We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Going Downhill”
Review of Hidden Village - CLOSED

Hidden Village
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Idyllwild, California
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Going Downhill”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

Hidden Village has been the only Chinese restaurant in Idyllwild for many years, and it has managed to stay in business through economic hard times which have caused many other restaurants to go under. However, the quality of the food has been going downhill, and I doubt that we will go there again. I ordered wor wonton soup, which I have had many times in the past, but this time, there was very little chicken, shrimp, or pork in the soup, and it was disappointing. My husband ordered shredded Szechuan pork, and he also noted a sparsity of meat in his dish. Our experience has been that the prices are going up while the quality of the food is going down. There may not be other Chinese restaurants to visit in Idyllwild, but there are lots of other restaurants to choose from which have better food at more reasonable prices.

  • Visited December 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Marcia K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

24 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    8
    6
    1
    4
    5
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, CA
Level Contributor
30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Mediocre over priced food.”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Great friendly service is the only positive aspect of our visit to this restaurant. We ordered the family dinner for 4 and had to pay extra for tea and rice which was not included. Total price for 4 was $75, not worth the price. We ordered both the Kung Pao Chicken and Cashew Chicken, both dishes looked identical the only difference being a few cashews sprinkled on top. Moo goo gai pan was bland with only a few pieces of very thin chicken. The pork dish with carrots had no flavor. Overall the food was served hot but lacked flavor and eye appeal. Chinese food from your local shopping mall or fast food chain is much better, also the serving we're surprising small for a family dinner we had no leftovers and the men in our group left hungry. There are much better food choices in town, we will avoid this one in the future.

  • Visited November 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank psmconnor
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
California City, California
Level Contributor
173 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Excellent !”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We wanted to try the only Chinese food in town so we went to Hidden Village (the restaurant is hidden in the trees and is just adorable!)

We opted for the outside seating and sat under a big umbrella on an elevated deck that overlooks a peaceful neighborhood.

The food was amazingly fresh. We had the sweet and sour shrimp (shrimp fried to perfection and served with a light and delicious sauce) and BBQ Pork Fried Rice (really - the best, freshest fried rice I think I've ever had)

Loved it. Will go again !

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Off2SeeItAll
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Laguna Beach, California
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Quaint & cozy & not much else.”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Last time I was here was 4 or 5 years ago. I have been here many times over many years & always thought they served excellent Chinese food.

What happened? Atmosphere is still the same but the quality of the food seems to have sadly declined. I'd call it mediocre at best. Now I'm wondering if I thought it was so good before because I was so ravenously hungry from the 10 - 15 mile hikes I just came off of.

I would not return here since there are so many better options in town.

Nice feature - indoor or outdoor seating & casual atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank B0hdana
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Worst dinner ever.”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Perhaps we're spoiled being from L.A. with many excellent Chinese restaurants, but this was truly terrible. Maybe we ordered all the wrong items, I don't know, but returning will never happen.
:(

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
Thank sherri r
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Hidden Village also viewed

 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing