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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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Reviews by the General Public

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.


Dark, dreary and dingy... Bland, boring food and I'm bloated
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Not a good experience for us. The food just wasn't good. Chewy, grisly and poorly prepared. It was bland with too much salt trying to compensate for that fact. Sparse use of ingredients that were not fresh. Not a lot of warmth coming from the servers and not a lot of love coming from this kitchen. It is a sad sack of a restaurant. The place is really in need of some sprucing up.


Rushed Out!
Reviewer: Mary from Santa Barbara, CA
We eat here regularly but lately we haven't been - Margarito the waiter who has been there since the last owners is awesome. Whenever we go i always feel like we are being rushed. Once you order drinks they bring you the check and sometimes it's just 3 of us and they apply the gratuity on the check - a little odd - This offends me as i feel like they think we are not going to tip. I believe it's prices have gone up but customer service is still crapy (waiters are always on it - but management sucks).


Not Great but Decent, Buffet looked good
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
My takeout experience was not good with the food I had. The Buffet though looked like a great deal and with the price of one dinner entree you could basically get a dinner buffet. They had lots of shrimp along with fried chicken so it looked like it was worth it. Also with the lunch buffet it looks like they let you box up your last plate. Food wait was kind of long.


Good food, good service for take-out
Reviewer: Andrea from Santa Barbara, CA
I've never dined-in but have gotten take-out many times. The food is always delicious and a good deal... plus, the salt and pepper wings are the best wings I've ever eaten. The order is usually ready in 10-15mins and pick-up is quick and pleasant.


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