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Good Chinese place that will cater for 50 in Aptos (Santa Cruz)

curfuffled Sep 12, 2010 06:52 PM

Hi all,

My brother is getting married in Aptos, near Santa Cruz, and he'd like to serve Chinese food at the rehearsal dinner. He'd really like to serve good Chinese food (we grew up in Toronto, home of the best Chinese food outside of China) and is having trouble finding a) a good Chinese restaurant in the area, and/or b) a good Chinese restaurant that will cater to the area.

Please, we're desperate--any suggestions?


  1. Melanie Wong Sep 16, 2010 01:44 AM

    You might want to look into Shun Feng. Here's a thread with more details.

    According to its website, Shun Feng can cater for up to 75 people. When I was there last year, the staff told me they could prepare a special menu for Chinese New Year. Not great but potentially your best choice in Santa Cruz.

    Shun Feng Restaurant
    420 River St Ste A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      curfuffled Sep 16, 2010 10:59 AM

      Thank you so much, Melanie!!

    2. PeterL Sep 16, 2010 08:28 AM

      There is no good Chinese food in Aptos, or Santa Cruz. So that's your first problem. And Toronto is not even home of the best Chinese food in Canada, least of all anywhere outside of China.

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      1. re: PeterL
        curfuffled Sep 16, 2010 11:00 AM

        How about Cupertino, Mountain View, or San Jose? I'm new to the area so I'm totally out of my element! And come on, Toronto has amazing Chinese food--as does Vancouver, but come on!! :)

        1. re: curfuffled
          Melanie Wong Sep 16, 2010 11:19 AM

          You'll have many more choices in Cupertino, Mountain View or San Jose. Those are discussed on the San Francisco Bay area board. This recent thread for wedding banquets might get you started,

          I assume you're considering those for caterers and not for eat-in. It might be too much to ask of your guests to drive over the mountain for dinner.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            curfuffled Sep 21, 2010 10:15 AM

            Correct--we're looking for caterers. Thanks so much, Melanie!

            1. re: curfuffled
              Melanie Wong Sep 23, 2010 12:34 AM

              As you make the rounds tasting sample meals at these places, please do post your findings here and/or on the SF Bay Area board. We haven't heard updates on some for a while and it will help out the next 'hound in your situation if you share.

      2. m
        Matt of Aptos Sep 17, 2010 02:00 PM

        Panda Inn has the best Chinese food in Aptos. I don't know if they cater, but it's worth a try.


        I would avoid Uncle Kwok's or Hong Kong Garden.

        Panda Inn
        783 Rio Del Mar Blvd Ste 5, Aptos, CA 95003

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        1. re: Matt of Aptos
          curfuffled Sep 21, 2010 10:16 AM

          Thanks so much, Matt - much appreciated!

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