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“Just an average Chinese Restaurant”

Emerald Chinese Cuisine
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Ranked #2,137 of 4,764 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Glendale , California USA
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Just an average Chinese Restaurant”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We went there fro Mother's Day Dinner. There were no Dim sum at that moment so we did a la carte. Foods are all I said all Oily , (what do you expect on a Chinese restaurant). The service is so slow, even though when we came, there were not much of customers. Asking for a glass of water will make you wait for roughly around 10 minutes and you have to remind all waiters that are passing by near around our table that we need some glass of water. Price of foods are kinda on the expensive side. The ambiance as they said, the place was kinda bit of a run down. They need a major renovation. The parking is tight. Overall , the service, price, ambiance is on a minimal. So do not expect a great service when you drop by.

  • Visited May 2013
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Bangkok
2 reviews
“Spoiler restaurant”
Reviewed 17 May 2013

Just had dim sum lunch there today and came away extremely displeased with the service, food quality and price. All dim sums were not hot, especially the broccoli which they charged $8.99 for!

We ought to have walked out from our first impression....our daughter lives in San Diego (we're from LA) and this was the only Chinese restaurant on Convoy Street she hadn't tried so after having parked our car in the basement, we walked into the restaurant and stood by the reception desk to be assigned and taken to a table. The surly man behind the desk barked, "Not here...the entrance is over there!" pointing to his left. This was the most unpleasant greeting we have been on the receiving end of and should have been our cue to leave.

Service was poor. Had to wait for waiter to see us so we could order tea and request some chili sauce. After 5 dim sum orders that were so low down on quality, taste, texture and temperature, we called for our bill and left. Never going back there again.

  • Visited May 2013
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Tehachapi, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Wonderful !”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

This is one of the finest. Fine menu, and they roll around the dumpling carts. My, my- this is good. Pricey, but worth it. Atmosphere and deco is excellent. The one thing they are really good at is- SERVICE. They want you happy, so you come back. Nice location, but if you didn't know it is there, you would not find it. Word of mouth advertisement works for this one.

  • Visited May 2012
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San Diego, California
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Hated it!”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

The food here is second rate and extremely expensive. We got a dish that was so gummy and bad that we refused to pay for it. The server said that we had to pay , but finally a manager (?) who actually understood us said he would take it off the bill. You never know how much you are paying for each item and you don't really know what it is because the servers don't speak English. If you are vegetarian, DO NOT go to Emerald thinking that it is a good choice. There are very few dishes that you can eat that don't have meat. (One was the gummy mess!) I ended up ordering a noodle dish off the menu which was only ok, not great and all it had were noodles and very few vegetables; it cost over $15!! Never again!

  • Visited March 2012
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San Diego
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“OMG, best flounder in years!!!”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

I do not know the name of the fish, they fried the whole flounder, then removed the loins but left them in place (I assume to help those that are not familiar with eating fish) garnished with barely stir fried crunchy veggies. Outstanding, awesome. Service could have been better but the food more than made up for it. I went on a weekday night and the place was at 10-15% capacity. Not the last time I am going but I am afraid I am not going to experiment and I will get the same dish.

Visited September 2011
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