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Dec 8, 2008 10:09 AM

Thoughts on Sam Woo in Irvine?

We are looking to take a few newbies to dim sum. Sam Woo in Irvine came to mind. Any thoughts on this?

I would like our friends to have the experience of the little old ladies pushing the carts around the restaurant -- does Sam Woo have that?

Any and all suggestions are appreciated.

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  1. Hi vlad,

    Not a fan of Sam Woo Irvine at all (some bad, bad service issues multiple times; mediocre quality food). The Irvine area has a tough time for good Dim Sum...

    If you have to have some locally, perhaps China Garden on Jeffrey? (It's average but serviceable if you want to show people the push carts :) It's just unfortunate that their first impression of Dim Sum will have to be China Garden.

    Irvine China Garden
    14825 Jeffrey Rd, Irvine, CA 92618

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    1. re: exilekiss

      I agree with ek, China Garden would be the better place for dim sum in Irvine. Sam Woo has its good points too, in particular the Shui Kao noodle soup at lunch is great, and I also like the beef chow fun (dry). But for dim sum, not so good.

    2. My parents have taken to going to Sam Woo for dim sum because it's less hectic than China Garden. The line at China Garden can get pretty crazy on the weekends.

      They have push carts and also items you have to order from the kitchen. We just ordered everything from the kitchen anyway because the cart wasn't near us at the time.

      I honestly can't tell the difference between decent dim sum and somewhat good dim sum. And as neither Sam Woo nor China Garden really blow me away or anything, I'd stick both of them in the "pretty good" dim sum category.

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      1. re: huaqiao

        Hi huaqiao,

        Have you ever gotten a chance to try some of the San Gabriel Valley's best Dim Sum? It might help give some perspective on better quality Dim Sum vs. mediocre. I'd recommend Sea Harbour and Elite if you get a chance. ;)

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

        Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant
        3939 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770, USA

        1. re: exilekiss

          I would love to try the SGV dim sum houses some day, but it's a bit of a trek for me and none of my friends live in that area so I'd have to drag them out there as well. I recently joined some meetup groups to find more people to try restaurants with so hopefully one day I make it out there. :)