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“Fresh upscale Chinese food in a nice setting”

The Little Kitchen Asian Cafe
Ranked #19 of 144 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: (949)276-7799 New Restaurant
Laguna Hills, California
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fresh upscale Chinese food in a nice setting”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

The Little Asian Kitchen surprises with its ambience and genuinely well-prepared food. The menu is a mix of Asian delights including Moo Goo Gai Pan and Pad Thai. It also offers fresh soups, such as the fun Sizzling Rice soup, which is a combination of chicken and fresh vegetables (including fresh snow peas), which is delicious and great for the immune system. I used to really love their creamy pumpkin soup, which is a house specialty, until I realized there were small bits of grit in the soup that I assume are from a powder mix of some kind. Kind of killed the idea of this warm, nurturing soup.

Other than that, everything is very fresh and tasty and the food is very consistent.
I recommend the honey walnut shrimp, sesame chicken and almond or cashew chicken. The beef broccoli is also very tasty. You really can't go wrong with anything here. I always order the cream cheese won tons -- soft and warm and tasty. It's not crab rangoon, but close enough to please.

Good restaurant for a date, business meeting, or get-together with friends and family. They have daily lunch specials for around $7 that include egg roll and soup. The service is pretty good and they always seat you fast.

  • Visited July 2014
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Orange County, California
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Plate lunches are best”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Have been to this nice little Chinese restaurant a dozen times over the past few years. Started off really well with smiling caring service and delicious plate lunches. The service has since leveled off a bit, but the dishes are consistently good. Have been here several times for dinner, but it does not measure up to the nice simple lunch offering with soup, spring roll, rice and main dish. Just the right amount.

Visited July 2014
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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228 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Excellent Chinese Food and Pleasant Atmosphere”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The star of the show was Steak and Shrimp. The beef was tender and perfectly seasoned. The shrimp was fresh and perfectly prepared. This plate and the Little Kitchen are definite repeats.
The Tofu with mixed vegetables was also delicious. Rounding out an excellent meal was the "Kitchen Chicken", another good choice. I am pretty sure that anything you order at the Little Kitchen will be fresh and delightful.

The seating is comfortable. The restaurant is immaculate. The kitchen is open, exuding tantalizing aromas.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank SOCGAC
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Dana Point, Ca.
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162 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Fresh and Deliceous!”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Dined here last night after a walk up from the Doheny Surf festival.
Being locals, we were happy this place opened. There are other Chinese restaurants in the area, but none are open late night.
Wonton soup, walnut shrimp and lemon chicken were our selections Enough for the three of us and leftovers for next day lunch.
I have dined here for lunch, dinner and have enjoyed the convenience of their delivery service too.
The food is always fresh prepared and delicious, prompt and friendly service and it is obvious management prides itself on cleanliness.
It may be a little hidden in the Ralphs strip mall, but once you find it you'll be glad!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank loisp9154
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Tyler, Texas
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great basic Asian fare”
Reviewed 22 June 2014 via mobile

I highly recommend this place. We all got the basics - hot and sour soup, pumpkin soup (not so basic, but excellent), Kung Pao, sesame and house chicken, beef and broccoli. Very large portions and very hot and tasty. Server and staff were very helpful and attentive.

  • Visited June 2014
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