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Apr 27, 2008 03:03 PM

Nice Chinese Restaurant - Atmosphere and Food?

I am looking for a good Chinese restaurant to take guests for dinner. I am looking for a place that has good food, but also nice atmosphere. Many of the places with good food lack in the decor/atmosphere department. So the 2 things I am looking for:

1- Decor/Atmosphere - Doesn't need to be as trendy as PF Chang's decor, but something nicer than Sam Woo's would be desired. Even something like Empress Pavillion during lunch dim sum would be okay, but I don't know if it is the same at dinner.

2- Food - Not looking for Americanized Chinese food like PF Chang's (even though I think they have good food) or Panda Express...something more traditional.

Preference would be east of downtown LA, but willing to travel to take them out as well.

Does something like this exist? Thanks!!!

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  1. I highly recommend Green Village in San Gabriel. Not-spicy, delicious Shanghai cuisine. Try the yellow fish with seaweed (they're deep fried sticks but they're amazing), the seabass in bean sauce, the green been starch with preserved vegetables, pretty much everything. The atmosphere is very upscale for the SGV.

    1. Hey jmp,

      Elite for dinner would fit your requirements nicely, IMHO. It's traditional Hong Kong Cantonese Seafood-style, with live seafood and some really interesting dishes (progressive and standout).

      Elite Restaurant
      700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

      1. Mission 261

        Mission 261 Restaurant
        261 S Mission Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        2 Replies
        1. re: ipsedixit

          For once, I agree wholeheartedly with you! Mission 261 is exactly the spot you're looking for.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster

            I also agree with Mission 261. The unusual "hacienda" setting makes it feel like a bit more of an event than most of the comparable upscale banquet-type places.

            Another possibility is New Capital in San Gabriel Mall, where the decor is maybe a little nicer than the norm although the service might be more typically chaotic. I reported on our recent meal there at

        2. Empress Harbour in Monterey service and cleaniness for an authentic Chinese restaurant.

          1. Empress Harbor or Elite in Monterey Park.