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Yen Ching Restaurant
2840 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 682-7191

  • Category: Chinese
  • Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-9:30pm
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
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Best Buffet In Santa Barbara, 7/14/2017
Reviewer: Casey from Santa Barbara, CA
Best Buffet In Santa Barbara I Eat there all the time. Have for many years. Clean & the food is fresh & Delicious. C. Hart

Great Food! Friendly Staff!
Reviewer: Jessey from Santa Barbara, CA
The food is delicious but I do recommend that you eat here on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday only if you are going to eat the buffet. The reason for this is because since it's the busiest days they tend to refill the food more often then if you go on a Monday or Tuesday when the place is dead. I'm a regular here so I know some tricks and I do recommend this place!

Redecorated and upgraded, still a decent buffet for dinner.
Reviewer: Hugh from Santa Barbara, CA
When my office was nearby you would find me here every rainy day. The place had gone downhill and when they replaced the cream cheese wonton with greasy ground beef I was done. I had a ticket to the Lobero the other day so I stopped in as it would be the quickest meal. Well I was pleased to see the interior redone and the buffet upgraded. About the same stuff as before but the cream cheese wonton are back, there are piles of shrimp and even crab legs. The soup was excellent, full of meat and wonton, I was quite satisfied and enjoyed several desserts and soft serve ice cream too. Not much service with a buffet but I found I was checked on a few times and not ignored when I requested more napkins. I am pleased to say this is worth another try if you had written it off before. I have begged John for a Buffet category but I suppose more people need to ask him. They call all the restaurants for special holiday meals. Would it be so hard to ask if there was a buffet? Note I live by Ming Dynasty and urge you to avoid their buffet as I see them put dropped food back into the chaffing dish!

Best kung pow in sb
Reviewer: Ernie from Santa Barbara, CA
The reviewer below either has not eaten here or is very picky this is some of the best Chinese food in an best kung pow and the Orange chicken actually has chicken in it not covered in breaking like most spots Only downfall to this restaurant is no soda refills I wish they would change that as I would come more often

2013 review
Reviewer: Kelly from Santa Barbara, CA
Food aweful, zero taste in all 3 lunch items we ordered. Waiter very polite. Overall I would rate this the worst Chinese food that I have endured. Had soup a year ago and it was okay.

Very good but some material failings
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
Had the evening buffet and it was very tasty. Each item had its own unique flavoring and the variety was inciting from soup to desserts for $14.95. Even fresh shrimp and crab legs with various sauces. I didn't expect that. But, and this is a big issue - many of the items on the buffet table were not kept at or even close to proper temperature which is a material failing, not only for taste aesthetics but for food safety. I mentioned this at the desk but got a non-answer from someone who perhaps did not have English as their first language. The restaurant was pleasant, service efficient and enjoyed by large Chinese speaking families that evening. I will certainly go again because with buffets you can go back and pick and choose to get what works best. However, if there are the same temperature problems I will raise this issue during dinner and not after if it happens again. It should not and absent that one problem, this is a very nice dining option. The food is good and would have been even better if all selections were kept properly hot.

Love the delivery!
Reviewer: Arlene from Santa Barbara, CA
We regularly order delivery from here- the food is great, the portions are good sized, the prices are resonable and it's delivered in less than 45 mintes every time!

we think its great
Reviewer: june from Santa Barbara, CA
gone as many times as we can afford, and I love it every time

good food
Reviewer: mai from Kansas
I had their fried rice carried out. Food was plenty for 2 persons, the food also tasted pretty good. Since i ordered fired rice, i got my food in less than 5 minutes. The lady who took my order was also very nice.

Good Stuff
Reviewer: Bill from Goleta, CA
Good food. Chef Joe is great cook. Ching Yu is nice and friendly and Margarito the server is awesome. Have had the buffet there several times. Pretty good when you get it early. Nicely remodeled place with bright atmosphere.

cannot get your order right!!
Reviewer: Natalie from Santa Barbara, CA
The food was good, but the service was just terrible!! I ordered delivery through restaurant connection, and first off, they charged me for the entire order but only delivered a fraction of it. Thankfully I caught it before their delivery guy left! THEN, when they came back to give me the rest of my food (a good half an hour later), they gave me THE WRONG STUFF! They didn't offer any kind of compensation either!

Long time customer
Reviewer: Ted from Santa Barbara, CA
The hot and sour soup is delicious and can be prepared to order. Margarito the waiter is indeed fantastic, and the management is very friendly. The entrees are good but not great, and the kids really enjoy the buffet. The recent remodel was a definite upgrade.

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