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Empress Pavilion in Chinatown

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Has anyone been there lately and how was it? My mother is insisting on going there for mother's day. I would hate to waste all my dim sum calories on a substandard place when there are so many good ones a bit further away! Thanks.

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Empress Pavilion Restaurant
988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  1. It's Mother's Day, your mother wants to go to an specific restaurant, and you are looking for a work around? It's an ok restaurant, but sometimes it's not always about the food.

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    1. re: eeka

      Second Eeka. It's Mother's Day, not Daughter's Day.

    2. I wasn't looking to be chided, just inquiring about the restaurant. But thanks.

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      1. re: Mandy

        I feel your pain. I'd persuade my mom to go 12miles further east and eat at Sea Harbor.

      2. I think you'd be giving your mother an additional Mother's Day gift by introducing her to some better dim sum in a nicer place: Elite in Monterey Park on South Atlantic would be the closest. Sea Harbor in Rosemead is excellent. If she wants dim sum from carts rather than off the menu, my favorite is 888 Seafood on Valley in Rosemead. None of those are more than 15 minutes farther than Empress Pavilion and they are all a whole lot better.

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        888 Seafood Restaurant
        8450 E Valley Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770

        1. I eat a lot of dim sum in SGV and was at Empress Pavilion a few weeks ago on a weekday morning when it was not crowded. It wasn't awful but I can't say it was very good. The items just tasted a bit off from what I'm accustomed to.

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          Empress Pavilion Restaurant
          988 N Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          1. Make sure you get there EARLY. Hope you enjoy it. I second others opinion to go to Monterey Park, but Empress is where Mom wants to go!