Irvine >Food & Dining > Mr. Chow
344 N Camden Dr, Beverly Hills, CA | Directions 9021034.068084 -118.403376
Monday To Friday From 12:00 PM To 02:30 PM Monday To Sunday From 06:00 PM To 11:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Irvine Business Complex
Are You Kidding Me? – I have never bothered to write a restaurant review before, but my ridiculous experience at Mr. Chow last has forced me to take the time to do so. I am no stranger to the pretentious LA scene, having been born and raised here-but Mr. Chow raises the bar for obnoxiousness. My friends and I were pressured to "trust" the waitor to bring out his recommendations instead of ordering from the menu ourselves (which is frowned upon). Apparently, we were supposed to be thrilled with this option I read a review before I went that said Mr. Chow is a pricier PF Changs, which ended up being dead on. Unfortunately, I left the restaurant with 65 dollars less in my wallat and a big chip on my shoulder. Basically, you eat what they bring you and you pay what they charge you...the customer has no control over their meal. Wonderful.
Mr. Chow Delivered – On vacation in December, I wanted to have lunch at a Beverly Hills restaurant and chose Mr. Chow. Before going in, I looked at the menu, posted outside, so there'd be no "sticker shock". We did not have reservations, but only waited about 10 minutes. I was disappointed in the size and the fact that the table had to be pulled out, in order for me to be seated. However, the wait staff was courteous. Our menus displayed the same pricey selections, but the food arrived swiftly and was excellent. My husband told me that Vivica A. Fox was seat at another table, so that was as added surprise. The only "check" surprise was bottled water at $8.00. With food so pricey, water at least should be complimentary. We'll be in LA in June, and plan to go to Mr. Chow again.
Mr. Wow...I got ripped off!!! – I went here a while back for my friend's birthday. The food was awful and we got totally ripped off. The highlight of the night was seeing Goldie Hawn. I do not understand all the hype surrounding this place.
cant go wrong here – amazing food always! Yes, its crowded and sometimes loud but its always a great experience. I always eat here when i am taking people out on business because its always a big hit! Food is always great, service amazing, friendly host's and great wine list! Just tell your waiter what kind of food you like and he always brings out perfect dishes! you can't go wrong here......expect to spend $100 a person..it's worth it!
if you've got it... – An out-of-town friend with rich friends here invited me to join them here for dinner and I was so worried when I read the reviews here. They sat us immediately, before our whole party even arrived, and while it WAS incredibly expensive for the average diner (which I most certainly am), the food was quite good (the scallion pancake was THE BEST I've ever had and I am a scallion pancake connoisseur!), the service was wonderful, and as far as the people-watching, we were having so much fun at our table I didn't notice anyone else. It seems to bea great place for a group...if you have the $$$$$....
Don't bother with reservation... – After rushing to get to Mr. Chow's for our 9:00 pm reservations, we were told that we would have to wait.... we didn't know that wait was for 2 hours. I have lived in LA all my life and I have dined in some of the LA's nicest restaurants and never have I seen anything so ridiculous. The hostest lied for 2 hours, finally when we were seated, we didn't see a waiter until 15 minutes later. We were then insulted for not knowing about the fixed menu. We were so insulted at the waiters audacity we walked out without eating. Spend your money elsewhere... They don't need it and it seemed to us... they don't even care.
Pleasantly surprised. – Insist on a menu if you are leary of the prices. Most items were in the upper $20's to $30 range. Ordered the chicken joanna & the sliced pork with chili which was excellent. Also ordered a pricier filet mignon dish, meat was tender but not much flavor. Asked our waiter to recommend a noodle dish, but he just said he would choose some appetizers for us and sent out four of them which added nearly $80 to the bill. I would recommend spring rolls and lettuce wraps. Dinner for four without cocktails was $225. Pricey, but I didn't feel ripped off and the food overall was quite good. Roberto was very personable and entertaining and made us feel just as special and welcome as any of those a-listers!
WOW!!!! – The emperor of good food! There's so much to say about this place to recommend it! The ambiance I love, the food is amazing and delicate and it's just a fun place to be! Highly recommend it!
The whole restaurant is a scam – Celebs get preferred treatment so they keep coming in to act as bait for the rest of us. Non-celebs keep coming in to starwatch, and they're the ones that get taken in by the "no menu" ruse. The food is mass-produced, barely edible slop. Frankly, anybody that says they enjoyed Mr. Chow is an insecure moron with no self-respect. For the best explanation you're likely to see of this operation, I have an extended review in the archive section of Socially Inept dot com.
You're kidding, right? – Um, try forking over $185 for two, and for nothing more than mediocre food. Uh, never again Mr. Chow! The food was as good as I can get at Chin Chin for 8x the price. Be prepared. When you get the honor of sitting on the bench side of the table, the host pulls out the table so you can get in, then they deposit you snuggly with the table preventing you from moving. (Not for the claustrophobic for sure!) Service was exquisite at first, then slacked. We had to waive away our dirty plates, flag staff down for the check. Oh, and don't forget the Hip Hop music playing.
But wait. The raspberry hazelnut tort rocked. (But it wasn't worth the $185.)
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