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1201 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2523
+1 734-668-2445
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Multiple friends, one of whom from China, told me that this was the best restaurant for Chinese cuisine in downtown Ann Arbor. What the heck, then? The prices were cheap, but the environment of the restaurant was much more elegant than what I would normally see in such a food joint. Then I ate the food. There was that familiar... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The food was not particularly good or perhaps the chef has been catering too much to the American taste for chow mein and spring rolls. I have been to Hong Kong , Vancouver and the best restaurants in the Monterey Park area in Los Angeles and this restaurant does not come anywhere close to these restaurants or even decent restaurants... More 

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Thank Eugene C
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

China Gate has the best fried cheese rangoons and Kung Pao chicken. This place is consistently great. In all the years we've been coming, literally dozens of times, only one time did the food disappoint when we had a large group. Typically everything is delicious, flavorful, and the portion sizes are pretty big. I love the Kung pao but there... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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120 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

Whether this food is good or not depends entirely on your expectations. If you have lived in China or Taiwan you will probably be disappointed in how heavy and salty this food is. There's nothing delicate about it. The fired rice was chocolate brown in color, and it was too salty. The cashew chicken was swimming in brown sauce that... More 

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Thank James J
Midland, Michigan
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296 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

We ate here for lunch again before a Michigan football game. The almond chicken is delicious. The restaurant was not busy, and we enjoyed excellent wait service. I love eating here and the food is always excellent. The restaurant is small but worth the wait if you should be here during the busy hours. The lunch special is perfect. The... More 

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Thank preppygirl56
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

The food is very good. The luncheon specials are an especially good value, The wait staff is very nice.

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

Centrally located in downtown Ann Arbor right off the University of Michigan campus, this Chinese restaurant is popular -- and for good reason. The food is fresh and well-seasoned; it's definitely a significant step up from your standard over-Americanized Chinese fare. This is one of our son's favorite restaurants, and when we're in town visiting we make sure to stop... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014

I haven't eaten any other dish here, than the Vietnamese Beef Pho. The reason being it's hands down the best I ever had. I've eaten Pho from Saigon, to Danang, to Hanoi and Haiphong and this is the best I've ever eaten. I live here in Ann Arbor and never get past the Pho to the other dishes.

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Thank miscenes
Michigan
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

This is our go-to Chinese choice. No, it's not fancy, no booze, a bit shabby, but we always get fast, friendly service. We've never been disappointed with the hot and sour soup. I tried a "new" dish - tofu stuffed with shrimp, and really enjoyed it. I've had similar dim sum, but this was a generous portion orf 8 large... More 

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Rochester, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

Ordered takeout during our visit with friends who live there. We're big Chinese/Thai food fans and looked forward to what Ann Arbor had to offer. We only hope this isn't typical Asian fare. Hot and Sour Soup was semi-cold, not at all tasty. Beef with scallions was super plain, very gooey, no taste at all. How do you screw up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2523
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 734-668-2445

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?