we tried this place. I won't be going back, while the food is okay, there was nothing wrong with the food other than it was not hot, it was barely warm, and everything seemed to have the "sweet" flavor of sweet and sour. The chicken was tough, it tasted to me like frozen breaded chunk chicken, that they fried several hours ago, and put in a steam table. This place would be fine to bring home food for the kids, or something, but NOT for a sit-down meal. I will NOT be going back anytime soon.


Sooo good and you're all missing out!
Reviewer: Jessica from Santa Barbara, CA
Been here twice, was empty both times. Drive by every day, always empty. But why? It is really good, the people are nice, the portions are big, and it's cheap! Me and my friends went before closing and they even cooked us fresh Madarin chicken (which is amazing!) to order. People you need to support this place, I can't keep them afloat all by myself!


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